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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Digital Storytelling

Background: Obesity has become a moral panic for public health agencies, health researchers, and the popular press. Current clinical practices that advocate behavioural modification to achieve a target weight are complicit in reinforcing damaging cultural expectations about fitness and health. Critical scholars suggest that obesity should be regarded not as a disease or epidemic, but instead as a culturally produced artifact that is the target of discriminatory treatment. That discrimination is compounded for people organized into risk categories, including members of LGBTQ+ communities.  

Aim: The projects described below engage with queer and transgender persons to build digital stories about their experiences of body management and weight stigma. These projects use an arts-informed methodology to contest dominant narratives about the so-called obesity epidemic.

Related Project: Through Thick and Thin


  • What body image ideas or expectations and body management practices do queer women confront in both heteronormative and LGBTQ+ communities?
  • What do queer women’s stories reveal about the gaps and tensions in mainstream eating disorder and obesity prevention and treatment?
  • What counter-pedagogies, counter-cultural practices, and alternative knowledges exist in queer women’s stories which ground their resistance to and resilience around body image and body management? How can these stories inform provider practice?

Funding: Women’s College Hospital

Team Members:

  • Jen Rinaldi – Project Co-Lead
  • Loralee Gillis – Project Co-Lead and Community Partner
  • Carla Rice – Co-Investigator
  • Karleen Pendleton Jimenez – Co-Investigator
  • May Friedman – Co-Investigator
  • Margaret Robinson – Co-Investigator
  • Deborah McPhail – Co-Investigator
  • Andrea LaMarre – Student Collaborator
  • Elisabeth Harrison – Student Collaborator
  • Jill Andrew – Student Collaborator


Related Project: Transgressing Body Boundaries


  • How does the policing of body shape and size affect trans, genderqueer, and gender non-conforming persons?
  • How do trans persons navigate cultural expectations related to body shape and size?
  • How do trans persons use fat and disordered eating practices to identify or express their gender?

Funding: SSHRC Partnership Grant

Team Members:

  • Jen Rinaldi – Project Co-Lead
  • Jake Pyne – Project Co-Lead
  • May Friedman – Co-Investigator
  • Karleen Pendleton Jimenez – Co-Investigator
  • Deborah McPhail – Co-Investigator
  • Phi Tran Trinh – Student Collaborator
  • Bridget Liang – Student Collaborator
  • Kai Preston – Student Collaborator
  • Corrie Kayembe – Student Collaborator