What's New in Indigenous Initiatives
Indigenous Initiatives Newsletter, September 2023
tawâw! Welcome back!  

I hope that the last days of summer have been rejuvenating and set you all up for a new and exciting school year! For the last year and a bit, I (Samantha Nock) have been the one sending our monthly Indigenous Initiatives newsletter. It has been an absolute pleasure to curate resources, hear your feedback, and receive your out of office emails (haha). I am excited to pass on the newsletter over to the wonderful and talented Carissa Block, who will be authoring and sending our monthly update for the next year, as I step into a new role on the II Team.  

kinanâskomitinawâw (thank you all),  




2SLGBTQ+ Solidarity 

CTLT Indigenous Initiatives stands in solidarity, love, and support with and for our trans, queer, and two-spirit colleagues, community, and kin. There is no room for hate in education, and we will continue to uplift and centre trans and two-spirit people in the work we do and share.  

Please take time and read this brief by the Yellowhead InstituteZaagi‘diwin Inakinogewin | Low Law: A Policy Note for Protecting Two-Spirit, Non-Binary, and Trans indigenous Peoples by Fallon Simard

Land Back means protecting Black and Indigenous trans women by jaye simpson




What's New in Indigenous Initiatives

  1. 2023 Fall Indigenous Initiatives Design Series
  2. CTLT Indigenous Initiatives Open House
  3. Upcoming Events
  4. Anti-Racist Teaching and Learning Workshops
  5. Kinship Corner
  6. Across Our Desks




2023 Fall Indigenous Initiatives Design Series: Registration Now Open!
Image of fall leaves, a title of "Indigenous Initiatives Fall Design Series"
The Indigenous Initiatives Design Series (II Design Series) is a cohort program for members of the UBC teaching and learning community who come to Indigenous topics with different levels of knowledge and expertise. This is a three-part workshop series for anyone who wants to: 

  • Learn new strategies on incorporating Indigenous content into courses and nurturing safer classroom climate for Indigenous students 
  • Share practices to support meaningful and responsible engagement with Indigenous content and ways of knowing 
  • Redesign elements of their teaching and learning projects and resources 
  • Model and explore place-based educational materials 
  • Apply classroom climate principles to everyday learning design situations 

Through interactive, blended synchronous and asynchronous activities and peer-to-peer discussion, participants will take a closer look at classroom climate, instructor/student positionality, and place.  

Registration is open to all members of the UBC teaching and learning community who have familiarity with teaching, learning design, are committed to integrating Indigenous perspectives and topics into their courses, and have completed some Indigenous focused professional development (such as attending Classroom Climate series workshops).

October 31, 2023: Motivation and Context (9:30am – 12:30pm)
November 2, 2023: Positionality and Place (9:30am – 12:30pm)
November 7, 2023: Design Lab (9:30am – 12:30pm)

Application Deadline: October 10th, 2023




CTLT Indigenous Initiatives Open House
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September 21, 2023
1:00pm - 3:00pm 
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Room 2.22

Come on over and say hello!

While you're here, you'll have the opportunity to connect with others who are interested in and passionate about engaging with Indigenous content and nurturing a supportive campus and classroom climate. 

Over a cup of coffee (or tea!) you can chat with Indigenous Initiatives team members and learn about our in house offerings while having the opportunity to hear about the wonderful resources our community partners have on offer. 




Upcoming Events
Participants in a past Intergeneration March on Orange Shirt Day

Orange Shirt Day 2023

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 below: 
    • 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

Orange Shirt Day, September 30, is a day to honour and uphold Survivors and Intergenerational Survivors of the Indian Residential School system, and to commemorate those who didn’t return home.

The Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre has compiled a list of events taking place in the coming weeks. We encourage you to share this link with your colleagues and students. 

On September 30th join the rest of the UBC community to participate in the Intergenerational March led by Applied Science and Land and Food Systems and supported by the President's Office at UBC.
Image of person sitting on large map, title of Exploring Place: The Indigenous Atlas of Canada Giant Floor Map
October 11, 2023
10:00am - 11:30am
Xwi7xwa Library - 1985 West Mall, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, V6T 1Z2

Join the Xwi7xwa library as they roll out the Indigenous Atlas of Canada Giant Floor Map. In this session, we encourage participants to think differently about location and place through guided in activities and hands on learning while on walking on and exploring the map. 

Following the outside demonstration (about an hour), Xwi7xwa will give a tour of their branch. 

This event is being hosted outside: behind Xwi7xwa which is the Arboretum (Please note that should the weather not cooperate we will move indoors and send immediate notification)  

Kayla Lar-son, Indigenous Programs and Services Librarian, Program Manager Indigitization, Xwi7xwa Library 

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.

