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About Us

The Feast Centre is a national, community-driven research centre responding to sexually transmitted blood-borne infections in Indigenous communities.

Our research is grounded in non-hierarchical, Indigenous knowledge and community identified concerns, and is the culmination of 20 years of community-based research. 

The Feast Centre’s work is guided by a Council of Elders, a Governing Council and an Operations Team and brings together many partners including researchers, clinicians, community members, Indigenous Elders, people with living and lived experience of STBBI, advocacy groups and non-profit agencies.

The Co-leads of the Feast Centre Randy Jackson (Principal Investigator) and Renee Masching (Principal Knowledge User) have decades of experience in Indigenous Community-Based STBBI Research.

Randy Jackson

Randy Jackson

Principal Investigator

Renée Masching

Renée Masching

Principal Knowledge User

 

Governing Council

Governing Council

  • Anita C. Benoit
  • Cathy Worthington
  • Charlotte Loppie
  • Keith Fowke
  • Michael Parsons
  • Mona Loutfy
  • Tracey Prentice
photo of Chelsea Gabel

Chelsea Gabel


Associate Professor (on leave) | Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Well-Being, Community Engagement, and Innovation

Feast Team-Investigators, Knowledge Users and Collaborators

Feast Team-Investigators, Knowledge Users and Collaborators

Knowledge Users: Carrielynn Lund, Carrie Martin, Celeste Hayward, Chanessa Ryan, Laverne Gervias, Margaret Kisikaw Piyesis, Margo Pearce, Marni Amirault, Michael Parsons, Sheila Nyman, Sherri Pooyak

Co-Investigators: Alexandra King, Anita Benoit, Audrey Steenbeek, Bernice Downey, Bonnie Freeman, Carmen Logie, Catherine Worthington, Charlotte Loppie, Chelsea Gabel, Denielle Elliot, Darrel H. S.Tan, Debbie Martin, Denise Lambert, Doe O'Brien-Teengs, Eric Mykhalovskiy, Greta Bauer, Jack Janvier, Jessy Dame, John Schellenberg, Julie Bruneau, Keith Fowke, Laura Warren, Margaret Robinson, Mona Loufty, Nathan Lachowsky, Rachel Landy, Renée Monchalin, Robert Henry, Saara Greene, Sean Hillier, Sharla Peltier, Tracey Prentice, Trevor Hart, Vera Cain, Vivaine Namaste

Collaborators: Amy Bombay, Candice Lys, Curtis Cooper, David Welsely, Michael Keschane, Richard Jenkins

 

Feast Centre Staff

Feast Centre Staff

National Director:

William Gooding is an Indigenous-European mixed-race person of Quechua (the Cajamarca region of Peru) and Irish descent. William earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English and History from the University of British Columbia, a Master’s of Social Work from Ryerson University and is presently completing a PhD in Social Work at McMaster University. As an HIV+, queer, mixed-race researcher who has deep appreciation for his own Indigenous past and present, William’s research has focused on supporting IPHA leadership, on theorizing Indigenous and non-Indigenous interdisciplinary allyship, and on exploring the workplace conditions for Indigenous peoples living with HIV and/or Hep C across the world. A key area of interest for William is theorizing through text, visual and filmic representations to examine the variable and contextual intersections of Indigeneity, race, queerness, disability and HIV as they relate to wellbeing. William is honoured to be able to work collaboratively with Indigenous community members, scholars, Elders and youth to further the integration of Indigenous knowledge and methods into the academy and more broadly into the health sciences with an aim of better supporting Indigenous communities and individuals living with and affected by STBBI.

 

Community Engagement Coordinator:

Doris Peltier recently stepped in to the role of Community Engagement Coordinator with the FEAST Centre for Indigenous STBBI Research (a McMaster University & Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network partnership); she is currently winding down a five-year Intervention research study, titled Visioning Health II, a national study by and for HIV-positive Indigenous women in Canada. Other current and select involvements include: Community Advisory Council member with the Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health (University of Toronto); Women Living with HIV Advisory Group with World Health Organization (WHO); Board member with Prisoners with HIV and AIDS Support Action Network (PASAN). Doris has been involved for a decade in Indigenous Community-based Research, is fluent in her Indigenous language which frames her worldview in her approach to Indigenous research.

 

Research Coordinator:

 

Alexxis Kydd is a Lenni-Lenape woman of Munsee-Delaware First Nation. She earned her Bachelor Degree and Master Degree in Public Health from the University of Western Ontario. Alexxis has focused much of her research on  harm reduction and health promotion, Indigenous health, mental health and addictions. Through her education and personal experience with being a young Indigenous woman, Alexxis has a great understanding of the health disparities and barriers that many Indigenous people face across Canada. Her goals are to be able to work with Indigenous community members and stakeholders to create change and improve the physical, mental and cultural health and well-being of Indigenous peoples across the country. Alexxis believes in the importance of integrating Indigenous knowledge and she is honoured to be in a position where she will be able to do this and further incorporate Indigenous research methods into Western-based academia. 

 

Research Assistant: 

Aaron Li completed his Bachelor and Master in Social Work degrees at McMaster University. He has previously been involved in research projects exploring topics such as Indigenous leadership, and Indigenous masculinity within the context of HIV wellness. His master’s thesis project explored the topic of Indigenous masculinity and HIV disclosure to better understand how to support Indigenous men in a culturally respectful manner. Aaron is currently working as the research coordinator for the Feast Centre for Indigenous STBBI research primarily co-leading reviews on participatory methodologies and the array of research methods used in Indigenous research across the four pillars of health. He will begin his PhD in social work in September 2020 at McMaster University with a focus on Indigenous fatherhood and HIV wellness.

 

Research Assistant:

Bridget Marsdin is a settler woman with an Irish heritage, and she lives, studies, and works on the unceded territories of the Haudenosaunee of the Six Nations and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation in Hamilton, Ontario. She is in the final year of her Bachelor’s degree in social work at McMaster University. Bridget has a valuable background working and volunteering in grassroots, community organizations in sexual health, HIV/AIDS, harm reduction and sexual violence. Bridget is deeply grateful to be on this transformative journey with the Feast Centre team to explore the compelling field of Indigenous STBBI research.

 

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