COVID-19 Updates and Research Activities

We hope that you and all your relations are staying healthy, well and safe during these times. The IMN-PN has currently suspended all face-to-face interactions, activities and events. However, we are working remotely and will continue to offer support to Indigenous students.  Please contact the Network Coordinator at with any questions or concerns, or to let us know about challenges you are experiencing and needs you have that may be caused or heightened by the COVID-19 situation.

Students engaged in research:

  • Universities across Canada are suspending research activities involving direct contact between humans. Please check with your institution regarding research protocol right now and follow the directives for the time being. 
  • Research that can be done in solitude, such as working with archival materials, transcribing recordings, etc. may continue.
  • For IMN-PN funded students, please connect with the Network Coordinator ( if you have questions regarding adjusting timelines, etc.

Partners with ongoing project funding:

  • CIHR recognizes costs ensuing from cancellations of events and/or travel, as well as any other unforeseen expenses related to COVID-19 as eligible expenses; please connect with Network Coordinator ( if this will impact your research budget.

Students awaiting new IMN-PN funding and/or a next installment:

  • Due to reduced resources currently available at UVIC Research Accounting, transfers may be delayed. Please contact Network Coordinator ( if you need assistance.  

Institutional updates:

For institutional updates on the current COVID-19 situation at each partner university, please follow the links below:

University of Victoria

University of British Columbia

Simon Fraser University

University of Northern British Columbia

To support the measures put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19, please join us in following federal and provincial government recommendations and adhering to the advice provided by the WHO (

We are thinking of you and please stay safe and healthy.



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