CTLT Indigenous Initiatives October Newsletter
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In this newsletter: 

1. Upcoming Classroom Climate Series:  
     a. Decolonizing Citations -- October 22nd from 3:00-4:30pm
     b. Anti-Racist Teaching Series: Anti-Racism and Solidarity in University Teaching --October 22nd from 2:00-  
     c. Anti-Racist Teaching Series: Exploring Complex Classroom Dynamics Using Case-Studies -- November
     26th from 10:00-11:30am
2. CTLT Indigenous Initiatives Virtual Coffee Drop-ins
3. The Land You Live On: Native-Land Digital Recording
4. Across Our Desks: News and Articles Related to Indigenous Engagement in Teaching and Learning




1. Upcoming Classroom Climate Series 

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Are citation practices fair to Indigenous scholars? Who scholars cite, how scholars cite, and what sources are considered authoritative to cite can validate and legitimize knowledge or oppress knowledge. Frequently, Indigenous ways of knowing (oral teachings and histories in particular) are delegitimized in academia by citational politics. In this session, learn more about “citational politics,” the existing templates for citing Indigenous Elders and Knowledge Keepers, and about the current initiatives at X̱wi7x̱wa Library to further legitimize citing Indigenous Elders and Knowledge Keepers in academia. 

Bronwen McKie, Student Librarian at X̱wi7x̱wa Library

b. Anti-Racist Teaching Series: Anti-Racism and Solidarity in University Teaching -- October 22nd from 2:00-3:30pm

The original workshop will be on October 16th, and because of the popularity of the session, they are holding this workshop again on October 22nd from 2:00-3:30pm. 

This foundational workshop offers participants an overview of key ideas related to anti-racism, solidarity, and inclusion in university teaching. We situate our concepts in current events (e.g. Black Lives Matter; COVID 19) and we look at how racism shows up at UBC, with attention to anti-black and anti-Indigenous racism. 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 work.

Kari Grain, Analyst, Experiential and Integrated Learning, CTLT
Emily Clare, Equity Facilitator, Equity and Inclusion Office

b. Anti-Racist Teaching Series: Exploring Complex Classroom Dynamics Using Case-Studies -- November 26th from 10:00-11:30am

In this workshop, participants explore complex classroom dynamics, such as microaggressions and tensions when students have conflicting worldviews. Drawing from select Open Case Studies at UBC that highlight Indigenous student experiences in diverse classrooms, participants will work in breakout groups to unpack the scenarios and discuss how they resonate with our current classroom contexts and climates. Concepts and topics that may be raised include: tokenism, conflicting worldviews, burden of representation, course topics that impact students personally, and self-determination.

Sue Hampton, Educational Consultant, CTLT
Kyle Shaughnessy, Educational Consultant, Indigenous Initiatives, CTLT and UBC Human Resources
Janey Lew, Senior Educational Consultant, Indigenous Initiatives, CTLT

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. Thursday, October 22nd from 11am-12pm - REGISTER 
b. Thursday, November 5th from 10-11am - REGISTER 
c. Wednesday, November 25th from 10-11am - REGISTER 
d. Thursday, December 10th from 11am-12pm - REGISTER 
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During our summer programming, CTLT Indigenous Initiatives hosted Christine McRae, Executive Director of the web-based resource, Native-Land. We have recently released the recording for those who could not attend or want to refer back to the teachings discussed in the session. Native-Land creates opportunities for discussions on colonization, land rights, language, and Indigenous history tied to our own personal histories. In this recorded session, learn about ways that Native-Land Digital encourages education and engagement on topics of Indigenous land—particularly, where you are located.

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

a. As I Remember It: Teachings (Ɂəms tɑɁɑw) from the Life of a Sliammon Elder by Elsie Paul, with Davis McKenzie, Paige Raibmon, and Harmony Johnson

Meet Elder Elsie Paul and discover her stories, family history, and teachings – Ɂəms tɑɁɑw – in a multimedia, online resource that captures the wit and wisdom of her storytelling. Students can learn about the Sliammon language, listen to Elsie tell her stories, and watch short animations of legends and events.

Explore the website here. 

b. The Indigenous Experience in Psychology

The Indigenous Experience in Psychology is conducting online focus groups and are looking for Indigenous students majoring, minoring or have taken a class in psychology to speak about their experience. They will be offering $20 for a 1.5 hour discussion. The study will be recruiting participants throughout the 2020-2021 academic year. 

Please email pure.experience00@psych.ubc.ca to participate. 

c. October 13 - May 26: Learning with Syeyutsus Speaker Series

Learning with Syeyutsus Speaker Series is a series of lunch-time talks created by the Nanaimo-Ladysmith Public School District in collaboration with UBC Press featuring renowned authors at the forefront of Indigenous topics pertaining to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Call to Action #57. The series covers a range of topics including true histories, pedagogies, self-determination, land resurgence, and stories to spark ideas for further exploration and deeper learning. The talks are free and open to the public. To view the entire series and register for the talks, visit Learning with Syeyutsus Speaker Series. The series will be recorded and available for teaching purposes or individual learning.
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/