What's New in Indigenous Initiatives
Title: Indigenous Initiatives Newsletter, November 2023
With dates for final exams, projects, and papers fast approaching the II Team would like to send our best wishes for your last few weeks of the term. This time of year has been difficult for so many in our communities and we encourage everyone to learn more about the support available to students, faculty and staff at UBC:  




What's New in Indigenous Initiatives

  1. Blog Post - ISP Toolkit in Action Panel: An Opportunity to Learn from Colleagues
  2. Upcoming Events
  3. Kinship Corner
  4. Across Our Desks




Title: ISP Toolkit in Action Panel: An Opportunity to Learn from Colleagues. Image of person holding ISP Booklet
On October 24th the Office of Indigenous Strategic Initiatives (OISI) and the Indigenous Initiatives (II) Team at CTLT hosted the ISP Toolkit in Action Panel: An Opportunity to Learn from Colleagues. The Indigenous Strategic Plan (ISP) Toolkit was developed by OISI to help both academic and operational units create a plan that aligns their work with the ISP‘s eight goals and 43 actions. Four panelists were invited: Emma Davy (Chemistry UBC-V), Jannik Eikenaar (Engineering UBC-O), Annabel Lyon (Creative Writing UBC-V) and Nicole Balsdon (Beaty Biodiversity Museum UBC-V). The event was moderated by Janelle Kasperski, an educational consultant from the Indigenous Initiatives team. Throughout the panel we saw that each unit represented identified similar learnings even if their pathway to those learnings may have been different. We hope that hearing their experiences may help others who are at various stages in their ISP engagement across UBC. 




Upcoming Events
Image of students sitting around a table. Title of, ISI Fund Stream 3 Student Proposals Brainstorm & Writing Session
For Students!
Do you have an idea of how to use up to $50,000 to bring the Indigenous Strategic Plan to action? Are you looking for a supportive space to explore this opportunity further? Regardless of where you may be at in the proposal writing process, please join us for an informal opportunity for to connect and get some support and guidance with your ISI proposal.  

What to expect: A dedicated space for you to share your ideas and/or questions and to receive support from your peers and staff at UBC. 

Date: November 21, 2023
Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: Zoom

Title: in/relation: Supporting New Learners with Indigenous Topics at UBC – Project Launch
Are you wondering how to support new learners to Indigenous topics? Are you a new learner yourself?

in/relation is an educational resource for UBC‘s teaching and learning community who are interested in exploring Indigenous histories and contexts at UBC with others who are new to these topic s and are non-experts on Indigenous topics themselves. 

Date: November 23, 2023
Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: Multi-Access [Zoom or Irving K Barber, CTLT, Seminar Room 2.22 (1961 E Mall) ]

Title: Decolonizing Gender and Sexual Diversity: Activism and Healing Across Generations. Image of a rainbow painted cross walk.
This presentation will begin by taking a foundational look at the impacts of colonial erasure on gender and sexual diversity within Indigenous communities across Turtle Island. We’ll then shift to explore some of the radical healing and activist work being led by Two-Spirit and Indigiqueer kin, holding up the work of community leaders and movements across time. 

Date: November 29, 2023
Time: 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Location: In-person [Irving K Barber Learning Centre, Peña Room 301 (1961 E Mall)]

Workshop Title: Student Perspectives on Incorporating Indigenous Knowledges and Anti-colonial Approaches to an Undergraduate Biology Course. Image of aerial view of UBCV campus.
How would you include Indigenous knowledges and anti-colonial approaches to science in an undergraduate science course? The Making Connections project is a collaboration between student co-developers, the Beaty Biodiversity Museum and faculty from Forestry, Botany, Zoology, and Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences that seeks to design a new biology course focused on natural history collections and biodiversity science. Join the Making Connections team for a discussion on course design, inter-faculty collaboration, and the process of designing a course that centers Indigenous knowledge, approaches, and expertise in science and museum studies.

Date: December 7, 2023
Time: 11:30am - 1:00pm
Location: In-person [Irving K Barber Learning Centre, Dodson Room 302 (1961 E Mall)]

Title: Indigenous Foundations: Getting Started. Image of snow covered trees and bridge.
Incorporating Indigenous topics and voices into university classrooms is essential. But where do you begin? Educational institutions have historically excluded Indigenous knowledges and privileged others. Not only is this an important pedagogical shift, but it is also a needed shift to create safer classrooms for Indigenous students. Understanding the foundations is essential for growing confidence and capacity to hold the complexities of meaningful conversations. 

