Welcome Back! Indigenous Initiatives January 2022 Newsletter
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Happy New Year! 

We hope that you found moments of rest, love, and celebration this holiday season. We are eager to invite in the new year in with gentleness and good intentions. 

The ringing in of a new year is a special time filled with the ending of one year and the ringing in of new beginnings, renewed energy, and new opportunities. 

As you may know, in person teaching has been shifted to virtual until January 24th, 2022. If you need support in making this switch, please check out CTLT's Online Teaching Program, and Indigenous Initiative's module Centring Indigenous Perspectives in Online Spaces. 

The Indigenous Initiatives team is looking forward to new conversations, exciting new offerings, and working with all of you in 2022. 




In This Newsletter:

1. Welcome Back from the CTLT Indigenous Initiatives Team
2. Back to Online Teaching: Resources from CTLT and CTLT Indigenous Initiatives
3. 2022 Virtual Coffee Drop-ins Schedule
4. Upcoming Indigenous Initiatives workshops and events
5. Welcome New Staff
6. Goodbye to Bronte 
7. Across Our Desks: news and articles related to Indigenous engagement in teaching and learning




Back to Online Teaching: Resources from CTLT and CTLT Indigenous Initiatives

We are back to online learning until February 7th. Please take a look at these resources for switching back to virtual teaching and acknowledging Indigenous lands in a virtual space
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CTLT Online Teaching Program

[Taken from website] The Online Teaching Program is designed to help you adapt your course for the online environment and prepare you to teach online. The program consists of a course with self-paced modules in Canvas, online workshops with experiential learning opportunities, and one-on-one consultation support with an educational consultant. 

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Indigenous Land in the Virtual World

CTLT Indigenous Initiatives has developed educational online resources to help deepen the learning journey on Indigenous engagement in teaching and learning.




2022 Indigenous Initiatives Virtual Coffee Drop-ins

Do you have questions about how to intentionally and thoughtfully bring in Indigenous content and worldviews into your teaching and work? Are you wondering about how to navigate land acknowledgements in a virtual and in person world? Come visit us at a virtual coffee drop-in, a casual online space for you to ask us questions, connect with others who are exploring the same topics of you, or just to get to know the team behind Indigenous Initiatives. 

Click the date and time you're available to register for a drop-in time. 

January 2022




Upcoming Indigenous Initiatives Workshops and Events

ISI Fund Stream 3 Student Proposals Brainstorm & Writing Session

January 13th, 2022
12:30pm - 1:30pm

Are you an undergraduate or graduate student that has a great idea to bring the Indigenous Strategic Plan to action? Drop by the ISI Student Proposals Brainstorm & Writing Session for a supportive space to connect and receive support and guidance with your proposal.

The ISI Fund's Stream 3: Student-led Projects offers up to $50 000 to support student-led initiatives that address any of the ISP's Actions. All undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply. 

Co-Hosted by: Indigenous Initiatives; Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Technology; and Specialist, Indigenous Graduate Initiatives.  

Introduction to TA Training for Classroom Climate and Indigenous Topics

January 20th, 2022
12:30pm - 2:00pm

Note: The TA institute is open to all undergraduate TAs, graduate students who are interested in teaching, and all graduate student TAs. This session is not open to general undergraduate students, post-doctoral fellows, staff, or faculty. 

Presented as part of the January 2022 CTLT TA Institute, this session will introduce participants to a framework of understanding classroom climate and how this can support learning about Indigenous perspectives and knowledges.

Holding Indigenous Topics with Care in the Classroom 

February 8th, 2022
10:30am - 12:00pm

Through the What I Learned In Class Today project, participants will learn how to intentionally approach Indigenous content and topics in the classroom and will learn how this can make a supportive and positive learning experience for all students.  

This workshop requires participants to engage with materials prior to the workshop, including the Original Student Speaks video and reading two articles (approx. 30 mins of pre-work)

Want to see all of what we have to offer for this semester?




Welcome Aimee and Sam!

Say "Hello!" to new Indigenous Initiatives staff! We are excited to welcome some new faces to the Indigenous Initiatives team. Aimee Beauchamp will be joining us in the role of Educational Consultant and Samantha Nock is joining us as the Educational Resources Developer. Take a minute to learn more about our new team members. Welcome Aimee and Sam! 


Good Luck & Farewell Bronte Burnette! 

We are sad to have said goodbye to our dear colleague Bronte Burnette, but also delighted to congratulate her on her new role as Health Sciences & Digital Literacy Librarian at the University of Calgary. We wanted to take this opportunity to thank Bronte as she has been an integral member of the CTLT Indigenous Initiatives team. During her time with us, Bronte’s valuable contributions included: coordinating and composing our newsletter, supporting facilitation of many of our workshops including the follow-up sessions for the Workplace Learning and Engagement Land Acknowledgements online course and Supporting Classroom Climate with CTLT Indigenous Initiatives Resources, and collaborating on many of our team’s educational resources including What I Learned in Class Today, Indigenous Foundations, and in/relation. We appreciate Bronte’s commitment to storytelling through digital resources and attention to the details that matter. We wish you all the best on your next adventures, Bronte!!  




6. Across Our Desks: news and articles related to Indigenous engagement in teaching and learning

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UBC Launches Indigenous Finance Guidelines

The Indigenous Research Support Initiative (IRSI), along with university staff, faculty, Indigenous advisors, Elders, and Knowledge Keepers collaborated to address the need for relational, reciprocal, and respectful guidelines for compensation and gift giving between Indigenous community members and UBC.

The Finance Guidelines are great for informing your practice of always compensating Indigenous Elders, Knowledge Keepers, and advisors you may invite into your classroom.

10 Things to Consider Before Reaching Out to An Indigenous Scholar

With the implementation of the Indigenous Strategic Plan (ISP) and a focus on reconciliation, staff and faculty alike are working to integrate Indigenous knowledges and ways of being into their work. A key component to this is reaching out to Indigenous scholars in your field and making those connections. But, Indigenous scholars are being stretched thin, so what are are some things to consider before reaching out?

Dr. Jesse Popp, Assistant Professor and Chair in Indigenous Environmental Science at University of Guelph and member of Wiikemkoong Unceded Territory answers just that by giving you 10 things to think about before reaching out. 

Stay well and safe, 
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/