Nicole joined the University of Toronto Scarborough’s departments of Human Geography and Physical and Environmental Sciences in 2018. She is interested in Indigenous geographies and systems of knowledge, environmental governance, and law; Indigenous-led and critical place-based inquiry; coexistence and the Treaty relationship. Her research practice draws on Indigenous and critical qualitative Western methodologies, and community-based approaches. She is currently writing in a number of areas:
Prior to joining UTSC, Nicole worked for the Anishinabek Nation on the Ipperwash Inquiry implementation process. She was also Research Associate in Indigenous Law, Justice, and Research Theory and Practice at York University. Her work is published in international Indigenous scholarly journals, Anishinabek News and in other community outlets.
Nicole was born on Niigaani Gichigami (Lake Ontario) and grew up on Nipissing and Algonquin Anishinaabek territory. She is a guest and Treaty person of French settler descent and has Anishinaabe ancestry from the Kiji Sibi (Ottawa) and Kukatush (Groundhog) Rivers.
Ph.D. University of Toronto - 2017
M.A. University of Guelph - 2008
B.A. (Hons) Nipissing University - 2006
Principal Investigator, SSHRC Connection, “Connecting Indigenous Placemakers: Toronto and Aotearoa New Zealand” (2019-2021).