Indigenous Health & Well-being Initiative

Summer School

IHWI 2015 Summer School:

We are pleased to announce the call for applications for the 4th Annual Summer School of Western University’s Indigenous Health and Well-being Initiative (IHWI), May 11th to May 13th, 2015: Indigenous Community Experiences in Community-Based Research: Best practices & Learning Lessons. This year we are hosting a specialized school that will provide applied learning in community-based research for Aboriginal communities and organizations in Southwestern Ontario. To facilitate the best possible learning environment, we have invited four excellent community mentors who will draw from their own collaborative research projects to share best practices and learning lessons. We invite applications from any member of a First Nation community or Aboriginal organization engaged or planning to be engaged in community-based research. IHWI is committed to laying the groundwork from which our neighbouring First Nation communities and local community partners can develop the skills and capacity needed to undertake community-based research projects.

Registration is limited to 30 participants. CLICK HERE to learn more about our community mentors and application guidelines.


Day 1May 11, 2015

Morning - IHWI welcome, sharing circle and group introduction. 

Main topic of morning discussion:

- What are the main challenges and learning objectives as identified by our participating communities?

Afternoon - Academic presentations by Dr.’s Jerry White and Chantelle Richmond – The roots and evolution of Community Based research and decolonizing methodologies: Global examples

Day 2 – May 12, 2015

Morning – Community Mentor presentations with LOTS of Q & A

Afternoon - Workshops -- four separate workshops, Facilitated by our IHWI grads about different ideas/ questions/ big topics related to CBR, such as:

- Interacting & relationship building with University partners

- Seeking Funding/ building proposals

- Training opportunities for staff & graduate students

- Dealing with cultural differences

- Mapping expectations & building agreements

- Whose knowledge counts?

- Building OCAP / Ethical protocols – community & university

Day 3 May 13, 2015

Morning – Sharing Circle – what have we learned, what do we want to learn more about?

Late morning keynote: The importance of applied CBR for Aboriginal self-determination

Wrap up lunch, goodbye/ Miigwetch/ Niawen.