Ashlee’s research is based on that deep commitment to and honouring of Indigenous research methodologies, premised on respect, reciprocity, relationships, relationality, ritual, responsibility and relevance. She says, “I believe that research is ceremony, and that it can contribute to a process of reconciliation, if approached full of humility, hope, humour, and healing intentions.”
Ashlee’s research program focuses on Indigenous-led intercultural health research, with connections among culture, place, health, and environment at the very core. For the past decade she has worked with Inuit communities in Arctic Canada on projects related to climate change and mental health, supporting youth resilience, cultural resurgence and reclamation, and land-based monitoring of environment and health impacts. More recently, she has begun working with and learning from Mi’kmaq communities in Unama’ki (Cape Breton), as well as First Nations, Inuit, and Metis leaders from across Canada through a variety of research projects.
Ashlee feels strongly that relationships are at the heart of her work, and says, “I work at a university; but I work for communities.”