Research Events

Recommendations 18, 19 and 20 of the Queen's TRC Task Force report focus on the importance and challenges of conducting research with and for Indigenous peoples and communities. The purpose of our research events are twofold. First of all to raise awareness of the types of research taking place with Indigenous peoples and communities and then also, to explore challenges and potential remedies for addressing them.

Annual Indigenous Knowledge Symposium

An annual Indigenous knowledge and research focused symposium which began in 1998 that explores a new theme each year. Past themes have included Treaty Recognition Week and Indigenous Language Revitalization. This is a free public event where academics, community members and students are welcome to attend to share and learn together.

The event structure for Symposium generally consists of a keynote address, panel presentations and discussions along with breakout sessions and-or workshops.

2020 Indigenous Knowledge Symposium: Indigenous Plant Sovereignty 

This year’s 22nd annual Symposium will take place online on November 6th and 7th, 2020.  Please join us in a celebration of Indigenous plant sovereignty. Discussion will focus on contributing to healthy and sustainable communities in relation to our plant relatives. We invite you to share your knowledge and teachings around medicine, ceremony, communal growing practices, and the cultural relation of plant health to sovereignty and environmental justice.

Email proposals to participate as a presenter at this year’s Symposium to the Office of Indigenous Initiatives by September 9, 2020.

Please include the following information with your proposal:

  • Length of your presentation or workshop
  • Preferred delivery format (panel, workshop, other)
  • Brief bio of presenter(s)

Themes for presentations may include:

  • Food sovereignty, plant teachings and plant diplomacy
  • Environmental justice and traditional/urban agriculture
  • Medicines and Ceremony & Plant teachings

The full call for proposals can be downloaded here.


Annual Indigenous Research Day

Research Day 2019

An annual event in partnership with School of Graduate Studies. The Annual Indigenous Research Day began in 2017, the focus of this day is research collaboration with Indigenous communities. Each year this event provides a keynote address followed by workshop sessions bringing Indigenous and non-Indigenous academics, community members and invites guests together.

Check back in September for more information on Indigenous Research Day.