Juan Rodriguez Camacho

Assistant Professor


Mi’kmaq-Wolastoqey Centre

Marshall d'Avray Hall


1 506 458 7461

I study how to improve “human-culture-nature-human” relationality from Indigenous and non-Indigenous perspectives at the individual, local, national, regional and planetary contexts. Specifically, I am interested in exploring how people’s cultural transactions affect natural balances and health-mental health and how effective interventions can reverse those effects and promote relationality, health and wellbeing. I work with education for sustainable development, health and mental health challenges at the individual, community, city, country and global perspectives.

In my field, new epistemological models for knowing and healing based on Two Eyed-Seeing Perspectives of Elder Albert Marshall are fundamental to promote dialogues and recovery. At the global level, I am interested in collaborative – distributive international networks to understand complexities, share and improve knowledge practices.

My areas of teaching and work are Indigenous education, Indigenous knowledges, health and mental health, Indigenous perspectives, integrative epistemologies, sustainable development and relationality. I promote and coordinate international collaborative networks around the globe on these topics: The Institute of Biomedical Engineering at UNB, the Trans-Atlantic Network for resilience and recovery (9 countries), and as a Member of Advisory Committee to the Network for Emergent Socio-scientific Thinking (NESST) and STEM Education for Sustainable Development (STEM4SD) of the Smithsonian Scientific Research Centre.

Research interests

Wellbeing Medicine

  • Narrative-Holistic Medicines
  • Indigenous Well-Being Models
  • Global Indigenous Mental Health
  • Indigenous sociodeterminants of health
  • Physical Activity and Wellbeing


  • Indigenous Pedagogies
  • Teaching in Cultural Contexts
  • Teachers in training education
  • Pedagogies of Human Development and Learning

Science Integration

  • Two-Eyed Seeing Perspectives
  • Indigenous Science and Epistemologies
  • Indigenous Methodologies and Mix Methods Research
  • Complex Adaptive-Evolutive Systems
  • Ecology and Relationality
  • Ethics of Indigenous Health Research

Books and chapters

Rodriguez, J., (2022). The relatuhedron: a machine of possibilities. Springer Nature Switzerland Publishers.

Rodriguez, J (Expected January 2022). Art and narratives of teachers-in-service in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic. Bundle of Resources on Indigenous Mental Health. Institute of Indigenous Peoples’ Health. Canadian Institute of Health Research.

Rodriguez, J. (2013). Research Multimedia Tutorial. University Externado. Canadian Agency of Library and Archives Canada, Toronto ISBN 978-0-9929191-1-9. Spanish.

Rodriguez, J. (2003) Cognitive and Metacognitive Memory Strategies. Colombian Institute for University Education Support (ICFES) and University of La Sabana. Spanish.

Rodriguez, J. (2019). Intersections of Ethics of Indigenous Health Research and Health Research Education. Humanities and Social Sciences. University of Toronto. English. Centre pour la Communication Scientifique Directe – HAL. Villeurbanne, France.⟨tel-02424295⟩

Rodriguez, J. (2013). The harmonic brain. A story of wavelength axonal movement hypothesis. Toronto. Paper, 150 pg. Canadian Agency of Library and Archives Canada, Toronto. ISBN 978-0-9920101-0-2. Spanish.

Rodriguez, J. (2009). Efectos de la globalizacion: un enfoque intersdisciplinar. (Globalization Effects: an interdisciplinary perspective) Ed. ICUSTA y Centro de Investigacion en Economia y Humanismo Luis Joseph Lebret, Universidad Santo Tomas Bogota, Colombia. ISBNN 978-958-631-561-6.

Rodriguez, J. (2019). Relatuhedron: A Crisis perplexity-action model applied to Indigenous Food (in)security and Health System. Academia.

Rodriguez, J. (2011). A global poverty perspective from the person until globalization. In Globalization. Press des Universitaires de L´ICES, Institut Catholique d’Etudes Superieures, La Roche Sur Yon, France. English.

Recent conference participation

Rodriguez, J. (February 10, 2022). Reconciliation, healing, resilience and relatuhedrons. International Conference on Wellbeing and Ecology. Department of Psychology. University of Guelph-Humber.

Rodriguez, J. (December 2021). Virtual Exhibition Triangles of hope: experiences of students teaching in cultural contexts. 32 paintings and narratives. Acrylic over Acrylic.

Rodriguez, J., O’Donnel, C., Fitzgerald, A., (November 18, 2021). Co-Chairs Panel: The Pedagogy of Mangroves and Rhizomatic Learning for STEM4SDG. In 4th World Council for Comparative Education Societies. Cornell University and UNESCO.

Rodriguez, J. (2021). Theory-practice on global online education and social crisis: a collaborative, transdisciplinary, transnational, bilingual complex perspective. Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse International Students in Open and/or Online Learning Environments: A Research Symposium. University of Windsor.

April 2021. Networking Participant. UN UNESCO Online workshop #7. Time to act - now or never: ESD for 2030 framework and the World Conference on Education for SD.

March 2021. Moderator. Peace and Treaty Days Symposium. Mi’kmaq Wolastoqey Centre 2021. Panel 2, Honouring (not Criminalizing) Nation-to-Nation Treaty Rights: The Mi’kmaq of Sipekne’katik and the Right to Fish. New Brunswick.

2021 SDGs Learning, Training and Practice - UN DESA/UNITAR. Building sense of COVID-19: exploration of new tools for sustainable development complexities.

March 2021. Networking Participant. ESD and lifestyle: Re-designing consumption and production. UNESCO.

October 2020. Participant. Webinar. Creating Accessible OER in Pressbooks. BC-Campus. September 2020. Participant Webinar. Council of Atlantic Universities Libraries. Towards an open textbook initiative. New Brunswick.

Current networks

(Jul 2020 - present). Co-Founder. Trans-Atlantic Network for Relationally and Resiliency. (International Institute of Wellbeing and Ecology -Nine institutions).

(Jan 2022 - present). Associate Researcher. Institute of Biomedical Medicine Engineering UNB. IBME.

(Jan 2022 - present). University of New Brunswick Indigenous Health Advisory Circle for Saint John.

(Jun 2020 - present). Advisory Committee Member, Smithsonian Science Research Center - Sociocientific Network for Emergent Knowledge.