Chapters in Books

Nelson C.H. & Stroink, M.L. (2013). Northern Ontario. In Knezevic, I., Landman, K., Blay-Palmer, A. and Nelson, E. (Eds.), Models and Best Practices for Building Sustainable Food Systems in Ontario and Beyond (pp. 16-67). Guelph, ON: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. Accessed at

Chevrette, L., Nelson, C.H. & Stroink, M.L. (2013). Northern Ontario In Knezevic, I., Landman, K., Blay-Palmer, A. and Nelson, E. (Eds.), Models and Best Practices for Building Sustainable Food Systems in Ontario and Beyond (pp. 195-204). Guelph, ON: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. Accessed at

Nelson, C.H. & Stroink, M. (2010). Benefits to Students of Service-learning through a Food Security Partnership Model. In Jeff Keshen, Barbara A. Holland, and Barbara E. Moely (Eds.), Research for what? Making engaged scholarship matter (pp. 171- 199). Advances in Service-Learning Research. Charlotte, North Carolina: Information Age Publishing, Inc.

Nelson, C.H., Stadey, M. & Lyons, A.A. (2005). Community-academic research partnership: A key recipe for food security. In A.M. Kirbyson (Ed.), Recipes for Success: A Celebration of Food Security Work in Canada. (pp. 27-31). Winnipeg: Social Planning Council of Winnipeg.


Refereed Journals and Conference Proceedings

Wilson, B.A. and McKenzie, S., 2014, Mapping Food Desert Persistency in Thunder Bay, Ontario, 1996-2006, Canadian Social Science, vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 9-18. (online:

Lowitt, K., Nagy, M., Nelson, C.H. & Bavington, D. (2013, July). Where is the fish in the local food movement? Alternatives Journal, 39(4), 24-28.

Harrison, B., Nelson, C.H., & Stroink, M.L. (2013). Being in community: A food security themed approach to public scholarship. Journal of Public Scholarship and Higher Education. (In Press).

Stroink, M.L. & Nelson, C.H. (2013). Complexity and food hubs: Five case studies from Northern Ontario. Local Environment, 18(5), 620-635.

Stroink, M.L. & Nelson, C.H. (2012, November). Hubs of knowledge creation: Exploring the potential for knowledge co-generation within the post-secondary academy Association of Commonwealth Universities. Interact, 3.

Stroink, M.L. & Nelson, C.H. (2012). Understanding local food behaviour and food security in rural First Nation communities: Implications for food policy. The Journal of Rural and Community Development, 7(3), 65-82. Accessed at

Nelson, C.H. & Stroink, M.L. (2012). Food security and sovereignty. Universitas Forum

Nelson, C.H. & Stroink, M.L. (2011). Food security and sovereignty. International Forum on the Social and Solidarity Economy – Government and Civil Society

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Stroink, M. & Nelson, C.H. (2009). Aboriginal health learning in the forest and cultivated gardens: Building a nutritious and sustainable food system. Journal of Agromedicine, 14:263-269.

Lyons, A.A., Park, J., Nelson, C.H. (2008). Food Insecurity and Obesity: A Comparison of Self-Reported and Measured Height and Weight. American Journal of Public Health. 98(4): 751-757.


Invited – Professional Journals

Nelson, C.H., Lowitt, K., Nagy, M. & Bavington, D. (2013). Future Research Approaches To Encourage Small-scale Fisheries in the Local Food Movement. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems and Community Development (JAFSCD). 3(4) (

Blay-Palmer, A. D., Knezevic, I., Andree, P., Ballamingie, P., Landman, K. E., Mount, P. A., Nelson, C. H., Nelson, E., Stahlbrand, L. M., Stroink, M. L., & Skinner, K. (2013). Future food system research priorities: A sustainable food systems perspective from Ontario, Canada. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development. Advance online publication.


Refereed Conference Papers

Nelson, C.H., & Stroink, M., 2009, (October 9-10). A multi-disciplinary food security theme service-learning program: Impacts on student engagement and civic responsibility, International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement, Ottawa, ON. (READ)

Nelson, C.H., Stroink, M., & LeBlanc, J. (2009, May 22-24). Place and identity: First Nations’ connections with food production and consumption in cultivated and forest gardens, 4th Annual Canadian Association of Food Studies, at the 2009 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Ottawa, ON. READ by J. LeBlanc.

Stroink, M., Nelson, C.H., & LeBlanc, J. (2008, October 19-23). Aboriginal health learning in the cultivated and forest gardens: Building a sustainable and nutritious food system. Sixth International Symposium Public Health and the Agricultural Rural Ecosystem – PHARE, Saskatoon, SK. READ by M. Stroink.

Nelson, C.H., Stroink, M., & LeBlanc, J. (2008, October 5). Holistic health learning in the cultivated and forest gardens. Place, Health and Environment Session, 14th International Interdisciplinary Conference Qualitative Health Research, Banff Centre, Banff, Alberta. READ

Nelson, C.H., Zahaf, M., Burke, J. & Mol, Christina.(2007, September 30-October 1). The dynamics of local food systems in a northern boreal context in the 21st century. The 6th Circumpolar Agricultural Conference Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. READ by Jeff Burke and Christina Mol

Park, J., Nelson, C.H., Lyons, A.A., (2007, June 10-15). Correlates of household food insecurity in northern Canada: Its associations with socio-economic, social capital and health factors. IUHPE World Conference Vancouver, B.C. READ by J. Park.

Lyons, A.A. & Nelson, C.H. (2005, September 20). Household food insecurity in Canada: Prevalence and associations. 96th Annual Conference of the Canadian Public Health Association. Ottawa, ON. (POSTER)


Invited – Professional Presentation

Wilson, W.R. and A. Young (2009). “Finnish and Scandinavian Roots of Sustainable Communities along Northwestern Lake Superior”. West Lakes Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Macalaster College, St. Paul, MN. October 29- 30, 2009.

