All in-person data collection for FEHNCY is currently on hold to comply with the physical and social distancing recommendations issued by the provincial and federal governments. The FEHNCY team will be conducting remote only data collection and will continue modifying the project methods, timeline, and protocols in collaboration with First Nation partners to adapt to the current circumstances. The mobile clinic component has been postponed until further notice.



Dr. Laurie Chan

University of Ottawa
(613)-562-5800 ext. 7116

Dr. Malek Batal

Université de Montréal
(514)-343-6111 ext. 35177

Dr. Tonio Sadik

Assembly of First Nations
(613)-241-6789 ext. 280

Dr. Treena Delormier

Department of Human Nutrition and Centre for Indigenous Peoples’ Nutrition & Environment
McGill University

Dr. Mélanie Lemire

Department of Social and Preventive Medicine
Université Laval
(1418)-525-4444, ext.81967

Dr. Jiping Zhu

Environmental Health Science and research Bureau, Health Canada

Dr. Tom Kovesi

Department of Paediatrics
University of Ottawa
(613)-737-7600 ext. 2868

Dr. Geneviève Mercille

Professor of Nutrition
Université de Montréal
(514)-343-6111, ext. 28841

Irving Leblanc

Director of Housing, Infrastructure and Emergency Management
Assembly of First Nations
(613)-241-6789 ext. 386

Dr. Richard Bélanger

Pediatrician/Adolescent Medicine
Faculty of Medicine
Université Laval

Dr. Pierre Ayotte

Department of Social and Preventive
Université Laval
(1418)-525-4444 ext. 81975

Dr. Mylène Riva

Department of Geography
McGill University

Dr. Brittany Wenniserí:iostha Jock

McGill University
Postdoctoral Researcher
Affiliation: Department of Human Nutrition and Centre for Indigenous Peoples’ Nutrition & Environment


Three main types of researchers will be hired from each First Nation to help conduct the study:

Community Research Manager (CRM): is the key link between the study staff and the community. Responsibilities include: training and supervising the Community Researchers during the data collection period as well as coordinating the community mobilization activities.

Community Researcher (CR): community members who are hired and trained to recruit participants, administer survey questions as well as conduct interviews and group discussions.

Household Inspector (HI): community members who are hired and trained to conduct the home inspections, including home exteriors and interiors, administering survey questions, installing indoor air quality monitors and collecting house dust samples.


Community Advisory Circle: Members of the participating First Nation will form a committee to advise on all project matters. They will also be asked to reflect on the meaning of the results for their community and determine how the results can be best used to address important local health and environment issues.


The purpose of the advisory board is to bring unique leadership, knowledge and connections which augment the knowledge and skills of the FEHNCY Principal Investigators in order to more effectively guide the study in a way that is sensitive and attentive to the needs of First Nations people. The Advisory is made up of regional First Nations leaders and academics, including youth, government representatives, and representative FEHNCY PIs. The Board will meet twice a year.

Members of the FEHNCY Advisory Board 2020-21:

Jonathan Dewar

CEO, First Nations Information Governance Centre (FNIGC)

Kluane Adamek

Regional Chief Yukon; Chair - AFN Advisory Committee on Climate Action and the Environment (ACCAE)

Connor Martin and Justen Peters

AFN National Youth Council (NYC) Representatives

Jarvis Googoo

Associate Director of Health, Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs Secretariat (APC)

Evan Adams

Deputy Chief Medical Officer, First Nations Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB)

Cheryl Khoury

Environmental and Radiation Health Sciences Directorate, Health Canada


Lynn Barwin

University of Ottawa
FEHNCY Project Manager

Amy Ing

Université de Montréal
Senior Research Coordinator

Tess Lalonde

Community Research Engagement Liaison
Kanehsatake, QC

Milena Nardocci Fusco

Université de Montréal
FEHNCY Data Analyst

Rhiannon Ng

University of Ottawa
FEHNCY Housing and Air Quality Coordinator

Katlyn Belanger-Donovan

Assembly of First Nations
FEHNCY Communications

Victor Odele

Assembly of First Nations
FEHNCY Communications Coordinator

Élisabeth Gagné

Research Nurse

Stéphane Decelles

Université de Montréal
FEHNCY Research Consultant
(currently on parental leave)

Alexandrine Roy

Mobile Clinic Coordinator
Université Laval

Ariane Lafortune

Nutrition Research Coordinator
Université de Montréal

Nathalie Ouellet

Université Laval
Laboratory Manager

Ana Deaconu

Universite de Montreal


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