Michael A. Robidoux


Michael A. Robidoux
Full Professor

1998, Ph.D., Folklore Memorial University
1994, M.A., English, University of Manitoba
1992, B.A., English, Laurentian University

Room: MNT 368
Office: (613) 562-5800 ext. 4227
Mobile: 613-240-0529
Work E-mail: robidoux@uottawa.ca


Michael Robidoux is an award winning researcher whose research focuses primarily on Indigenous cultural practices as they relate to physical activity and local diet. Robidoux is part of the Indigenous Health Research Group, a multidisciplinary team that includes researchers from the fields of ethnology, physiology, biology, toxicology, immunology and nutrition sciences.  As a member of this group, Robidoux leads research programs working with northern rural Indigenous communities in Canada studying local food systems and building local food capacity, to improve food access and quality.

In addition to his Indigenous health research, Robidoux is also involved in hockey-related research, studying hockey culture and youth hockey injuries.

Research interests

Indigenous health, food, hockey and culture

Ongoing research

As part of the Indigenous Health Research Group, Robidoux is working with Indigenous communities in northern Ontario and the Northwest Territories to develop economic strategies to support and sustain local food procurement initiatives. Funding for this research comes from a SSHRC Insight Grant.

In partnership with CCM Hockey, with funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Robidoux is working with Dr. Blaine Hoshizaki documenting injuries in youth hockey. Their study employs an observational research design documenting injury events in situ to identify situational factors that help explain why and how injuries occur in youth hockey. The data from the project will be critical in developing injury prevention strategies and designing equipment to better protect youth participating in hockey.

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Selected Publications

Books Authored
  • Robidoux, M.A. Stick Handling through the Margins: First Nations Hockey in Canada, Toronto, University of Toronto Press, 2012.
  • Robidoux, M.A. Men at Play: A Working Understanding of Professional Hockey, Montreal, McGill-Queen's University Press, 2001.
Books Edited
  • Robidoux, M.A. & Mason, C.W. Editors. (2017). Land Not Forgotten: Indigenous Food Security and Land-Based Practices in Northern Ontario. University of Manitoba Press.
Chapters in Books
  • Robidoux, M.A. (2017). “Collaborative Responses to Rebuilding Local Food Autonomy in Three Indigenous Communities in Northwestern Ontario.” A Land Not Forgotten: Indigenous Food Security and Land-Based Practices in Northern Ontario. Eds. Courtney Mason and Michael A. Robidoux, Winnipeg, University of Manitoba Press.
  • Haman, F. Fontaine-Bisson, B., Pal, S. Lamarche, B. & Robidoux, M.A. (2017). “Understanding the Legacy of Colonial Contact from a Physiological Perspective: Nutrition Transitions and the Rise of Dietary Disease in Northern Indigenous Peoples.”  A Land Not Forgotten: Indigenous Food Security and Land-Based Practices in Northern Ontario. Eds. Courtney Mason and Michael A. Robidoux, Winnipeg, University of Manitoba Press.
  • Robidoux, M.A. "Male Hegemony or Male Mythology? Uncovering Distinctions through Some of Canada’s Leading Men: The Coureurs de Bois and Professional Hockey Players", Canadian Perspectives on Men and Masculinity: An Interdisciplinary Reader, Ed. Jason Laker, Toronto, Oxford University Press, 2011, 114-125.
  • Robidoux, M.A. & Bocksnick, J., "Playing Beyond the Glass: Parental Aggression in Minor Hockey in Canada", Sport, Rhetoric, Gender, and Violence: Historical Perspectives and Media Representations, Ed. Linda K. Fuller, New York, Peter Lang Publishing, 2010, 45-60.
  • Robidoux, M.A. & Trudel, P., "Keeping Hitting in Boys’ Hockey and Preserving the “Canadian” Game", Artificial Ice, Eds. David Whitson and Richard Gruneau, Toronto, Garamond Press, 2006. Author Contribution: 50%

