Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1. When is the 2018 symposium?

Our Annual 2018 symposium will take place on Friday, May 4th and Saturday, May 5th, 2018. 


2. Where does the symposium take place?

The symposium takes place at the University of Washington in the Intellectual House—wǝɫǝbʔaltxw. This space is the completion of the University of Washington’s Phase One of the wǝɫǝbʔaltxw (a Lushootseed word meaning Intellectual House) and fulfills a 40-year dream held by Native students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members to construct a longhouse-style facility on UW’s Seattle campus that pays homage to Coast Salish culture and architectural traditions and will serve as a visible symbol honoring the region’s indigenous peoples.

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3. What is the 2018 symposium theme?

The 2018 symposium’s theme is “Sharing Across Generations: Honoring Indigenous Food Kinships.” We will be honoring our elders and youth with this theme.


4. Where do I register? 

Registration information is forthcoming. We use Brown Paper Tickets. There is a fee per ticket. Ticket costs are used for food and event expenses per guest. The committee aims to keep ticket fees at an affordable price—as a result we do not offer any discounts. UW students enter for free, but must show their student ID during registration at the door. You can register for one or two days. A continental breakfast and lunch are included in the registration price for each day.


5. Is parking accessible for the event?

We do not provide free parking for this event.  However, attendees can park anywhere on campus, but parking fees are associated with campus parking.. The nearest parking structure to our event venue is Parking Lot (Padelford Garage – N16, N18, N20, N21). Please check campus map for directions to this parking structure. We are an Eco-friendly event and encourage attendees to utilize local transit, with many buses going to our Seattle campus.


6. Are there accommodations close to the event?

There are many nice hotels and motels close to the University of Washington. This link provides more information.


7. My organization or company wants to become a co-sponsor for this event. Who do I contact?

Our event is possible each year because of the generous financial and food contributions from our co-sponsors and volunteers. If you want to become a co-sponsor please contact us at:


8. I want to volunteer for this event. How do I sign up to be a volunteer?

More information forthcoming. 


9. I want to present at this year’s symposium. What do I have to do?

In the fall of 2017, we will announce a call for abstracts or project description with a deadline. Those with accepted abstracts and project descriptions will receive an email. Due to the high volume of abstracts we receive each year, we do not guarantee your presentation will be accepted, but we do our best to accommodate each submission. Our priority this year will be given to projects that fit our theme: “Sharing Across Generations: Honoring Indigenous Food Kinships.”