2020 National Online Gathering of Indigenous Mentorship Network Programs
August 12 - 14, 2020
Due to COVID-19, we were not able to gather in person this year for our annual National Gathering of Graduate Students. The Indigenous Mentorship Network Programs came together to host our first Online Gathering. Recordings of student presentations can be found on the Ombaashi website here.
2019 Summer Institute
Queen's University Biological Station
During the week of June 16-20th, 22 students gathered for the annual Indigenous Mentorship Network of Ontario Summer Institute. The 2019 Summer Institute was held on Traditional Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee Territory at the Queen's University Biological Station on Lake Opinicon. Post-secondary students and health professionals with a passion for Indigenous health and well-being were eligible to apply. Students were joined by Elders, Knowledge Keepers, scholars, and other invited guests for a week of mentorship, relationship building, cultural activities, and academic skill building sessions. The Summer Institute provided space for Indigenous health trainees to expand their knowledge of Indigenous health research and to build a lasting network, important for their own research jouneys. It was a wonderful week! Read the report here.
2018 Summer Institute
Hosted by Laurentian University
The IMN-Ontario Summer Institute hosted over 20 graduate students working in the field of Indigenous health research. Throughout the week, students gathered in Laurentian University's Indigenous Sharing and Learning Centre's Round Room to share their experiences and learn about a variety of topics related to Indigenous health including: the challenges and opportunities experienced by Indigenous Peoples in academia, how to work collaboratively with communities, and how to find supportive mentors to help foster students' research journeys. Read the report here, and read the Maclean's article here.
In February 2018, IMN (Ontario) hosted the Indigenous undergraduate workshop: Supporting Transitions to Health Research and Professions. This three-day workshop hosted by Western University in London, Ontario, aimed to provide Indigenous undergraduate students with skills and mentorship to support successful transitions into graduate school and Indigenous health training. At the end of the three-day workshop, 10 students representing 9 universities shared how the experiences and connections they made provided them with direction, inspiration, and a sense of belonging.