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Aboriginal Education Research Forum 2018

Call for Papers

Conference Theme:
Health and Education research as interconnected paradigms for Indigenous Wellness: Cultural safety, relevancy and bridging for reconciliation.

We are pleased to announce that the 14th Annual Aboriginal Education Research Forum – “Shawane Dagosiwin” ( is co-hosting Ongomiiziwin Indigenous Institute of Health and Healing, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, Bannatyne Campus, University of Manitoba on May 14 & 15, 2018.

“Shawane Dagosiwin” (as translated from the Anishinaabe language) reflects the values of, and embraces integrity and respect for family and community in educational research. This year we are pleased to co-host this event organized through a planning committee that includes educators from Manitoba's universities, the provincial departments of education, First Nations and Métis governments and various representative organizations.

“Ongomiizwin” Indigenous Institute of Health and Healing is an approved institute and is located within the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences. It has a mandate to lead Indigenous health within the three pillars -education, research and health service, and to provide support to the five colleges of the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences (Nursing, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Rehabilitation Sciences and Max Rady College of Medicine).

Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Marcia Anderson

Dr. Marcia Anderson is Cree- Saulteaux, with roots going to the Norway House Cree Nation and Peguis First Nation in Manitoba. She practices both Internal Medicine and Public Health as a Medical Officer of Health with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. She is the Executive Director of Indigenous Academic Affairs in the Ongomiizwin Indigenous Institute of Health and Healing, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba. Current active areas of work include leading the development and implementation of Truth and Reconciliation Response Action Plans, Indigenous youth health, Indigenous maternal and child health, and Indigenous health care quality. She has recently been appointed Chair of the Indigenous Health Network of the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada. She is a Past President of the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada and Past Chair of the Pacific Region Indigenous Doctors Congress. She was recognized for her contributions to Indigenous people’s health with a National Aboriginal Achievement Award in March 2011.

Dr. Glen McCabe

Dr. Glen McCabe, Metis from Winnipeg, Manitoba has had an interesting journey with academia (research, teaching and community service) and lifelong songwriting, and singing.  Glen recently retired from his position as Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba and turned toward his love of music and Metis lyrics into renewing his old ‘career’ in music. Glen has never shied away from writing about difficult and dark topics (poverty, homelessness and spirituality, Indigenous knowledges and wellness). Glen is writing songs and doing live performances as much as possible.  For those who have had the pleasure of hearing his speeches and music, his humour, love, and passion for living with wellness is reflected in his words/songs.

During his academic career, Glen has many publications in prestigious journals (such as the American Psychological Association's "Psychotherapy", and Routledge's "Counselling Psychology Quarterly" and a variety of book chapters on indigenous healing and methods and outcomes) in the field of counselling and psychotherapy. He has delivered keynotes and presentations to conferences in a variety of venues in Canada: including for the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.  Also, he has given addresses to a variety of conferences and symposia in the United States.  His particular interest has been in the area of Indigenous healing and wellness.  Glen will share his views through the culmination of his research, teaching, community service and music as a way to highlight the relationship of Indigenous education and wellness.

We invite proposal submissions from Teachers, Health professionals, Health and Education Researchers, and Community and Health/Wellness Development Workers who:

  • Are engaged in learning and teaching, organizing, consulting, or community projects
  • Administer or manage School and Community based research and projects reflecting health and wellness and life-long learning
  • Apply varied approaches to research content and processes with Aboriginal/Indigenous peoples
  • Work across the lifespan from pre-school, K-12 to post-secondary and adult/community education and health wellness
  • Are graduate students whose work reflects Aboriginal/Indigenous perspectives
  • Conduct research projects that reflect a variety of Indigenous methods and themes that reflect: efforts towards reconciliation, environmental care, land-based projects, cultural-based activities, elder circles, capacity building projects, health and wellness etc.,
  • Are involved in disciplines other than education and that support schooling improvement
  • Are involved in local, regional, national, and/or Indigenous international projects

We welcome various presentations styles:

  • Paper, Oral or Performance presentations.
  • Sharing Circles, workshops and sessions involving audience participation.
  • Roundtable, panel, or circle discussions.
  • Showcase or display by poster sessions of Indigenous research methodologies: Displays of written and graphic (pictures) research projects.
  • Open - We encourage presentations that may not be formal academic papers and could engage participants to think of other research processes e.g., craft workshop, song or dance workshops displaying methods and processes that include narrative/storywork and action research.

We welcome the following topics (not limited to these):

  • Sharing/collaborative and/or partnership approaches to Indigenous research in education and health/wellness
  • Aboriginal/Indigenous Research Methodologies and Ethics/Protocols
  • Past/present/future research themes, and stories
  • Research benefits to Aboriginal knowledges, languages, cultures and community
  • Research Methodologies that engage Aboriginal peoples and communities
  • Community projects that demonstrate research processes – includes action research
  • Engaging guiding principles for research
  • Multiple Practices of research projects
  • Importance of research to policy and educational practices

Proposal Submission Deadline – Friday, March 23, 2018

  • Complete contact information, including: Name(s), email (if applicable include all presenters’ emails), fax number(s), phone number(s), and addresse(es), Presentation Title
  • A brief description of the content/session (up to 250 words). Presenter biography: up to four lines (in MS-Word format).

NOTE: If you are presenting by using Prezi, please bring your own laptop. If you have a Mac, please bring the appropriate adapter.

Submit your presentation:

  1. Complete the online Call for Presentations Form.
  2. OR

  3. Download the Call for Presentations Form (MS Word Icon 32 KB) and submit using one of the following methods:

    By Fax to Laara Fitznor
    or Email to

Registration fees (Includes admission to all sessions, forum meals, forum events, and nutrition breaks):
Presenters/posters - $250.00
Early Bird - $275.000 (March 23, 2018)
Regular - $300.00
One day regular - $225.00
Student presenter and/or participant – one day $100.00
Students – two day fee $120.00

We encourage you to register early to facilitate our planning of the conference program. NOTE: Participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation. Here is a hotel that is located onsite to the venue.

Canad Inns Destination Centre Health Science Centre
720 William Avenue Winnipeg, MB R3E 3J7.
Tel: (204) 594-9472
Fax: (204) 505-1521

Parking Information – Bannatyne Campus

Multi space Public Park & Pay meters (available on a first come first serve basis) are located in "H" Lot which is located on the corner of McDermot Avenue and Tecumseh Street – see Map attached for location of H Lot.

Park & Pay meters accept coin, Visa or MasterCard. Payment by phone via the Parkmobile App is also available.

Rates (Weekdays):
Weekdays 6:00am to 6:00pm
$2.00 per half hour

City meter parking is also available on city streets located around the Bannatyne campus including Bannatyne Avenue and McDermot Avenue – please follow instructions on the parking meter for applicable parking time/amounts.

All rates subject to change.

Bannatyne Campus parking map (Adobe Icon)

For more information on rates, space availability, and visitor parking in general, please contact Parking Services.