Monday, October 15, 2018

UBC Beading Event

Thursday, October 18: Beading Night at the LonghouseBeadwork is one of the most well known art forms of Indigenous peoples of North America. Learn to bead, eat some snacks and make some new friends at the first beading session of the year.
Thur, Oct 18, 5 - 7 pm
The Longhouse, Elders Lounge

Frankly Speaking

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018 | 100 Neville Scarfe
5:30 PM to 8:00PM
Dear Colleagues,
You are invited to join Dr. Blye Frank, Dean of Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia, for the third installment of the FRANKLY SPEAKING event on Wednesday, October 17th, 2018.
In the spirit of ideas worth advancing, the theme will be Indigenous Education. In 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada released a list of 94 Calls to Action that would start the reconciliation process between Indigenous people and the settlers of Canada. The reconciliation process is indeed a process – a process that starts with education. And through education, we better understand the history, policies, practices and decisions that affect First Nations in Canada, and that have led us to today.
The Right Honourable Paul Martin will introduce the Martin Family Initiative (MFI), a charitable organization created by his family to improve educational outcomes among Aboriginal youth through innovation and collaboration.
FRANKLY SPEAKING provides alumni and friends of the Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia, with the opportunity to hear from prominent speakers on featured topics relevant to the field of education.

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018
5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. | Registration
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. | Program
7:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. | Reception*
Room 100, Neville Scarfe Building
UBC Point Grey Campus
2125 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC
Cost: $10.00
*light afternoon refreshments and discussions
Space in limited and advance registration is required.
Please RSVP by Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Reconciliation Through Education

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The Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia will once again offer the Massive Open Online Course: Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education starting October 23rd.
This free six week course supports professional and personal learning for advancing Indigenous priorities and reconciliation in community, education, and work contexts. It runs asynchronously, which means you view materials and engage in the course at your own pace. There are many exemplars from Canada, Australia, the US, and New Zealand.
You are receiving this email because you registered for a previous offering of the course. The course is rich with resources that you may wish to revisit.
We encourage you to register for the course and share this invitation to register with your personal and professional networks.
The course includes reports, innovations, and exemplars, as well as a range of multimodal materials. In addition, it brings attention to how all of us can strengthen our commitments to reconciliation through education and action in places where we live, learn, and work.
Re-affirm your own commitment to reconciliation by inviting others to take the course, Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education.
–  Dr. Jan Hare


October 23 – December 4

A free Massive Open Online Course

Engage with Indigenous knowledge keepers, educational leaders, and resources to enhance your understanding and knowledge of practices that advance reconciliation in the places where you live, learn, and work.


This course will help you envision how Indigenous histories, perspectives, worldviews, and approaches to learning can be made part of the work we do in classrooms, organizations, communities, and our everyday experiences in ways that are thoughtful and respectful. In this course, reconciliation emphasizes changing institutional structures, practices, and policies, as well as personal and professional ideologies to create environments that are committed to strengthening our relationships with Indigenous peoples.
For educators, this means responding to educational reforms that prioritize improved educational outcomes for Indigenous learners. In addition, educators must support all learners to develop their knowledge and understanding of Indigenous people’s worldviews and cultures as a basis for creating equitable and inclusive learning spaces. To support these goals, teachers, administrators, young people, school staff, and researchers will learn from Indigenous Elders, educational leaders, and culturally relevant learning resources as part of their experiences in this Massive Open Online Course.
For others who want to build their own competence and the capacity of those around them to engage in relationships with Indigenous peoples based on intercultural understanding, empathy, and respect, this course will help get you started in this process.


This online course is delivered using the edX platform.
  • DATES: October 23 – December 4, 2018 
  • LOCATION: Online (asynchronous) 
  • REGISTRATION: Now open!


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Monday, September 17, 2018

Transforming Silence

Wednesday, September 26: Transforming Silence Speaker Series: Silence in Coast Salish SocietiesIn this inaugural talk of the Transforming Silence speakers’ series, Coast Salish Snuneymuxw Elder Roberta Price describes the importance of silence in Coast Salish communities. She draws on her years working in Indigenous health initiatives to convey the healing effects of silent presence among those who have experienced trauma and illness, and how silence invites the ancestors to act as benevolent sources of well-being, knowledge, and interconnectedness across the realms.
Wed, Sep 26, 5 - 6:30 pm
Green College, UBC
Coach House, 6201 Cecil Green Park Road (map)
This event is free to the general public. No RSVP required.

Indigenous Theatre

September 25 - October 6: ‘Kamloopa’—an Indigenous Matriarchal Play and StoryKamloopa is a high energy Indigenous matriarchal story, written and directed by Kim Senklip Harvey, a writer/director/performer from Syilx, Tsilhqot'in, Ktunaxa, and Dakelh Nations. It follows two urban Indigenous sisters and a lawless trickster who face the world head-on as they come to terms with what it means to honour who they are and where they come from. 
For self-identifying Indigenous peoples, $10 tickets are available for the entire run of the show with the promo code: FIRE. For settler friends and allies, $25 tickets are available for the first week of show, Sept 25-30, with the promo code: Kamloopa. 
Tue, Sep 25 - Oct 6, 8 pm
Historic Theatre, The Cultch
1895 Venables St (map).

