Nicole joined the departments of Human Geography and Physical and Environmental Sciences in 2018. She is interested in Indigenous geographies and systems of knowledge, environmental governance, and law; Indigenous-led and critical place-based inquiry; treaty and coexistence. Her research practice draws on Indigenous and critical qualitative Western methodologies and community-engaged approaches. She is currently writing in a number of areas:
Before entering academia, Nicole worked for the Anishinabek Nation (Union of Ontario Indians) on the Ipperwash Inquiry implementation process. Prior to joining UTSC, she was Research Associate in Indigenous Law, Justice, and Research Theory and Practice at York University. Her work is published in community media outlets and international scholarly journals.
Nicole is a guest and treaty person living in Toronto. She is French Canadian of French settler descent and some Anishinaabe ancestry from the Ottawa and Groundhog Rivers. Nicole was born on Lake Ontario and grew up on Nbisiing and Algonquin Anishinaabek territory.