Sharing Your Knowledge

We want you to have an opportunity to share your knowledge and experiences at the Gathering!

Note: Submissions for sharing are now closed. However there will be many opportunities throughout the Gathering for interaction and dialogue, so we invite you to bring your thoughts and ideas to discuss! In addition, there will be an opportunity to share a lullaby or story at the closing Gala concert, so come prepared to share!

We will be hosting three interactive Knowledge Sharing sessions so you can tell others about what’s happening in your community, your practice, your family or your organization to support Indigenous Moms and babies. In each session, approximately 25 booths or stations will be set up for individuals and groups to share about their projects, initiatives and experiences. Think of it like a science fair or trade show. You can request to have a station where you can share in one (or more) sessions.

These sessions are designed to be interactive and relational. We want you to share what you and your community are doing to support pregnant women, Moms and babies. This might be a community program, doula/midwife services, supports for Moms and babies, reclaiming traditions for Moms and babies, a research project or partnership, or – whatever else you want to share!

You can share in whatever ways you are comfortable – you don’t need to prepare a big presentation or lots of materials. You can share videos or photos on your laptop, you can bring items to talk about (e.g., traditional baby carriers, items you use to care for Moms and babies), or you can just talk with other attendees about what you know. You can also make a poster or bring other materials related to what you and your community are doing to support Moms and babies, but this is not required.

For academics and trainees: If you would like to share about your research, please feel free to submit information complete the following questions as you would for a typical conference poster abstract submission. However please consider how to make your poster/presentation/information engaging and accessible to community members.

Additional important information about submissions

If you have submitted an abstract to the DOHaD World Congress 2022 and wish to share on the same topic or project at ilhenaylhs chet s7elji, we will accept your submission for consideration. However we encourage you to consider how to rework the content and format of your submission to fit with the aims and format of the Gathering.

Review Process: The Committee will review all the ideas submitted to be sure they fit with our theme and goals. We also want to have a balance of voices and perspectives, and want to privilege Indigenous stories and knowledge from within Canada and internationally. Our review criteria is inclusive, with an aim to accept as many high quality, relevant submissions as possible.

Important Dates: Submissions will be accepted from May 6 to June 15, 2022. Review of submissions will begin as soon as submissions are made, with spots confirmed on a first-submitted, first-secured basis (pending approval by the review committee). We aim to let everyone know whether we have a spot for them to present by June 30, 2022, but we encourage you to register for the Gathering as soon as you can.

*If you need to make travel plans before June 30, please let us know on your submission form and we will try to review as soon as possible.*

Keynote speakers and whole-group presentations:

During the Gathering, we will have some people sharing on stage in front of the whole Gathering. If you are interested in sharing a more formal presentation in this way, please email: or let us know on your submission form.

Please also email us if you have a great idea of someone who you think would make an excellent speaker to share with the whole group at the Gathering. Maybe an Elder who teaches Moms in her community how to care for babies? A Midwife who brings traditional practices into her work? A Mom or Dad or Grandparent who is using traditional teachings and stories to raise their child(ren)? Email us at: