ReSDA Principal Coordinator

Stephanie Pike is the Principal Coordinator for ReSDA based at the Yukon Research Centre, Yukon College.  Stephanie grew up in the Yukon.  She completed a Bachelor of Arts in Natural Resource Management at Vancouver Island University and is currently working on a Masters of Environmental Studies at Wilfred Laurier University.

Yukon Research Centre, Yukon College
Box 2799, Whitehorse, YT  Y1A 5K4
Tel: 867-456-8633
Fax: 867-456-8672

Previous ReSDA Coordinators

walker Valoree Walker was the Principal Coordinator for ReSDA from 2012-2017.  She has worked in what was previously known as the Northern Research Institute (now the Yukon Research Centre) since 2004. She grew up in Cambridge Bay and Yellowknife, NWT, before completing her education at the University of Calgary (B.Sc., zoology and microbiology/cell biology) and the University of Alberta (PhD, animal science – physiology). She then returned to the North, working as Manager of Scientific Services then as Director at the Aurora Research Institute before moving to Whitehorse. Valoree continues to pursue her interests in northern research and education  with the current focus on issues of significance to the social and cultural environment of the North through the Social Economy Research network of Northern Canada and presently with ReSDA.

Yukon Research Centre, Yukon College
Box 2799, Whitehorse, YT  Y1A 5K4
Tel: 867-668-8857
Fax: 867-456-8672

ReSDA Northern Coordinator (Labrador)

Picture1Morgon Mills is a Program Coordinator at the Labrador Institute of Memorial University.  He completed his MA in English at the University of Toronto in 2007, just months before moving north to Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador.  Since then he has filled a wide variety of supporting roles in Labrador Institute educational and research programs: everything from teaching to running community engagement events to reviewing research grant applications.  He currently oversees the Labrador Institute library and archive, among other responsibilities, and completed Memorial’s certificate program in library studies in 2012.  Morgon began work as ReSDA’s Northern Coordinator for Labrador in May 2014.  Morgon is now also pursuing a PhD in English at Memorial University.

Labrador Institute
Memorial University of Newfoundland
PO Box 490, Stn. B
219 Hamilton River Rd., Rm. 136
Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL,  A0P 1E0
Tel: 709 896 6394
Fax: 709 896 2970
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ReSDA Northern Coordinator (Northwest Territories)

Jessica Dutton PhotoJessica Dutton is the Northwest Territories (NWT) Coordinator for ReSDA working on a part-time basis at the Aurora Research Institute (ARI).  She is currently the Manager for Research Ethics and Regional Programs at ARI where she enjoys connecting research with communities and facilitating opportunities for NWT communities to engage with and benefit from the research that is conducted in the South Slave region.  Jessica is also working on her PhD in Health and Behavioural Sciences at the University of Toronto.  She has a background in Political Science and International Development (MA, Political Science and ID, University of Guelph, 2010) and has worked previously on several projects that explored Aboriginal peoples’ health, including projects with the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, University of Guelph’s Institute for Community Engaged Scholarship, and the Centre for Aboriginal Initiatives at the University of Toronto. Jessica continues to explore community-engaged research initiatives, develop research projects in the area of Aboriginal health and establish practical collaboration and communication strategies that promote Northern research, respect traditional knowledge and benefit the people of the NWT.

Aurora Research Institute, Aurora College
Box 45, Fort Smith, NT X0E 0P0
Tel: 867-872-7084
Fax: 867-872-5024

ReSDA Northern Coordinator (Nunavut)

Pitseolak Pfeifer is the Nunavut Coordinator for ReSDA for the summer of 2017. Born and raised in Iqaluit, he is advancing his research interests in sustainable Northern community development through an M.A. in Northern Studies at Carleton University, and has built on over 25 years of Inuit advocacy in his B.A. Hon. in Indigenous Studies / Canadian Studies at the same institution. He combines his interdisciplinary studies with consulting work for different Inuit organizations and with participation in applied and community-based research projects related to Indigenous issues. He often guest lectures to universities on Arctic matters, in particular on Inuit communities and on the relationship between Inuit and Canada in current context. Pitseolak has brought his contributions to Carleton’s Aboriginal Education Council and to the summer Institute on the Ethics of Research with Indigenous Peoples. He has also been an active member of the Inuit community both in Iqaluit and in Ottawa, offering his skills and experience to help address community needs.

Nunavut Research Institute
Box 1720, Iqaluit, NU XOA OHO
Building 959.
Tel: 867-979-7264