Image of person holding booklet, title of ISP Toolkit in Action Panel: An Opportunity to Learn from Colleagues
To help guide implementation of the Indigenous Strategic Plan (ISP), the Office of Indigenous Strategic Initiatives (OISI) developed a set of tools which both academic and operational units can use to help situate themselves in relation to Indigenous engagement and create a plan that aligns their work with the ISP’s eight goals and 43 actions.

Many units, teams, and departments have begun working with the ISP toolkit over the past two years. This panel is an opportunity to learn from their experiences and ask questions that will help you move forward with the ISP toolkit.

Image of woven wood, title of Indigenous Strategic Initiatives (ISI Fund) Info Session
The Office of Indigenous Strategic Initiatives (OISI) will discuss information about the Indigenous Strategic Initiatives (ISI) Fund. This information session will discuss Stream 1: Innovative Projects, Stream 2: Transformative Projects and Stream 3: Student-led Projects. The ISI Fund is open to UBC-Vancouver and UBC-Okanagan faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students. To find out more about the ISI Fund in advance of the session, please visit the ISI Fund section on the Indigenous Strategic Plan website. Participants are encouraged to submit their questions ahead of time HERE




Anti-Racist Teaching and Learning Workshops
Anti-Racist Teaching and Learning
The Anti-Racist Teaching and Learning Team (A-RTL) will be delivering 3 workshops this fall to support staff and faculty in cultivating teaching and facilitation practices that support anti-racist solidarity. Please register for the workshops below or email us at Nathalie.lozano-neira@ubc.ca or shannon.robinson@ubc.ca if you have any questions.

Identity Matters: Connecting Power, Privilege and Bias to Anti-Racism Work

September 27, 2023 
10:00am - 12:00pm

This workshop has been designed for instructors who are interested in joining conversations about anti-racism and looking for an entry point to their learning journey. This session introduces fundamental concepts such as power, privilege, and positionality, and supports participants as they integrate these fundamental concepts into their teaching and learning practices.

Anti-Racism and Solidarity in University Settings 

October 12, 2023 
10:00am - 12:00pm

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 students, faculty, and staff who identify as Black, Indigenous, or People of Colour. 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.

Navigating Emotional Responses in the Classroom 

October 26, 2023 
10:00am - 12:00pm

This workshop recognizes that emotions are part of the classroom climate. Instructors are tasked with the complex role of navigating their own emotions in the classroom, while also recognizing the emotions of their students and determining the best way to support them. The significance of this role is particularly prevalent when discussing topics surrounding race, racialization, and racism. This session will explore how race and power dynamics have emotional impacts in the classroom environment (both for students and educators). The intention is for participants to leave with an increased capacity to interact with emotional responses as points of pedagogical and relational engagement. 




Image of bear family, title of Kinship Corner
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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Explore this debut poetry collection by the II Team's own Samantha Nock!

A Family of Dreamers delves into the complexities of growing up in rural northeast British Columbia and the love and grief that bloom there. In this debut poetry collection, Samantha Nock redefines where and what “home” is, weaving together threads of fat liberation, desirability politics, and heartbreak while working through her existence as a young Indigenous woman coming of age in the city. The result is a love song to northern cuzzins, dive bars, and growing up.

Image of Karlene Harvey holding the book Every Child Matters

Brushstrokes of Resilience: Insights from Every Child Matters book illustrator Karlene Harvey

Hear from fellow UBC employee and illustrator Karlene Harvey about her experience illustrating Every Child Matters in this article published by the Faculty of Arts

Check out these books from Karlene coming out soon! 
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Beading Circle Social: all Indigenous Beaders Welcome

September 21 and 28, 2023
3:00pm - 5:00pm 
First Nations House of Learning - 1985 West Mall
Event Title and Location

In the Midst of Grief We Are Healing: An Affinity Event for Indigenous Staff, Faculty and Students in STEM

Indigenous Staff, Faculty and Students are invited to come together on October 11th from 12:30- 2:00 PM for informal conversations, community building and healing as we navigate the ongoing journey of truth, reconciliation, and redress in our communities.




Across Our Desks

Call for proposals for Small Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund Innovation projects

Small TLEF Innovation grants are intended to support experimentation with pedagogical approaches that have strong potential to enhance learning through grassroots projects. Small TLEF Innovation applicants can request up to $50,000 over the life of the project, which can span between one and three years. Small TLEF Innovation projects should advance UBC‘s Strategic Plan and be aligned with one or more of the TLEF Fund priorities for 2024/25. The deadline for proposals is 3pm on November 16, 2023.

Haida Gwaii Semester in Community Resilience
By participating in this program, students will have the opportunity to engage with local communities, learn about the rich cultural heritage of the Haida Nation, and explore the concepts of sustainability, social justice, and community building. Through a combination of experiential learning, interdisciplinary coursework, and community engagement, students will gain practical skills and develop a deep understanding of community resilience.

Share with your students!

​See you in October! 
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/