CTLT Indigenous Initiatives June Newsletter
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In this newsletter:

1. Statement and resources in response to the findings of the remains of 215 children at Kamloops Indian
    Residential School
2. National Indigenous Peoples Day and Indigenous History Month
3. Pride Month Spotlight: Two-Spirit & Indigenous LGBTQ* Readings
4. Anti-Racist Teaching Series: Exploring Complex Classroom Dynamics Using Case-Studies -- June 21 1:00-
     3:00pm ** Sold out - register for waitlist **
5. CTLT Indigenous Initiatives Virtual Coffee Drop-ins 
6. Across Our Desks: News, Events and Articles Related to Indigenous Engagement in Teaching and Learning




1. Statement and resources in response to the findings of the remains of 215 children at Kamloops Indian Residential School

Content Warning: Residential Schools; Ongoing Trauma 
The CTLT Indigenous Initiatives team’s statement links to multiple resources available to the community for healing and learning, as well as other statements from our campus partners at the IRSHDC and CIS.

2. National Indigenous Peoples Day and Indigenous History Month

The month of June is Indigenous History Month, with June 21st being National Indigenous Peoples Day. It is a reminder for everyone to hold space all-year-round to learn more about Indigenous cultures, histories, and the thriving ways that Indigenous people continue to practice these things in spite of colonization.

Throughout this past year, the CTLT Indigenous Initiatives team has seen a desire for deeper learning in connecting to place through land acknowledgements, learning about their host nations, and recognising the role everyone plays in reconciliation, people have been taking action to continue their learning journey. 

To celebrate Indigenous History Month, our team selected articles, videos, and virtual events to allow you to follow and further your learning in an area you haven't explored before. These items relate back to learning about the history and host nations in our area.

a.  Indigenous Voices at UBCO: An article and short video exploring the importance of stories told by Indigenous communities and the way UBC-Okanagan supports this work.

b.  Jordan Wilson’s Walking Tour of UBC-V xʷməθkʷəy̓əm House Posts: This guide, including the booklet and the website’s video, describes how the house posts are markers of xʷməθkʷəy̓əm’s relationship with its territory through time, particularly with the land that is now commonly known as UBC.

c.  The Power of a Name: A film series featuring stories of relationships between UBC and Indigenous communities through the history of building names at UBC-Vancouver campus

d.  The Residential School System: An article recently refreshed and published on Indigenous Foundations. The newest edition includes new information and resources on how survivors have continued to demand justice from the decades of wrongdoing and the ongoing impacts of residential schools.

e.  Time and Place at UBC: Our Histories and Relations: A timeline and stories documenting UBC’s historical moments with Indigenous people, in relation to moments happening at broader levels at the provincial and national levels.
f.  xʷməθkʷəy̓əm Through Time: An 18 minutes film produced by xʷməθkʷəy̓əm on their teachings, history, and traditions.

Event Spotlights: 
UBC Office of Indigenous Education Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration: June 15-21:
These sessions are being offered to promote and celebrate Indigenous knowledge and ways of being through community, storytelling, sharing with Elders, beading, baking, and more. On June 21st, Musqueam  Elder Larry Grant will be the keynote speaker from 12:00-1:30pm.

National Indigenous Peoples Day at The Carnegie Community Centre:
The Carnegie Community Centre, in partnership with the UBC Learning Exchange and the City of Vancouver, is hosting a virtual event on June 21 from 12 to 2 p.m with live and recorded performances to learn about and connect with Indigenous cultures and the Downtown Eastside.

3. Pride Month Spotlight: Two-Spirit & Indigenous LGBTQ* Readings

June is Pride Month, when people come together to show support and celebrate the LGBTQ and Two-Spirit communities. Two-Spirit people have been present in Indigenous communities for countless generations, until the impacts of colonization suppressed and attempted to erase their roles and visibility in their communities. Two-Spirit and Indigenous LGBTQ+ people have been working to recover and reclaim their roles, space and places in community.

This Pride Month, we are highlighting some chosen resources our team has found helpful in learning how to support and advocate for Two-Spirit and Indigenous LGBTQ+ people in our work.

a.  Wesley, Saylesh. (2014) Twin-Spirited Woman: Sts'iyo´ye smestı´yexw slha´:li. TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly 1.3: 338-351: Coast Salish people, particularly the Stó:lõ of the lower Fraser Valley, have lost much of their histories as a result of colonization, including the Two-Spirit stories and roles. Through sharing her personal story, the author focuses on the revitalization of the cultural roles of transgender/Two-Spirit people within the Coast Salish territory and ways in which they historically contributed to their societies prior to colonization.

b.  Coast Salish Two-Spirit Pride Banner Unveiled (June 4, 2019): An article from the Equity & Inclusion Office on the unveiling of a Coast Salish Two-Spirit banner created by Musqueam artist Mack Paul to represent Coast Salish Two Spirit unity, dignity and respect. 

c.  August 4, 2020 ‘TWO-SPIRIT’ Turns 30!! by Harlan Pruden (August 3, 2020): Provides an overview of the history of the term “Two-Spirit” and quotes from different members of the community.

d.  Xwi7xwa Library Two-Spirit and Indigiqueer Research Guide: A research guide that links to books, e-books, journals, articles, theses, videos, websites & more about Two-Spirit and Indigiqueer people. This is an interdisciplinary field grounded in the languages, histories, geographies, and contemporary experiences of Indigenous peoples.

4. Anti-Racist Teaching Series: Exploring Complex Classroom Dynamics Using Case-Studies -- June 21 1:00-3:00pm ** Sold out - register for waitlist **

This workshop will explore complex classroom dynamics, like microaggressions and tensions between students. Using Open Case Studies at UBC that highlight Indigenous students‘ experiences, participants will explore and examine the stories while looking at how it changes the classroom climate and context. Concepts and topics include: tokenism, conflicting worldviews, burden of representation, and course topics that impact students personally.

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2. CTLT Indigenous Initiatives Virtual Coffee Drop-ins

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 a great place to explore these topics, connect with others on the same learning path, or just get to know our team.

Please register for any of the drop-ins below. Looking forward to seeing you! 

     a. Thursday, June 24th from 10am-11am - REGISTER  
     b. Tuesday, July 6th from 11am-12pm-REGISTER
     c. Thursday, July 22nd from 10am-11am-REGISTER
     d. Tuesday, August 10th from 11am-12pm-REGISTER

6. Across Our Desks: News and Articles Related to Indigenous Engagement in Teaching and Learning

a. The Indigenous Peoples Language Guidelines, 3.0

UBC recently released their newest Indigenous Peoples: Language Guide in partnership with the First Nations House of Learning. The guide provides information on learning terminology and meanings associated with Indigenous peoples in order to be respectful in communication.


b. New Xwi7xwa Library Research Guide: Decolonization and Anti-Racism

In support of UBC’s Indigenous Strategic Plan, Xwi7xwa Library recently released their “Decolonization and Anti-Racism” research guide to assist the UBC community in finding and facilitating decolonial and anti-racist research. The guide includes key resources, search strategies, and additional open access information sources for public use.

Explore the Guide
All the best,
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/