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.

As part of the 2015 Summer School, IHWI is pleased to present keynote speaker, Winona LaDuke, May 13th, 10:30 - 11:30am, Location TBA.

Winona LaDuke

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.


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: Winona LaDuke, Location TBA

Wrap up lunch, goodbye/ Miigwetch/ Niawen.