CTLT Indigenous Initiatives summer updates, resources, and programming
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happy summer everyone! 

We hope everyone is enjoying the summer so far and able to find time for lots of joy and rest. Over here at Indigenous Initiatives, we have some exciting summer updates and events happening over July and August. 




What's New in Indigenous Initiatives

1. Anti-Racist Teaching and Learning Summer 2023 Update 
2. Refreshed Land Acknowledgements at UBC Online Course 
3. CTLT Summer Institute - Workshops from Indigenous Initiatives Team 
4. Upcoming Events
5. Kinship Corner
6. Across Our Desks 





Anti-Racist Teaching and Learning Summer 2023 Update

Anti-Racist Teaching and Learning (A-RTL) programming allows staff and faculty to cultivate teaching and facilitation practices that support anti-racist solidarity. With the aim of creating equitable learning environments and caring classroom spaces where learners who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour can thrive, A-RTL provides opportunities for educators to deepen their understanding of anti-racism and anti-racist practices at an individual, community, and institutional level.

We want to take this opportunity to share some updates from the Anti-Racist Teaching and Learning program. 





Refreshed Land Acknowledgements at UBC Course 

Interested in enhancing your foundational knowledge about land acknowledgements and learning more about how to meaningfully acknowledge Indigenous lands and peoples? Enroll in our refreshed Land Acknowledgements at UBC course, an updated resource with new content, videos and activities, as well as a facilitation guide to continue your discussion and learning journey with colleagues. Land Acknowledgements at UBC is the first of five courses being developed as part of the Indigenous Learning Pathways online training program, set to launch in early 2024.




Upcoming Events and Workshops
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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.

Summer Dates:
  • Wednesday July 19th, 2023 @ 10:00 am 
  • Tuesday, August 15th, 2023 @ 11:00 am 





CTLT 2023 Summer Institute 

Hosted each year in August, the Summer Institute focuses on supporting development of fundamentals of teaching and learning skills and knowledge. The Summer Institute is designed to help participants enhance their understanding of sound teaching practices and how to implement them in their teaching contexts. Workshop topics range from refining a syllabus/lesson plan to incorporating active learning and effective assessment in their teaching.

CTLT Summer Institute - Indigenous Initiatives Sessions

Connecting Power, Privilege, and Positionality to Teaching and Learning Context 
August 21, 2023
9:00 am - 10:30 am

This session is designed to help educators start exploring anti-racism in teaching and learning by reflecting on key concepts such as power, privilege, and positionality, and understanding how these concepts manifest in various educational contexts. As participants engage in introspective reflection activities and small group discussions, they will learn about how their own identities impact their roles as educators and the learning environments to which they are connected. Participants can expect to explore and consider how their personal, place-based, and social identities influence their teaching pedagogy and their personal, professional and academic lives.

Facilitators: Shannon Eden Robinson, Educational Consultant: Anti-Racist Teaching and Learning, CTLT and Nathalie Lozano Neira, Educational Consultant: Anti-Racist Teaching and Learning, CTLT

Resources to Support Building TA Training Programs to Support Equity, Inclusion, and Indigenous Engagement 
August 21, 2023
11:00 am - 12:30 pm 

TA Training and support at UBC aims to create inclusive and equitable classrooms, as well as to responsibly engage with Indigenous curriculum. Join staff and graduate student facilitators with the Classroom Climate and Equity and Inclusion TA Training project for a workshop where you will learn about some of the concepts covered and resources available for those supporting TA Training programs at UBC.

  • Janelle Kasperski, Educational Consultant, Strategic Projects, CTLT Indigenous Initiatives
  • Rachael Sullivan, Equity Education Strategist, UBC Equity and Inclusion Office 
  • Jessica Schaub, Lead Graduate Student Facilitator, Classroom Climate and Equity and Inclusion TA Training Project
  • Daniel Gallardo, Graduate Student Facilitator, Classroom Climate and Equity and Inclusion TA Training Project

Decolonizing Gender and Sexual Diversity
August 22, 2023
10:00 am - 11:30 am

This presentation will take a foundational look at the impacts of colonial erasure on gender and sexual diversity within Indigenous communities across Turtle Island and explore some of the radical healing and resurgence taking place amongst Two-Spirit and Indigiqueer kin. This session will be the first of Indigenous Initiatives‘ new ongoing Two-Spirit Speaker Series.

Facilitator: Kyle Shaughnessy, Indigenous Educational Consultant: Staff Training CTLT Indigenous Initiatives & HR Talent Development and Engagement 

Renewed What I Learned in Class Today Facilitation Guide and Toolkit Exploration
August 23, 2023
11:00 am - 12:00 pm 

Join CTLT Indigenous Initiatives in a guided exploration of the What I Learned in Class Today Project. WILICT is an educational resource that documents both student and faculty experiences, perspectives, and tools on navigating Indigenous content in the classroom. During this session, the project team is excited to demo the Renewed What I Learned in Class Today Facilitation Guide and Toolkit as a pedagogical resource for the teaching and learning community.

Facilitators: Hannah Coderre, Educational Consultant, Indigenous Initiatives, CTLT
Sam Nock, Resource Education Developer, Indigenous Initiatives, CTLT




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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.  

B.Y.O.C & Summer Hangout: For Indigenous Faculty, Staff, and Students 

If you have any questions, please contact Hannah at hannah.coderre@ubc.ca. 

Indigenous Graduate Student Summer Institute Highlight

The Indigenous Graduate Summer Institute brings together prospective, incoming and current Indigenous graduate students in a safe, inclusive and immersive one-week exploration of graduate studies, research and Indigenous research excellence at UBC. The institute is hosted by Rebecca Jules and Tarene Thomas from the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and will be held August 13 – 19th, 2023. 

In an exciting update, this year's Summer Institute is expected to welcome approximately 25 Indigenous students and have invited two Indigenous students from the University of Melbourne, Australia to join in this year’s cohort.  

Community partners or UBC units wanting to participate in the Summer Institute, through volunteering in preparation or throughout the week can contact Rebecca Jules, Specialist, Indigenous Graduate initiatives at rebecca.jules@ubc.ca. 


Dialogue and Discussion on Professional Development Supports for Indigenous Staff at UBC

August 24th, 2023
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm 
Verna Kirkness (East) Wing, FNHL Longhouse 

Dialogue and discussion on professional development supports for Indigenous staff at UBC- both gathering and distributing knowledge and information. Space to share about where you do most of your professional development and learning, and hear information about some existing, new, and in-progress professional development supports for Indigenous staff. Led by Kyle Shaughnessy, Indigenous Educational Consultant: Staff Training at CTLT Indigenous Initiatives/HR Talent Development & Engagement.

For questions please contact Kyle Shaughnessy at kyle.shaugnessy@ubc.ca and Joely Viveiros at joely.viveiros@ubc.ca. 




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Two-Spirit Trans+ Panel

Indigenous Initiatives team member, Kyle Shaughnessy was a panelist on the Two-Spirit Trans+ Panel, held on March 31st, 2023 as part of the Moving Trans History Forward 2023 event. Watch the full panel here
​See you in August! 
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/