Sharing Circle Toronto Metropolitan University

Invitation to Indigenous Masters and PhD Students - Careers in Research

Important: You do not have to be a Toronto Metropolitan University student to participate.

Please click here to download a copy of the document Creating a National Network of Indigenous Graduate Students.

Upcoming events! The dates for the 2022 Fall Sharing Circles will be announced soon!

SSHRC Sponsored Study

Right to Withdraw and Confidentiality

All information you supply during the research will be held in confidence and unless you specifically indicate your consent, your name will not appear in any report or publication of the research. If you give permission, the discussion sessions or interviews will be audio or video recorded and transcribed. The full recording of the interview will be protected so that the knowledge shared will be respected and not lost. Your confidentiality and the confidentiality of the data will be protected by restricting access to notes, interview recordings, transcripts and other data received by all researchers on the team. Your participation in the study is completely voluntary and you may choose to stop participating at any time.

Ethics Approval

This research has received ethics approval and conforms to the standards of the Canadian Tri-Council Research Ethics guidelines through the Research Ethics Board, Toronto Metropolitan University, REB# 2021-108. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Toronto Metropolitan University Ethics Research Board.

Investigators are

Dr. Andre Laplume - email: 
Michael Mihalicz - email: 

Engagement levels and career pathways of Indigenous graduate and doctoral students conducting research with Indigenous peoples.

Indigenous Works is inviting you to take part in a Sharing Circle to talk about your experiences and journey as an Inuit, Métis or First Nations person enrolled in a Masters or PhD program.

Indigenous Works is a national Indigenous not-for-profit organization established in 1998 with a mandate to increase Indigenous participation in the Canadian economy.

Luminary is the name that Indigenous Works has given its new initiative which will co-create an Indigenous innovation strategy leading to economic transformation and wellbeing. To date, just over 140 organizations have signed on as Luminary Charter Partners with representation from just over 50 Indigenous businesses, 80 post-secondary research institutions, and non-governmental organizations (NGO’s). One of Luminary’s key programs in its innovation platform is to grow an Indigenous Research Student Network and to continue conducting Indigenous talent research in Canada.

In early 2021, Luminary started an outreach to student researchers in Masters and PhD programs. Given our focus to explore ways of improving the Indigenous research and innovation ecosystem, it is important that we have a direct pipeline to the students who, in just a few short years will be the research leaders in their fields. An important goal over time will be to close the engagement gap which has existed between Indigenous communities/ businesses, and post-secondary research institutions.

The Luminary initiative in collaboration with The Ted Rogers School of Management has secured funds from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council to conduct research with Indigenous grad students to better understand your motivations to pursue research as a career path. We also want to learn more about your current levels of engagement in your education programs and what supports you need to be successful. Luminary is working on this research with Dr. Andre Laplume Associate Professor in Entrepreneurship and Strategy, Graduate Program Director at the Ted Rogers School of Management, Michael Mihalicz Assistant Professor, Entrepreneurship & Strategy, Indigenous Advisor, Office of the Dean, Ted Rogers School of Management as well as Riley Kucheran, Assistant Professor of Design Leadership, School of Fashion, Faculty of Communication & Indigenous Advisor Yeates School of Graduate Studies at Toronto Metropolitan University and Dr Robert Anderson, Professor Emeritus, Hill-Levene Schools of Business, University of Regina.

We are organizing a series of sharing circles which will bring a small group of Indigenous grad students  (4-6) together with an Elder or Knowledge Keeper and researchers in a 2-hour facilitated conversation to hear about your journey and experiences. We hosted Sharing Circles in 2021 and the stories graciously shared were powerful and insightful. These are confidential recorded sessions, and they are held virtually via Zoom. We will produce a report from these sessions which aggregate the key themes discussed.

Our hope is that you see value in coming together to share your experiences and in so doing, provide an opportunity to meet other students from varied backgrounds, attending different schools and pursuing different study programs. The forthcoming sharing circles will also be focusing discussions on the systems, research methods, and institutional supports in place to encourage your research work and collaborations with Indigenous communities.

Criteria to join - Participants will be over 18 years old; self-identify as an Indigenous person; living in Canada or the USA; and currently enrolled in a research-based graduate program (not necessarily at Toronto Metropolitan University).
Participants will receive (CAD) $75.00 compensation for attending a session.

If you would like to participate in a Sharing Circle, please contact our project coordinator Micheline Bélanger at to confirm the date that works for you (dates and times are listed at the top of this page).

Please share this information with your colleagues who may also be pursuing a program of study at the Masters or PhD level!

We would love to hear from you... please do not hesitate to contact us.

Kelly Lendsay
President & CEO
306 291 0424

Craig Hall
Chief Operating Officer
902 665 2257

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