Let's Learn Together! Indigenous Initiatives March Newsletter
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What's Happening in March:

1. Upcoming Workshops and Events  
      Anti-Racism and Solidarity in University Settings 
      Rooted Collections: A Policy for Indigenous Knowledges 
2. Spotlight: Indigenous professional development at UBC 
      Indigenous Professional Development Portal 
      What I Learned in Class Today
      Talking About Land, Living in Relation 
      Indigenous 101 
3. Kinship Corner  
     Ceremonial Fire For Indigenous Students, faculty, staff, and community members 
     Intergenerational friendships: Practicing language and culture in honour of our ancestors, and honouring our         Elders wisdom through decades of change
     Honouring Indigenous Writers 
     Love, Land, and Spirit Podcast
4. Across Our Desks 




Let's Celebrate Learning!

Learning is an ongoing journey with no destination. Did you know that right here on campus we have an entire suite of Indigenous and anti-racist focused PD you can take? Let us celebrate the hard work of our colleagues this month and see what our community has to offer! 




A Note to Our Communities:

We recognize that there are many things happening in our local and international communities that are impacting us is in different ways. If you need support, please explore these resources:  


[CW: Indian Residential Schools] 

Our hearts, love, and anger are with Keeseekoose First Nation, Kapawe’no First Nation, and all Treaty 8 kin who recently have had the affirmation of unmarked graves at former Residential Schools in their communities. If this ongoing news is impacting you, please reach out for support.

The Indian Residential School Emergency Crisis Line is available 24/7 for those that may need counselling and support 1-800-721-0066. Alternatively, the 24 hour National Crisis Line is also available 1-866-925-4419.

The Hope for Wellness Help Line is open to all Indigenous Peoples across Canada, and offers 24-hour mental health counselling, via phone 1-855-242-3310 or chat Line.Call 310-6789 (no area code needed) toll-free anywhere in BC to access emotional support, information and resources specific to mental health and substance use issues. Available 24 hours a day.

The KUU-US Crisis Line Society operates a 24-hour provincial Aboriginal Crisis line for: adults, elders and youth. See more here.
Adult/Elder Crisis Line: 250-723-4050
Child/Youth Crisis Line: 250-723-2040
BC Wide Toll Free: 1-800-588-8717
Métis Crisis Line BC Toll Free: 1-833-638-4722

We are shared in our grief, but we are also shared in our healing.




Workshops   Events
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Rooted Collections: A Policy for Indigenous Knowledges with Karleen Delaurier-Lyle

March 29, 2022
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Xwi7xwa Library is Canada’s only branch of an academic library that prioritizes the collection of Indigenous authors, creators, research. As Indigenous authors and creators increase their publications the branch has had to articulate the scope of its collection as one of UBC Library’s smallest branch. During this session Karleen Delaurier-Lyle (Information Services Librarian) will present on Xwi7xwa’s collection development policy and the values that helped to inform its development.

Anti-Racism and Solidarity in University Settings

March 30, 2022
10:00 am - 11:30 am

This foundational workshop offers participants an overview of key concepts related to race, racism and systems of oppression, and explores anti-racist practices through a lens of solidarity and allyship in university settings. We situate our concepts in current events and we look at how racism shows up at UBC. We will also discuss anti-racist practices that support IBPOC students, faculty, and staff at the university. In this workshop, we begin by grounding ourselves in our goals as educators, and framing our own motivation for engaging in this work. The workshop is a combination of presentation slides, reflective activities, and interactive small group discussions.

By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

     ~ Gain a richer understanding of key anti-racist concepts, literature, and resources
     ~ Reflect on your role as an educator in the university
     ~ Explore how to embed anti-racist practices in your context

Sue Hampton, Educational Consultant, CTLT
Freda Maideen, Educational Consultant, Anti-Racist Teaching & Facilitation, CTLT




Indigenous Professional Development

Indigenous Professional Development Portal

Did you know there is a special resource located in the Indigenous Portal that lists all the Indigenous focused professional development opportunities on campus? Launched in consultation with HR, CTLT, and the First Nations House of Learning, the resource consolidates workshops, modules, and Indigenous units across campus to support faculty and staff in deepening their knowledge and level of engagement with Indigenous initiatives at UBC. 
(Artwork: "sʔi:ɬqəy̓ qeqən (Double-Headed Serpent Post)” Brent Sparrow Jr., Musqueam)





What I Learned in Class Today

Incorporating Indigenous ways of knowing and being your pedagogy is important, and has impacts on your students. Navigating the nuances and complexities of these classroom experiences can be sensitive. Did you know in 2009 this was explored in the What I Learned in Class Today project? Recently, What I Learned in Class Today has been updated! Check out the original and follow along as we continue to update the project.  




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Talking About Land, Living in Relation 

Land acknowledgements are a great first step in situating yourself to the lands you are on. We all have different relationships and responsibilities to the lands where we live and work, and putting that relationship into words can feel complicated. Here are some amazing resources to help you articulate a relational, personal, and meaningful land acknowledgement:




Indigenous 101

Indigenous histories didn‘t start at contact. There are long and complex histories that span many generations and pre-date settlement in Canada. Knowing where to start our learning journey can feel overwhelming. These resources can help guide you through understanding and kickstart your journey.  

*Check back for 2022 registration dates




Kinship Corner
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This is a new section of our newsletter we are creating for Indigenous community at UBC to share heart filling spaces we can come together and gather. For non-Indigenous allies, we encourage you to always double check if events in this section are specifically for Indigenous community before RSVP-ing.  

Ceremonial Fire
For Indigenous students, faculty, staff, and community members

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Stay well and safe, 
CTLT Indigenous Initiatives 
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/