Annual Indigenous Graduate Student Symposium (IGSS)

Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement (SAGE) is a network started at UBC 21 years ago, under the tutelage of Dr. Jo-ann Archibald. Every year the SAGE organizes an Indigenous Graduate Student Symposium (IGSS), a forum where interdisciplinary Indigenous MA and PhD students come together to share their work, exchange knowledge and to build academic networks. There are SAGE pods at universities in BC and across Canada. This is a student led event that is supported by faculty mentors from UBC Vancouver, UBC Okanagan and SFU and staff from all locations. The IGSS occurs in March of every year.

Current Indigenous graduate students from SFU and UBC are invited to participate on the annual IGSS Planning Committee please email to get involved!

Indigenous Knowledge(s) in the Academy: "Walk in Like Your Ancestors Sent You"

Join us for the 21st Annual Indigenous Graduate Student Symposium. The IGSS will be held over over March 22 and 23 with a keynote address on each day, and student presentations to follow.

Symposium Subthemes:

  • Indigenizing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math)
  • Innovative paradigms: How Indigenous Knowledge(s) transforms business relationships
  • Revitalizing languages and cultures: Decolonizing institutional practices through Indigenous methodologies and pedagogies
  • Centering Indigenous Research: "With and For Our People"

2024 Event Information

March 22, 2024 

Time: 6 - 9 pm (PST)

Location: Native Education Centre 285 E 5th Ave, Vancouver


  • Fireside Chat with Dr. Shandin Pete

March 23   

Time: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm (PST)

Location: Wosk Centre for Dialogue, 580 W. Hastings St., Vancouver


  • Keynote Opening with Dr. Dara Kelly

Event Logistics

Find parking information for the Wosk Centre for Dialogue by downloading the map.

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Watch the Opening Remarks and Witnessing Ceremony

Watch Dr. Dara Kelly's Keynote

Watch the Closing Remarks

Register by March 15, 2024

RSVP for One or Both Days:

Contact(s): Jody Bauche, SFU SAGE Coordinator, or  

About Dr. Dara Kelly

Assistant Professor, Indigenous Business

Doctorate of Philosophy in Commerce, Master of Commerce

Room 4925, Segal Graduate School of Business
500 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC
V6C 1W6

Coast Salish economy
Coast Salish freedom and unfreedom and the Capabilities Approach
Indigenous economic development
Ancestral leadership


Dr Dara Kelly-Roy is from the Leq’á:mel First Nation, part of the Stó:lō Coast Salish. Dara spent nearly a decade studying at the University of Auckland Business School where she completed her master’s and doctorate degrees. Her PhD thesis was entitled, “Feed the people and you will never go hungry: Illuminating Coast Salish economy of affection,” and explores Coast Salish philosophy of freedom, unfreedom, wealth and reciprocity and how that shapes Coast Salish philosophy of economy. She conducted the research using research methodology emerging from Coast Salish philosophy, protocols and worldview. She continues to be proud of the research she completed for her master’s thesis entitled, "Ngā Kete e Toru o te Wānanga: Exploring Feminine Ancestral Leadership with Māori Business Leaders" now published in the journal Leadership here. The approach to research methods and methodology that Dara takes is informed by Coast Salish epistemology and emphasizes the richness and wealth of knowledge embedded in oral history.

In her time in Aotearoa-New Zealand, Dara contributed to and continues to maintain strong ties within her research network at the Mira Szászy Research Centre for Māori and Pacific Economic Development at The University of Auckland Business School. Dara also led an undergraduate-level leadership development program that brought the students to Samoa as their final leadership experience.

Please visit UBC's SAGE blog for more information about previous IGSS and SAGE network events.