What's New in Indigenous Initiatives
Indigenous Initiatives Newsletter April 2024. Image: a flowering Kinnikinnick bush
As you venture outside in the warmer weather, consider taking a moment to learn more about what you encounter on side of the path. The flowering plant in the image above has an english name of Kinnikinnick, in hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ the bush is called ƛ̓ik̓ʷən̓əɬp and the fruit is called ƛ̓ik̓ʷən̓. You can learn how to pronounce those names on the Museum of Vancouver website, using resource created in collaboration between the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Language Department and the Tsleil-Waututh Nation.  




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

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.  
Trauma-informed, Healing centered Community Wellness: Indigenized approaches to embodiment and contemplative practices. Learn More

Mental Health First Aid Training (Staff/Faculty)

In this training, participants will learn how to recognize signs that a person may be experiencing a decline in their mental well-being or a mental health crisis and encourage that person to:
  • Talk about declines in their mental well-being
  • Discuss professional and other supports that could help with recovery to improved mental well-being
  • Reach out to these supports
  • Assist in a mental health or substance use crisis
  • Use MHFA actions to maintain one‘s own mental well-being 
Image: Book Covers of The All + Flesh by Brandi Bird and A Family of Dreamers by Samantha Nock

Samantha Nock and Brandi Bird Nominated for Their Poetry

UBC's own Sam and Brandi were nominated for the League of Canadian Poets 2024 awards. Winners will be announced on Wednesday, May 1, 2024. And an online reading will be held on Tuesday, April 30, 2024 to celebrate the shortlisted poets.

Sam was also shortlisted for the BC & Yukon Book Prizes Doroth Livesay Poetry Award
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Wills & Estates for Indigenous People Part 1: Advance Planning Off-Reserve and Non-Status

This webinar will address the importance and value of powers of attorney, representation agreements, and wills for Indigenous persons living off-reserve/Nation Lands in British Columbia, as well as non-status individuals living on-reserve/Nation Lands. We will cover important considerations that go into preparing these documents, the risks and benefits, and resources for BC residents who want to ensure their wishes are respected both in life and after they pass.

Date: April 30, 2024
Time: 10:00am - 11:30am
Location: Online




Title: Across Our Desks. Image of desk.

Executive Director Kristin Kozar discusses the work of the IRSHDC and its forthcoming Open House

The Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre (IRSHDC) is opening its doors to the UBC Vancouver community to highlight its important role on campus. Ahead of the first Open House on April 15, we spoke with Executive Director, Kristin Kozar about how the IRSHDC staff support Residential School Survivors and her plans to expand the centre‘s role in supporting teaching and learning at UBC.
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Ceremonial Fire at xʷc̓ic̓əsəm Garden

A ceremonial and dialogue space for Indigenous and BPOC students, staff, faculty, and all UBC community members to mark the end of the winter term, and hold a conversation about Indigenous data sovereignty. Fire offerings and light refreshments are provided. Outdoor event - Dress for the weather.

We are grateful to the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm People for allowing us to gather in their territory to be in community and share as family and friends.

Date: April 29, 2024
Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm
Location: 3461 Ross Drive - UBC Farm
Indigenous Book and Zine Market Learn More

Indigenous Book and Zine Market

Do you love reading? Want to support Indigenous artists and authors? Then join us on April 20th for our first Indigenous Book and Zine Market!

A variety of vendors will be participating, including several of the featured artists from XIÁM, Massy Books, Medicine Wheel Publishing, and more! Vendors will be selling a variety of books, zines, prints, and stickers.

Date: April 20, 2024
Time: 11:00am - 3:00am
Location: Bill Reid Gallery
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Sexy Science Confessions

Tipi Confessions is not only sexy. Our audiences are reminded that sex is always also political. The Tipi Confessions enterprise also serves as a “research-creation laboratory” at the University of Alberta, Faculty of Native Studies. Our sexy performance laboratory is a space of creative experimentation and action research, both informed by and furthering existing research and teaching in decolonial and critical sexualities.

Date: May 9, 2024
Time: 6:30pm
Location: Chan Centre

B.C. government affirms Haida Nation title over all of Haida Gwaii in draft agreement

British Columbia has officially recognized the Haida Nation's Aboriginal title over the islands of Haida Gwaii with a draft agreement that has been 50 years in the making. The Gaayhllxid/Gíihlagalgang "Rising Tide" Haida Title Lands Agreement officially recognizes and affirms the nation's right over the land of Haida Gwaii under Section 35 of the Constitution — which affirms the rights of Indigenous people.
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​See you in May! 
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/