Papers in Refereed Journals

  • Robidoux, M.A. & Haibi, C. (2018). “Promoting Land-Based Food Practices in the not so Rural Idyll of Northern Lebanon: Dietary Solutions from Urban Perspectives.” Journal of Rural and Community Development 13(3), 19-37.
  • Leibovitch Randazzo, M.P. & Robidoux, M.A. (2018). Looking to the Land: Food Access Challenges in Two Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities. Canadian Journal of Native Studies 38(1). 1-26.
  • Thompson, H., Mason, C.W. & Robidoux, M.A. (2018). “Hoop-style Greenhouse Gardening in the Wapekeka First Nation as an Extension of Land-Based Food Practices.” Arctic.
  • Leibovitch Randazzo, M.P. & Robidoux, M.A. (2018). “The Costs of Local Food Procurement in a Northern Canadian First Nation Community: An Affordable Strategy to Food Security?” Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition. 1-21. DOI: 10.1080/19320248.2018.1464998
  • Wesche, S.D., O’Hare-Gordon, M.F., Robidoux, M.A. & Mason, C.W. (2016). “From the Ground Up: Building Indigenous Food Security in the Northwest Territories through Land-Based Programs.” Canadian Food Studies. 3(1). 23-48.
  • Adams, S. Mason, C. & Robidoux, M.A. “If You Don’t Want to Get Hurt, Don’t Play Hockey’: The Uneasy Efforts of Hockey Injury Prevention in Canada ", Sociology of Sport Journal. 32(3). 248-265. 2015.
  • Seabert, T., Pal, S., Pinet, B., Haman, F., Imbeault, P., Robidoux, M.A., Krümmel, E.M., Kimpe, L.E. & Blais, J.M., "Elevated contaminants contrasted with diversity of polyunsaturated fatty acids in wild food consumers of two remote First Nations communities in northern Ontario", PLOS ONE, 2014.
  • Seabert, T., Pal, S., Imbeault, P., Krümmel, E.M., Blais, J.M., Robidoux, M.A. & Haman, F. "Analysing dietary practices in isolated First Nations communities of Northern Canada:  Isotopic and lipid markers of store-bought vs locally harvested foods", Nutrition and Diabetes. 2013.
  • Pal, S., Haman, F. & Robidoux, M.A., "The Costs of Local Food Procurement in Two Northern Indigenous Communities in Canada", Food and Foodways, 21, 132-152, 2013.
  • Bean, C., Forneris, T, & Robidoux, M.A., "The Perspective of Ontario Girls’ Youth Hockey as an Alternative Sport Model", Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal. 22(1). 63-70. 2014.
  • Pal, S., Blais, J.M., Robidoux, M.A., Haman, F., Krümmel, E.M., Seabert, T.A. & Imbeault, P., "The association of type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance/secretion with persistent organic pollutants in two First Nations communities in northern Ontario", Diabetes & Metabolism, 2013.
  • Imbeault, P., Findlay S., Robidoux, M.A. Haman, F., Blais, J.M., Tremblay. A, Springthorpe, S., Pal, S., Seabert, T., Kruemmel E.M., Maal-Bared, R., Tetro, J., Pandey, S., Filion, L. & Sattar, S., "Dysregulation of Cytokine Response in Canadian First Nations Communities: Is there an Association with Persistent Organic Pollutants Levels?", PLOS ONE, 2012.
  • Chapados, N.A., Casimiro, C., Robidoux, M.A., Haman, F., Batal, M., Blais, J.M., & Imbeault, P., "Increased proliferative effect of organochlorine compounds on human preadipocytes", Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, 275(1-2), 375-378, 2012.
  • Robidoux, M.A., Imbeault, P., Blais, J.M., Pal, S., Seabert, T., Kruemmel, E.M., Batal, M., Thériault, A. & Haman, F., "Traditional Foodways in Two Contemporary Northern First Nations Communities", Canadian Journal of Native Studies, 32(1), 59-77, 2012.
  • Imbeault, P., Haman, F., Blais, J.M., Pal, S., Seabert, T., Kruemmel, E.M., and Robidoux, M.A., "Obesity and type 2 diabetes prevalence in adults from two remote First Nations communities in northwestern Ontario (Canada)", Journal of Obesity, 1-5, 2011.
  • Johnson, K., Batal, M., Haman, F., Imbeault, P., Blais, J.M., Pal, S., Seabert, T., Kruemmel, E.M., Robidoux, M.A., "The Life Course “Connection”: An Exploration of Women’s Dietary Choices in a Northern First Nations Community", Pimatisiwin: A Journal of Indigenous and Aboriginal Community Health, 8(3), 2011.
  • Haman, F., Fontaine-Bisson, B., Batal, M., Imbeault, P., Blais, J.M., and Robidoux, M.A., "Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes in Northern Canada’s Remote First Nations Communities: The Dietary Dilemma", International Journal of Obesity, 34, S24-S31, 2010.
  • Robidoux, M.A., Haman, F. & Sethna, C., "The relationship of the Burbot (lota lota) to the reintroduction of off-the-land foods in the Sandy Lake First Nation Community", Biodemography and Social Biology, 55(1), 12-29, 2009.
  • Robidoux, M.A., "The Nonsense of Native American Sport Imagery: Reclaiming a Past that Never Was", International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 41(2), 201-219, 2006.Author Contribution: 100%
  • Robidoux, M.A., "First Nation Masculinity and its Influence on Canada's Sport Heritage", The International Journal of the History of Sport, 23(2), 267-284, 2006.
    Author Contribution: 100%
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