Recommendations for Delegates, Speakers, Panelists, & other Guests

Land Acknowledgements

If you are presenting, include the names of the Indigenous groups upon whose land your research was conducted. This information could be stated at the beginning of presentations, or it could be located on a poster/graphic.

For example, a student from Western University may include:

“This research was conducted on the traditional territories of the Anishnaabek, Haudenosaunee, Lūnaapéewak and Attawandaron peoples. This land continues to be home to diverse Indigenous peoples whom we recognize as contemporary stewards of the land.”

Many universities and other research institutions have several versions of land acknowledgements available so if you’re unsure of which Indigenous territories your institution is located on, start with the institution’s website.


Whenever possible, please include your preferred pronouns as part of your name when you join the zoom call.

For example, CUPC Executive lead, Elise Woodward would join a zoom call with her name displayed as:

Elise Woodward (she/her)

To change your displayed name on zoom:

  1. Go to your zoom profile
  2. Click the edit button next to your name
  3. Include your pronouns in brackets after your name.
  4. Click save changes

Note that once you enter the meeting, you will be unable to change your name, so please be sure to include your prefered pronouns in your name before joining CUPC 2020 zoom sessions. For more information on changing your zoom name, see the zoom website.

As some participants may not be comfortable specifying their pronouns as part of their name, we ask that no one assumes the pronouns of a person that they are addressing.

Graphics and Colour

  • If you are presenting a poster presentation/presentation that includes lots of graphics, try to avoid color combinations that are challenging for those with color-blindness. The most common combinations that cause difficulty are red/green, and yellow/blue. For more information on color-blind friendly formatting, see this website.
  • If you are using any gifs/videos/media that flash rapidly across the screen, please provide a warning before your display the media for those who may be sensitive to this kind of visual content.
  • Please ensure all images, media, and language are appropriate for the conference.

All sessions will be recorded and available for a period of 1 month after CUPC. Poster presentations and breakout room discussions will not be available, but posters and graphics will.

If you are experiencing difficulties of any kind – whether this is with another conference attendee, technical difficulties, or otherwise – please contact the CUPC Executive Team at