Learn more about recent conferences and events at the IIRS.

Indigenous Star Knowledge Symposia: A series of local and international gatherings, on the land and on line

Organised by Ingenium in collaboration with the IIRS, and hosted on traditional Algonquin Anishnaabeg territory, this series of symposia (chosen on the dates of the Fall equinox, Winter solstice, Spring equinoxes and Summer solstice) combines spiritual ceremony, presentations, activities and dialogue, both online and on the land. For more information, visit: Ingenium.

Video recording from Sept 21, 2020 Event: Fall Equinox: Protocols before Knowledge, Seasonal and regional themes

Video Recording from Dec 21, 2020 Event: Adisokan: Winter Solstice, Stars and Storytelling

Video Recording from the April 28, 2021 Event: Spring Equinox Celebration with the Heiltsuk Nation

Video Recording from the June 22, 2021 Event: Summer Solstice, Celebration of Star Knowledge from Africa and Rapanui (Easter Island

From Half-Breed to From the Ashes: Contemporary Métis Identity

In February 2020, the IIRS partnered with the Department of History and Mashkawazìwogamig: Indigenous Resource Centre (IRC) to host Professor Jesse Thistle of York University. Thistle is a historian and best-selling author of From the Ashes: My Story of Being Métis, Homeless, and Finding My Way.

Poster advertising Jesse Thistle's book talk
Jesse Thistle speaking to an audience at a podium

Explore our Instagram account to find out more information on our past events and speakers: @ireauottawaiirs

Indigenous Affirmation

We pay respect to the Algonquin people, who are the traditional guardians of this land. We acknowledge their longstanding relationship with this territory, which remains unceded. 

We pay respect to all Indigenous people in this region, from all nations across Canada, who call Ottawa home. 

We acknowledge the traditional knowledge keepers, both young and old. And we honour their courageous leaders: past, present, and future. 

Learn more about the Indigenous Affirmation.