Rachel Engler-Stringer is an associate professor in the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology and a researcher at the Saskatchewan Population Health and Evaluation Research Unit. She is working on several studies related to food systems and food security, nutrition inequities and food environments. The largest study she leads is critical ethnographic research on food practices in Saskatoon’s inner city. This study is using mixed methods, including multiple in-depth qualitative interviews and smartphone –mediated food procurement and diet data to examine food and eating in the context of low-income and other forms of marginalization. Rachel’s research is community-based and regularly includes various community partners, both in Saskatoon’s core and elsewhere.
“Nutrition Inequity in the Inner City: A Study of Diet and Food Access in the Context of Community-Based Food Interventions”
Under the direction of Rachel Engler-Stringer this research aims to better understand how people living within the core neighbourhoods access food. Each participant has been provided with a smart phone for the length of the study. Over the three month period participants will use the phone, and the iEpi application installed on each phone, to take photos of food they eat and buy. Every time a photo is taken, the participant can complete a follow up survey on the phone to identify how they travelled to get the food and their location data.
“The impact of Indigenous Science Education on urban Aboriginal students’ identities, achievement, and attitudes toward science”
The present project engages science teachers and community Elders and/or Knowledge Keepers in professional development on the inclusion of Indigenous knowledge (IK) in science education, pairs participating teachers with an Elder or Knowledge Keeper to develop and deliver a science course respectfully including Indigenous content and pedagogies, and examines the impact of this course on urban Aboriginal students’ identities, achievement, and attitudes toward science. This research addresses the gross underrepresentation of Indigenous people in postsecondary science programs and careers, creating opportunities for economic development within Indigenous communities, and opening possibilities for Indigenous knowledge to shift scientific endeavours toward aims of equity and sustainability.
“The Saskatoon Food Council”
The Saskatoon Food Council’s mandate is to improve Saskatoon’s food economy, enrich our food culture, and reduce hunger in Saskatoon. The council works at bringing people together from all parts of the food system to encourage collaboration and increased food security.
Our projects include advocating for policy change to increase food security within the City of Saskatoon, coordinating urban agriculture demonstrations at the Saskatoon Farmers Market and working at strengthening the connection between farmers and consumers.
The Food Council hosts monthly food systems meetings to provide a venue for learning across the food system and for coordinated action to increase food security.
"Indigenous Planning for Urban Revitalization in Saskatchewan"
Ben Fawcett is exploring intersections of urban planning and indigeneity in Saskatoon and Regina with a particular focus on neighbourhood change and "revitalization" strategies in the inner city. How do individuals and organizations dedicated to supporting Indigenous residents' rights, needs, and aspirations perceive recent neighbourhood changes? And what might revitalization strategies that meaningfully respond to alternative and Indigenous social-economic activities entail?
“The Food Reclamation Project”
The food reclamation project with the Saskatchewan Population Health and Evaluation Research Unit (SPHERU), will involve the community-based organizations, the Saskatoon Waste Reduction Council, the Friendship Inn and the Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre to help reduce food waste while increasing access to healthy foods. I will be developing tools for public health regulations, researching food reclamation practices in other jurisdictions and be making recommendations for key stakeholders, which include the City of Saskatoon and grocery and food service industries. I will also be developing pamphlets for grocery stores, restaurants and banquet managements, produce a report on opportunities and challenges of eatable food donations, food reclamation practices and develop key recommendations.
“A critical study for the development of Indigenous Women's health and birthing centre, a Vision of Saskatoon mothers' Centre”
This project involves conducting a literature review to develop a report on Indigenous Women's health and birthing centres that will be relevant for Saskatchewan and making recommendations for the next steps for the Saskatoon Mothers' Centre in attaining this goal. The recommendations will be developed considering the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats to the organization (SWOT analysis) as well as by keeping in mind, stakeholders and implementation strategies as indicated by the literature review. Individuals or groups that are likely to affect or be affected by the action of creating an Indigenous Women's health and birthing centre will be identified by literature review and listed according to their impact on the action and the impact the action will have on them (Stakeholder analysis). Also, the analysis of whether the creation of such centre fits with the management preferences, organization, resources and environment will be made and thus, strategies will be recommended keeping holistic view of the organization and its environment based on the findings of literature review (Implementation analysis).