CTLT Indigenous Initiatives September Kick-off Newsletter
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Welcoming Fall

We are excited to start off a new academic year and announce our fall programming and news related to classroom climate and Indigenous engagement in teaching and learning. 

In this newsletter:

1. Please join us for our first event of the academic year, in partnership with Musqueam and UBC Botanical Garden - Sept 16, 2019 from 10-11:30am at Irving K Barber Learning Centre, Seminar Room 2.22
2. Classroom Climate Fall Offerings 
3. What I Learned in Class Today: Information Session at Aboriginal Student Affairs (ASA) Space, Buchanan D-140, Meekison Lounge
4. Orange Shirt Day: Ways to Engage 
5. Across our desks: news and articles related to Indigenous engagement in teaching and learning




1. Please join us for our first event of the academic year, in partnership with Musqueam and UBC Botanical Garden - Sept 16, 2019 from 10-11:30am at Irving K. Learning Centre, Seminar Room 2.22 

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This session kicks off the CTLT Indigenous Initiatives Classroom Climate series and focuses on partnerships, relationships and place here on the unceded, ancestral and traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm people. Please join us to hear from Vanessa Campbell, Musqeam Language and Culture Department and UBC First Nations and Endangered Languages Program, and Tara Moreau, Associate Director of Sustainability and Community Programs at UBC Botanical Garden as they share about the good work taking place between the garden and the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm community.

2. Classroom Climate Fall Offerings

Please stay tuned for more upcoming details on our classroom climate series this fall on our events page. 
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Join UBC Learning Circle for the 2019 Indigenous Speaker Series with Lisa Boivin where she will share how her art depicts the link between history and poor health outcomes for Indigenous patients. Lisa utilizes her artistic skills to understand and assert Indigenous worldviews, which promotes individual and community learning. 

CTLT Indigenous Initiatives is honoured to support the UBC Learning Circle as a partner to bring you this event.

About the presenter: 
Lisa Boivin is a member of the Deninu K’ue First Nation in the Northwest Territories; she is a bioethics specialist and graduate student at the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute at University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine. Her academic focuses are: art-based medical discourse, informed consent, cultural safety and cultural reclamation.

3. What I Learned in Class Today: Information Session at the Aboriginal Student Affairs (ASA) Space Buchanan D-140, Meekison Lounge

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Are you an undergraduate student at UBC who has or is currently taking courses with Indigenous content? 

Are you an Indigenous student who would like to share experiences learning at UBC? 

Please join us for an information session about the What I Learned in Class Today project. We look forward to meeting you, sharing food, and learning more about ways that this project can support your experience as an undergraduate student at UBC. 

For further information about What I Learned in Class Today Project please visithttp://www.whatilearnedinclasstoday.com

For further questions about the information session, please contact Amy Perreault at amy.perreault@ubc.ca

4. Orange Shirt Day: Ways to Engage

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September 30th is an annual day to recognize and raise awareness about the residential school system in Canada, join together in the spirit of reconciliation, and honour the experiences of Indigenous Peoples. Between the late 1800‘s and 1996, more than 150,000 First Nations, Métis and Inuit children attended Indian residential schools - Orange Shirt Day commemorates this legacy. 

Our friends and colleagues at the Residential School History and Dialogue Centre (RSHDC) is working with us and many other units on campus to raise awareness about this day and ways that you can host this conversation well in your classroom.  For more information on the day‘s origins, educational resources, and links to purchase resources that support and recognize this day please visit http://irshdc.ubc.ca/orangeshirtday 

5. Across our desks: news, articles, and resources related to Indigenous engagement in teaching and learning 

a.) Student created website and maps shows U of A campus through Indigenous eyes

U of A student, Robin Howse, created a walking map and website that offer an Indigenous perspective on important sites on U of A’s North Campus. 

Howse states, “the way you understand place and place names impacts how you see the world and how you interact with it politically, socially, economically and environmentally, and informs how you’re going to solve problems.”

Read the full article. 

b.) An Indigenous Approach to Categorizing Books: The Xwi7wa library in British Columbia is working to decolonize the way libraries organize information

Xwi7xwa Library is working towards decolonizing the way libraries organize their collection. The library focuses to counter Western, colonial bias and reflect the knowledge of Indigenous peoples by offering an alternative to the widely used Dewey Decimal and Library of Congress classification systems.

Read the full article. 

c.) Pam Palmater’s Reconciliation Book Club

Dr. Pam Palmater, Mi'kmaw lawyer, professor and activist has started a Reconciliation Book Club through her YouTube channel inviting participants and allies to join the conversation on moving towards reconciliation. Each month Dr. Palmater selects a new book followed by a discussion. 

"...There’s a big lack of understanding, and I’m trying to bridge the divide between what people think they know about history and what they don’t know about right now.” - Palmater said in an interview with The Star. 

The focus of Dr. Palmater's book club is on Indigenous authors from Turtle Island and also includes books from allies that have been in solidarity with Indigenous peoples. 

Join and follow Pam Palmater's Reconciliation Book Club. 




Best wishes, 
CTLT Indigenous Initiatives