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Western University’s inaugural Indigenous Research Symposium "The Knowledge within: Sharing Indigenous Research and Story "

As part of Indigenous Awareness Week at Western, Indigenous Services (IS), the Indigenous Health and Well-being Initiative (IHWI), Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement (SAGE), the Educational Leadership in Aboriginal Education - Master of Professional Education cohort, and the Faculty of Education presented Western University’s inaugural Indigenous Research Symposium The Knowledge within: Sharing Indigenous Research and Story on Saturday, March 21, 2015.

Symposium Poster Presenters

Poster Presenters: (front, left to right) Bimadoshka Pucan, Natahnee Nuay Winder (back, left to right) Cindy Smithers Graeme, Michelle Froman, Evan Habkirk 

PhD Research looks to make Traditional Knowledge Accessible

Erin Huner wants to make the past accessible for one southwestern Ontario community.
The Geography PhD student has long been intrigued by the idea of nation-building – giving autonomy back to communities from which it had been taken away. And through a collaborative project with Bkejwanong First Nation (Walpole Island), she is helping the nation access at least one small piece of its past. Click HERE for full story.

Erin Huner

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 for access.



IHWI Summer School Keynote Speaker: Winona LaDuke, Public Lecture May 13th, 2015


As Program Director of the Honor the Earth, Winona LaDuke works nationally and internationally on the issues of climate change, renewable energy, and environmental justice with Indigenous communities. In her own community, she is the founder of the White Earth Land Recovery Project, one of the largest reservation based non-profit organizations in the country, and a leader in the issues of culturally based sustainable development strategies, renewable energy and food systems. In this work, she continues national and international work to protect Indigenous plants and heritage foods from patenting and genetic engineering. In 2007, LaDuke was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame, recognizing her leadership and community commitment. In 1994, LaDuke was nominated by Time magazine as one of America’s fifty most promising leaders under forty years of age.  She has been awarded the Thomas Merton Award in 1996, Ms. Woman of the Year (with the Indigo Girls in l997), and the Reebok Human Rights Award, with which in part she began the White Earth Land Recovery Project. The White Earth Land Recovery Project has won many awards, including the prestigious 2003 International Slow Food Award for Biodiversity, recognizing the organization’s work to protect wild rice from patenting and genetic engineering. The Author of five books, she is widely recognized for her work on environmental and human rights issues.  Winona is an internationally renowned activist working on issues of sustainable development renewable energy and food systems. She lives and works on the White Earth reservation in northern Minnesota, and is a two time vice presidential candidate with Ralph Nader for the Green Party.