Date: January 24, 2024
Time: 10:00am - 11:30am
Location: In-person [Irving K Barber Learning Centre, Room 2.22 Room 302 (1961 E Mall)]

Title: Holding Indigenous Topics with Care. Image of people walking in the snow.
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Date: February 22, 2024
Time: 10:00am - 11:30am
Location: Zoom

Image of three hands hold coffee cups, title of CTLT Indigenous Initiatives Virtual Coffee Drop-in
Do you have questions about how to thoughtfully integrate Indigenous content and representation into your course work? Curious about how to offer meaningful land acknowledgements in online meetings or events at UBC? Indigenous Initiatives’ Virtual Coffee Drop-ins are great place to explore these topics, connect with others on the same learning path, or just get to know our team.

Image of woven wood. Title of Indigenous Strategic Initiatives (ISI Fund) Info Session
The Office of Indigenous Strategic Initiatives (OISI) will discuss information about the Indigenous Strategic Initiatives (ISI) Fund. This information session will discuss Stream 1: Innovative Projects, Stream 2: Transformative Projects and Stream 3: Student-led Projects. The ISI Fund is open to UBC-Vancouver and UBC-Okanagan faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students. To find out more about the ISI Fund in advance of the session, please visit the ISI Fund section on the Indigenous Strategic Plan website. Participants are encouraged to submit their questions ahead of time HERE




Title: Kinship Corner. Image of bear family.
This section of our newsletter is for the Indigenous community at UBC, and beyond, to share heart filling spaces and news. For non-Indigenous allies, we encourage you to always double check if events in this section are specifically for Indigenous community before RSVP-ing.  

The Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre invites Indigenous students, staff, faculty and community members to drop-in to the Centre for tea or coffee (and goodies) with an Elder or Cultural Support Worker. This is a place to either take a wellness break, enjoy conversation, seek wisdom or all three.

The wellness drop-ins are currently offered offered every second Wednesday, from 10 am to 3 pm, and will take place in the Elders’ lounge on the upper level of the Centre. These coffee breaks are hosted in partnership with the Indian Residential School Survivors Society (IRSSS). The Centre and IRSSS staff will be on hand for visitors. Please join us!

Louis Riel Day Celebration

Hosted by IRSHDC, First Nations House of Learning and X̱wi7x̱wa library

Date: November 16, 2023
Time: 2:00pm -3:00pm
Location: Sty-Wet-Tan Great Hall, UBC Longhouse

  • Métis song, dance and story by V'Ni Dansi
  • Bannock and refreshments provided

Vancouver Indigenous Fashion Week

Vancouver Indigenous Fashion Week 2023, scheduled for November 20-25 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, stands as an extraordinary celebration of Indigenous creativity and culture.

At VIFW, we highlight how fashion can build connections with Indigenous values, wisdom, and history, becoming a powerful tool for the cultivation of strength and resiliency in Indigenous communities, as well as a vehicle for understanding and reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.




Title: Across Our Desks. Image of desk.

Musqueam Day & The Guerin Decision

On November 1, 1984, Musqueam won Guerin v. The Queen, the landmark Supreme Court of Canada case regarding the Shaughnessy Golf Course lease. The case, lead by Musqueam Chief Delbert Guerin, fundamentally changed Canadian law. Every year, Musqueam leadership and administration acknowledges November 1 as Musqueam Day. 

Indigenous Speakers Series: Faculty of Medicine

The Faculty of Medicine is hosting an ongoing speakers series focusing on "Truth and Reconciliation: Our Plan for Change". There are a number of upcoming workshops in November and December as well as recordings of past sessions. 

Indigenous Veterans Day

November 8th was Indigenous Veterans Day. You can learn more about the significant contributions of Indigenous veterans HERE

In the news: 2023 B.C. Cabinet and First Nations Leaders’ Gathering

"First Nations leaders voice frustration over slow pace of change since B.C. passed UNDRIP-based rights act". Read the full article. 
​See you in December! 
Indigenous Initiatives at Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology
The University of British Columbia, xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Traditional Territory
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre 217 – 1961 East Mall, Vancouver, CA V6T1Z1
Visit our website at http://indigenousinitiatives.ctlt.ubc.ca/