Wilson, W.R. (2009). “Finnish Agriculture in the Thunder Bay Region: Archival Sources”. Invited Presnetation, Thunder Bay Historical Society, Thunder Bay, ON. October 27, 2009.

Wilson, W.R. and R. Jorasmaa (2009). “Finnish Farming in Thunder Bay Region, 1990 – 1960: A photographic and archival perspective.” Thunder Bay Finnish Historical Society, March 10, 2009.

Wilson, W.R. and R. Jorasmaa (2009). “The Roots of Sustainable Northern Farming: Finnish Farming in Thunder Bay Region, 1990 – 1960.” Food Security Research Network Conference, Lakehead University, March 12, 2009.

Lee, P.F.(2009) Re-introduction of southern wild rice, Zizania aquatica L., into Cootes Paradise, Lake Ontario. Int. Society of Great Lakes Researchers Annual Conference, Toledo, Ohio.

Nelson, C.H., Renaud, D., Stadey, M. & King, D. (2009, June 9). Teaching for Social Change : CSL Course Design. Canadian Alliance for Community Service Learning. Teleconference North America. (62 participants). View Publication.

Nelson, C.H., (2008, April 9). Tele-Learning Cal: Community Stories on Learning for Social Outcomes, Community Development Service Learning Initiative, Canadian Community Economic Development Network Teleconference.

Stroink, M., Rasevych, P. & Nelson, C. (2008, January 14). Gardening and well-being in Ginoogaming and Aroland First Nations, Aboriginal Policy Research Forum, a one day virtual conference organized by the York University Knowledge Mobilization Unit.

Nelson, C.H., Introduction to Impact of Climate Change on Local Food Systems. Climate Change: Solving It Together II. (2007, September 22). Environment North, Food Security Research Network, Lakehead University Student Union, Thunder Bay, ON.

Stroink, M. (2007, September 22). Climate change, sustainability, and perceived food security. (2007, September 22). Environment North, Food Security Research Network, Lakehead University Student Union, Thunder Bay, ON.

Nelson, C.H., Rasevych, P., & Stroink, M. (2007, August 16). The Importance of Community Gardens in Enhancing Community Well-Being. Nishnawbe Aski Nation 2007 Keewaywin Conference, Aroland First Nation, ON.

Zahaf, M., Nelson, C.H., Buitenhuis, R. (2007, June 29). Enhancing local production to sustain the local community: Projects by the Food Security Research Network. Northwestern Ontario I-Team, Northwestern Ontario Technology Centre, Thunder Bay, Ontario.

Rasevych, P., Stroink, M., Nelson, C.H. (2007, May 5). 2007 Community gardens traditional foods project: Cultivated and woodland gardens. Invited Special Meeting Assembly of First Nations, Food Security Reference Group. (Presented by P. Rasevych)


Professional and Technical Reports

Stroink, M. & Nelson, C. (2011, February). The Field of Greens: Report on the 2010 Gardening Season. A Partnership Project of the Salvation Army, Port Arthur Rotary Club, and Food Security Research Network.

Lee, P.F. 2009. Restoring Southern Wild Rice (Zizania aquatica L.) to Cootes Paradise: Importance for a Species in Decline. (IN) Cootes Paradise Annual Field Review. Environment Canada, Burlington, Ontario.

Stroink, M., Nelson, C. & McLaren, B. (2009). The Learning Garden: Impact of an Aboriginal Holistic Learning Program on Individual and Community Health. Final Research Report for the Canadian Council on Learning, Ottawa, Ontario.

Nelson, C.H. (2008) Maximizing the Value Delivery Network of Locally Produced Meat: Market Potential and Channels of Distribution Designs Thunder Bay Cattlemen’s Association, Food Security Research Network, Lakehead University.

Nelson, C.H. (2008). Contextual Fluidity: Partnership Model for Food Security Research Network (Creator of theme, wrote script and supervised production) Confederation College Television Broadcasting Production Produced by Wilder Cunningham, Sunny Gladish, Dave Repay, Andrew Petrick

Nelson, C.H. & Kuluski, K. (2004, October). Achieving food security: Learning from users of community-based food assistance. Thunder Bay, Ontario: Regional Food Distribution Association.


Completed Theses and Research Projects

Completed Theses – Supervisor (Social Work 9901/Public Health 9901/Forestry 9901)

Wintle, Sarah (MES in Northern Environments and Cultures) Graduation 2010                              Thesis: Finding Food Deserts: A spatial analysis of food security in Northwestern Ontario

Milne, Ryan (Master of Science in Forestry) Faculty of Natural Resources Management Graduation May 2013
Thesis: Exploring wild blueberries as a place-based socio-economic development opportunity in Ignace, Ontario

Uvanile, Michelle (Master of Social Work) Graduation May 2012
Thesis: The lived experience of Anishinabe youth engaged in therapeutic horticulture

Chevette, Lee-Ann May 2011(Master of Environmental Sciences)
Thesis: Community Gardening: Exploring Motivations and Gardener Experience (Co-supervisor with Mirella Stroink).

Ray, Lana Graduation November 2008 Master of Public Health (MPH)                                               Thesis Title: Exploring Well-being in a First Nation Community: A qualitative study


Completed Research Projects

Smids, Karin Graduation November 2013 Master of Social Work (MSW)

Thesis Title: Looking at collective kitchens from the perspective of the participant

Morais, Chantel Graduation November 2009 Master of Public Health (MPH) Research Project: Families First Food Security Study


Film and Media

Saxberg, K. and Harpell, R. (2001): Banana Split

Saxberg, K. and Harpell, R. (2009): SCI Lunchroom