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Indigenous Initiatives Newsletter - February 2024
As we approach the mid point of February, we wanted to share about what is coming up next week. February 14th is more than just Valentines day, it is the day of the Women‘s Memorial March in Vancouver and other cities. We invite you to continue reading to learn more.  

February 14th Women's Memorial March 

Content Note: The following includes mention of gender-based violence experienced by BIPOC women and gender diverse people. Details are not included. The following includes mentions of violence against people of marginalized genders, including violence against Indigenous women, girls, trans, and two-spirit peoples and Black, racialized, and migrant women, girls, trans, and gender diverse people. Details of violence and harm are not included.  

Since 1992, the downtown eastside community has come together every February 14th to express compassion, community and caring for all women and gender diverse people who have experienced harm. The memorial march continues to honour the lives lost in the downtown eastside. Indigenous women, girls, two spirit and trans people disproportionately continue to go missing or be murdered with no action to address the systemic oppression of gendered violence, poverty, racism and colonialism that enable these tragedies.  

To Indigenous Kin 
You should not have to live these stories. And in the face of such violence, it is okay to show up, or not show up, exactly as you are. Your existence, your joy, your pain, your triumphs, your failures - the entirety of you deserves to be supported and nurtured. Your strengths and resilience are admired. It is also okay to ask for help. In that spirit, we have included resources available to you:
  • UBC‘s Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office: available to UBC students, staff and faculty, SVPRO is an intersectional, decolonial, inclusive space where all genders and sexualities are welcome, and all services are confidential.  
  • Salal Sexual Violence Support Centre: provides no cost individual counselling for Indigenous survivors of sexualized violence, families of MMIWG2S+, survivors of residential school and/or intergenerational trauma.  
  • Hope for Wellness Help Line: offers immediate help to all Indigenous peoples across Canada, 24/7, including counselling and crisis intervention.  
  • Government of Canada - Long Term After Care for MMIWG: survivors, family members and those affected by the issue of MMIWG are still able to access counselling, emotional support, cultural support services and assistance with costs.  
    • Within BC - 1.877.477.0775  

For Allies: 
The Women‘s Memorial March acknowledges and holds space for all people from marginalized genders who are impacted by violence. This day is inclusive of all communities impacted and those who wish to stand in solidarity with them. As allies, showing up for your loved ones, friends, and colleagues, we offer these words of guidance: 
  • Honour boundaries: do not ask anyone if they are personally impacted.  
  • Think before you post: do not post images or text that is centered on gratuitous trauma of marginalized people.  
  • Educate yourself: do not ask Indigenous people to educate you on MMIWG2S+.  
  • Be intentional with your words: do not make empty statements of support - show up by marching, donating, volunteering.  
  • Respect privacy and capacity: do not make those impacted process your feelings with you. 

Resources for Further Learning 
For UBCV Students, Staff and Faculty Who Would Like to Gather with Others 
The First Nations House of Learning and the Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office are collaborating to provide resources, supports and transportation on Wednesday, February 14th to those who want to attend and/or honor the day's events for the Women's Memorial March. The march is an inclusive event for people, of all genders, to gather and hold space with one another. Everyone is welcome to attend the march and to bring guests on the bus as support. The bus has a capacity of 50 people and will be available on a first come, first serve basis. For those who don‘t attend the march, the Longhouse will be hosting an art and community drop in for the Indigenous community. 
  • On Campus (UBCV) 
    • 9am: Coffee, snacks and medicine bundle making in the Great Hall 
    • 10am: Smudge and drumming in the Sacred Circle (behind the Longhouse). Students, staff and faculty are welcome to bring drums and share a song. 
    • 11am: Transportation to the march, leaving from the UBC First Nations Longhouse. Transportation back to campus will also be provided. 
    • 12 - 2pm: Art and Community drop in at the Longhouse (for those not attending the march) 
  • Downtown
    • 11:30am: Drop off downtown on Carrall St. Coffee, tea, snacks, washrooms and supports will be available at the UBC Learning Exchange for attendees throughout the day. 
    • 3:00pm: Bus will be leaving downtown and driving back to campus. 

Note: Staff from UBC Counselling Services will be available at the Learning Exchange for students throughout the event. 

Register for transportation HERE.  

