Dr. Shirley Thompson

Associate Professor

Natural Resources Institute
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Canada R3T 2M6
Tel.: (204) 474-7170
Fax: (204) 261-0038
E-mail: s.thompson@umanitoba.ca
Website: Partnership Research

Funding for Masters Student in Rural Development research available for 2020 (Click here)


B.Sc.(Hons.) University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, 1988
M.Eng. Chemical Engineering, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 1993
B.Ed. University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 1996
Ph.D. Adult Education, Community Development and Counselling Psychology, OISE/University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 2002.

Research Interests

Research Interests Food sovereignty: Food sovereignty combines food security and sustainable livelihoods to not only feed the family but provide jobs and reconcile Indigenous ancestral land. The Mino Bimaadiziwin participatory research is funding research and teaching of Indigenous food systems that incorporates different aspects of the social economy of food (e.g., farmer's markets, community gardens, community shared agriculture, fisheries cooperatives, community food programs, etc.).

Ecosystem Health and built environment: The poor infrastructure in the remote Island Lake’s First Nations places many vulnerable people at risk from COVID-19 with no hospitals or access roads, overcrowded housing, lack of piped water delivery and high food insecurity. The Mino Bimaadiziwin partnership is building sustainable houses and capacity. Community-led education:

Community-led education is necessary for sustainability to deal and address problems locally and globally. Imagine if every community had an education program that built capacity where it is needed most. Adult education should build resilience instead of state dependence. Students in the Mino Bimaadiziwin partnership learn while building homes and food sovereignty to meet community needs.

Selected Publications

REFERRED ARTICLES (since 2012 only)

