Upcoming Events

Event Planning and Scheduled Events

SPECIAL EVENT -- April 18th, 2023

The SFU Department of Psychology and the Department's IRC will be joining the ISC and FNMISA as co-sponsors one of the 

Monthly Lunches - Indigenous Student Centre - Simon Fraser University (sfu.ca)

organized by the SFU Indigenous Student Centre (ISC) and the SFU First Nations, Métis & Inuit Student Association (FNMISA). If you are a student, staff, faculty member at SFU who is Indigneous, we hope that you will attend this community space for a shared meal. 


Colloquia with Indigenous Scholars

The Psychology Department IRC committee is commited to organzing various events including Colloquia with Indigenous Scholars, as well as small conversational meetings of Indigenous students with these scholars. Because of the pandemic, we have been able to hold these Colloquia and Small Conversational meeting over Zoom, and as such to date the Colloquia have been public events open to the international community, and the Small Conversational meetings have been attended by Indigenous students from across Turtle Island.

Some of these Colloquia are highlighted in the sidebar headings.


* Upcoming Programming

We are currently in the planning stages of upcoming colloquia. Details on these will be forthcoming.


*2023 Programming

We held, as part of the 2023 programming, colloquia with Indigenous scholars. Below are some details on the events in 2023. 

Invited Speaker: Dr. Amy Bombay

Intergenerational trauma and the protective effects of culture in relation to mental health among Indigenous populations
on Thursday March 2nd, 2023,

Event 1: 12:30-~1:45/50pm PT for the main public colloquium: Main event registration link (all welcome, Past)
Event 2: ~1:45/50-2:30pm PT for the small group conversation meeting of Dr. Bombay with Indigenous students: Small group participation request link (Past)

We are thankful to the Department area of Developmental Psychology which co-funded this pair of events with Dr. Amy Bombay. For more information about the work of Dr. Amy Bombay, please visit: https://www.dal.ca/faculty/health/nursing/faculty-staff/faculty/amy-bombay.html

Invited Speaker: Dr. Adam Murry

Going where the need is: Psychological research in the context of reconciliation
on March 9th, 2023,

Event 1: 12:30-~1:45/50pm PT for the main colloquium: Main event registration page link (all welcome, PAST)
Event 2: ~1:45/50-2:30pm PT for the small group conversation meeting of Dr. Murry with Indigenous students, Small group participation request registration link (Past)

This pair of events with Dr. Adam Murry was funded through the budgets of the IRC,  the area of Social Psychology, and the Department Colloquium Committee. We are thankful for this funding collaboration for the events with Dr. Adam Murry 

For more information about the work of Dr. Adam Murry, please visit. https://psyc.ucalgary.ca/profiles/adam-murry 


*2022 Programming

We held, as part of the 2022 programming, colloquia with Indigenous scholars:

Invited Speaker: Dr. JoLee Sasakmoose

Utilizing the Cultural Responsiveness Framework to Develop a Strength- Based, Trauma-Informed Practice: Understanding the Practitioner’s role in Indigenous Wellbeing
on Wednesday April 20th, 2022,

Event 1: 1-~2:15/20pm PT (for the main colloquium);  Main Event Registration (past)
Event 2: ~2:15/20-3:00pm PT (for the small group conversation  meeting of Dr. Sasakamoose with Indigenous students) Small group conversation participation REQUEST (past)

Invited Speaker: Dr. Karlee Fellner

iskotew & crow: (re)igniting narratives of Indigenous survivance & trauma wisdom in psychology
on May 17th, 2022,

Event 1: 12:30pm - ~1:50pm PT (for the main colloquium); Main Event Registration Page Link (past)
Event 2: ~1:50pm - 2:30pm PT (for the small group conversation  meeting of Dr. Fellner with Indigenous students) Small Group Participation Request Link  (past)    

We are pleased that the Clinical Science Area of the SFU Department of Psychology joined the SFU Psyc IRC as a co-sponsor for this set of events with Dr. Fellner. We are appreciative of the Clinical Science area's support in helping make the event possible.


We are are thankful and excited to offer this programming. Planning for future programming is continuing.

In general, we set up the Eventbrite registration links, etc., for our events. Events are open to the public. Registration for the events is at no cost to participants. For many of the events, the Invited scholars have also accepted to have recordings of their presentations be made and made available publicly (please see the links for the individual events).  

If you would like to donate to support
- the Indian Residential School Survivors Society, visit: https://www.irsss.ca/
- Indspire, visit: https://indspire.ca/ways-to-give/donate/
-the First Nations Children and Family Caring Society, visit: https://fncaringsociety.com/what-you-can-do/donate
- the maskihky wellness community, organized by Dr. Fellner, donations can be made to: https://www.maskihkiy.com/about-3  

If you are interested in co-sponsoring an Indigenous Scholar Colloquium/Small Conversational Meeting Series with the Department IRC please contact us. Also, if you interested in being on a mailing list for announcements for these Colloquia/Events with Indigenous Scholars, you are also invited to contact us.

Get-togethers amongst Indigenous Students

Additionally, the IRC is currently working with Indigenous students on the IRC to establish a structure for regular informal gettogethers for SFU Indigenous students in Psychology, or related fields, to meet with Elders, as well as to meet amongst each other. For now, these meetings are being planned to be held over Zoom.

The first meeting (held over Zoom) was scheduled for
   - Thursday Feb 10th, 2022, 2-3pm, and was held with Elder Margaret.
      We are grateful to the SFU Elders Program for facilitating this arrangment
We had scheduled a gettogether in late spring 
   - Thursday March/April, 2022
We held a board games night, with tea and snacks, at the end of the December term,
   - Friday Dec 17th, 2022

More meetings will be scheduled.  

To announce and to invite Indigenous SFU students in Psychology to the above events, emails were written by the Indigenous students on the IRC is being sent out to SFU Psychology Undergraduate students and Graduate Students from a new SFU email address established specifically for the Psychology Department IRC. In addtition to announcing these gettogethers, as well as the general plan/idea for more of these gatherings, the emails include a survey for interest in the these and other gettogethers.

"We welcome all [SFU] graduate and undergraduate students in Psychology and related areas who self-identify as Indigenous from across Turtle Island and elsewhere. We recognize that due to colonialism, Indigenous Peoples are in various stages of connecting to their Indigenous culture and identity. We welcome all self-identified Indigenous students, wherever they happen to be in their journey."

If you are a student at SFU who is Indigenous or is of Indigenous background who is in Psychology or a related field, we hope you will join in this community space.