What's New in Indigenous Initiatives
Indigenous Initiatives Newsletter - May 2024
Congratulations to the graduating class of 2024, and to all those who have who supported them in reaching this exciting moment! A special shout out to Shanaya Kumar who has been a huge help with the Indigenous Learning Pathways Project. Graduates, we are so excited to see where your journeys take you next! ❤︎ 

Our team is hosting a number of exciting workshops in the coming weeks and hope to see you there before you head off on exciting summer adventures. The team will also be hosting monthly drop-ins for anyone who would like to stay in touch over the summer. We would love to hear about the work you are doing and provide support where we can!




What's New in Indigenous Initiatives

  1. Upcoming Events
  2. Kinship Corner
  3. Across Our Desks




Upcoming Events
Addressing the Gap: Navigating Knowledge Gaps on Indigenous Contexts and Topics in Teaching and Learning. Image: red flowers
How do we disrupt systemic colonial attitudes in the classroom while integrating Indigenous topics in a way that supports addressing knowledge gaps in a good way? This interactive virtual workshop will bring materials in from the What I Learned in Class Today Facilitation Guide and Toolkit, launched March 2024 and will include both guided group discussion and smaller breakout groups.  

Date: May 23, 2024
Time: 10:00am - 11:30am
Location: Online
Spring Institute

Sharing Back Our Knowledge: Development of the Indigenous Learning Pathways Training Program

Launching in Summer 2024, Indigenous Learning Pathways (ILP) is a multi-course online training program led by CTLT Indigenous Initiatives and the Orientations & Onboarding program in Central HR, and involving collaboration and support from numerous staff, faculty, and programs across UBC. Attend this session to learn more about the development process behind ILP, including partnership approaches, lessons learned along the way, and opportunities that emerged to create systemic change as we carved out space for this work.

Date: June 4, 2024
Time: 10:00am - 11:00am
Location: Zoom


Disrupting Time and Space: Considerations in Community-Centred Evaluation

Join CTLT Indigenous Initiatives team members Paulina Semenec, Evaluations Consultant, and Samantha Nock, Educational Consultant, Campus and Classroom Climate, in an exploration around the ways in which timelines impact community-centred evaluation processes. Together, we will dream beyond the boundaries of institutional concepts of time and space, creating strategies that support co-developing community-centred project evaluation that support respectful relationships between communities and project partners.

Date: June 5, 2024
Time: 9:00am - 10:30am
Location: Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Room 2.22
Applying Anti-Racist Pedagogy in the Classroom
Applying Anti-Racist Pedagogy in the Classroom is a cohort-based program where educators will explore anti-racist approaches and practices while learning from others and building relationships in a collaborative learning environment. In this program we will focus on the classroom environment, with a focus on building and maintaining caring classroom climates. In this program, you will explore ways to embed anti-racist principles into your teaching practice and come away equipped to support IBPOC students.

The program runs over a six-week period, beginning June 6 until June 27. It consists of four in-person workshops and approximately 10-12 hours of asynchronous work. To apply, participants are required to commit to the entirety of the program. 

Application Deadline: May 23, 2024 

The four mandatory in-person workshops are held on: 
Thursday, June 6: 9am – 12pm  
Thursday, June 13: 9am – 12pm
Thursday, June 20: 9am – 12pm  
Thursday, June 27: 9am – 12pm  
Apply Here
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. 

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Title: Kinship Corner. Image of bear family.
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.  
Billy-Ray Belcourt - Coexistence
We welcome you to join us Wednesday, May 29th at 7pm for a conversation between Billy-Ray Belcourt and Molly Cross Blanchard in celebration of Belcourt‘s new book, Coexistence. Presented by Massy Books, Massy Arts Society, Penguin Random House in partnership with the Libby Leshgold Gallery.

Billy-Ray is a member of the UBC community, a faculty member in the School of Creative Writing. You can find a copy of his book on the Massy Bookstore website
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Moose Hide Campaign Day

Join the Faculty of Applied Science EDI.I in solidarity to take a stand against violence towards women and children while taking practical steps in our collective journey towards reconciliation. Come visit our information table and pick up a moosehide pin (vegan options available) as a way to demonstrate your commitment to healthy masculinity and taking a stand against gendered violence.

