U of G Introduces Indigenous Research and Learning Network

September 16, 2011 - Campus Bulletin

The University of Guelph will launch its Indigenous Research and Learning Network (IRLN) during a one-day conference to be held Sept. 23.

Led by Serge Desmarais, associate vice-president (academic), this new network brings together scholars using indigenous content and perspectives in teaching and whose research involves indigenous cultures, including First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities in Canada.

The IRLN has been developed to enrich research and teaching at U of G, which currently offers no programs or courses focused on aboriginal topics, said Desmarais.

“This unique network allows us to take a much more interdisciplinary approach. The University has an impressive number of scholars studying a range of issues that indigenous communities face. These issues provide ample opportunity for campus-wide collaboration and engagement with indigenous communities, which the IRLN can facilitate.”

The conference will start at 9 a.m. at Cutten Fields (formerly the Cutten Club) and continue in the University Centre. It will include the launch of a website, a poster symposium and a Ballet Creole performance co-sponsored by the Central Student Association.

Workshops will include sessions led by Laura Beaupre, director of research support services, Office of Research; Prof. Steve Crawford, Integrative Biology; Sandy Auld, director of research ethics, Office of Research; and Prof. Jeji Varghese, Sociology and Anthropology. Desmarais will discuss the role of the IRLN.

For more information or reservations, contact Lindsay Morris at lmorri07@uoguelph.ca.

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