2021 SAGE Indigenous Graduate Student Conference

The Centre for Indigenous Research and Community-Led Engagement (CIRCLE) and the Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement (SAGE) program were excited to present the second annual Indigenous Graduate Student Conference. This year theme was "Indigenous Nationhood and Being a Good Visitor." Please see below the recordings of this conference.


Panel: Being a Good Visitor

-Dr. Heidi Stark. Opening words

-Scott Sam. Welcome to Territory

-Dr. Dawn Smith and Tiffany Joseph. Panel: On Bening a Good Visitor 

Panel: Ways of Being and Doing

-Sabrina Lamanna. Being a Good Visitor: Responsabilities, Relationships, and Reciprocity.

-Lawrence Ignace. TowardsReconciliation: 10 Calls to Action for Natural Scientists Working in Canada

-Lydia Toorenburg. Collaborative Audio-Visual Research Methodologies in Indigenous Research


Panel: From Criminalization to Revitalization

-Michael Chutskoff. The Threat to Colonial Sovereignty: How Canada Crafted the Indigenous Terrorist

-Ashley Kyne. Impresionment for Indigenoys Peoples

-Angie Sanchez. The Nooni Project: An Indigenous Breastfeeding Initiative in Six Indigenous Communities in Michigan.


Indigenous Graduate Student Conference: Call for Proposals

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 are excited to announce the first annual joint CIRCLE and SAGE Indigenous Graduate Student Conference. The conference will take place via Zoom on April 6th and 7th, 2021, and the theme for the inaugural conference relates to The Resilience of Indigenous Nationhood.

We are currently seeking proposals that centre Indigenous Nationhood both locally and globally, as well as events/themes surrounding this topic. Potential themes to explore are, but are not limited to, the following: 

- Lands & Territories

- Indigenous Feminisms

- Anti-colonialism, Decolonization, and Post-colonialism

- Indigenous Subjectivities (Gender, Sexuality, Identities, and/or Peoplehood)

- Centring Indigenous Ways of Knowing

- Contesting Colonial Encounters and Colonial Sovereignty

- Treaty and Diplomacy

- Indigenous Resurgence

- Indigenous Self-Determination, Health and Well-Being Amidst COVID-19

- Direct Action, Activism, and Solidarity Politics

We welcome proposals from Indigenous graduate students across all faculties, institutions and campuses. The conference will take place virtually, with keynote speakers to be announced closer to the event.

How to apply:

Please send a proposal describing your research that is no more than 500 words to circle@uvic.ca by February 26th 2021. You may also identify up to 5 keywords, and what stream(s) you feel your work fits into. All submissions must be sent with the subject line “ATTN SAGE COMMITTEE: Conference Proposal”.

If you anticipate any difficulties submitting within the allotted timeline, please do not hesitate to reach out at circle@uvic.ca.

Indigenous Graduate Student Conference Call for proposals