Chantelle Richmond, Acting Director

Chantelle Richmond(Biigtigong Anishinabe) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Environment at Western University in London, Ontario (Canada), where she holds the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Health and the Environment. Chantelle is Acting Director of the Indigenous Studies Program at Western University.

She is Leader of Ontario’s Indigenous Mentorship Network ( Chantelle is a health geographer by training and her research is based on a community-centred model of research that explores the intersection of Indigenous people’s health and knowledge systems within the context of global environmental change.

Along with colleagues and community partners in Canada, Hawaii and Aotearoa, Chantelle’s current research examines concepts and applied processes of environmental repossession. Another major emphasis of her research explores the concept of relational accountability as it relates to Indigenous research environments. In 2015, Chantelle was inducted to the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars.

Chantelle can be found in room 2433 (2nd floor of Social Science), or contacted by e-mail at

Rick Fehr, Program Coordinator

Rich FehrRick Fehr has been involved with Indigenous Education for more than twenty-years. As a non-Indigenous ally, Rick dedicates his life to enhancing the academic journey of Indigenous learners.

Originally from Wallaceburg, Ontario, Rick recognizes the land he was raised on as Treaty no. 7 land, also known as the Chenail Ecarté Tract. These lands were to be settled by the Anishinaabeg and other Indigenous allies.

He has been an Educational Development Officer for the Anishinabek Educational Institute, he developed a summer transitional program for Indigenous students at Nipissing University, and he was a former Acting Director of Indigenous Studies at Western.

Rick is married to Dr. Renee Bedard, an Anishinaabe-kwe scholar at Western, and he has two daughters, Willow and Juniper. He earned his undergraduate degree in Native Studies from Trent University and has a PhD in Environmental Studies from York University.

As the Program Coordinator, Rick can help students with course selection and decide the right path through our Minor, Major, and Honours Specialization programs. Rick is also here to assist students access academic and cultural resources if needed.

Rick can be found in room 3212 (just around the corner from the Indigenous Studies main office), or contacted by e-mail at

Charlie MacDonald, Program Assistant

Charlie MacDonaldCharlie is a settler, who was born and raised in Anishinabek Territory. She is a mother of one son (Mason, 8), a dog (Willow) and has been married for over 10 years. Charlie has worked at Western University for 13 years.

Charlie wishes to educate herself and those around her about the history and ongoing issues that impact Indigenous community. Through her work in Indigenous Studies, she hopes to support action and responsibility for her personal role with reconciliation.

In Indigenous Studies, Charlie is the first point of contact for students, faculty and staff. She provides office administration, including management of the budget allocations, making and tracking faculty appointment and organizing special events. She works closely with the Director and with the students in Indigenous Studies program.

Charlie brings a wealth of experience and empathy to this role, and she looks forward to supporting you.

Charlie can be reached at 519-661-2111 Ext. 86429 or by email at Her office is located in Social Sciences Centre, Room 3207.