Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Call for Abstracts

The purpose of this conference is to bring together local, national and international Indigenous community and university-based peoples that are working to revitalize Indigenous cultures and languages. In the spirit of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action (2015) and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (2007), this conference aims to privilege the voices of indigenous peoples engaged in interdisciplinary dialogue, action and research. It is also intended to be a forum for networking and exchanging ideas, experiences and research on topics relating to Indigenous culture and language revitalization.

We invite abstracts from community members, students and academics. Abstracts may use the following formats

  1. an individual paper,
  2. a panel session,
  3. roundtable discussions,
  4. an interactive workshop, or
  5. film screening.

This conference is structured to honour and recognize the knowledge and teachings of Coast Salish communities on day one; and Indigenous national, international and academic partnerships on day two. Successful proposals will clearly identify the relationship of the presentation to the conference themes (below). Presentations will provide an opportunity for conference participants to engage with questions and discussion that relates to, and furthers understanding of Indigenous revitalization practices, teaching and learning, and research.

Day 1: Conference Themes. Culture and Language Revitalization in Coast Salish Communities
  1. Revitalizing and strengthening cultural practices in Coast Salish communities. Examples may include, but are not limited to, canoeing, art, carving, food and/or medicine gathering, language, dancing/drumming/singing, storytelling
  2. Coast Salish ways of teaching cultural revitalization
  3. Coast Salish youth, Elder, LGBTIQ-2S engagement in cultural revitalization
  4. Indigenous leadership in Coast Salish culture and language revitalization
Day 2: Conference Themes. Indigenous Culture and Language Revitalization in National, International and Academic Partnerships
  1. Revitalizing and maintaining cultural practices through Indigenous community and university partnerships
  2. Intergenerational transmission, knowledge creation and revitalization of Indigenous cultural practices,
  3. Language documentation and revitalization with Indigenous communities
  4. Engaging and centering Indigenous youth and/or Elders in cultural and language revitalization work
  5. Student learning and engagement in Indigenous community and academic partnerships
  6. Interdisciplinary research that investigates the continuity, maintenance and revitalization of Indigenous culture and language
General Proposal Guidelines
  • Proposals will be accepted only through submission by email to musqueam.canoe@tru.ca
  • All written proposals may be submitted in an Indigenous language or English. For the purposes of assessment, all Indigenous language submissions must be accompanied by an English translation.

In order to be peer reviewed, ALL proposals, regardless of type, must include the following:

  1. Name of the lead author/organizer, and all other presenter’s names and institutional affiliations
  2. Contact information for the author/organizer including a mailing address, email and phone number
  3. 50 word bio (maximum) of each participant
  4. Title of the proposed presentation (120 characters maximum)
  5. Identified presentation format (individual paper, panel, roundtable, workshop, film screening)
  6. Abstract (150 words) that clearly identifies how the proposal meets the conference theme for either day 1 (community-based) or 2 (provincial, national or international or academic based)
  7. List of all A/V equipment needs
  8. Confirmation that all proposed participants have agreed to participate
Types of Presentations

Presentations may be made in a number of formats, as listed below. You must indicate the proposed format in your submission. The Conference Committee may negotiate the proposed delivery format with the speaker.

Individual Papers (15 minutes)
Individual paper proposals provide an opportunity to present original contributions to the research, theory, and practice in relation to the revitalization of Indigenous culture and language revitalization. Submissions should clearly indicate the importance of the proposed topic to conference themes. Upon acceptance, individual papers will be organized into panels of three by subject. Individual presenters will have 15 minutes to deliver the content of their individual papers, allowing 15 minutes at the end of all the presentations for questions and answers.

Panel Presentations (60 or 90 minutes)
Participants may propose to organize a panel of presentations on a related subject, with each presenter offering a perspective on the topic. Panels may include a chair/moderator, and three or four presenters. Each presenter will be allotted 10 minutes to deliver their paper, allowing 20 minutes for questions and answers. Panel proposals must include information on all proposed participants and must indicate that they have been contacted and agree to participate. The individual submitting the proposal will be the sole contact person regarding the panel.

Roundtable Discussions (60 or 90 minutes)
Participants may propose to organize a round table discussion on a topic related to conference themes. Like panels, roundtable discussions are coordinated by an organizer/moderator and offer different perspectives on the proposed topic. However, rather than focusing on the presentation of individual papers, presentation time for each participant is limited to 5‐7 minutes. The majority of the session is devoted to dialogue between the participants and the audience. Roundtable discussions encourage audience participation in the discussion. Proposals for roundtable discussions must include information on all proposed presenters and must indicate that they have been contacted and agree to participate. The individual submitting the proposal will be the sole contact person regarding the roundtable discussion.

Interactive Workshops (60 minutes)
In workshops, presenters spend a short amount of time on the delivery of the pedagogical concept, theory or model, and the majority of the session is devoted to direct, hands‐on participation by the attendees. Workshops are organized to address a theme, discussion is informal and interactive, and papers are not presented.

Film Screening (60 minutes)
In film screenings, presenters spend a short amount of time to introduce the film, set the context for its creation, and identify the collaborative partners involved in its development. Film screenings are organized to address a theme, discussion is informal and interactive. The individual submitting the proposal will be the sole contact person regarding the film screening.

Important Dates
  • Proposal submission deadline is August 28, 2017
  • Notification of acceptance: September 8, 2017
  • Registration will be open: August 28 to October 10, 2017
  • Conference dates are October 18-20, 2017
Registration Fees

No fees will be charged for the conference. Meals, health/coffee breaks, a gala dinner and reception will be provided to the 200 participants free of charge.

Travel Subsidy

A limited amount of travel subsidies will be available to support Coast Salish conference presenters who have abstracts accepted for presentation. Applications may be made after receipt of an acceptance letter.