Your March Newsletter From Indigenous Initiatives 🌸
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Hello Spring 🌸

Spring has officially arrived, and we couldn't be more excited to welcome the season of new beginnings! As the days get longer and the temperatures start to rise, we are reminded of the beauty of nature and the possibilities that come with a fresh start.




What's New in Indigenous Initiatives

1. 2023 Spring Faculty of Arts Design Series: Place and Power
2. Indigenous Learning Pathways
3. [Deadline Extended] Celebrate Learning Week Call for Submissions
4. Upcoming Events
5. Kinship Corner
6. Across Our Desks 




APPLY NOW! Spring 2023 Faculty of Arts Design Series: Place and Power
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Open to all Faculty of Arts Instructors! 

The Indigenous Initiatives team is hosting our Spring Design Series for those in the Faculty of Arts who are interested in Place and Power.

This series is a great opportunity for all Arts instructors who are interested in teaching Place and Power courses, Arts instructors who are just curious, heads who are supporting those instructors, and faculty who are in admin positions that will interface with the Place and Power. 

This is a three-part online workshop series held on 9:30am – 12:30pm: 
Tuesday the April 25th
Thursday the April 27th
Tuesday May 2nd 

Deadline to Apply is April 10th, end of day. 




Take a  3D virtual tour of the Sty-Wet-Tan Great Hall at the First Nations Longhouse with Indigenous Learning Pathways

Indigenous Learning Pathways (ILP) is a multi-module online training program currently in development and is being led in collaboration between CTLT Indigenous Initiatives and the Orientations & Onboarding program in Central HR. With a carefully curated spotlight of in-person and online resources for Indigenous-focused learning already available at UBC, ILP is designed for staff and faculty to become more engaged with Indigenous knowledges and perspectives.

Indigenous Learning Pathways is set to launch early 2024.

You can learn more about the ILP here

While you're waiting, explore what kind of learning experiences the ILP has to offer with a 3D virtual tour of the Sty-Wet-Tan Great Hall at the First Nations House of Learning?




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Deadline Extended! Friday, April 7, 2023.

Power of Place in Teaching and Learning

UBC is hosting the 14th Annual Celebrate Learning Week online and in-person from May 2-9, 2023. The Provost and Vice-President Academic from UBCV and UBCO will again collaboratively present this week-long initiative showcasing teaching and learning at UBC through open lectures, poster sessions, panel discussions, workshops and more.

UBC faculty, staff and students, as well as community members, are encouraged to participate in Celebrate Learning Week by coordinating and/or attending events.

We invite contributions that reflect on the power of place in teaching and learning experiences. In particular, we encourage contributions with strong ties to the goals and actions laid out in UBC‘s Indigenous Strategic Plan (ISP). The ISP is a collective approach to implementation with both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people working together to strengthen Indigenous peoples‘ human rights.

Celebrate Learning Week serves as a forum for members of the teaching and learning community to collaborate, network and engage in knowledge exchange.




Upcoming Events and Workshops

Anti-Racism and Solidarity in University Settings 

April 13, 2023
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

This foundational workshop offers participants an overview of key concepts related to race, racism and systems of oppression, and explores anti-racist practices through a lens of solidarity and allyship in university settings. We situate our concepts in current events and we look at how racism shows up at UBC. We will also discuss anti-racist practices that support students, faculty, and staff who identify as Black, Indigenous, or People of Colour. In this workshop, we begin by grounding ourselves in our goals as educators, and framing our own motivation for engaging in this work. The workshop is a combination of presentation slides, reflective activities, and interactive small group discussions.

Sue Hampton, Educational Consultant, CTLT
Janelle Kasperski, Educational Consultant, Special Projects

Evaluation Support and Guidance for Project-Based Work

April 21, 2023
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Evaluation is a key process of any project as it seeks to ensure that the goals are met. This workshop will share with participants how to refine their project focus and consider a wide range of evaluation methods and approaches regarding their project questions and aims. Focusing on projects with an Indigenous focus, this workshop will be particularly helpful to anyone applying for the Indigenous Strategic Initiative (ISI) Fund, but is open to anyone interested in the topic of evaluation.

Paulina Semenec, PhD, Educational and Evaluation Consultant: Indigenous Initiatives, CTLT

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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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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.  

Congratulations Elder Larry Grant (sʔəyəɬəq | 洪禮興)!

Elder Larry Grant received an honorary degree from Simon Fraser University in tribute to all of his hard work, time, and effort as a highly respected Elder, educator, and champion for Musqueam language and culture.

Indigenous Student Lunch: Longhouse & Xwi7xwa Library 30th Anniversary Celebration

Indigenous Students are welcome to the Longhouse April 4th, 12-2pm for a lunch hosted by Xwi7xwa Library in the Sty-Wet-Tan Great Hall. No RSVP needed, please drop-in. This lunch is for Indigenous students.

Book Launch: Held by the Land: A Guide to Indigenous Plants for Wellness by Leigh Joseph with Welcome by Salia Joseph

Wednesday April 12th at 6:00pm @ Massy Arts Gallery 23 East Pender 
Hosted by Massy Arts Society, Massy Books, and WellFleet Press, join for the launch of Held by the Land: A Guide to Indigenous Plants for Wellness by Leigh Joseph





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Vatican rejects Discovery Doctrine

Nicole Winfield
Associated Press

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican on Thursday responded to Indigenous demands and formally repudiated the "Doctrine of Discovery," the theories backed by 15th-century "papal bulls" that legitimized the colonial-era seizure of Native lands and form the basis of some property laws today.


Not sure what the Doctrine of Discovery is? 

Learn more in this short video produced by First Peoples Law, created by Anna Socha, and narrated by Bruce McIvor. 
​See you in April! 
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