Associate Professor
Natural Resources Institute
Room 314-70 Dysart Road 
Winnipeg MB
R3T 2N2
(204) 291-8413


Academic Background

1996 to DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY, University of Toronto    
2002 Adult Education, Community Development and Counselling Psychology, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at University of Toronto
Dissertation: Environmental Justice in a Toxic Economy: Community Struggles with Environmental Health Disorders in Nova Scotia, 2002.
1995 to  BACHELOR OF EDUCATION, Faculty of Education, University of Toronto
1996  Teaching subjects: Environmental Science, Science and English as a Second Language.
1993  Specialized in Industrial Hygiene and Environmental Engineering     
1982 to HONOUR BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE, University of Waterloo
1987  Biology and Chemistry


NRI 7200 The Role of Information Management in Sustainable Use
NRI 7250 Environmental Management Practices
NRI 7170 Food Resources, Sustainable Livelihoods and Community Food Security
NRI 7340 Environmental Justice and Ecosystem Health
NRI 7160 Permaculture Design Certificate Course for Prairie and Boreal Ecosystem

Research Interests

I conduct community-led participatory research to build local capacity and solutions addressing First Nation housing crisis, food insecurity and other priority issues. With several Indigenous communities, we are designing and building sustainable homes with local wood. Research on Indigenous food systems is operationalizing of designs for permaculture farms, wild food programs, pop-up stores, cooperatives, and capacity-building programs. 

I also work with First Nations, Indigenous organizations and environmental justice groups to protect community health and ecological integrity. Towards this end, I work with communities to conduct traditional land use mapping, environmental assessment and participatory video research. 

Through maps, videos, webinars, social media, journal articles, mainstream media outreach and curriculum development, I effective communicate and deliver research results. In 2020 chaired a team that developed a new Indigenous Food Systems program called Kitigay at the University of Manitoba with Brokenhead Ojibway Nation. Kitigay is a year long program in development with degree and diploma courses to be held for the first time in 2021/2022 with Brokenhead Ojibway Nation.

Recent Outreach and Professional Activities

I chaired the team development of different new education programs in Indigenous food systems, homebuilding, natural resources, forestry and sawmilling.  I also was an expert in 2021 for the international "How to Change the World Program" and evaluator of their student awards.

I engage with multiple medias to share knowledge including: 
1) Mino Bimaadiziwin’s Partnership Website-, social media webpage 
2) Mino Bimaadiziwin’s Partnership Facebook:
3) Mino Bimaadiziwin Partnership weekly or biweekly webinars and bimonthly newsletter at 
4) Ecohealthcircle YouTube channel:

I also give regular media interviews to cover emerging issues with many mainstream media outlets.

I served as an adjudicator for different academic funding programs, at various times, including CMHC Housing Supply Challenge Data-Driven round, MITACS,  Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) adjudication for Insight Grant,  SSHRC Final stage of Partnership Grants, SSHRC Letter of Intent for Partnership Grants, and SSHRC Partnership Development Grants.

I am co-editing a special edition of the Journal for the Association of Social Economy Research ANSER for Winter 2021 on Decolonizing Inequities.  I also peer review for many journals, including Community Development, Humanities and Society, Energies, Polar Geography, JANSER, Waste management, Political Science Review, Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association, RSER, Health Promotion International, BMC Public Health, Resources and Applied Geography.

Recent and Significant Publications

Michnik, K., Thompson, S. & Beardy, B. (accepted 2021).  Moving your body, soul, and heart to share and harvest food: Food Systems Education for Youth and Indigenous Food Sovereignty in Garden Hill First Nation, Manitoba. Canadian Food Studies / La Revue canadienne des études sur l'alimentation. 

Solademi, F., & Thompson, S. (2020). Spatial Analysis of Heavy Metal Emissions in Residential, Commercial and Industrial Areas Adjacent to a Scrap Metal Shredder in Winnipeg, Canada. Journal of Geoscience and Environment Protection, 8, 359-386. 

Ahmed, N., Thompson, S., Hardy, B. & Turchini, G. M. (2020): An Ecosystem Approach to Wild Rice-Fish Cultivation. Reviews in Fisheries Science & Aquaculture

Thompson, S., Thapa, K &Whiteway, N. (2019). Sacred Harvest, Sacred Place: Mapping harvesting sites in Wasagamack First Nation. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 9 (1), 1-29.

Thompson, S. (2018). Take Three: Filming Three Participatory Videos with displaced Indigenous People from Little Saskatchewan First Nation and Lake St. Martin First Nation. International Journal of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, 4(4):168-178. 

Oyegunle, A. & Thompson, S. (2018). Wasting Indigenous Communities: A Case Study of Waste Management in Garden Hill and Wasagamack First Nations in Northern Manitoba, Canada. The Journal of Solid Waste Technology and Management, 44 (3): 232-247.  

Olsen Harper, A. & Thompson, S. (2017).  Structural oppressions facing Indigenous students in Canadian education. Fourth World Journal, 15 (2), 41-66. 

Thompson, S. (2015). Flooding First Nations and Environmental Justice in Manitoba: Case Studies of the Impacts of 2011 Flood and Hydrodevelopment in Manitoba. Manitoba Law Journal: 38(2), 220-259. 

Thompson, S., Harper, V. and Whiteway, N. (2020). Keeping our Land the Way the Creator Taught Us: Wasagamack First Nation Ancestral Land Use. Winnipeg: Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre. 

Thompson, S., M. Bonnycastle & Hill, S. (2020). COVID-19, First Nations and Poor Housing: “Wash hands frequently” and “Self-isolate” akin to “let them eat cake” in First Nations with Overcrowded Homes lacking Piped Water. CCPA: Winnipeg. ISBN: 978-1-77125-505-9.