Ryerson at NAISA: Community Support Funds

In May 2020, the annual Native American Indigenous Studies Association conference will be hosted at the University of Toronto. Ryerson is proud to be an “Earth” level sponsor and collaborator of NAISA this Spring.

With contributions from nearly every faculty at the university, the university is also able to offer two funds to support Ryerson students, staff, and faculty in the organization of their panels or attendance at the conference. 

1. Panel Organization and Support: If you have submitted to the NAISA conference (or pre-conferences) and been accepted, there may be expenses we can help cover. These may include: travel, accommodation, gifts or honoraria, research assistance, or accessibility aids. Applicants can seek up to $1500.00.

2. Community Registration: To help ensure that NAISA is accountable to the local Indigenous community, there is also a fund to support Indigenous students, staff, faculty and community members to attend the conference. The fund will cover registration costs.

NAISA is the premiere international & interdisciplinary professional organization for scholars, graduate students, independent researchers, and community members interested in all aspects of Indigenous Studies…You will have access to the global thought leaders on Indigenous Development and establish invaluable insights and relationships in the field.”


March 15, 2020
NAISA Community Fund Application Due

March 23, 2020
Notice of Application Status to be Released

Earlybird registration for NAISA closes
on April 1, 2020

May 4 – May 9, 2020
NAISA Conference and related events, including the pre-conference.

FUND ONE: Panel Organization and Support
Applicants must be affiliated with Ryerson University as a student, faculty member or staff member.

FUND TWO: Community Registration
Applicants must be Indigenous; this stream is open to the Ryerson community and broader Indigenous community in the GTA, Six Nations and Mississaugas of Credit.

FUND ONE: Panel Organization and Support

Application requires the following information:

  1. Panel abstract and participants
  2. Overview of expenses and the amount of requested funding
  3. If/how the panel engages the local Indigenous community

FUND TWO: Community Registration

Application requires the following:

  1. Bio with reference to community connections
  2. How you would benefit from this grant / attending NAISA
  3. Any connection to Ryerson University

The Community Support Funds have been made possible by:


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