Jeffrey Ansloos presents compelling evidence surrounding the link between water insecurity and suicide in First Nations in Ontario, illustrating that “water is life” is not a metaphor, but is a struggle for life itself.
Jeffrey Ansloos, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Indigenous Health and Social Policy and the Canada Research Chair in Critical Studies in Indigenous Health at the University of Toronto. He holds appointments in the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, the School of Cities, and the Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health. His scholarship examines social, political, environmental, and affective dimensions of Indigenous health inequality, focusing on suicide, housing, and mental health and policing. Dr. Ansloos directs the Critical Health and Social Action Lab, a hub for community-engaged research and action for health justice with communities, funded by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Canadian Institute for Health Research, and the Canadian Foundation for Innovation. Ansloos is a citizen of Fisher River Cree Nation and is Cree and English. Born and raised in Treaty 1, he presently resides in Tkaranto.