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Leonard Tsuji      
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Leonard Tsuji published an article in May 2015.
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Maren Oelbermann

34 shared publications

School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Eric N Liberda

6 shared publications

University of Waterloo

Christine D. Barbeau

4 shared publications

Department of Environment and Resource Studies, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada

Richard Meldrum

4 shared publications

School of Occupational and Public Health, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON, Canada

Ian D Martin

3 shared publications

Department of Physical & Environmental Sciences, University of Toronto Scarborough, 1265 Military Trail, M1C 1A4 Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Article 4 Reads 4 Citations Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change: Producing Potatoes (Solanum tuberosum L.) and Bush Beans (Phaseolus vulgaris... Jim Karagatzides, Christine Barbeau, Maren Oelbermann, Leona... Published: 08 May 2015
Sustainability, doi: 10.3390/su7055664
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Aboriginal people in Canada experience disproportionately high rates of diet-related illnesses, such as obesity and diabetes. Food insecurity has been identified as a contributing factor to these illnesses along with a loss of traditional lifestyle. Current food systems within northern subarctic and arctic regions of Canada rely heavily on imported foods that are expensive (when available), and are environmentally unsustainable. A warming subarctic and arctic climate present challenges, but also offers the opportunity for local agricultural production that can increase food security and promote a more sustainable food system. In this study the feasibility of sustainably growing potatoes (Solanum tuberosum L.) utilizing agroforestry practices to enhance food security in remote subarctic communities is explored through a case study in Fort Albany First Nation in northern Ontario, Canada. Potato crops were grown over a two-year period and rotated into plots that had been planted with green bush beans (Phaseolus vulgaris L.). Results showed that potatoes and bush beans could be grown successfully in the subarctic without the use of greenhouses with yields comparable to more conventional high-input agricultural methods. In subarctic Canada, sustainable local food production can help to promote social capital, healthier lifestyles, and food security.
CONFERENCE-ARTICLE 4 Reads 0 Citations The Potential Use of Strategic Environmental Assessment to Protect the Core Elements of Indigenous Culture: Exploring Su... Denis Kirchhoff, Graham Whitelaw, Leonard Tsuji Published: 03 November 2014
The 4th World Sustainability Forum, doi: 10.3390/wsf-4-i003
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This study will compare Canadian and Australian case studies to glean insights and compile lessons learned to better understand how resource development should occur in a way that fosters Indigenous peoples' cultural wellbeing in the present and the future. Both Indigenous populations experienced the institutional effects of European settler state policies, which subsequently engendered forms of social and political colonialism, and both Indigenous populations have had similar experiences with transnational mining companies encroaching on traditional lands as part of a broader process of globalization. We contend that we need a fundamentally different approach to resource development that affects Indigenous traditional lands in both Ontario, Canada, and NSW, Australia; one that takes into consideration the core values needed to sustain Indigenous cultural wellbeing in the present and the future.
Article 0 Reads 0 Citations Bird harvesting practices and knowledge, risk perceptions, and attitudes regarding avian influenza among Canadian First ... Nadia A Charania, Ian D Martin, Eric N Liberda, Richard Meld... Published: 28 October 2014
BMC Public Health, doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-14-1113
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There is concern of avian influenza virus (AIV) infections in humans. Subsistence hunters may be a potential risk group for AIV infections as they frequently come into close contact with wild birds and the aquatic habitats of birds while harvesting. This study aimed to examine if knowledge and risk perception of avian influenza influenced the use of protective measures and attitudes about hunting influenza-infected birds among subsistence hunters. Using a community-based participatory research approach, a cross-sectional survey was conducted with current subsistence hunters (n = 106) residing in a remote and isolated First Nations community in northern Ontario, Canada from November 10-25, 2013. Simple descriptive statistics, cross-tabulations, and analysis of variance (ANOVA) were used to examine the distributions and relationships between variables. Written responses were deductively analyzed. ANOVA showed that males hunted significantly more birds per year than did females (F1,96 = 12.1; p = 0.001) and that those who hunted significantly more days per year did not perceive a risk of AIV infection (F1,94 = 4.4; p = 0.040). Hunters engaged in bird harvesting practices that could expose them to AIVs, namely by cleaning, plucking, and gutting birds and having direct contact with water. It was reported that 18 (17.0%) hunters wore gloves and 2 (1.9%) hunters wore goggles while processing birds. The majority of hunters washed their hands (n = 105; 99.1%) and sanitized their equipment (n = 69; 65.1%) after processing birds. More than half of the participants reported being aware of avian influenza, while almost one third perceived a risk of AIV infection while harvesting birds. Participants aware of avian influenza were more likely to perceive a risk of AIV infection while harvesting birds. Our results suggest that knowledge positively influenced the use of a recommended protective measure. Regarding attitudes, the frequency of participants who would cease harvesting birds was highest if avian influenza was detected in regional birds (n = 55; 51.9%). Our study indicated a need for more education about avian influenza and precautionary behaviours that are culturally-appropriate. First Nations subsistence hunters should be considered an avian influenza risk group and have associated special considerations included in future influenza pandemic plans.