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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 is pleased to present the following events in 2015. Please save the dates and check back for more details at they become available.

Indigenous Research Symposium: Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Traditional Transfer of Knowledge, March 21st, 2015

Indigenous Services (IS), Indigenous Health and Well-being Initiative (IHWI), Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement (SAGE), and the Leadership in Aboriginal Education - Master of Professional Education Program are pleased to announce Western University’s Inaugural Indigenous Research Symposium entitled: Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Traditional Transfer of Knowledge held on Saturday, March 21, 2015. In conjunction with Indigenous Awareness Week (March 16th to 21st, 2015) at Western University and the First Nations Student Association (FNSA) Annual Pow Wow (March 21st, 2015), we invite the submission of poster proposals by current Western University Undergraduate and Graduate Students.

The symposium theme of Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Traditional Transfer of Knowledge encourages Indigenous and non-Indigenous undergraduate and graduate students to engage in scholarly discussion and critical thinking as we challenge, inform, and collaborate on themes such as:

● How Indigenous methodologies have been marginalized in academia and how can we work collectively to decolonize academia.

● How Indigenous people retain their knowledge and the cultural protocol that is associated with traditional transfers of knowledge such as storytelling and traditions.

● The future of Indigenous studies across multiple disciplines.

More details to be posted soon!

2015 IHWI Summer School! May 10-13, Western University

We are pleased to announce the 4th Annual Summer School of Western University’s Indigenous Health and Well-Being Initiative (IHWI), to be held from May 10th - 13th, 2015. This summer school is aimed at training Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers how to conduct research that can make a real, lasting difference in the Indigenous communities we work with and for.  This year we have a special school that is aimed directly at First Nation communities and Aboriginal organization staff in South Western Ontario. Click HERE for more details.