2020-2021 SAGE Workshops and Events

SAGE Graduate Student Conference

Despite the ongoing and emerging challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue collectively to find new forms of community collaboration, experiential learning, and professional development. With this in mind, the Centre for Indigenous Research and Community-Led Engagement (CIRCLE) and the Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement (SAGE) Program was excited to announce the first annual joint CIRCLE and SAGE Indigenous Graduate Student Conference. The conference took place via Zoom on April 6th and 7th, 2021, and the theme for the inaugural conference related to The Resilience of Indigenous Nationhood.

We were joined by 14 Indigenous graduate students who shared their research and reflections. For more information please view the conference program below: 

Scholarship as Ancestral Practice

In this workshop on February 3rd 2021, Dr. Sarah Hunt discussed approaches to publishing, research, and teaching through the lens of culturally-specific ancestral practices.

Please note, a recording of this event is available for Indigenous staff, faculty and students. Please email circle@uvic.ca if you would like access.


Pacific Healing Circle, Gender-based Violence Summit

The Pacific Peoples' Partnership–in collaboration with the Tonga Women and Children Crisis Center, and with support from CIRCLE and SAGE—invited students, faculty, and practitioners with a focus on gender based violence to join us for a special Summit to raise awareness about gender based violence and culturally appropriate interventions.

The summit included 2 themed panel discussionsCommunity appropriate healing practices & Decolonising partnerships and nurturing relationships. We were joined by members of the Moose Hide Campaign, Butterflies in Spirit, ANWER drum group, the Fiji Women Crisis Centre and the Tonga Women and Children Crisis Centre.

Knowledge Mobilization

This work shop on November 13th 2020, investigated the role of the "knowledge mobilzation" with Dr. Shiri Pasternak and discussed what researchers can do, beyond peer-review publishing, to impact the world with their research. Using Yellowhead Institute resources, tools, and "collaterals" as examples (plus some other great forms of public intervention), this workshop was a crash course on making knowledge matter beyond normal academic outputs. 



Finding Patterns

In this writing workshop which took place on October 15th 2020, Dr. John borrow explained how Anishinaabe laws and Indigenous lifeways can be a significant force in prompting reflection. These practices can be a powerful guide for writing. Drawing on teachings John received from his family, friends, communities, and elders, including Elder Basil Johnston’s friendship and life’s work, this presentation explored how writing can be embedded as a practice of Indigenous resurgence.

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Beyond the Blue Print

This talk led by Dr. Gina Starblanket and Dr. Dallas Hunt on September 24th 2020, engaged with the body of work on Indigenous research methods, complicating established theoretical premises and exploring the many forms that Indigenous research can take in practice. Through reference to their own experiences as Indigenous scholars working with Indigenous partners, Dr. Gina Starblanket and Dr. Dallas Hunt argued that normative ideas about Indigenous community engagement can delimit the breadth of possible ways of realizing ethical and accountable research relationships on the ground, and explained how they have sought to navigate the opportunities, implications, and challenges of Indigenous-engaged research.

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Indigenous Research Ethics

CIRCLE is delighted to present our SAGE workshop Indigenous Research Ethics. This workshop was facilitated by Dr. Sarah Hunt (Environmental Studies), Dr. Brian Tom (Anthropology), and Kenna Miskelly (Human Research Ethics Facilitator at UVic). This workshop focused on the ethics of Indigenous Research.



Indigenous Queer and Feminist Frameworks

SAGE workshop Indigenous Queer and Feminist Frameworks. Workshop facilitated by Dr. Juliana Hu Pegues (Cornell University).

In this workshop, we will think about engaging Indigenous queer and feminist analyses in our research and scholarship. How do Indigenous queer and feminist critiques help us consider not only lenses of gender and sexuality but also the intersectional stakes of non-normativity, refusal, and non-statist forms of sovereignty? How might Indigenous queer and feminist scholars and authors inform creative and alternate modes of method and writing?



Navigating the Research and Publishing Process

SAGE workshop Navigating the Research and Publishing Process. This workshop will be facilitated by Dr. Kevin Bruyneel (Babson College). Details below.

The workshop will be open to any topics and questions students wish to pose regarding the development and framing of research questions, the writing and publishing process, as well as negotiating the boundaries and demands of the academy. Topics could also include how to be an interpretive and qualitative methods scholar in disciplines that privilege quantitative methods, intervening in canonical, even hegemonic discourses and texts, attending to the entangled relationship of history and memory, refusing erasures, and engaging in recuperative readings and analyses.

Navigating the Grad School Experience

This workshop is for graduate students at all stages in their studies. The goal is to offer some key tips and information on navigating grad school including timelines, supervisory relationship, expectations, funding, peer groups, navigating racism+sexism, and applying for postdocs and (academic and non-academic) jobs.

Navigating the Grad School Experience workshop



Every Semester Needs a Plan

Do you start every semester with hopes of checking off that “to do” list? Do you always think you will accomplish more than you do? Do you often wonder where the time has gone? If so, this workshop is for you!!! Come join Dr. Hōkūlani K. Aikau as she leads us through a method for devising a semester plan. This plan can help in achieving tangible and realistic expectations for the semester as well as aid in organizing your work and time. Bring a notebook and your calendars as we will each develop our plans in this workshop.


Every Semester Needs a Plan

Zotero Workshop at CIRCLE

Join us in our upcoming Zotero workshop! Zotero is a free and open-source reference management software to manage bibliographic data and related research materials. Dr. J. Matthew Huculak will guide us through the best practices to use Zotero so that you can get your reference list started.

Zotero workshop CIRCLE