2020 National Gathering of Graduate Students (NGGS)



Special Message from Dr. Chantelle Richmond, RE Cancellation of NGGS 2020

To NGGS 2020 Delegates, Mentors and Keynotes and Indigenous Mentorship Network Program Leaders and Coordinators:

On behalf of the Host Organizing Committee of NGGS 2020 (May 11-14, 2020), I write today to let you know we have made the difficult decision to cancel our meeting due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The health and wellness of our attendees is first and foremost on our minds.  With so much unknown about how COVID-19 will affect Canada in the coming weeks and months, we are following the best public health advice of practicing social distancing and avoiding large gatherings.

We know this decision will be greatly disappointing to many of you.  After months of planning a Gathering that will bring together a constellation of some truly beautiful hearts and minds, we are heartbroken to make this decision. 

But we know that cancelling NGGS 2020 is for the best.  Please take the steps necessary to cancel travel plans you have made.  In the coming weeks, the Host Committee and leaders from the wider Mentorship Networks will meet virtually to discuss next steps and ways that we can support students who may be out-of-pocket for flight cancellation and other related travel fees.

As I close this message, I want to say miigwetch to all who poured their time, efforts and love into conceptualizing NGGS 2020, especially our local Host Committee– Katie Big-Canoe, Vanessa Ambtman Smith, Veronica Reitmeier, Emily Beacock, and Amanda Myers.

The Mentorship Networks were conceived greater than two decades ago.  In the time since, we have witnessed a transformation in the way Indigenous health research is done in Canada.  We have come to be known as leaders in this work; NGGS 2020 was meant to be a place to celebrate the progress we have made, and to share the relational ethics and best practices that underlie this work.  Please trust that we will find a new space and time to come together to share and expand upon these ideas.

On behalf of the local Host Committee, know that you and your families are in our hearts and minds.  We wish you all continued good health.


2020 National Gathering of Graduate Students 
“Mentoring the next generation of Indigenous health scholars”
May 11 – 14, 2020
Western University (London, Ontario)
Deadline extended to January 30, 2020 [11:59pm Pacific]

The National Gathering of Graduate Students (NGGS) is a national annual gathering that brings together Indigenous graduate students doing research on Indigenous health and well-being. The NGGS is meant to foster belonging and support for Indigenous graduate students, as well as a place for skill and capacity building and knowledge transfer. Indigenous graduate students registered at a Canadian institution and undertaking Indigenous health research are encouraged to apply. Please note: the NGGS will immediately follow the NAISA meeting (Toronto, May 7-9, 2020).

We welcome abstracts from Indigenous graduate students, health professionals, and post-doctoral fellows 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.

NGGS submission to include

  • Name, email, and mailing address
  • University and Indigenous Mentorship Network Program affiliation (if applicable)
  • Program and Year of Study
  • Stage of Research (proposal development, data collection, analysis, results, defense, thesis submitted)
  • One paragraph that describes the steps to be taken/used to involve Indigenous community in your research
  • One paragraph that describes the steps to be taken/used to return your findings back to Indigenous communities
  • 250-word maximum abstract describing your research
  • 50-word maximum biography
  • Preferred presentation format (either a poster presentation or a 20-minute oral presentation with 10 minutes for questions)
    *oral presentations will be limited to those in the final stages of their research
  • Up to five keywords that best describe your research
  • Letter of support from supervisor (emailed directly to imnp@uwo.ca).

Abstract submission deadline: January 17, 2020. Deadline extended to January 30, 2020 [11:59pm Pacific]. Notice of decisions to be released week of February 24, 2020.

Ontario’s IMN looks forward to welcoming you in May!

Week at a Glance [PDF Version]

Agenda Timetable (Accessible version in attached PDF)

All students who are invited to attend will receive complimentary accommodations at Ontario Hall.