Chris Furgal is a current member of the TRACKS Advisory Committee. As a co-founder of the program, Chris provides much of the day-to-day, as well as long-term, support for the program.
Chris Furgal is an Associate Professor at Trent University in the Indigenous Environmental Studies and Sciences Program. He is cross-appointed to the Trent School of the Environment and the Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies. Chris is a multidisciplinary researcher and teacher with degrees, research and teaching experience in the natural, social and health sciences. Chris also Directs the Nasivvik Centre for Inuit Health and Changing Environments (nasivvik.ca) and Health, Environments and Indigenous Communities research group at Trent University (heicresearch.ca). His research and teaching interests lie at the interface between the environment and Indigenous health and Chris often works with both Indigenous and western sciences and ways of knowing via his relationships with different knowledge holders and communities in the local area and beyond. While much of his current research takes place with Inuit communities in the Canadian Arctic, he is dedicated to youth education and engagement in these topics through his involvement and role with TRACKS.
Chris and Dan Longboat created the TRent Aboriginal Cultural Knowledge and Science Initiative (TRACKS), in 2010 and remain committed to its vision and mandate today.