Carlos Sanchez Pimienta
Carlos was born and raised in Guadalajara, Mexico.
In 2016, he moved to Canada to pursue an MSc at Queen’s University, focusing on Indigenous health promotion. Currently, he is a doctoral student in Social and Behavioural Health Sciences at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, on the Treaty Lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. As an emerging scholar, his interests lie in the intersection between public health, sustainability, and Indigenous ways of knowing.
Specifically, he’s exploring how to bridge Western science and Indigenous knowledge systems within ecological public health education. This bridging is necessary because diverse knowledge systems may not agree on what counts as “real” (e.g., the legal personhood of rivers), with Western assumptions often being privileged.
Through the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholarship, Carlos seeks to expand the scope of his work from local community foci toward policymaking at national and international levels.
He has volunteered for his research partners at M’Wikwedong Indigenous Friendship Centre (Owen Sound, ON) and Un Salto de Vida (El Salto, Mexico). He speaks Spanish, English, and French. In his free time, Carlos loves to dance and go hiking.