2023 Indigenous Graduate Symposium

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20th Annual Indigenous Graduate Student Symposium | March 17 – 18, 2023

Please join us in commemorating the 20th anniversary year of the Indigenous Graduate Student Symposium (IGSS)! This year’s symposium will be hosted on xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Territory at The University of British Columbia’s Vancouver campus and virtually on March 17-18, 2023, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (PST). 

Register here: https://IGSS2023.eventbrite.ca

This years’ IGSS theme Honouring Research, Honouring Community, acknowledges and celebrates how Indigenous students, scholars, peoples and communities continually transform and reframe the practice of research, highlighting how Indigenous researchers reimagine, revitalize, nurture, embody and action this process. Participants will learn how this work is more than a simple act of inquiry and is a sacred process and critical intervention for protecting, restoring and honouring our community relations that are human and more-than-human. As always, the IGSS celebrates Indigenous research and ways of knowing as reciprocal, respectful, and connected to community. 

We are excited to announce and welcome not one but two keynote speakers for the 20th Annual IGSS: Dr. Jo-Ann Archibald and Dr. Amy Parent


Dr. Jo-Ann Archibald, Professor Emeritus of Educational Studies at UBC, is an Indigenous studies scholar from the Sto:loFirst Nation, and a co-founder of the IGSS and the Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement (SAGE) program. She is a visionary agent of change who helped start this all with Māori academic leader Dr. Graham Smith. An alumna of The University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University, Dr. Archibald has trailblazed systematic change and pathways for the advancement of Indigenous Education in Canada and beyond. We are honoured to welcome Dr. Archibald back into the circle to serve as the first keynote speaker for this year’s 20th-anniversary symposium. 


We are also honoured to welcome Dr. Amy Parent back into the circle as a SAGE alumni and faculty mentor. Dr. Amy Parent, Nisg’a scholar, Canada Research Chair for Indigenous Education and Governance, and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at SFU, has further trailblazed significant contributions and meaningful outcomes in support of Indigenous self-determination through community-based research. Her doctoral work at UBC focused on proactive ways to transform Indigenous students’ transitions to higher education, and her postdoctoral work investigated Indigenous doctoral programming supports and initiatives at top-tier universities around the world. Mentored by Dr. Jo-Ann Archibald for over 14 years, her research is grounded in Indigenous methodologies through collaborative partnerships with Indigenous communities. 


This year’s sub-themes further reflect the incredible array of emerging Indigenous graduate student research and contributions, which exemplify the nuances of Honouring Research, Honouring Community. Our 20th-anniversary sub-themes include: 

  • A) Centering Indigenous Paradigms, Knowledges and Research Practices,
  • B) Renewing & Reimagining Knowledge Transmission: Past, Present, Future,
  • C) Nurturing the Relationship between Community & Research, and
  • D) Embodying & Actioning Interventions through Indigenous Research

The 2023 IGSS brings together an exciting group of Indigenous graduate students from diverse fields, disciplines, communities and institutions; it’s a great opportunity for making new connections! All are welcome to participate as attendees. 

The 20th Annual IGSS is supported by the following sponsors and partners: Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement, UBC Faculty of Education & Office of Indigenous Education, UBC Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies, UBC Okanagan Campus, UBC First Nations House of Learning, SFU Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies, and SFU Indigenous Studies. 

If you have any questions regarding registration, please contact Jordan at sage.ubco@ubc.ca.

About the organizers:

This annual event is organized by the Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement program and co-sponsored by The University of British Columbia and Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies at Simon Fraser University. The IGSS is a long-standing annual student-led event that provides a culturally relevant and supportive community for Indigenous graduate students to present on their research and contributions spanning any discipline. It fosters community-building and networking among peers and participating emerging and established scholars. It is an important platform for Indigenous students to connect and learn from one another, and grow professionally and academically. 

For any questions about the IGSS, email sage.ubco@ubc.ca