Geospectives Seminar: Dr. Ashlee Cunsolo Willox

Dr. Ashlee Cunsolo Willox, Department of Geography, McGill University

The Department of Geography is happy to announce that they are kicking off the fall semester with an exciting series of talks as part of this year’s GeoSpectives Seminar Series, a ~bi-weekly lecture series hosted by the Department of Geography.

This semester GeoSpectives talks will take place on Friday afternoons from 3:00-4:30pm in Burnside Hall room 426. For the full full schedule, please seeĀ GeoSpectives Poster Fall 2012. We will be sending out reminders for upcoming talks throughout the semester.

Our first GeoSpectives will take place next Friday Sept 14th @ 3pm in Burnside Hall rm 426 by Dr. Ashlee Cunsolo Willox on:

Climate Change and Inuit Mental Health: Local Voices, Global Implications

Anthropogenic climate change has become an increasing international concern, as peoples globally are already experiencing dramatic shifts in weather, climate, and environment. These changes are adversely impacting human health, with some scholars identifying climate change as the most significant threat to global health of the 21st Century. Emerging research indicates that climate change, and the resulting environmental alterations, also pose serious challenges for mental health and well-being, particularly among resource-dependent regions, those living in rural, remote, or ecologically-sensitive areas, and Indigenous populations. Drawing on data from community-led research conducted in the Inuit community of Rigolet, Nunatsiavut, Labrador, this presentation will describe the pathways through which residents reported that climate change was negatively impacting mental health and health systems in the region, and highlight the need to work collaboratively with communities and regions to define research priorities, develop locally-appropriate mental health services, and design culturally-relevant adaptation strategies.

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