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. /10.5304/jafscd.2019.09B.017
Ahmed, T. Geebu, R., Thompson, S. (2019). Assessing Land Loss from Flooding in the Lake St. Martin Basin in Manitoba, Canada. Journal of Geoscience and Environment Protection 7 (12), 171-181. 10.4236/gep.2019.712012
Ahmed, N., & Thompson, S. (2019). The blue dimensions of aquaculture: A global synthesis. Science of the Total Environment, 652: 851-861. /10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.10.163
Ahmed, N., S. Thompson, M. Glaser. (2019). Global aquaculture productivity, environmental sustainability, and climate change adaptability. Environmental Management, 63(2): 159–172. /10.1007/s00267-018-1117-3
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. /10.20469/ijhss.4.10002-4.
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. /10.5276/JSWTM.2018.232
Ahmed, A., Ward, J., Thompson, S., Saint, C. & Diana, J. (2018). Blue-Green Water Nexus in Aquaculture for Resilience to Climate Change, Reviews in Fisheries Science & Aquaculture, 26:2, 139-154. /10.1080/23308249.2017.1373743.
Ahmed, N., S. Thompson, M. Glaser. (2018). Transforming organic prawn farming in Bangladesh: potentials and challenges. Journal of Cleaner Production, 172: 3806–3816.
Ahmed, N., S. Thompson, M. Glaser. (2018). Integrated mangrove-shrimp cultivation: potentials for blue carbon sequestration. Ambio – a Journal of the Human Environment, 47(4): 441–452.
Thompson S. (2018). Information Technology to Empower Farmer Action on Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security. Agri Res & Tech: Open Access J.; 13(2): 555877. /10.19080/ARTOAJ.2018.13.555877
Olsen Harper, A. & Thompson, S. (2017). Structural oppressions facing Indigenous students in Canadian education. Fourth World Journal, 15 (2), 41-66.
Martin, D. E., Thompson, S., Ballard, M & Linton, J. (2017). Two-Eyed Seeing in Research and its Absence in Policy: Little Saskatchewan First Nation Elders' Experiences of the 2011 Flood and Forced Displacement. The International Indigenous Policy Journal, 8(4). Retrieved from: https://ir.lib.uwo.ca/iipj/vol8/iss4/6. /10.18584/iipj.2017.8.4.6
Ahmed, N. Cheung, W. Thompson, S. & Glaser, M. (2017). Solutions to blue carbon emissions: Shrimp cultivation, mangrove deforestation and climate change in coastal Bangladesh. Marine Policy 82:68-75 · August 2017. /10.1016/j.marpol.2017.05.007
Ahmed, N., S. Thompson, & M. Glaser. (2017). Transforming organic prawn farming in Bangladesh: Potentials and challenges. Journal of Cleaner Production. /10.1016/j.jclepro.2017.06.110.
Thapa, K. & Thompson, S. (2017). Significance of Social Science Mainstreaming for Sustainable Conservation of Natural Resources. Agri Res & Tech: Open Access J, 4(1). /10.19080/ARTOAJ.2017.04.555626
Bhatarali, P. & Thompson, S. (2016). Optimizing an Off-Grid Electrical System in Brochet, Manitoba, Canada. Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, 53: 709-719. DOI:10.1016/j.rser.2015.09.001
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.
Chowdhury, A.H., Hambly Odame, H., Thompson, S. & Hauser, M. (2015). Enhancing Farmers' Capacity of botanical pesticide innovation through video-mediated learning in Bangladesh. International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability, 13(4), 326-349. DOI: 10.1080/14735903.2014.997461
Thompson, S., Clahane, T., Gulruhk, A. & Nwankwo, U. (2015). Growing Gardens, Youth and Community Food Security in Canada’s Boreal Forest. International Journal of Biodiversity Watch, 1(1) 65-88.
Kamal, A., Linklater, R., Thompson, S., Dipple, J. & Ithinto Mechisowin Committee (2015). A Recipe for Change: Reclamation of Indigenous Food Sovereignty in O-Pipon-Na-Piwin Cree Nation for Decolonization, Resource Sharing, and Cultural Restoration, Globalizations, 12(4), 559-575, DOI: 10.1080/14747731.2015.1039761
Thompson, S., Rony, M., Temmer, J., & Wood, D. (2014). Pulling in the Indigenous fishery cooperative net: Fishing for sustainable livelihoods and food security in Garden Hill First Nation, Manitoba, Canada. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 4(3), 177–192. http://dx.doi.org/10.5304/jafscd.2014.043.016
Thompson, S. & Si, M. (2014). Strategic analysis of Energy Efficiency Projects: Case Study of a Steel Mill in Manitoba. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 40:814-819. /10.1016/j.rser.2014.07.140.
Thompson, S. Ballard, M. & D. Martin (2014). Environmentally and Developmentally Induced Displacement: Lake St. Martin First Nation Community Members’ Experiences -“We’re like refugees”. Refuge, 29 (2), 75-86.
Fulford, S. & Thompson, S. (2013). Youth Community Gardening Programming as Community Development: The Youth for EcoAction Program in Winnipeg, Canada. Canadian Journal of Nonprofit and Social Economy Research, 4 (2), 56-75.
Ballard, M. & Thompson, S. (2013). “Flooding Lake St. Martin First Nation Community: Impacts to and Future Community Plans for Sustainable Livelihoods". Canadian Journal of Nonprofit and Social Economy Research, 4 (1), 43-65.
Hossain, B.M.S., Rahman M., Thompson S., Rashed-Un-Nabi, M. & Kibria M. (2013). Climate Change Resilience Assessment Using Livelihood Assets of Coastal Fishing Community in Nijhum Dwip, Bangladesh. Pertanika Journal of Science & Technology, 21 (2), 397-422. http// www.pertanika2.upm.edu.my/...%202013/10%20Page%20397-422.pdf‎
Deb, A., Haque E. & Thompson, S. (2013). “Man can’t give birth, woman can’t fish": Gender dynamics in the small-scale fisheries of Bangladesh. Gender, Place and Culture, 1-22. /10.1080/0966369X.2013.855626
Thompson S., Wiebe, J., Gulrukh, A. & Ashram, A. (2012). Analyzing Food-related Economic Development in Indigenous Communities in Northern Manitoba for Impacts on Food Sovereignty, Food Security and Sustainable Livelihoods. Canadian Journal of Nonprofit and Social Economy Research. 3 (2): 43-66.
Fieldhouse, P. & Thompson, S. (2012). Tackling Food Security Issues in Indigenous Communities in Canada: The Manitoba Experience. Nutrition and Dietetics. 69 (3), 217–221, DOI: 10.1111/j.1747-0080.2012.01619.
Zurba, M., Islam, D. Smith, D. & Thompson, S. (2012). Food and healing: an urban community food security assessment for the North End of Winnipeg. Urban Research and Practice, 5 (2): 284-289.
Rahman, R. Uddin, S. & Thompson, S. (2012). Effective Governance Strategy: Key to Sustainable Collaborative Management in a Wildlife Sanctuary in South-Eastern part of Bangladesh. International Journal of Environmental and Rural Development, 3 (2): 174-180. http://iserd.net/ijerd/IJERD31.pdf‎

