Dr. Chris Furgal


Dr. Chris Furgal
Associate Professor (Interim Director, Indigenous Environmental Studies & Sciences Program); Director of the Nasivvik Centre for Inuit Health and Changing Environments and Co-Director of the Trent Indigenous Environmental Institute

Chris Furgal is a current member of the TRACKS Steering Team. 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 and Interim Director of the Indigenous Environmental Studies and Sciences Program at Trent University. 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), the Health, Environments and Indigenous Communities research group at Trent University (heicresearch.ca) and is Co-Director of the Indigenous Environmental Institute at Trent. 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 environmental education and engagement in these topics through his involvement and role with TRACKS.