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Agenda for the Indigenous Research Landscape:Pathways to Innovation and Collaboration


Co-hosted by McMaster University and Universities Canada
May 3 and 4, 2016       
McMaster University
1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario

(Download  the agenda here)

Meeting Objectives
  1. To survey the current Indigenous research environment across Canada

  2. To raise awareness of Indigenous knowledge, ethics, and research methods
  3. To identify potential opportunities for innovation, collaboration, and long-term systemic change

Tuesday May 3: Optional Events 

  • 5:00p.m.- 6:00 p.m. The Celestial Bear: The Six Nations' Night Sky Show 

Location:  McCallion Planetarium, McMaster University


Limited Seating - Advance registration required via email to

  • 6:15 pm  Welcome Dinner (University Club, Alumni Memorial Hall, McMaster University)

Welcome: Dr. Allison Sekuler, Acting Vice-President Research;  Keynote by Indigenous Scholar Dr. Dawn Martin Hill, Indigenous Studies Chair, McMaster University

Driving Directions to the University Club

AGENDA: Wednesday May 4         

The meeting will be held in the University Club in Alumni Memorial Hall, on the main floor in the Great Hall. Driving Directions here; Campus Map/Directions to the University Club can be found below this agenda.  

8:00 am - 8:30 am                Registration (Continental buffet breakfast will be served)                                               

8:30 am - 9:00 am               

 Welcome and Overview of the Day Dr. Allison Sekuler
Acting Vice-President Research, McMaster University

9:00 am 9:15 am           

9:15 am  

  • Morning Keynote by Indigenous Scholar Mr. Amos Key Director of First Nations Languages Program, Woodland Cultural Centre; Followed by a Q&A                                          

10:00 am - 11:00 am            

Session 1: Surveying the current Indigenous research environment across Canada    

Moderator: Dr. Bernice Downey, McMaster University


  • Dr. Dominique Bérubé, Vice-President, Research Programs, SSHRC
  • Dr. Rod McCormick, British Columbia Government Research Chair in Aboriginal Health and Professor, Thompson Rivers University 
  • Dr. Helmut Reichenbächer, Associate Vice-President, Research & Dean of Graduate Studies, OCAD University 
  • Dr. Fred WienProfessor Emeritus, Social Work, Dalhousie University, Former Chair of the Advisory Board for the Institute of Aboriginal Peoples Health (Canadian Institutes of Health Research).




11:00 am  HEALTH BREAK

11:15 am                                

Session 2: Raising awareness of Indigenous knowledge, ethics & research methods                               

Moderator: Dr. Chelsea Gabel, McMaster University


  • Dr. Martha Crago, Vice-President, Research, Dalhousie University
  • Mr. James Knibb-Lamouche, Associate Director Indigenous Services, McMaster University
  • Dr. Dawn Martin Hill, Indigenous Studies Chair, McMaster University
  • Dr. Kelly VanKoughnet, Associate Vice-President, Research, Knowledge Translation and Ethics, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)




12:15 pm  LUNCH With a Performance by the Haudenosaunee Dancers

1:15 pm  Afternoon Keynote by Indigenous Scholars Dr. Michelle Johnson-Jennings, (Choctaw Nation), Associate to the Dean on Indigenous Health, RICH Center Director, and

Dr. Derek Jennings, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Pharmacy Practice & Pharmaceutical Sciences; Both from the University of MinnesotaFollowed by a Q&A                                         
2:00 pm                                 
Session 3: Identifying potential opportunities for innovation, collaboration, and long-term systemic change  

Moderator: Dr. Bonnie Freeman McMaster University


  • Dr. Sheila Cote-Meek, Associate Vice-President, Academic & Indigenous Programs, Laurentian University
  • Dr. Bettina Hamelin, Vice-President, Research Partnerships Directorate, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) 
  • Dr. Rick Monture, Director, Indigenous Studies Program, McMaster University
  • Dr. René Therrien Associate Dean, Research, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Université Laval



3:15 pm                              

  •  Key reflections from the Sessions 1, 2 and 3 Talking Circles, presented by Dr. Bernice Downey 

3:30 pm  
Session 4 University Reflections                                              

Moderator: Mr. Paul Davidson, President, Universities Canada


  • Dr. Helen Burt, Associate Vice-President, Research & International, UBC
  • Dr. Neil Emery, Vice-President, Vice-President, Research and Innovation, Trent University
  • Dr. Patti McDougall, Vice-Provost, Teaching and Learning, University of Saskatchewan
  • Dr. Allison Sekuler, Acting Vice-President, Research, McMaster University

           Traditional Closing, Elder Rene Thomas Hill 

4:30 6:00 pm

  • The Celestial Bear: The Six Nations' Night Sky Show 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Location:  McCallion Planetarium, McMaster University
(optional activity for pre-registered attendees)