After completing a MSW at the University of Toronto I worked in the area of anti-violence and then in Aboriginal communities on issues related to Canadian colonialism, including youth solvent abuse, high suicide rates, and family violence.
A recurring experience that intrigued me while in Innu and Inuit communities of Labrador was the positive relation of health to being on the land, away from the community where the Catholic mission was situated. There was little discussion of this in my social work education, and thus I undertook a PhD in Environmental Studies that allowed me to consider the relation of land and climate to colonial histories, justice, and wholistic healing. These inquiries are represented in my books Climate, Culture, Change: Inuit and Western Dialogues with a Warming North (University of Ottawa Press, short-listed for 2012 Canada Prize in the Social Sciences), and more recent dialogues with the Haudenosaunee Good Mind tradition in A Canadian Climate of Mind: Passages from Fur to Energy and Beyond (McGill-Queens University Press, 2016).
Contributions to Humans & Nature:
- A Thanksgiving Species
A response to "What does it mean to be human?"
- Climate, Culture, Change: Inuit and Western Dialogues with a Warming North
Timothy LeDuc's book engages with various Inuit understandings of northern climate change.