The UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals are top of mind in recent years, as many communities and nations attempt to identify how to address health and social inequities, stem the onslaught of climate change, all while trying to maintain and grow healthy economies. In this lecture, Dr. Martin challenges us to consider that these things are not mutually exclusive and that Indigenous community-based and community-led research offers a critical lens through which to not only identify the interconnections between each of these issues, but that addressing them requires the wisdom offered by our Indigenous Elders and Knowledge-Keepers.
Debbie Martin is Inuk and a member of NunatuKavut. She holds a Canada Research Chair in Indigenous peoples’ health and well-being, and is an associate professor of health promotion, with cross-appointments in the Faculty of Dentistry and School for Resource and Environmental Studies at Dalhousie University. She chairs the Advisory Board for the Institute of Indigenous Peoples’ Health at the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, is an Associate Editor for the Canadian Journal of Public Health and sits on the board of Research Canada. She also leads the Atlantic Indigenous Mentorship Network, which offers funding and builds capacity for graduate trainees in the region to undertake Indigenous health research. She is a proud mom to two amazing kids and one perpetually shedding dog, all of whom keep her on her toes and remind her daily about what’s important.