What's New in Indigenous Initiatives
Indigenous Initiatives Newsletter - March 2024, Image: Cherry Trees
Spring is here! Along with the cherry blossoms and daffodils, spring has also sprung some new resources and workshops we'd love to share with you. We are also excited to announce that there is a new opportunity to join our team. Dive into the details below to learn more.




What's New in Indigenous Initiatives

  1. Undergraduate Students as Course Co-Developers
  2. A-RTL Spring 2024 Update
  3. Subscribe to the in/relation Podcast
  4. Now Hiring Educational Programs Coordinator: Special Projects
  5. Upcoming Events
  6. Kinship Corner
  7. Across Our Desks




Undergraduate Students as Course Co~Developers
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This blog highlights the experiences of the Making Connections Student Co-Developers with developing this new course, the process of integrating anti-colonial practices and Indigenous knowledges, and their key takeaways.

Written by Fabio Peres Schneider, Riley Plunkett, Mailyn Tran with support from Hannah Coderre and Ashley Welsh
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Anti-Racist Teaching and Learning Spring 2024 Update, Image: four hands holding yarn

Hello from the Anti-Racist Teaching and Learning Team!

We are so excited to share in the launch of our new cohort program, Applying Anti-Racist Pedagogy In the Classroom (AA-RPC), being delivered in-person this June at UBC Vancouver campus!    

AA-RPC is designed to meet the goals of participants who are working to incorporate anti-racist teaching and learning approaches into their practice(s). Core to its design are opportunities for participants to work collaboratively, to support each other, and engage in dialogue about anti-racist work in their own teaching contexts. By creating an environment grounded in relationality and emphasizing the importance of continuous learning, the A-RTL team hopes to contribute to the expansion of networks and coalitions of care across the campus. 
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Subscribe to the in/relation Podcast
Podcast: Stories in/relation. Image: in/relation salmon and hand logo with a tree in the background Subscribe
Stories in/relation is a monthly podcast for educators wanting to bring Indigenous contexts and topics into their curricula but are not sure where or how to begin. Created by Janey Lew and Samantha Nock, Stories in/relation sits down with UBC faculty, staff, and students and asks them how they are navigating indigenizing and decolonizing their teaching and learning practices. You can learn more about the full project on the in/relation website.




Now Hiring Educational Programs Coordinator: Special Projects
Now Hiring! Apply by March 31, 2024
The Educational Programs Coordinator: Special Projects, supports the evaluation, planning and delivery of special projects within the Indigenous Initiatives team at the Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Technology. Specifically, the EPC will be responsible for coordinating requests and services associated with UBC & Musqueam affiliated programs, advisories and projects currently done in partnership with CTLT Indigenous Initiatives, MOA and the Musqueam Indian Band. 
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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

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

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

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.  
Wellness Drop-ins at IRSHDC

Wellness Drop-ins

The Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre invites Indigenous students, staff, faculty and community members to drop-in to the Centre for tea or coffee (and goodies) with an Elder or Cultural Support Worker. This is a place to either take a wellness break, enjoy conversation, seek wisdom or all three.

The wellness drop-ins are currently offered offered every second Wednesday, from 10 am to 3 pm, and will take place in the Elders’ lounge on the upper level of the Centre. These coffee breaks are hosted in partnership with the Indian Residential School Survivors Society (IRSSS). The Centre and IRSSS staff will be on hand for visitors. Please join us!

Date: March 27, 2024
Time: 11am - 3pm




Title: Across Our Desks. Image of desk.
Necessary Tomorrows - Indigenous AI

Musqueam Writer Quelemia Sparrow Imagines an Indigenous AI

Quelemia Sparrow created a two part podcast as part of the Necessary Tomorrows audio series. 

Part 1: When the Musqueam Nation creates an artificial intelligence trained on their knowledge, she is stolen and forced to perform in a Canadian theme park. But agents from the Confederacy of Unceded Indigenous Nations hatch a plan to bring her home. Listen here

Part 2: Musqueam author Quelemia Sparrow uses AI to meet the character of her story. She explores whether artificial intelligence and humans can become kin. We discover the program that the AI is currently running is at odds with the human and non-human world. Listen here.

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Summer Course Offering - FNEL 191A: Introduction to an Indigenous Language I

With growing public #002145 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). 
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Shaping Climate Justice through Indigenous Knowledge

Join the UBC Centre for Climate Justice for a dialogue between Jeannette Armstrong and Christine Winter to discuss how Indigenous knowledge shapes climate justice. This dialogue will be begin with short presentations from both Armstrong and Winter, followed by a discussion moderated by Naomi Klein.
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Open House: IRSHDC

On behalf of the leadership at the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre, we would like to invite you to our Open House on April 15, 2pm-5pm. Over light snacks and refreshments, Kristin Kozar, Executive Director of the IRSHDC, will be speaking about the Centre, our programs, research initiatives and answering questions related to the work we do at the Centre.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre!  

Walking With The Squamish, Pro-D Retreat For Post-Secondary Educators

The David Suzuki Foundation is thrilled to invite you to our upcoming professional development workshop for postsecondary educators, led by Indigenous facilitators from the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) Nation. 

Join us for an immersive experience on Chá7elkwnech (Gambier Island), where you'll have the opportunity to engage with Sḵwx̱wú7mesh knowledge keepers, educators, and community leaders. Throughout the workshop, you'll participate in insightful sessions and workshops designed to enrich your understanding of Sḵwx̱wú7mesh culture and the importance of indigenization, decolonization, justice, and inclusion in education. 

Date: April 24-25, 2024
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From Yuquot to Leicester Square: Indigenous Northwest Culture in Eighteenth-Century Britain Learn More

From Yuquot to Leicester Square: Indigenous Northwest Culture in Eighteenth-Century Britain

The Department of English Language & Literatures is pleased to invite you to the 2024 Garnett Sedgewick Lecture, featuring Professor Robbie Richardson (Department of English and Native American and Indigenous Studies Initiative, Princeton University). Dr. Richardson, who is a member of the Pabineau First Nation (Mi‘kmaw), will present a talk that can be attended in-person at The xʷθəθiqətəm (Place of Many Trees), Liu institute for Global Studies or virtually via Zoom.

University of Calgary: Indigenous Knowledge Lecture Series

This series is meant to highlight Indigenous leaders, scholars, artists and Knowledge Keepers, and spark key community conversations as we all work together to increase intercultural capacity and build good relations through awareness and knowledge. Upcoming dates: 

  • In the Spirit of Dr. Betty Bastien: Conceptualizing Ontological Responsibilities in Higher Education (Dr. Gabrielle Weasel Head)
    • April 10, 2024
    • 12:00pm - 1:30pm *Mountain Time*
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2024 Turtle Island Indigenous Science Conference

This year, we come together to honour ancestral knowledge while shaping a brighter future. Explore cutting-edge research, connect with Indigenous scholars, and participate in hands-on workshops.

The Faculty of Science at the University of Regina, in partnership with First Nations University of Canada and File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council, is honoured to host the 2024 Turtle Island Indigenous Science Conference.
​See you in April! 
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/