What's New in Indigenous Initiatives
Title: Indigenous Initiatives Newsletter October 2023. Image of Fall leaves
With Fall in full swing, we have seen the arrival of shorter days, cooler temperatures, and rain... so much rain! For those of you who are fans of wetter weather, break out those rubber boots and enjoy the puddles. For everyone else, it's the perfect excuse to slip into a sweater and get cozy inside with a cup of tea. We know it's a very busy time for the UBC community, but we hope to see you at some of our upcoming events!




What's New in Indigenous Initiatives

  1. ISP Toolkit in Action Panel: An Opportunity to Learn from Colleagues
  2. Anti-Racist Teaching and Learning Blog: Fall Update
  3. Upcoming Events
  4. Anti-Racist Teaching and Learning Workshops
  5. Kinship Corner
  6. Across Our Desks




Image of person holding the Indigenous Strategic Plan. The workshop title, ISP Toolkit in Action Panel: An Opportunity to Learn from Colleagues
To help guide implementation of the Indigenous Strategic Plan (ISP), the Office of Indigenous Strategic Initiatives (OISI) developed a set of tools which both academic and operational units can use to help situate themselves in relation to Indigenous engagement and create a plan that aligns their work with the ISP’s eight goals and 43 actions.

Many units, teams, and departments have begun working with the ISP toolkit over the past two years. This panel is an opportunity to learn from their experiences and ask questions that will help you move forward with the ISP toolkit.

Date: October 24, 2023
Time: 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Location: Zoom




A-RTL Blog: Fall Update
Title: A-RTL Fall 2023 Update
Anti-Racist Teaching and Learning (A-RTL) offers programming for staff and faculty to cultivate teaching and facilitation practices that support anti-racist solidarity. With the aim of creating equitable learning environments and caring classroom spaces where learners who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour can thrive, A-RTL provides opportunities for educators to deepen their understanding of anti-racism and anti-racist practices at an individual, community, and institutional level. 

A-RTL is excited to announce the roll-out of a new website!

For more updates about work the team has done over the past months please read the full blog post. 




Upcoming Events
Title: in/relation: Supporting New Learners with Indigenous Topics at UBC – Project Launch
Are you wondering how to support new learners to Indigenous topics? Are you a new learner yourself?

in/relation is an educational resource for UBC’s teaching and learning community who are interested in exploring Indigenous histories and contexts at UBC with others who are new to these topic s and are non-experts on Indigenous topics themselves. 

Date: November 23, 2023
Time: 12:30pm - 4:00pm
Location: Multi-Access [Zoom or Irving K Barber, CTLT, Seminar Room 2.22 (1961 E Mall) ]

Title: Decolonizing Gender and Sexual Diversity: Activism and Healing Across Generations. Image of a rainbow painted cross walk.
This presentation will begin by taking a foundational look at the impacts of colonial erasure on gender and sexual diversity within Indigenous communities across Turtle Island. We‘ll then shift to explore some of the radical healing and activist work being led by Two-Spirit and Indigiqueer kin, holding up the work of community leaders and movements across time. 

Date: November 29, 2023
Time: 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Location: In-person [Irving K Barber Learning Centre, Peña Room 301 (1961 E Mall)]

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.

Image of woven wood. Title of Indigenous Strategic Initiatives (ISI Fund) Info Session
The Office of Indigenous Strategic Initiatives (OISI) will discuss information about the Indigenous Strategic Initiatives (ISI) Fund. This information session will discuss Stream 1: Innovative Projects, Stream 2: Transformative Projects and Stream 3: Student-led Projects. The ISI Fund is open to UBC-Vancouver and UBC-Okanagan faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students. To find out more about the ISI Fund in advance of the session, please visit the ISI Fund section on the Indigenous Strategic Plan website. Participants are encouraged to submit their questions ahead of time HERE

Image of students sitting around a table. Title of, ISI Fund Stream 3 Student Proposals Brainstorm & Writing Session
For Students!
Do you have an idea of how to use up to $50,000 to bring the Indigenous Strategic Plan to action? Are you looking for a supportive space to explore this opportunity further? Regardless of where you may be at in the proposal writing process, please join us for an informal opportunity for to connect and get some support and guidance with your ISI proposal.  

