International Multispecies Methods Research Symposium

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International Multispecies Methods Research Symposium

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Join us for three days of knowledge sharing, idea generation and community building with scholars, Indigenous professionals and practitioners of intuitive interspecies communication (IIC). As this practice is a relatively new area of dedicated academic study, symposium organizers want attendees to know that this forum will neither prove nor disprove that interspecies communication is occurring. Rather, this is an opportunity for interested individuals, practitioners and academics to engage in thoughtful and productive dialogue about IIC.


  1. Scholarly exploration and deeper understanding of IIC as practiced by animal communicators (an emerging multispecies method).
  2. Catalyze novel partnerships and grow an international network of IIC research.
  3. Develop new research questions, directions, teams and discussion groups across diverse areas of inquiry and disciplines.


  • Pre-viewing research on the practice of intuitive interspecies communication as practiced by professional animal communicators (including in-progress work)
  • Opening by Joseph Naytowhow, Plains/Woodland Cree (nehiyaw) singer/songwriter, storyteller and research collaborator
  • Keynote by Dr. Michael Yellow Bird, University of Manitoba
  • Keynote by Dr. Rosalyn Berne, University of Virginia
  • Keynote by Dr. Cara Gubbins, Professional Animal Communicator, California
  • Sample interspecies consultation with a professional animal communicator
  • Small group dialogues based on participant interest (e.g. ethics; intercultural implications; a particular research approach; a proposed study)
  • Networking opportunities with researchers, animal communicators and symposium participants

View the Symposium schedule here.

Please Note:

  • For simplicity of language, we use the word ‘animal’ to represent animals who are other-than-human.
  • The primary focus of this symposium is on practices of professional animal communicators. Throughout, we recognize and honour Indigenous approaches to interspecies relations and communication.


This event will be of interest to those who are seeking to more deeply understand animals and are interested in learning more about intuitive interspecies communication and emerging research in this area.

For more information see symposium website:

This event is being streamed from Treaty 6 territory and the Homeland of the Métis.


  • Pre-reading/viewing begins: May 15th, 2022
  • Registration closes: May 19, 2022 11:59pm EDT (GMT-4)
  • Symposium starts: May 24, 2022 afternoon (See website for final published times)
  • Selected excerpts from the symposium events will be available for post-event viewing
  • For most up-to-date program information, see the event website:


  • Scholars - $150 CAD
  • Students - $25 CAD
  • General Public - $30 CAD

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