CTLT Indigenous Initiatives January Newsletter
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Happy New Year!

Welcome back to campus! We hope everyone was able to find some rest and merriment over the winter holidays. The start of the year is always a special time, with new beginnings, renewed energy and exciting conversations about the coming year. The Indigenous Initiatives Team has some exciting offerings planned for this term and we look forward to continuing to create and foster our relationships with all of you.

In this newsletter:

1. Upcoming Classroom Climate Series Offerings
    a. Using Xwi7xwa Library’s Research Guides -- January 19 2:30-4:00pm
    b. What I Learned In Class Today: Educational Experiences & Institutional Responses Screening & Discussion
        -- January 22 11am-12:30pm
2. CTLT Indigenous Initiatives Virtual Coffee Drop-ins
3.  What I Learned in Class Today Renewed Project: Acknowledging the Affect
4. Across Our Desks: News and Articles Related to Indigenous Engagement in Teaching and Learning




1. Upcoming Classroom Climate Series Offerings


a. Using Xwi7xwa Library’s Research Guides -- January 19 2:30-4:00pm 

Xwi7xwa Library’s Research Guides are a collection of resources gathered to support common questions we receive from patrons. Patterned patron curiosity informs what topics Xwi7xwa’s guides cover but they  also speak to an individual’s relationship to the topic, therefore the scope of perspectives the guides connect to are broad. This session will cover why specific guides have been created and how we think responsibly about the information we gather & give.

b. What I Learned In Class Today: Educational Experiences & Institutional Responses Screening & Discussion -- January 22 11am-12:30pm

The renewed What I Learned In Class Today project recently published two faculty perspectives videos that continues the work began with the Students Speak video in the late 2000s. Join us in this session for a screening of a 20 minute film of faculty perspectives on Indigenous engagement across the university focusing on themes of positionality, fears and anxieties, and the responsibility of the instructor in creating a productive and supportive classroom climate. The screening will be followed by a participant discussion that will further explore these topics.

2. CTLT Indigenous Initiatives Virtual Coffee Drop-ins

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 a great place to explore these topics, connect with others on the same learning path, or just get to know our team.

Please register for any of the drop-ins below. Looking forward to seeing you! 

a. Tuesday, January 12 from 10-11am- REGISTER 
b. Thursday, January 28 from 11am-12pm- REGISTER 
c. Tuesday, February 9 from 10-11am- REGISTER 
d. Thursday, February 25 from 11am-12pm- REGISTER 
e. Tuesday, March 9 from 10-11am- REGISTER 
f. Thursday, March 25 from 11am-12pm- REGISTER 
g. Tuesday, April 6 from 10-11am- REGISTER 
h. Wednesday, April 21 from 11am-12pm- REGISTER 

3. What I Learned in Class Today Renewed Project: Acknowledging the Affect

The third instalment of our article series focuses on emotion. It discusses how instructors can tend to the emotional side of the classroom. Over a decade since the original project debuted, instructors continue to discuss both the difficulties and the importance of addressing the affective side of the classroom so they can hold conversations with care. Written by Keirra Webb.

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

a. Kawkwaka'wakw potlatch "Living Tradition" Exhibit

This 40th Anniversary virtual exhibit hosted by U'mista Cultural Society is about the Kawkwaka'wakw potlatch and features short descriptions, educational materials, and a virtual tour of important repatriated potlatch belongings. The exhibit runs online until December 2021.

View Resource 

b. Winter 2021 Huxley Speaker Series at Western Washington University 

This online environmental sciences focused speaker series brings guest lecturers together to address topics of environmental concern. Hosted every Thursday at 4:30, one presentation we look forward to is Ruth Miller’s titled “Salmon People: Tracing Indigenous resistance across the Pacific Northwest.”

View the Speaker Series
Register for “Salmon People: Tracing Indigenous resistance across the Pacific Northwest.”   

c. UBC Okanagan Library’s Author Event with T’áncháy Redvers and Joshua Whitehead -- January 14 from 11am-12:30pm

UBC Okanagan Library is hosting authors and creators T’áncháy Redvers and Joshua Whitehead in conversation to celebrate and honour the diversity of literature created by Two-Spirit and Indigiqueer people. They will be speaking to their work as well as answering questions from attendees.

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/