Director of Research, Centre for Indigenous Innovation and Technology
Tanya Chung-Tiam-Fook specializes in research, Indigenous/community engagement and education in the areas of environmental stewardship, climate resilience, innovation, placekeeping, health and mental wellness, and international development. She leads research and thought leadership, strategy and programming, curriculum development, and advising for the Centre for Indigenous Innovation and Technology (CIIT), Evergreen and Future Cities Canada (FCC). Two of the Indigenous strategies that she has led for FCC are: i) the Indigenous Re-imagining of Cities Program, a platform for collaborative research, convenings, knowledge mobilization, and place-based activations focused on Indigenous placekeeping and civic-Indigenous partnerships; and ii) the Community Solutions Network, an innovation capacity building and digital inclusion initiative in partnership with Indigenous community and technology leaders.
Tanya holds a PhD in Environmental Studies, and has graduate and postdoctoral training in international development studies, climate change, Indigenous health, and psychotherapy. She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses, educational workshops and presented and published her research and writing across Canada and internationally. Her Akawaio and mixed ancestry from Guyana and the Netherlands, combined with interdisciplinary and international experiences, enable her to bring both Indigenous and multifaceted perspectives to her work.