If you have any questions you can contact Olivia Reynolds, Indigenous Educator at the Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office, olivia.reynolds@ubc.ca 




What's New in Indigenous Initiatives

  1. Upcoming Events
  2. Kinship Corner
  3. Across Our Desks




Upcoming Events
Title: Holding Indigenous Topics with Care. Image of people walking in the snow.
In this workshop, participants will learn about classroom climate through the What I Learned in Class Today project and what it means to go beyond “just integrating” content to what it means to hold discussions with care in the classroom and how this can make a supportive and safer learning experience for all students.  

This workshop requires participants to engage with asynchronous materials prior to the workshop, including watching the Renewed Student Perspectives Film: Educational Experiences and Institutional Responses and reading two articles (approximately 30 minutes of pre-work). Within the synchronous portion of the workshop, we will be screening the What I Learned In Class Today Renewed Faculty Perspectives Video, followed by a discussion. 

Date: February 22, 2024
Time: 10:00am - 11:30am
Location: Zoom
Title: Approaches to Engaging with Indigenous Communities in Science Field-Based Learning Experiences: Lessons and Impact. Image of person standing on a beach
In this session, a few instructors affiliated with the Earth Science Experiential and Indigenous Learning (EaSEIL) project will share their experiences of engaging with Indigenous communities and resources, and incorporating Indigenous perspectives, knowledges, and ways of knowing in field-based learning course activities. As a group, we will discuss different models of engagement these instructors designed and implemented, lessons learned and students’ perspectives about these efforts. 

Date: March 12, 2024
Time: 11:00am - 12:30pm
Location: Earth Sciences Building - ESB 5108 (5th floor)
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.

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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.  
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Wellness Drop-ins

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!




Title: Across Our Desks. Image of desk.

Newly Revised: Guidelines for Incorporating and Honouring Musqueam Protocol at UBC Events

This document provides guidelines for how to incorporate and honour xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) protocol at UBC-hosted events and ceremonies. 
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Roots and Reflections: February

Join the Centre for Teaching and Learning every month for an enriching experience as they delve into an array of Indigenous resources—captivating podcasts, thought-provoking articles, soul-stirring songs, enlightening book excerpts, poignant poems, compelling TV shows, and more. Join on February 27th to talk about the Poem “A Mind Spread Out on the Ground” By Alicia Elliot**

**Please note that this excerpt discusses content around mental health and suicide. Please be intentional about caring for yourself if you choose to engage with this piece.

Date: February 27, 2024
Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Location: Zoom

University of Calgary: Indigenous Knowledge Lecture Series

This series is meant to highlight Indigenous leaders, scholars, artists and Knowledge Keepers, and spark key community conversations as we all work together to increase intercultural capacity and build good relations through awareness and knowledge. Upcoming dates: 

  • Learning Resurgence and Reconciliation from the Earth (Dr. Joshua Whitehead)
    • March 20, 2024
    • 12:00pm - 1:30pm *Mountain Time*
  • In the Spirit of Dr. Betty Bastien: Conceptualizing Ontological Responsibilities in Higher Education (Dr. Gabrielle Weasel Head)
    • April 10, 2024
    • 12:00pm - 1:30pm *Mountain Time*
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Kids Take Over UBC!

Celebrate Family Day at Kids Take Over UBC on February 18! Play your way across UBC campus through a range of interactive programming— from live music and dance performances to storytelling, cultural crafts and STEM workshops, to tours and so much more! A few highlights: 

Mini Drum-Making (Ages 10+) & Build a Book with the Longhouse & Xwi7xwa Library - All ages

Tsatsu Stalqayu (Coastal Wolf Pack) Performance & Storytelling - Ages 4-11

Breathing life back into their language: A collaborative e-dictionary project with Klahoose, Tla‘amin, Homalco, and K‘ómoks Nations

Today, fewer than 47 native speakers of ʔayʔaǰuθəm remain, all of whom are over the age of 60. To help preserve their traditional language, four sister nations—Klahoose, Tla‘amin, Homalco, and K‘ómoks—are working alongside researchers from UBC and the University of Alberta to develop an ʔayʔaǰuθəm e-dictionary, set to be featured on FirstVoices. 
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​See you in March! 
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/