Voices in Indigenous Health: From the Wisdom of the Elders to the Stories of the Youth

Call for Abstracts

Abstract Submission Dates: January 1 – April 11, 2014

The INIHKD conference is an international gathering held every two years that is dedicated to showcasing Indigenous-led knowledge development in research, education & training, and health service models. Our intent is to engage health services, Indigenous communities, researchers and policy formulators in discussion of this knowledge.

In October 2014 this conference will be taking place in Winnipeg, Manitoba. This is the 6th biennial gathering of Indigenous peoples from New Zealand, Australia, the United States, Hawaii, and Canada. There will be an estimated 600 people in attendance, all with the goal of sharing their knowledge in order to develop sustainable solutions, creating the ability to recover from the disparities in health, education, and socio-economic circumstances experienced by Indigenous populations around the world. Community members, health care providers, policy makers, and researchers will gather to examine issues surrounding Indigenous health.

Abstracts are currently being solicited. They will be peer-reviewed, selected, and grouped according to the INIHKD’s missions: Community-led research, health services, workforce development, and policy formulation. Presenters are encouraged to reflect the integration of traditional medicines, traditional health and healing practices and Indigenous health knowledge systems into contemporary health research, policy and services and approaches, development of innovative culturally-grounded interventions and identification of best practices in contemporary and traditional public health and health care settings.

In 2014 we plan to have a mix of keynote speakers, shorter individual presentations, and opportunities for longer workshops and panel presentations. Additionally, we want to focus on ensuring that there is ample opportunity for students, as well as elders and traditional healers, to gather and share knowledge. For this reason, in addition to academics, we are encouraging students and community members to submit abstracts.

Instructions for Preparing Abstracts:

  • All abstracts must be submitted online. When you fill out the form, please follow the instructions carefully, and check for errors and accuracy.
  • Use the abstract sample below as a guide for size as you prepare your abstract.
  • Complete all other information as requested.
  • Please put an asterisk * beside the name of the presenting author(s)
  • Complete contact information for corresponding author
  • Abstracts must be received by April 11, 2014
  • Presenters will be contacted by May 1, 2014 with the results of the Abstract Review Committee
  • For questions about abstract submission, please contact Julianne Sanguins by email at sanguins@cc.umanitoba.ca or by telephone at (1) (204) 586-8474 ext 378.
Click on one of the following for submission of Abstract : 


Submission Guidelines for Research Projects:

For presenting on programs/practices the abstract content should be structured as follows:

  • Title
  • Authors [First name, Middle Initial, Last name] Note: Do not include degrees after the authors’ names.
  • The text should be no more than 250 words
  • Organize the text in the following manner:
    • A brief statement of the project presentation focus
    • A brief statement of how the presentation or poster session will grow indigenous knowledge and benefit Indigenous Peoples
    • A brief statement of how the presentation will be delivered (use of media, workshop-style presentation, use of art, etc.)

Research Projects

Submission Guidelines for Research Projects:

For presenting on research projects the abstract content should be structured as follows

  • Title
  • Authors [First name, Middle Initial, Last name] Note: Do not include degrees after the authors’ names.
  • The text should be no more than 250 words. Do not include figures, tables, equations, mathematical signs or symbols, or references.
  • Organize the text in the following manner:
    • A brief Purpose statement or Background of the study or project
    • A statement of the Methods used (including number of subjects and other pertinent data or information as to how the project was carried out)
    • A summary of the Results presented in sufficient detail to support the conclusion
    • A statement of the Conclusion(s) (it is not sufficient to state that the results will be discussed)
    • Add hard returns after the Purpose, Methods, Results, and Conclusions


Submission Guidelines

Workshops will provide an opportunity for delegates to gain new knowledge and skills or provide a forum for discussion. Workshops will be 75 minutes in length.

Panel/Round table Sessions will facilitate discussion around a particular topic area and may include short presentations by multiple presenters. These sessions will be 75 minutes in length.

Submit the following

  • Title
  • Format of session (i.e. workshop, panel or round table)
  • Presenter(s)/Facilitator(s)
  • Abstract – Maximum 300 words that outlines the following
    • Background/Rationale/Context;
    • Learning or discussion objectives;
    • Session method/process – briefly describe the plan for discussion or instruction that will be used during the session, including how active participation will be encouraged.

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