IMN-Ontario WINTER 2019-2020 Newsletter

Indigenous Mentorship Network (IMN) Ontario is a five-year health training program, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to provide Indigenous scholars and trainees with high quality mentorship, training, and opportunities to engage in Indigenous health and well-being research. Enjoy our seasonal newsletter!

2020 Scholarship and Seed Grant Call for Applications

The call for applications for the 2020-2021 IMN-Ontario Scholarships and Seed Grants is now open. Applications are due on January 31st, 2020. To avoid delays, please order your transcripts early. More information and the application can be found here.

Only Indigenous students registered at an Ontario University are eligible to apply. Graduate and Health Professionals must be undertaking applied community-based health and well-being research.
Only Indigenous post-doctoral fellows and new investigators undertaking applied community-based health and well-being research are eligible to apply. Seed grants are available for up to $5,000 per year.

National Gathering of Graduate Students 2020 Call for Applications

IMN-Ontario is excited to announce that we will be hosting the National Gathering of Graduate Students at Western University in London, Ontario. The NGGS will be held May 11-14th 2020. More information can be found on the IMN-Ontario website. To apply, please visit here. The deadline to submit abstracts is January 17th, 2020. Decisions will be made by the week of February 10th.

We welcome abstracts from Indigenous graduate students, health professional students, and post-doctoral fellows (registered at a Canadian institution) at any stage of their research including: progress with literature reviews, development of research questions, development of research agreements, building of community relationships, challenges with proposed methodologies, results, discussions, future directions and dissemination processes. Recent graduates (within one year) are also eligible to apply.

Events in our Network

The IMN-Ontario team has been busy organizing and planning the upcoming NGGS. The national gathering takes place in a different province each year, and our network is excited to host the 2020 event. We are excited to soon share our keynote speakers... stay tuned!

IMN-Ontario Fall Lunch at Western University

In October, IMN-Ontario hosted a lunch for Indigenous undergraduate and graduate students interested in pursuing graduate studies at Western University. A delicious meal was shared, and many great conversations took place. Thank you to everyone who attended.

IMN-Ontario Program Coordinator Katie, Indigenous Health Lab students Emily, Veronica, and Elana, and IMN-Ontario's Nominated Principal Applicant Dr. Chantelle Richmond at the fall lunch.

IMN-Ontario Publications and Media

The Canadian Journal of Public Health has recently published Dr. Michelle Firestone's article “I feel safe just coming here because there are other Native brothers and sisters”: findings from a community-based evaluation of the Niiwin Wendaanimak Four Winds Wellness Program". The article is available here.

Recent publication from Well Living House published in the Journal of Racial and Health Disparities. “I Guess I Shouldn’t Come Back Here”: Racism and Discrimination as a Barrier to Accessing Health and Social Services for Urban Métis Women in Toronto, Canada". Read the article here.

Dr. Kim Anderson and Anishinaabe elder Rene Meshake have recently released a new book titled Injichaag My Soul in Story: Anishinaabe Poetics in Art and Words. Read more about the book here.

Training, Events and Opportunities

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council annual Storytellers contest

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) recently launched its annual Storytellers contest, challenging postsecondary students to creatively demonstrate to Canadians how social sciences and humanities research has an impact on our lives and on our communities.

The contest is open to all students—graduate and undergraduate—enrolled at Canadian postsecondary institutions. Their challenge is to tell the story, in 3 minutes or 300 words, of a SSHRC-funded research project. It can be their own or a professor’s and needs to be taking place at their institution. We will select 25 finalists to receive a $3000 cash prize and specialized training in research communications.

We encourage you to spread the word to students. You will find various promotional materials at the following link.

For details on this year’s Storytellers contest, please follow us on our social media accounts and visit the SSHRC website.

Don’t hesitate to be in touch should you have any questions. Please note that questions from participants should be addressed to Storytellers@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca.

University of Toronto's Summer Mentorship Program

The University of Toronto's Summer Mentorship Program is now accepting applications for Summer 2020. Please share widely with high school students!

