Indigenous Health & Well-being Initiative

Speaker Series And Events

The process of developing innovative interdisciplinary approaches to the improvement of health and well-being of Indigenous peoples will be based on best practices and partnership with Indigenous peoples and communities themselves. This will require improved knowledge sharing and transfer within Western, in the academic and policy community and with Indigenous communities and organizations in Canada through partner based research, institutes, conferences, publications and other communication strategies. Annually the IHWI will invite a leading scholar, policy maker or Indigenous leader who will come to the campus for a period of time to give public talks, classroom and seminar discussions. The aim of these initiatives is to enrich learning about Indigenous issues and approaches for the general population at Western, create special opportunities for graduate students and Western researchers to extend their learning and connections and, provide mentors and role models for Aboriginal students on campus. In addition, IHWI will hold:

Public lectures in the IHWI Speaker Series

Graduate Student Events and Initiatives

Summer School

Community-based events

The Visiting Fellow in Residence Program


IHWI supports research on Indigenous centred issues carried out by the associated members of the IHWI Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal. We also seek to support research and initiatives developed by Indigenous communities themselves. IHWI is active in disseminating research findings through conferences organized at Western and through those organized in other locations world-wide. Other forms of dissemination include publishing through the International Indigenous Policy Journal and other journals that are addressed to Indigenous issues. IHWI is committed to providing encouragement to Indigenous youth through the promotion of healthy practices and educational attainment.

To learn about upcomimng speakers and events, visit our news page.