Fostering Biimaadiziwin 2011


The National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC), Trent University and the University of Sudbury, through the Urban Aboriginal Knowledge Network, co-hosted the Fostering Biimaadiziwin – A National Research Conference on Urban Aboriginal Peoples on February 23 and 24, 2011. This was the first national conference focusing on urban Aboriginal research. The Conference was a resounding success as a total of 120 papers were presented by 366 academics, graduate students, community members and policy practitioners’ highlighted research being conducted in urban Aboriginal communities. All of the research presented at the conference was undertaken through highly collaborative efforts between community organizations, universities and governments, including research-granting agencies. These efforts are representative of the collaborative, community-based, western and Indigenous knowledge driven research model which has emerged over the last two decades.

The UAKN Secretariat and the Fostering Biimaadiziwin Conference Co-Chairs selected 12 conference papers that are published in an edited book titled Well-Being in the Urban Aboriginal Community: Fostering Biimaadiziwin a National Research Conference on Urban Aboriginal Peoples, Eds., Newhouse, Fitzmaurice, McGuire-Adams and Jette. The book was released in the spring of 2012 and it is the hope of the Conference Co-Chairs to plan for a second Fostering Biimaadiziiwin Conference in 2014. For more information on how to obtain a copy of the Urban Aboriginal Communities in Canada, please contact the UAKN Secretariat.

Below please find links to the conference program, final report and presentations: