Suzanne Nievaart is a writer based in Victoria, BC, Canada. She is an immigrant settler from the Netherlands. She lives in original territory of the Swenghwung, currently known as the Songhees First Nation, who are a linguistic subset of the Lekwungen, of the Coast Salish people. Acknowledging the territory is to recognize the myriad ways that our larger colonial communities are implicated in the ongoing impacts on First Nations people and to work towards a more intersectional approach to challenging power and privilege.
Suzanne has a background in both the social sciences and the arts. She holds an M.A. in Latin America Studies and a B.Sc. in Social Anthropology and Sociology from the University of Amsterdam. Suzanne has over 20 years of experience in the performing and visual arts, and over ten years of experience in research, writing, and visual documentation in collaboration with NGOs, community-based organizations, and indigenous communities in Chile, India, the Netherlands, and Canada.
With Tom Deiters, she made “Toxic Tears”, a film about farmer suicides and the impacts of the green revolution in India. Her passion for the social sciences, research and writing is infused with a relentless curiosity about humanity and a dedicated capacity for complex analyses of social phenomena. Suzanne is the proud mother of one beautiful young boy, whom she is gratefully raising in this breathtaking, peaceful corner of the world: Victoria, BC, Canada.
* social movements and political protest
* policy analysis
* sustainability/sustainable development/CSR
* environmentalism and environmental impact assessments
* ethnic identity and multiculturalism
* children and youth
* addictions and rehabilitation
* domestic violence
* health care policy
* chronic disease
* Latin America/North America/Europe
* parenting, families, reproductive health
* occupational health
* agricultural health/organic farming/GMOs
* depression, mental illness, and suicide