How is the 2017 Summer Institute different from previous Summer Institutes?

Following two successful years of program delivery, there was a desire to redesign the program, shifting the focus from a specific technology area to engaging directly with communities and tackling the challenges which they experience. The focus for the 2017 Summer Institute will be on information gathering, sharing knowledge with community members and together identifying possible ways forward. The intent is to offer participants added value beyond course-based learning and to engage in research at the community level.

Indigenous communities’ in Canada exhibit significant challenges in terms of qualify of infrastructure, water and public health. In many indigenous communities there is not year-round access by road and access to a clear water supply is a frequent challenge. Adding to these challenges are inadequate housing and building methodologies and materials suited to warmer climates. As a consequence, structural deterioration is accelerated and health issues arising from molds are prevalent. Many of these issues are also present in communities in India.

The redesigned Summer Institute model is not about a one-way transfer of information. There will be dialogue with peers, resource guests, First Nation community members and youth. These dialogues together with a multi-disciplinary approach which supports significant cross-fertilization of ideas, innovative solutions can emerge!


Who will be at the 2017 Summer Institute?

Participants and speakers will be from diverse backgrounds, sectors and countries. We will be announcing this year’s speakers soon!


What is included in the registration fee? Are there any additional costs?

Please visit the “Fees” page on this website for details.


When do I need to need to submit my application by?

The application deadline for the 2017 Summer Institute is Friday, March 17, 2017.

There are a limited number of spaces available. All of the applicants will be reviewed by the Summer Institute Steering Committee to ensure that the applicant’s current and/or planned research fits with the themes of the 2017 Summer Institute. All decisions made by the Steering Committee will be final.

Applicants will be notified of the success of their application by Friday, March 24, 2017.


How do I apply for a Canadian visa?

The necessary documentation for the visa application process for travel to Canada will be provided upon acceptance to the Summer Institute.


I would love to participate in the Summer Institute but I am concerned about costs. Can you suggest ways to ease the financial load?

Approach your supervisor, department head or faculty about accessing travel or conference funding. Your research team benefits when you develop your network, applied research, teamwork and problem-solving skills.


What happens if I have to cancel?

If you need to cancel your participation in the Summer Institute, we ask that you let us know as soon as possible. Below are the refund amounts and deadlines:

  • Last day for a full refund for the Summer Institute fee is Friday, April 21, 2017
  • Last day for a 50% refund for the Summer Institute fee is Friday, May 19, 2017
  • No refund will be granted after Friday, May 19, 2017


Will I be expected to stay for the Annual Research General Conference and the Graduate Student Seminar?

Yes. This year the Annual Research Conference was moved to allow for greater participation by Summer Institute participants. And to provide participants with an opportunity to share their experiences and ideas with the broader IC-IMPACTS research community.

Summer Institute participants will also have an opportunity to prepare and submit a poster presentation as part of the Annual Research Conference. Participating in the Graduate Student Seminar will provide you with an opportunity to network with other members of IC-IMPACTS Graduate Student Research Network and to participate in a half-day workshop.

Further details on the Annual Research Conference, the poster presentations, and the Graduate Student Seminar will be shared in March.


Where will the event be held and what are the accommodations like?

While at UBC, participants will be in shared accommodation at Gage Towers, a student residence at UBC. These will be shared apartments, by gender, with 4 private, single-bed rooms in a single apartment.

What’s provided?

  • Private, single-bed room in a 4-bedroom apartment
  • Bed linens, towels and bath amenities provided
  • Shared lounge with LCD TV
  • Shared washroom
  • On-site laundry

If two selected individuals know each other, they can request to stay in same room.

What’s not provided?

  • pots, pans, cooking utensils
  • cutlery
  • dishes

For more information on the accommodation, please visit:

While in the community, participants and resource guests will stay at St. Eugene Mission Resort, a former Residential School. For more information on this unique resort, please visit


I have special food needs. Can I be accommodated?

We will do our best we can to accommodate dietary restrictions, however, we cannot cater to very specific needs. If you are accepted to attend the event, we will be in touch about dietary requirements.


What should I pack for the event?

A list of things to bring will be sent to confirmed participants closer to the start of the Summer Institute.


Should I bring a laptop computer, tablet device, or camcorder? Will there be internet connection or Wi-Fi available?

There will be downtime built into the program and Wi-Fi will be available at your accommodation. We encourage participants, however, to immerse themselves in the experience, and ask that internet time for non-Summer Institute activities be used sparingly.


Can I receive academic credit by attending the Summer Institute?

Unfortunately, participation at the Summer Institute is not for academic credit, however, you will receive a Certificate of Completion from IC-IMPACTS. Moreover, the connections and experiences gained during the Summer Institute, the Research Conference and the Graduate Student Seminar will be valuable to draw on during your studies.