Over the past 40 odd years David has been active in the peace and environmental movements, was a candidate for the Green Party in 4 elections and helped start Toronto’s first local currency system (LETS). He has been active in developing models of healthy communities and community-based health promotion and has participated in teaching and learning about Indigenous health and justice for over 30 years. His most pressing interests are Indigenous rights and social justice based solutions to the climate emergency.
He is a member of Science for Peace, Physicians for Global Survival, Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, and has served on the boards of directors of the Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition and ICA Canada, a community development organization, and is currently a director of Drawdown Toronto. Current influences on his thinking are Project Drawdown, Regeneration the Presencing Institute and Indigenous Climate Action, the Work that Reconnects amongst others.
For the past 30 years he has coordinated a course at the University of Toronto on Indigenous Issues in Health and Healing, which focusses on colonialism as the root of much of the social and environmental crisis, with decolonization as a necessary component of the solutions. As such he is a founding member of Anishnaabe Niiji, an settler ally group in support of Indigenous water and land defenders.
We produce several one-hour-long Zoom conversations each week about various aspects of six issues we address. You can watch them live and send a question to the speakers or watch the edited version later here or on our Youtube channel.