Thompson, S., Harper, V. and Whiteway, N. (2020). Keeping our Land the Way the Creator Taught Us: Wasagamack First Nation. Winnipeg: Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre.
Thompson, S., Katz-Rozene, R. & Ling, C. (Eds). (2015). Sustainability Soup: Selections of the Environmental Studies Association of Canada. Washington, DC: CreateSpace. http://www.amazon.com/Sustainability-Soup-Selections-Environmental-Association/dp/1514137038.
Fredericks, S., Shen, L. & Thompson, S. (Eds). (2012). Natural Resources and Sustainability. Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability. Great Barrington: Berkshire.

Thompson, S. & Pritty, P. (2020). Damming Food Sovereignty of Indigenous Peoples: A Case study of Food Security at O-Pipon-Na-Piwin Cree Nation. In Settee and Shuklah (Eds.), Indigenous Food Systems: Concepts, Cases, and Conversations. Toronto: Canadian Scholars Press.
Thompson, S. & Pritty, P. (2020). Eco-carnivores and sustainable food security in remote Indigenous communities: The foodshed of Garden Hill First Nation case study. In Katz-Rosene, R. and Sarah Martin (Eds.), Green Meat: Sustaining Eaters, Animals, and the Planet. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press.
Thompson S. (2018) Electronic Waste and Its Regulation. In: Themelis N., Bourtsalas A. (eds) Recovery of Materials and Energy from Urban Wastes. Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology Series. Springer, New York, NY. /10.1007/978-1-4939-7850-2_123
Kamal, A., Thompson, S., Linklater, R. & Ithinto Mechisowin Committee (2014). Sustainable Livelihood Approach to Achieve Food Sovereignty in O-Pipon-Na-Piwin Cree Nation. In Deer, F., Falkenberg, T., McMillan, B. & Sims, L. Sustainable Well-being: Concepts, Issues and Educational Practices. (139-157). Winnipeg: ESWB Press. http://www.eswb-press.org/uploads/1/2/8/9/12899389/sustainable_well-being_2014.pdf

Ahmed, N. & Thompson, S. (2017). How will climate change impact seafood production? Important perspectives for aquaculture productivity and global food security. Global Aquaculture Advocate (USA), April 3, 2017.
Ahmed, N. & Thompson, S. (2017). Sustainable intensification of aquaculture. INFOFISH International (Malaysia), 3: 35–37.