Date: May 16, 2024
Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Location: Kaiser Atrium - 2332 Main Mall

You can view a short video about the Moose Hide Campaign. There is also a livestream from Victoria, BC. on the 16th which will feature a keynote speaker, messages from Raven Lacerte, and more information on how we can all work together to end gender based violence in Canada.
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Title: Across Our Desks. Image of desk.

UBC Library Digitizes Indigenous Language Dictionaries

As part of an ongoing effort by the UBC Library Digitization Centre and cIRcle, UBC Library is making Indigenous language dictionaries more accessible by digitizing these works and making them available through UBC Open Collections.

“Within the province of British Columbia, there are 32 First Nations languages—eight are severely endangered and 22 are nearly extinct. Language revitalization projects and supports are crucial in redressing the impacts of colonialism, and allowing for communities to have cultural sovereignty,” says Kayla Lar-Son, Acting Head of Xwi7xwa Library.
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Indigenous Data Sovereignty and Conservation in British Columbia

A new collaborative study, by a group including First Nations knowledge holders from across British Columbia, technical staff working for BC First Nations, and researchers at UBC and SFU, examined the concept of Indigenous data sovereignty in the context of salmon-bearing ecosystems in BC. 
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MOA to Reopen on June 13 at 5pm

The Museum of Anthropology at UBC will reopen its doors to the public on June 13, 2024 at 5pm, following an 18-month closure that saw the successful completion of cutting-edge seismic upgrades to its Great Hall, coupled with the revitalization and reinterpretation of displays of Northwest Coast Indigenous carvings, poles, weavings and other works from the past and present. Along with the Museum‘s reopening, MOA will present two exhibitions sharing Indigenous perspectives on colonial history and in Pursuit of Venus [infected] (Western Canada premiere) by famed Māori artist, Lisa Reihana and To Be Seen, To Be Heard: First Nations in Public Spaces, 1900–1965 (world premiere). MOA‘s reopening this summer coincides with the 75th anniversary of the Museum‘s opening to the public.
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Summer Course Offering - FNEL 191A: Introduction to an Indigenous Language I

With growing public interest in learning more about the language and culture of the Musqueam peoples on whose traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory UBC is situated on, this 3-credit course will introduce learners to the rich inventory of sounds (22 consonants not in English) and the orthographic symbols that represent those sounds (as evidenced by the growing presence of Musqueam Central Coast Salish Language street signs, building names, site acknowledgements, and art installations on campus and throughout the lower Fraser Delta).
Promotional poster for "Dual Film Screening + Discussion" featuring filmmaker Neil-Aaron on June 8th, 2024, at Massy Arts Society, East Pender Street, Vancouver, BC. Includes stills from two films and an image of the film maker at a protest.
Join Massy Arts and Filmmaker Neil Aaron Saturday June 8th at 6pm for a screening & discussion of his two films Canada is Triflin & Regina v. xʷ is xʷ čaa.
More Info
Promotional banner for the 2024 BC & Yukon Book Prizes showcasing Sam George and Michael Nicholl Yahgulanaas, with book covers and event details. Hosted by Michelle Cyca on Thursday, June 20th at 6 PM.
Join Massy Arts, and 2024 BC & Yukon Book Finalists Sam George, Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, and Jill Yonit Goldberg Thursday, June 20th at 6pm for a showcase and discussion with host Michelle Cyca.
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The Sum of All - Bill Reid Gallery

Nch‘ú7mut in the Skwxwú7mesh snichim (Squamish language) means "interconnectivity and oneness". The Skwxwú7mesh Two-Spirit community has used it to mean "one love". This exhibition and all work associated is being done in the spirit of nch‘ú7mut.

In this exhibition (May 28 - September 8), the concepts of Indigeneity and Blackness are explored through visual and performance-based arts such as film, dance, jewelry and poetry. The Sum of All is a celebration of the lived experiences of the featured artists and guest curator who represent multiple cultural groups.
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​See you in June! 
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/