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IMN-Ontario Winter 2019 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!

SAVE THE DATE: Summer Institute 2019

The second annual IMN-Ontario Summer Institute will be held from June 17th-20th, 2019 at the Queen’s University Biological Station: Lake Opinicon facility. Further details about the Institute and the Call for Applications to be announced.

Group photo from our 2018 Summer Institute

Webinar: Navigating Graduate Studies

This webinar will be an opportunity to hear from current and former Indigenous graduate students about their experiences navigating graduate studies and balancing life priorities. We welcome students from all Indigenous Mentorship Networks. Save the date for April 10th, 10:00am-11:30am [Eastern]. Details forthcoming.

Events in our Network

Queen's Launch Event (September 2018) IMN-Ontario Mentors and Mentees gathered to discuss the priorities of their local IMN network at Queen’s University. The event also included a recorded Webinar, which is available to watch on our IMN website as two videos. Webinar recording available on our website.

Nipissing Gathering (November 2018) Nipissing University hosted their first IMN Gathering in November. Indigenous students, allies, faculty mentors joined share and support one another, and promote Indigenous graduate and undergraduate student research and achievements.

Photos from the Nipissing University IMN Gathering

Guelph Networking Event (January 2019) The University of Guelph hosted an Indigenous networking and discussion event in January. Students and professors shared a delicious meal and discussed opportunities for Indigenous students.

Students and Professors at the University of Guelph IMN Dinner

Western University Networking Lunch (February 2019) Some of Western University’s Indigenous scholars gathered for lunch and conversation at the Indigenous Health Lab.

Western University IMN Networking Lunch

IMN-ON Publications and Media

A recent publication from one of our network investigators at Queen’s, Dr. Heather Castleden. Read it here.

Dr. Kim Anderson and Dr. Hannah Tait Neufeld, two of our network mentors at the University of Guelph, share their land-based learning research. View here.

Dr. Dawn Martin-Hill, an IMN-Ontario mentor at McMaster University leads the Ohneganos Project. Read more here.

A recently published commentary by Dr. Chelsea Gabel, one of our mentors at McMaster. View here.

A recent publication from one of our investigators, Dr. Chris Furgal at Trent University. Read it here.

Read about some of the recent work being done by Dr. Bonnie Freeman, one of our mentors at McMaster. Read here.

Training and Events

Indigenous Mentorship & Networking: Wellness & Self-Care at McMaster University

  • Monday, March 4th from 12pm-3pm
  • Indigenous Studies Program Office

Join us for lunch and discussions on wellness and self-care with guests Elder-in-Residence Ima Johnson and Student Counsellor Brittany Vincze. Lunch will be provided for all. We will also be giving away wellness kits (limited quantities) to participants. This free event is sponsored by the Indigenous Mentorship Network. For further information, visit the event page.

Indigenous Perspectives on Trauma-Informed Care, hosted by Indigenous Perspectives on Trauma-Informed Care and Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto

  • Saturday, March 9, 2019 from 8:30am – 4pm
  • Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto, 155 College Street, Toronto, Ontario M5T 1P8

Topics include: Intergenerational trauma & homelessness, Indigenous wellness paradigms, S2 and LBQT trauma-informed histories, suicide crisis, intercultural models of harm reduction, and much more! For more information and tickets, please visit the event page.

2019 World Indigenous Cancer Conference

  • Calgary, Alberta on September 17-19, 2019

WICC 2019 will connect researchers, allied health professionals, advocacy groups, Indigenous Elders/Knowledge Holders, traditional practitioners and community groups, and leaders from around the world to discuss innovations and advancements in cancer research with Indigenous peoples. For more information, please visit WICC's website.

Indigenous Health Equity Webinars by the University of Toronto Dalla Lana School of Public Health

A series of four Indigenous Health webinars hosted in February and March 2019. The four webinars are:

  • A 2 Spirited Story of Gender, Sexuality and Traditional Roles for Health Care Providers
  • Seeing through Two Eyes: Indigenous and Public Health
  • Being Healthy Together/Mamwi: Indigenous Engagement and Planning in Public Health
  • Decolonizing Data: Principles for Public Health Research Involving Indigenous Communities

There are additional readings and courses available online, that are recommended to be completed prior to beginning the webinars. Access the webinars and materials here.

Raw Talks podcast #53 Indigenous Perspectives on Health features several prominent Indigenous Researchers, including Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health’s Dr. Michael Anderson. Listen to the podcast here.

Pre-doctoral Fellowships for Indigenous Students | Webinar

  • March 7th, 12pm-1pm

Our Fellowships are open to Indigenous students enrolled in a PhD program and working on doctoral research in the creative arts, humanities, social sciences or natural and physical sciences at an accredited university other than Queen’s University. Candidates must have completed all degree requirements except the final doctoral project, which they will be expected to complete during their tenure as a Fellow to receive their degree from their home institution. Fellows will relocate to Kingston while completing their research in order to teach a course and contribute to intellectual life at Queen’s.

Register for one of our webinars on February 14 or March 7 to learn more here.  In the meantime, get some background information. View the facebook event page here.

Recent Activities in our Sister Networks

Indigenous Mentorship Network of the Pacific Northwest NCCAH Heart Talk | mite achimowin videos. View here.

Saskatchewan Indigenous Mentorship Network’s Indigenous Health Lecture Series. View here.

Recent Indigenous health resource book released: Global Indigenous Health: Reconciling the Past, Engaging the Present, Animating the Future. View here.

Job Postings

Research Coordinator: Indigenous Health and Wellness

The Research Coordinator: Indigenous Health and Wellness will act as the primary lead ensuring the coordination and data management for the Cameco Chair in Indigenous Health activity. Term: up to 12 months, with the possibility of extension For details and contact information, please visit the job posting.

Faculty position on Health and Aging at the Memory Keepers Medical Discovery Team – Health Equity. University of Minnesota, Duluth campus.

Applications must be submitted online. For more information and job requirements, please view the posting by following the "External Faculty and Staff Applicants" link and search by job posting " 328457."

Assistant Professor, Department of Indigenous Studies - University of Sudbury

For more information, please view the job posting.

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