The Summer Mentorship Program (SMP) gives high school students of Indigenous or African ancestry a chance to explore health sciences at the University of Toronto over four weeks in July. Students that successfully complete the SMP will receive a high school credit (GLN4O – Navigating the Workplace). We will provide on-campus accommodations for Indigenous students that live outside of the GTA. The cost of the student’s accommodation is covered by the SMP.

Monday, January 20 is the first of two application deadlines for the Summer Mentorship Program and we encourage interested applicants to apply early. Students must be at least 16 by June 30, 2020 to be eligible, and will need their transcript to apply. Please visit their website for more information.

The Pacific Region Indigenous Doctors' Congress, September 14-18, 2020

The Pacific Region Indigenous Doctors’ Congress provides a forum for Indigenous doctors and medical students from across the Pacific to gather and discuss issues of mutual interest, particularly those pertaining to the physical, mental, spiritual, social and cultural well-being of our populations. The 10th biannual Congress will be hosted by the IPAC (The Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada) on September 14-18, 2020 in Vancouver B.C. Canada. Our theme is Connecting to the Spirit of the Land. More information can be found here.

NAISA Pre and Post Conference Activities

  • The CFP for the Grad Student Preconference is coming up on January 6.
  • The CFP for the Abolition Convergence conference is coming up on December 31.
  • The CFP for the Indigenous Health and Wellness Gathering is coming up on December 16th.
  • There is also an Indigenous Administrators preconference for our leadership!

For more information, please visit the NAISA 2020 website.

NAISA 2020 Conference, May 7-9, 2020, Toronto

More information about the conference and call for abstracts can be found on their website.

Call for abstracts: Indigenous Health Conference (IHC), May 21-23, 2020, Niagara Falls

Building Our Future is the focus for the 4th biennial Indigenous Health Conference. Topics include youth leadership, life promotion, suicide prevention, murdered and missing Indigenous women, determinants of health and Indigenous ways of knowing. Through this conference we hope to facilitate cultural humility among health care providers working with and for Indigenous Peoples and to nurture the future leaders in Indigenous healthcare. More information and abstract submission can be found here. The deadline to submit an abstract is January 7th.


A partnership between University of Calgary and the Government of Canada's Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub. More information about the organization and how to get involved as a mentor, volunteer, mentee, or attend workshops, please visit their website.

Indspire’s Building Brighter Futures: Bursaries, Scholarships and Awards program opens doors through education.

Continuous deadlines - Nov 1, Feb 1, Aug 1. More information can be found here.

Community Researcher Capacity Development Program

Hotıì ts'eeda (NWT SPOR SUPPORT Unit) – continuously offered. Details are available here.

Researcher Capacity Development Program

Hotıì ts'eeda (NWT SPOR SUPPORT Unit) – continuously offered. See the link for more information.

First Nations Information Governance Centre's Fundamentals of OCAP online training course

Register by the 20th of each month. More information can be found here.

‘Coming Together to Co-create Health Equity – an Indigenous Community Health and Research Conference’, February 6-8 2020, Six Nations and McMaster University

More information about the conference can be found here, and online registration here.

Job Postings

Research Advisor, Indigenous Initiatives, Queen's University. Deadline to apply: January 5, 2020. More information can be found here.

Tenure track position in Indigenous Environment Knowledges, Ryerson University. Additional information can be found here.

The Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health is currently looking to fill a number of positions. Please see their website to learn more.

Professor, Indigenous Studies, Lambton College. More information can be found here.

Tenure Track Position in Indigenous Law, Ryerson University. Deadline to apply is January 9, 2020. For more information and to start the application process, please see the job posting.

Faculty Member, College of Kinesiology, University of Saskatchewan. More information and the application information can be found here.

Assistant or Associate Professors, Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies - Faculty of Education, University of Victoria. Two (2) Tenure-track Positions in Counselling Psychology. The job posting and detail are linked here. Deadline to apply is January 6th, 2020.

Associate Vice-President Research, University of Victoria. Closing date is January 10, 2020. Application and further information can be found here.

Community-Based Research (CBR) Scholar (FIIRE Network), The First Nations Health Authority, British Columbia. Position is open until filled. Job details can be found here.

IMN-Ontario wishes you a happy holiday season! We hope you enjoy a well deserved break. We look forward to reconnecting and forming new relations in 2020.

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