Youth and social policy, mental health, and Indigenous rights
Dr. Jeffrey Ansloos is a leading public scholar, writer, and policy advisor in the areas of youth and social policy, mental health, and Indigenous rights. Ansloos is Assistant Professor of Indigenous Mental Health and Social Policy at the University of Toronto, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. His current research is focused on local and digital ecologies of Indigenous youth political mobilization, specifically at the intersections of criminal justice reform, suicide prevention, pluralism, racial justice, and migration, and Indigenous rights. Through community-based partnerships with new media organizations, Ansloos is developing innovative approaches to youth leadership and capacity building for social impact. He is the author of The Medicine of Peace: Indigenous Youth Resisting Violence and Decolonizing Healing (Fernwood, 2017), as well is a blogger and media commentator on current affairs with Maclean’s Magazine and HuffPost.
As a policy consultant, Ansloos has served as an advisor to political candidates; provincial, federal and Indigenous government agencies; and, to a number of professional associations. Ansloos previously served as Director of Global Health at Lesley University, leading health education partnerships with UNICEF. As an active volunteer, Ansloos has been a board member of a variety of community-based organizations, as well has served on advisory boards and organizing committees for student unions and organizations focused on racial justice, diversity and inclusion. Ansloos currently serves as an advisor to the BC College of Psychologists committee on Indigenous Mental Health, and as an advisor to YouthCO’s “Culture is Healing” Indigenous sexual health outreach program. Ansloos is also fellow of the University of Victoria, Centre for Youth and Society and the Centre for Indigenous Research and Community-Led Engagement, as well as a leadership fellow of United Nations Alliance of Civilizations
Ansloos is Nêhiyaw (Cree) and English, and is a member of Fisher River Cree Nation (Ochekwi-Sipi; Treaty 5). He was born and raised in the heart of Treaty 1 territory in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and currently splits his time between Toronto, ON and Victoria, BC.