Suzuki, K. and Thompson, S. (2019). Mino Bimaadiziwin Partnership: Building youth, building capacity. https://youtu.be/RFoud5l-Thc
Thompson, S. & Suzuki, K (2018). Boreal Homebuilders. https://youtu.be/nW84gdC6-lk
Thompson, S., Sumner, I., Suzuki, K., Martin, D. and Ballard, M. (2018). Name your Baby Mooskaahn: flooding out Youth from Little Saskatchewan. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MFwOeHdAbc
Pritty, P., Suzuki, K. & Thompson, S. (2018). Our Home and Native Land.
Klatt, R. & Thompson, S (2016). High School - Then What? Education in Wasagamack First Nation.
Klatt, R. & Thompson, S (2016). The Wasagamack Housing Crisis. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgySkmyho1U&t=25s
Ballard, M, Klatt, R. Martin, D. and Thompson, S (2016). Wounded Spirit: Forced Evacuation of Little Saskatchewan First Nation Elders. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQTubc1LIjY
Thompson, S. and Oyegunle, A. (2015) Sinking Under the Negative Impacts of Manitoba Hydro. http://youtu.be/ph7Kw1LFWS4.
Klatt, R. & Thompson, S. (2015). Meechim Farms Inc , https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CeWRoRQaZk
Thompson, S., Klatt, R. & Oyegunle, A. (2015). Wasagamack: Living without Running Water and Sewage Service. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6qPQYfNavY
Thompson, S. and Klatt, R. (2015). Manito Ahbee Black River: Where the sacred rocks live. 10 minute video. https://youtu.be/gZo6VD-JxaU
Kamal, A. and Thompson, S. (2013). Use and Occupancy Mapping Guide and Research Design Created by 7 First Nation communities. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJdFj184zKU&feature=em-upload_owner
Ballard, M., Klatt, R. & Thompson, S. (2012). Flooding Hope: The Lake St. Martin First Nation story [Video]. http://home.cc.umanitoba.ca/~thompso4/floodinghope_doc.html

Thompson, S (PI), 2017-2023. Northern sustainability teaching lodges in remote First Nation Communities. SSHRC Partnership Grant. $2,500,000.
Thompson, S. (PI). 2019-2021. Mitacs Inc. - Mitacs Accelerate Learning partnership for community development and Mino Bimaadiziwin in Brokenhead Ojibway Nation Awarded. $90,000.
Thompson, S. (PI). 2019-2023. Mitacs Inc. - Mitacs Accelerate First Nations Philanthropy Engagement Research Project Awarded with active RPA, 180,000.
Martin, D. & S. Thompson (Co-PI), 2015-2019. Micro- and Macro-Construction of Induced Displacement: Experiences, Health Outcomes and Future Plans of Little Saskatchewan First Nation. CIHR Aboriginal People’s Health. $617, 856.
Thompson, S. (Co-PI). 2019. University of Toronto - Contract WISE longitudinal evaluation project.
Thompson, S. (PI). 2016. Our home and native resources: Community planning and sustainable development to build prosperity in Wasagamack and Garden Hill First Nations. Mitacs Elevated Post-Doctoral Fellowship (PDF). $115,000.
Thompson, S. (PI). 2018-2019. Northern teaching lodges: Learning partnership for building human resources, community development and improving infrastructure in First Nation communities. SSHRC Partnership Letter of Intent. $19,996.
Martin, D & S. Thompson (Co-PI), 2014-2015. “A critical ethnography examining Little Saskatchewan First Nation community members’ experiences of induced displacement: Promoting pimachiwiin. CIHR Aboriginals Peoples’ Health. $100,000.
Thompson, S. (PI). 2014-2016. “Land Use Mapping and Planning for Sustainable Development with Island Lake Communities and other East-side Communities in Manitoba.” MITACS Accelerate Internships. $180,000.
Thompson, S. (PI). 2012-2017. The Good Life through Indigenous Community Development: Sustainable Development Planning to Build Community Assets in Island Lake First Nation communities. SSHRC Insight Grant. $499,900.
Thompson, S. (PI). 2014-2017. Sharing the Feast of Ithinto Mechisowin (Food from the Land) and Grow North: Food-based Community Development at O-Pipon-Na-Piwin Cree Nation and Northern Manitoba communities. SSHRC Partnership Development Grant. $199,636.
Thompson, S. (PI). 2013-2015. Traditional Land Use and Ancestral Occupancy in Garden Hill. WNO, Province of Manitoba. $80,000
Thompson, S. (PI). 2013-2015. Traditional Land Use and Ancestral Occupancy in Wasagamack. WNO, Province of Manitoba. $80,000.
Thompson, S. (PI). 2013-2015. Traditional Land Use and Ancestral Occupancy in Red Sucker Lake. WNO, Province of Manitoba. $80,000.
2015/2016 Community outreach award, University of Manitoba ($3000)