Submit a proposal

Wa Ni Ska Tan: An Alliance of Hydro Impacted Communities is hosting a conference to explore, reflect, and relate to various aspects and impacts of hydropower production and consumption regionally, nationally and internationally. Thus, we invite and call for presentations, workshops, creative works, and papers that address and focus on various impacts and implications of hydropower and energy generation.

The conference will be held on original lands of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation at the centrally located University of Winnipeg campus (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada) from November 8-10, 2019.

Themes to be explored in the conference include:

  • Action based research, activism and advocacy;
  • The land and environment;
  • Land-based education, Indigenous knowledge and Indigenous livelihoods;
  • Energy justice, social justice, resistance and decolonization;
  • Policy making and implementation, Aboriginal rights, water rights;
  • Local histories, oral narratives and local/Indigenous perspectives on hydropower;
  • Food sovereignty
  • Gendered Violence

We encourage proposals from individuals, organizations, communities, or group of individuals for a variety of session types:

  • Film/Documentary: Presenter(s) provide brief introduction to the film or documentary being screened. Film screening will be followed by discussion with the audience.
  • Hands-On Workshop: Presenter(s) lead participants in a hands-on workshop on a particular subject or skill. 60-90 minutes.
  • Paper Panel: Panelists present a formal paper of 15-20 minutes, followed by questions and discussion.
  • Performance: Participants use physical performance to engage audience in a specific topic or question. This could include dance, theatre, improv, slam poetry, music, etc…
  • Story-Telling or Discussion Circle: Participants give a brief presentation or tell a story on a specific question or topic (roughly 5-10 minutes), followed by discussion with the audience.
  • Visual Creative Works: Participants display artwork, photography, poster presentation or other creative artwork during the conference. Artist will be expected to be in attendance for a session that allows people to view the artwork and learn from the artist.

Submission of Proposal

The deadline for session proposals submissions is June 30, 2019.  

Send your proposal submissions to

Please include in your proposal:  

  1. Author(s) Name, University or Organization, Contact Information
  2. Session Type
  3. Title
  4. Theme
  5. Description (no more than 250 words)
  6. Time Requirement (estimation)


Proposals will be accepted via email. Review and notification will be provided on a rolling basis. If your proposal is accepted, you will be required to provide a 4-5 sentence bio of the author(s) with a preferred photograph for publication.

Please note that the presentations and papers submitted to the 2019 Wa Ni Ska Tan Gathering may be part of a multimedia peer-reviewed publication.  

Important Dates

Deadline for proposals: June 30, 2019

Notification of acceptance: September 9, 2019