Monday, September 10, 2018

Tricksters and Transformers Event at MOA, Thursday, October 4, 2018

THURSDAY OCTOBER 4, 2018 | 6:30 – 9 PM
Join MOA for a special evening of literature, poetry and hip hop by Indigenous artists. Dive into a night with Eden Robinson, Christie Charles and Snotty Nose Rez Kids.
Catch this eclectic lineup of powerhouse First Nation artists here to wow with their written and spoken words.
Eden Robinson (Haisla, Heiltsuk) launches Trickster Drift, the much anticipated second novel of her captivating Trickster trilogy, with a Q&A and book signing. Be among the first to get an inside glimpse of the follow-up to her Scotiabank Giller Prize-nominated Son of Trickster.
The night is hosted by Christie Charles (Musqueam), Vancouver’s first Indigenous and current poet laureate. Christie will lay down her singular mix of urban Indigenous poetry, hip hop and storytelling. She’s joined on stage by the Polaris Prize-nominated hip hop duo, Snotty Nose Rez Kids (Haisla), for an earth-shaking set of  fiery rhymes that tell the stories of their culture and land—in their own words.
These are artist-activists for our times. This is a night for inspiration and instigation.
Doors: 6 pm
Program start: 6:30 pm
MOA • Free with museum admission   PERFORMANCEPROGRAMS

Thursday, May 17, 2018

First Peoples Summer Institute

Learning First Peoples Summer Institute
Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel
7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond, BC

Aug. 20-21, 2018
English First Peoples 10, 11 and 12 Teacher Resource Guide

Aug. 22, 2018
First Nations Governance Models Teacher Resource (Elem/Sec) and Modern Day Treaty in BC Teacher Resource (Elem/Sec) DRAFTS

The Learning First Peoples Summer Institute is designed to support educators to bring quality, authentic First Peoples teaching and learning into BC classrooms.
Comprised of two different sessions, which can be selected individually, the sessions will introduce resources that focus on themes, issues and topics of importance to First Peoples learning and informed by the First Peoples Principles of Learning. Each session will include print resources, activities and opportunities for professional dialogue and networking.
REGISTRATION&EVENTRESOURCES: contact: Riannon Nahanee toll-free 1-877-422-3672
Presented by the First Nations Education Steering Committee & First Nations Schools Association
Founded upon the First Peoples Principles of Learning, English First Peoples courses for Grades 10-12 offer all BC students backgrounds the opportunity to explore First Peoples’ worldviews through written, visual, and oral literature. The courses were developed through the collaboration of First Nations educators with the BC Ministry of Education and it is notable that English First Peoples (EFP) 12 is fully equivalent to English 12 for BC postsecondary entrance requirements.
Originally published in 2008, the EFP Teacher Resource Guides have been revised to reflect the revised BC curriculum and incorporate recently-published First Peoples literature. At this workshop, teachers will receive a copy of the new resource guide, discuss its use, participate in activities from the guide, and see our display of First Peoples literature resources.
The draft First Nations Governance Models Teacher Resource Guide (Elem/Sec) will help BC educators introduce students to the traditional and contemporary forms of First Nation governance. The guide provides examples of
English First Peoples 10, 11 and 12 Teacher Resources Guide August 20-21, 2018 $30
First Nations Governance Models Teacher Resource (Elem/Sec) and Modern Day Treaty in BC Teacher Resource (Elem/Sec) DRAFTS
August 22, 2018 $30
historical and present day impacts of colonization on First Nations governance, explains how contemporary First Peoples government systems operate, and explores the goals of First Nations self-government.
The draft Modern Day Treaty in BC Teacher Resource Guide (Elem/Sec) will support BC educators teaching about why treaty making in BC is different from the rest of Canada, including examining the processes involved in resolving Aboriginal Rights and Title in British Columbia, the Modern Day Treaty process, and alternative models, and understanding the responsibilities of all Canadians to respect and uphold the treaties made between the Crown and First Peoples.
At this workshop, participants will receive copies of draft of both guides, discuss their use, and have the opportunity to provide feedback for their further development.
Planning your Trip
Eligibility to Attend
First Nations school, public school and independent school educators are eligible to attend. Maximum 60 people per day.
Registration Fees
Credit card: Credit card is accepted online during registration or phone in credit card payment to CivicInfo at 250-383-4898.
Cheques: Payable to First Nations Education Steering Committee c/o CivicInfo Mail to: CivicInfo BC, #203 - 4475 Viewmont Avenue, Victoria BC, V8Z 6L8. Participant name must be included with the cheque.
*** Registration fees must be received by July 20, 2018 or your registration will be cancelled.
Daily Schedule
Breakfast 8:30 am; sessions 9:00 am to 3:30 pm; breakfast and lunch provided.