What to expect: A dedicated space for you to share your ideas and/or questions and to receive support from your peers and staff at UBC. 

Date: November 21, 2023
Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: Zoom




Anti-Racist Teaching and Learning Workshops
Image of many hands holding pieces of string. Title of, Anti-Racist Teaching and Learning
The Anti-Racist Teaching and Learning Team (A-RTL) will be delivering 3 workshops this fall to support staff and faculty in cultivating teaching and facilitation practices that support anti-racist solidarity. Please register for the workshops below or email us at Nathalie.lozano-neira@ubc.ca or shannon.robinson@ubc.ca if you have any questions.

Navigating Emotional Responses in the Classroom 

October 26, 2023 
10:00am - 12:00pm

This workshop recognizes that emotions are part of the classroom climate. Instructors are tasked with the complex role of navigating their own emotions in the classroom, while also recognizing the emotions of their students and determining the best way to support them. The significance of this role is particularly prevalent when discussing topics surrounding race, racialization, and racism. This session will explore how race and power dynamics have emotional impacts in the classroom environment (both for students and educators). The intention is for participants to leave with an increased capacity to interact with emotional responses as points of pedagogical and relational engagement. 




Image of bear family. Title of Kinship Corner
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.  
Image of the covers of two books. The books are titled A Family of Dreamers and The All + Flesh.

Samantha Knock and Brandi Bird Launch Their Debut Poetry Books

Two members of the UBC community are launching their books on October 25th at 1:30pm. Samantha will be sharing her work titled A Family of DreamersBrandi's debut book is The All + Flesh

The Indige-Health Hub Podcast Logo

The Indige-Health Hub Podcast

The Indige-Health Hub at the Canadian Women’s Foundation, connects Indigenous youth from all across Turtle Island or so-called Canada. The goal of the podcast is to come together for community, connection, a place to learn, a place to listen, to grow, gain new experiences, and cultural insights.  

Many of the amazing folks who created this podcast are UBC students! 

Natural Dye and Cedar Weaving Workshops (UBC Staff Only)

Join the First Nations House of Learning for Natural Dye and Cedar Weaving Workshops with a Musqueam cultural teacher, Rita Kompst. Make your own basket and learn how to use natural dye! The workshops are open to both Indigenous and non-Indigenous UBC staff.

The Natural Dye Workshop (October 21) costs a $35 fee per person. The Cedar Weaving Workshop (November 8) costs a $50 fee per person.

When: October 21 from 10:00am to 3:30pm and November 8 from 5:00pm to 8:30pm
Where: First Nations Longhouse

Image of Vanessa Campbell and Elder Larry Grant holding a sign reading "xʷməθkʷəy̓əm"

The Revitalizing Power of Indigenous Typography

Read this Tyee article for a deep dive into the impact of typface on language revitalization. Vanessa Campbell and others speak to the value of the newly created Whitney Salishan typeface for xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam). 

Image of Elder Larry Grant

Elder Larry Grant Honoured at Fall SFU Convocation

Elder Larry Grant as well as Phyllis Webstad and others received honorary degrees on October 5th and 6th.




Across Our Desks

New Resource for Indigenous Students in UBC Science

This resource highlights various supports and opportunities available at UBC and in Vancouver to support Indigenous students. The Faculty of Science has collected key resources in one place as it can be overwhelming to navigate all available resources and easy-to-miss opportunities.

Image of Chief Louie and Dr. Cormack sitting at a desk

Okanagan Nation Alliance and UBC Okanagan recommit to formal agreement

The agreement was signed in person on Wednesday, October 4 by Chief Louie and Dr. Cormack as part of the ONA’s Annual General Assembly. The agreement is also signed by Interim UBC President Dr. Deborah Buszard.

Squamish Nation requests Mount Garibaldi name change

The Squamish Nation has made an official request to change the name of Mount Garibaldi. The nation would like to change it to the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh snichim Nch’ḵay̓.

B.C. Supreme Court rules provence's mining claims system does not comply with duty to consult Indigenous groups

The province's current system, at issue in the case, automatically grants mineral claims to industry applicants who submit a request through a government website.

​See you in November! 
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/