This Month in Indigenous Initiatives
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Statement and resources in response to the ongoing findings of the remains of children at Indian Residential Schools. 

Our hearts are heavy for T‘exelcemc and all the Nations impacted by the preliminary results of the geophysical investigations of the former St. Joseph‘s Mission site. Please read Indigenous Initiatives' full statement, here:

(Content Warning: Residential Schools; Ongoing and Historical Trauma)

If you need support during this challenging time, please reach out to:  

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 




         In This Newsletter

            1. Black History Month 
            2. February 14th Memorial March – MMIWG2S Resource  
            3. Indigenous Portal – Indigenous Professional Development  
            4. Indigenous Initiatives Events and Workshops  
            5. Welcome Jessica and Carissa 
            6. Across Our Desks 




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Black History Month

(Photo: Hogan‘s Alley, historically was home to Vancouver‘s Black community. It refers to the alley that ran between Union and Prior St from Main St to Jackson Ave, in the Strathcona neighbourhood. Fifty years ago, the community was displaced for construction of the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts. Photo: Vancouver City Archives). 
It is integral to always be centring Black voices and educating ourselves on contemporary and historical Black experiences. Take a moment to learn about Hogan‘s Alley, a historic Black neighbourhood in Vancouver that was displaced to build the Dunsmuir Viaduct, while you are at it, why not check out the Hogan‘s Alley Society , a non-profit organization committed to daylighting the presence of Black history in Vancouver and throughout BC. Did you know that there is a Vancouver Black Therapy & Advocacy Foundation? VBTAF is a non-profit that addresses the lack of Black therapy resources, advocacy, and mental health support in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. They raise funds to connect Black community members with accredited Black counsellors. Make sure to check out VBTAF‘s resources page and mutual aid page. Support the Vancouver Black Library fundraiser! Maya Preshyon, a student at UBC, is leading the initiative to create a free library by and for Black community members. 

Black History Month at UBC  

Check out these events happening on campus throughout February:   
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31st Annual February 14th Women‘s Memorial March  

The first women‘s memorial march was held in 1992 in response to the murder of a woman on Powell St. The annual march is an expression of love, compassion, community, and caring for all women and gender diverse people in the Downtown Eastside. The march is organized by the community, centring Indigenous women, girls, trans, and two-spirit people. The march is an opportunity to come together and mourn and grieve our loved ones and remember those who are still missing.  

Memorial March & MMIWG2S+ Resources for Indigenous Kin and Non-Indigenous Allies

As a cross campus initiative, the Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office, Strategic Indigenous Enrolment Initiatives, and CTLT Indigenous Initiatives created two resources on the Annual Women‘s Memorial March & MMIWG2S+.

These resources are meant to be shared to provide support to Indigenous kin across UBC who may need some extra support on this day. Additionally, there is a specific resource for non-Indigenous allies who may need support on educating themselves and supporting Indigenous community. Please feel free to download these resources and share with your community!

The First Nations House of Learning and the Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office at UBC Vancouver are providing free transportation to students, staff and faculty from the UBC Longhouse to the 31st Annual Women‘s Memorial March on February 14th in the Downtown Eastside.

Register for transportation here.*

*All students, staff and faculty should register. There will be some last minute spots available on the day of however we request that you register in advance if possible.

Programming will take place at the Longhouse prior to the march, and throughout the day for those who are not attending in person.

February 14th:
9:00 am - coffee and snacks
10:00 am - smudging and drumming
11:00 am - bus departs for march from the Longhouse
12:00 to 4:00 pm - programming will continue at the Longhouse for those not attending in person including wellness activities, beading and more

Supports from SVPRO and Counselling will be available at the Longhouse all day.

Indigenous Portal – Indigenous Professional Development

Introducing a new resource for UBC faculty and staff searching for Indigenous-focused professional development opportunities. 

The Indigenous Portal features a new page that gathers facilitated and self-directed learning opportunities to create a clear foundation for individuals at the university to begin walking along the path towards action.  

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. 




Indigenous Initiatives Events and Workshops

Indigenous Initiatives Virtual Coffee Drop-ins

Do you have questions about how to intentionally and thoughtfully bring in Indigenous content and worldviews into your teaching and work? Are you wondering about how to navigate land acknowledgements in a virtual and in person world? Come visit us at a virtual coffee drop-in, a casual online space for you to ask us questions, connect with others who are exploring the same topics of you, or just to get to know the team behind Indigenous Initiatives.  
Click the date and time you're available to register for a drop-in time. 




Welcome Carissa and Jessica!
The Indigenous Initiatives team keeps growing! Say hello to Carissa and Jessica, our newest team members.  

Carissa Block, Educational Programs Coordinator 


Jessica Schaub, Graduate Student Facilitator for Classroom Climate Equity and Inclusion Project




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Questioning colonialism in university administration

What does it mean to truly decolonize the academy, and is that possible? How do the ingrained colonial power structures in educational institutions continue to push against the work of BIPOC leaders working to ’decolonize‘ these places? Canda Brunette-Debassigne, Mushkego Cree scholar and Assistant Professor in Critical Policy, Equity, and Leadership Studies in the Faculty of Education at Western University argues that it‘s not enough to simply add more Indigenous people to leadership: there has to be systemic change.

There's a Wordle for that: Word game adapted for Indigenous languages

Wordle is an online word game that has taken the world by storm! Linguist Aidan Pine saw an opportunity to utilize the internet's newest trend as an Indigenous language learning tool.

One-of-a-kind Design by Acclaimed Musqueam Weaver, Debra Sparrow, Highlights BC Place February Lighting Schedule 

As a part of Vancouver Mural Festival's Blanketing the City: Lighting the Way project, BC Place Northern Lights display, will feature xʷməθkʷəy̓əm weaver Debra Sparrow. Check out her amazing feature February 11th - 27th. 

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