Indigenous Scholarship
  • Prof. Janice Forsyth presenting at the 2015 International Olympic Academy

  • View from Whistler Mountain (Chantelle Richmond)

  • Sweetgrass and Western Indigenous Services wampum belt (Spirithands Photography)

  • Sweetgrass (Spirithands Photography)

  • Smudging feathers (Spirithands Photography)

Applications Open for the 2018 Summer School in Contexts of Indigenous Culture

The Interdisciplinary Initiative (IDI) in Applied Indigenous Scholarship invites applications from all Graduate Students at Western University and its Affiliate Colleges to submit applications for our Summer School in Contexts of Indigenous Culture. The school will take place July 18-20 2018 and will involve cultural awareness activities, a community visit, and meaningful space for dialogue and relationship building among culturally knowledgeable trainers, local community members and school participants. Read more

Accolades for Dr. Chantelle Richmond

The IDI Committee proudly congratulates our Director, Dr. Chantelle Richmond for her outstanding research and leadership toward relationship buiding between Indigenous people, communities and the academy. Amazing work, Chantelle!! All best wishes for continued success!

Call for 2018 Scholarships

The Interdisciplinary Development Initiative (IDI) in Applied Indigenous Scholarship invites applications for scholarships from Indigenous students currently enrolled at Western University and its affiliated Colleges. In keeping with our programmatic goals, these awards are intended to support Indigenous students who are pursuing academic studies with the future goal of utilizing their degree within an applied Indigenous community context. We welcome applications from Indigenous students across all disciplines. We will award up to eight scholarships for students currently enrolled in undergraduate programs and graduate degrees. Each scholarship provides a one-time award of $2500 for part-time students or $5000 for full-time students. See link for more information, and good luck to all applicants!

A Talk by Tasha Hubbard - Indigenous Filmmaker - November 9, 2017

Nehiyaw, Nakawe, and Métis filmmaker Tasha Hubbard will be coming to campus on Thursday November 9th from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m in Studio 242 in the Music Building to screen her deeply moving documentary, Birth of a Family. This film records the reunion of four siblings who were separated from each other and their Dene mother as a result of the Sixties Scoop--the practice by which child welfare services, in concert with the federal government, removed numerous Indigenous children from their families and communities and placed them in white adoptive homes. This event is supported by Western's Interdisciplinary Development Initiative in Applied Indigenous Scholarship.

The 2017 Winter School: Contexts of Indigenous Culture - December 11-13, 2017

The Interdisciplinary Initiative (IDI) in Applied Indigenous Scholarship invites applications from administrative staff members at The University of Western Ontario and its Affiliate Colleges to submit applications for our 2017 Winter School: Contexts of Indigenous Culture.

The winter school will take place December 11 - 13 2017 and will involve cultural awareness activities, a community visit, and meaningful space for dialogue and relationship building among culturally knowledgeable trainers, local community members and winter school participants. Read more

Becoming Researchers: Summer Institute in Indigenous Research

August 7th - 10th 2017

The primary goals of the Summer Institute are to support scholarship that enables Indigenous self-determination, and to explore and participate in research activities that reflect Haudenosaunee ways of knowing. Animate inquiry through story stems from Haudenosaunee belief that natural forces in constant motion renews life, just as story told, again and again, maintains and transforms lifeways. We build upon the idea that bringing culture and research to life allows students to create a context in which they interpret the world with them in it.

Applied Indigenous Scholarship Welcomes New Fellow

Gloria ThomasWe are thrilled to announce our new Postdoctoral Fellow! Dr. Gloria J Thomas is Hodinohso:ni from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, a member of the Onondaga Nation, Deer Clan. As researcher and writer, she has participated in national, provincial and First Nations studies and curriculum projects to develop community-based models for Indigenous education. Gloria completed a PhD in Cultural and Policy Studies at Queen’s University in 2013 where she served as instructor and Academic Liaison for the Aboriginal Teacher Education Program. Active in the graduate studies program, Aboriginal and World Indigenous Education Studies (AWIES), Gloria developed and instructed a course in Education Research Methods in an Indigenous context. Her interest to design Indigenous methodologies naturally leads Gloria to narrative, story and autoethnography as methods of qualitative inquiry. Having studied creative writing with various Indigenous authors and writing cooperatives, including a scholarship at Banff Center for the Arts, Gloria secured OGS and SSHRC funding and bursaries from The National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation (NAAF) to define creative scholarly research in an Indigenous paradigm which is the topic of her dissertation. She has published articles in McGill Journal of Education (MJE) and the Journal for World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium (WINHEC). Gloria presented research papers at Trent University: Celebrating Indigenous Knowledges; CSSE; Congress of Qualitative Inquiry at Urbana-Champagne; and Jagiellonian University and Pauza Foundation for Contemporary Art in Cracow, Poland.  During her time in the IDI, Gloria will work on various interdisciplinary activities, including a 2017 summer school in Haudenosaunee knowledge, the 2017 winter school in cultural competency, and the development of a Purple Guide for Indigenous leaners.  She will also continue with her own fascinating research, and is working on the draft of her manuscript “Finding Tadodaho: An Autoethnography of healing historical trauma,” to be published by Routledge.

Anishinaabe Law Camp

Law Camp ParticipantsIn March, the Faculty of Law and the Interdisciplinary Initiative in Applied Indigenous Scholarship at Western co-hosted the Anishinaabe Law Camp - Indigenous Law in Context. This 3 day gathering introduced students and faculty to the sources and resources for practising Indigenous law from a land-based perspective. The class took place over four days on the territory of Deshkan Ziibing, at the Chippewas of the Thames near London, Ontario. Students and faculty learned Anishinaabe law and legal tradition by on-site reference to treaties, cases, stories, water, rocks, plants, and animals. Many thanks to John Borrows (University of Victoria), Lindsay Borrows (West Coast Environmental Law) and Heidi Stark (University of Victoria) for leading this amazing opportunity.

Scholarship Presentations

The IDI in Applied Indigenous Scholarship presented 5 scholarships to Indigenous students at Western University who are pursuing academic studies with the future goal of utilizing their degree within an applied Indigenous community context. The awards were presented at the Indigenous Student Graduation Ceremony on April 7th to students Cortney Dakin, Marley Fisher, Paulina Johnson, Alana Pawley and Natahnee Winder. Congratulations to all of the scholarship recipients!