Dalla Lana School of Public Health
Professor Angela Mashford-Pringle is a member of the Timiskaming First Nation (Algonquin) who was the second Indigenous graduate from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health where she is now an Assistant Professor and Associate Director at the Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health. Professor Mashford-Pringle collaborates with Indigenous communities across Ontario in the areas of cultural safety training, justice involved Indigenous peoples, climate change affecting food sovereignty and revitalization of cultural ways of being. The basis of many of her projects focus on land-based learning, spirituality and the Indigenous social determinants of health, and their relationships to health, healing and cultural resurgence.
Drawing from her own teachings, Professor Mashford-Pringle integrates Indigenous pedagogies and ontologies of land-based learning and relationality into her teaching. Professor Mashford-Pringle co-teaches with Elders, Knowledge Keepers and Senators to allow students learning about Indigenous health to experience and learn in a culturally safe and welcoming manner. She emphasizes the importance of relationship with ourselves and one another in the classroom, fostering a community space for students to reflect on their power, positionality and privileges as they approach problems and case studies. Professor Mashford-Pringle delivered a five-day land-based learning course hosted at Hart House Farm in Caledon, Ontario where students received teachings from Elders, Knowledge Keepers and artists on topics such as sacred medicines, fire-making and water. Despite the pandemic and virtual learning, she continued to offer land-based activities in her syllabi. As public health restrictions begin to lift, Professor Mashford-Pringle will continue to offer land-based learning opportunities, particularly through a new 10-day land-based intensive programming for first year Master of Public Health in Indigenous Health students.