Christopher Fletcher is a medical and ecological anthropologist whose primary work for the past 20 years has been with arctic and subarctic Aboriginal communities in Canada. Throughout the 1990s he worked closely with Inuit communities in Nunavik on a number of health and environmental issues. In the past decade he has worked with a Dene community in the Northwest Territories documenting traditional medical practices and local meanings of health. His research specialty is in cultural perspectives on health in northern Canadian communities with an emphasis on mental health and wellbeing. His work is collaborative and takes direction from local issues and questions. Recent projects are diverse and include work on the language and discourse of taste and satiety in Inuktitut, the provision of services to Inuit in urban centres, and the health effects of housing in Inuit regions. Theoretically, his research is animated by the idea of ecological subjectivity as a part of human experience. Within each of his research areas he is interested in the articulation of traditional, indigenous and alternative research methods, tools, and dissemination strategies with a specific focus on visual approaches. After a decade at the University of Alberta he returned to Quebec where he is an Associate professor in the Department of Social and Preventative Medicine at Université Laval and researcher at the Population Health and Optimal Practices in Health Research Unit, CHU de Québec Research Centre.
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