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March 13, 2019

17th Annual Indigenous Graduate Student Symposium (IGSS), March 15 & 16, 2019 SFU Woodward’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts

Although registration has closed, all interested individuals are welcome to attend the event! 


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17th Annual Indigenous Graduate Student Symposium (IGSS)

Reflecting Upon our Journeys: Addressing the Path of Reclamation, Restoration & Resurgence

Simon Fraser University & University of British Columbia Partnership

Guided by ancestral teachings, IGSS 2019 encourages dialogue on Indigeneity in the academy through:

Reclamation - language, stories, history, place and partnerships

Restoration – social justice, education, policies, recognition and Indigenization,

Resurgence - research, traditional knowledge, cultural identity, resistance and socio-ecological responsibility.

Learning is encouraged through reciprocal discourse focusing on knowing, being and doing ‘in a good way’. This year’s IGSS will be held over two days with keynote speakers on both days. Please see agenda below:


Friday, March 15, 2019, 5 pm to 8 pm

Keynote speaker, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip ʔaʔsiwɬ Syilx/Okanagan, Penticton Indian Band, LLD. (Hon.) UBC

Honouring of our special guest Dr. Jo-Ann Archibald

Followed by an Open Mic & Reception (light refreshments will be available)


Saturday, March 16, 2019, 7:30 am to 4 pm

Keynote speaker, Dr. Margaret Kovach Sakewew p'sim iskwew/Plains Cree and Saulteaux, Pasqua First Nation, PhD. University of Saskatchewan

Student Presentations

Lunch and Snacks will be provided. 


PDF Files for IGSS 2019

Event Poster