CTLT Indigenous Initiatives March Newsletter
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In this newsletter:

1. CTLT Indigenous Initiatives Welcomes New Staff, Chloe Erlendson 
2. Indigenous Initiatives Learning Community goes on qeqən House Posts Walking Tour
3. Across our desks: news, articles, and resources related to Indigenous engagement in teaching and learning 





1. CTLT Indigenous Initiatives Welcomes New Staff, Chloe Erlendson 

CTLT Indigenous Initiatives is pleased to welcome Chloe Erlendson. Chloe will be taking on the role as an Educational Consultant, supporting professional development programming, educational resources, and strategic initiatives related to Indigenous engagement in teaching and learning. We asked Chloe to share a few fun facts about herself.

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The Indigenous Initiatives (II) Learning Community is a peer-driven professional development community intended for participants who took part in a series of workshops on integrating Indigenous perspectives into their work (the II Design Series). The purpose of the II Learning Community is to support members to support members to articulate and take actions on their own professional development goals and learning related to Indigenous engagement in teaching and learning.

Since stepping into the new year, the II Learning Community participated in a self-guided walking tour of the Musqueam house posts on campus. We used qeqən House Posts, the guide developed by Jordan Wilson, a member of the Musqueam First Nation, to help us situate the relationships between Musqueam‘s house posts and the history of how UBC came to be situated here. qeqən is an initiative of the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery.

We had the opportunity to hear reflections from a couple of participants about the walking tour, how they can further their learning on being guests on Musqueam territory, and how this impacts their teaching.

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

a. SFU History Reads 2020: Halfbreed

SFU HISTORY READS is a free, public book club that meets once a year to discuss a recent title of great historical significance. This year‘s book is the revised and updated 2019 edition of Maria Campbell‘s Halfbreed, originally published in 1973 by McClelland and Stewart.

This event will take the form of a moderated discussion among panel members followed by an extended discussion with the audience. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to read the book in advance.

Moderators: Roxanne Panchasi (SFU History), features Dallas Hunt (UBC English), Mary-Ellen Kelm (SFU History), Deanne Reder (SFU First Nations/Indigenous Studies & English) and Alix Shield (SFU English). 

When: Thursday, March 12, 7-9PM
Where: Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St., Vancouver


b. Considerations for practicing Land Acknowledgements in the classroom

Acknowledging Indigenous lands, rights, and peoples is a practice to inform where universities and institutions are situated. It is a starting point to understanding the long presence and histories of Indigenous peoples as well as our historical, social, and physical locations.

This resource was developed through a collaboration of non-Indigenous settlers who work and live on the traditional, unceded, lands of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓-speaking Musqueam people. It attempts to serve as a beginners guide to help better understand the importance of land acknowledgements and how to integrate them into teaching and learning practice, specific to UBC Point Grey campus.

View the resource.

c. Save the date: CTLT Spring Institute, May 19-22

Hosted each year in May, the Spring Institute offers educators in the UBC teaching and learning community a platform to share innovative practices and research around teaching, learning and technology. Workshops are interactive and provide participants an opportunity to network with colleagues. Topics range from active learning in a blended classroom to approaches to peer-based learning.

Learn more. 




Best wishes, 
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/