Indigenous Health & Well-being Initiative
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2014 IHWI Summer School

Our 2014 Summer School, "Community-based Participatory Research: Local, National, and International Experiences", was a huge success! Thank you to our participants and mentors for a great week. For more information about the 2014 IHWI Summer School, click here.

IHWI 2014

Aboriginal Policy Research

The complete Aboriginal Policy Research series is now available open source! Click here to access. 


Jan Longboat

Jan Longboat

Kelly Nicholas (Indigenous Services), Jan Longboat, Andrew Judge (Indigenous Medicine Garden)

The Indigenous Health & Well­-being Initiative, The Indigenous Medicine Garden, and First Nations Studies at Western welcomed Jan Longboat on November 5th to present her talk  “Indigenous planting practices and their connection to the health and well-being of Indigenous people

Professor Valerie Wright St. Clair

Valerie Wright St. Clair

Professor Valerie Wright St. Clair (third from left) met with IHWI members before her talk, Kaitiakitanga me Whanaungatanga” (Stewardship and Connectedness): Kaumatua and Kuia (Māori elders) health and wellbeing, on October 24.

Sylvia McAdam and Erica Lee of Idle No More


On October 3rd, IHWI members had the opportunity to meet and talk with Sylvia McAdam and Erica Lee of Idle No More who shared with us that "the three core elements of Indigenous Nationhood are land, language and culture. We must do all that we can to protect these three and pass on our Indigenous knowledge to our young people".


Indigenous Student Experiences in Postsecondary with Dr. Sheila Cote Meek

Indigenous Services and the Indigenous Health and Well-being Initiative present Indigenous Student Experiences in Postsecondary with Dr. Sheila Cote Meek.

Tuesday April 1, 2014, 9:30AM to 11:30AM at the Chu Centre Western Student Services (WSS) building Room 2110

This 2-hour workshop will focus on raising Western faculty, staff, and students' awareness about the experiences of Indigenous students in postsecondary covering topics such as: negotiating culture/colonial divide, understanding race in the classroom, and learning about the possibilities of transformational pedagogy.

Cote Meek


IHWI 2014 Summer School Call for Applications

The Inter-disciplinary Initiative (IDI) on Indigenous Health and Well-being at Western University (London, Ontario), is pleased to announce the 3rd Annual Summer School on Community Based Research in Indigenous Health and Well-Being, to be held June 1-4, 2014.

This summer school is fundamentally concerned with ensuring that evidence collected through community based research is used to make real, lasting difference in the Indigenous communities we work with and for, with this year’s context bridging the local, national and international experiences.

Click here for more information and to download the application

IHWI 2013 Summer School

IHWI 2013 Summer School Participants and Mentors