The Indigenous Graduate Student Symposium (IGSS) is hosted annually by Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement (SAGE), a peer-mentoring, inter-institutional initiative provided to graduate students across British Columbia. SAGE is hosted at the University of British Columbia in collaboration with Simon Fraser University and has “pods” at the University of Victoria, UBC Okanagan, University of Northern British Columbia, and University of Toronto. The IGSS offers a supportive environment for Indigenous graduate and postdoctoral students to present and receive feedback on their research.
Vol. 1 (2021): Collective Response-Abilities: Intervention for Indigenous Wellbeing
This issue presents students' presentation abstracts from the 18th Annual Indigenous Graduate Student Symposium which was held virtually on March 6th and 13th, 2021.
Given the impacts of current global events, the need to reflect on our collective and individual actions and the role we play has become increasingly important. The 2021 IGSS theme, Collective Response-Abilities: Intervention for Indigenous Wellbeing, explores our individual and collective responsibilities for the restoration and maintenance of our communal and personal wellbeing.
With this in mind, the conference welcomed all students from across faculties, institutions, and campuses to reflect on what intervention for wellbeing means, with respect to their work in the many spaces and intersections of being we occupy. Individually, we are given a diversity of gifts and abilities to respond to our collective needs, this conference explores and celebrates these gifts.
The abstracts reflect the following themes:
- Our Responsibility to the wellbeing of ourselves, our community, and our people. This stream asks, “What should we be doing?”
- Our Ability to support the wellbeing of ourselves, our community, and our people. This stream asks, “What are we able to offer?”
- Our Response for the wellbeing of ourselves, our community, and our people. This stream asks, “What are/will we be doing?”