Abstracts & Scholarships

ABSTRACTS: The WIPCVH Scientific Committee has postponed the abstract submission due to COVID-19 and the decision taken to postpone the conference to June, 2022. Abstract submission will reopen later this year. 

In the meantime, here are some topics to consider:

  1. Clinical hepatitis care
  • Co-infections, co-morbidities, including pharmacotherapy and behavioural programs for drug and alcohol treatment
  • Vaccination programs
  • New developments, technologies (pharmaceuticals, testing, other)
  • Adjuvant therapies to lower Hepatocellular Carcinoma (HCC) risk
  • Hepatocellular Carcinoma (HCC) in Indigenous people living with viral hepatitis
  • Hepatocellular Carcinoma (HCC) and its early detection and treatment


  1. Front-line programming
  • Innovative approaches to prevention and care centred on Indigenous people and ways of knowing
    • Land- and culture-based programs
    • Community-level programs
    • Rural and remote care continua
    • Urban and core neighbourhood care continua
    • Centring on lived/living expertise – peers co-designing care continua, including ethical considerations of engaging people with lived experience in program development
    • Centring on Indigenous ways of knowing and doing – both parallel and integrative systems of working with Indigenous Elders and Knowledge Holders
    • After care
  • Community engagement
  • Culturally safe and responsive approaches addressing historic, intergenerational and ongoing trauma
  • Innovations addressing co-existing conditions (substance use, alcohol, incarceration, homelessness, etc.), stigma and structural violence


  1. Public health and epidemiology/surveillance
  • Prevention
  • Indigenizing policy and care
  • National/regional strategies, including micro-elimination
  • Indigenous data sovereignty
  • Scaling up successful programs
  • Elimination vs Wellness
  • Indigenizing drug policy and harm reduction
  • Innovations addressing Indigenous determinants of hepatitis
  • Eradication
  • Partnering with HIV programs


  1. Wuniska (This could include workshops which may be theoretical and/or geared for community and/or academic researchers.)
  • Indigenous research philosophies and methodologies
  • Indigenous approaches to knowledge translation and exchange
  • Indigenous research ethics
  • Indigenous approaches to implementation/program science
  • Land- and culture-based research and programming
  • Research as ceremony and ceremony as research
  • Cultural safety and cultural responsiveness

We also invite Indigenous people living with viral hepatitis to submit personal stories about their experience of this disease.



  • All Indigenous people who submit an abstract or personal story will be strongly encouraged to request that they are considered for a scholarship to attend the conference.
  • The purpose of the scholarship program is to support the attendance of Indigenous people who are most able to transfer the skills and knowledge acquired at the conference to their organization and communities and who otherwise would not have the opportunity to attend the conference. It is expected that indigenous applicants will have a range of experiences and expertise, and priority will be accorded to ensuring diversity across applicants.
  • Scholarships will support round-trip economy class non-changeable air travel to Saskatoon, accommodation and some meals.
  • Scholarship recipients will be expected to present their abstract or personal story at the conference.

A limited number of scholarships will be available for:

  • Indigenous people from Saskatchewan
  • Indigenous people from Canada
  • Indigenous people from all other parts of the world (we encourage people from lower- and middle-income countries to apply)

To be considered for a scholarship you must be at least 18 years of age at the time of the conference. Correspondence between the conference organizers and scholarship recipients will be done primarily by email and so applicants will need an email address that is checked regularly.