Thursday, January 23, 2014

Cedar and Bamboo: A Lunar New Year Special, Saturday, February 8, 2014

Cedar & Bamboo: A Lunar New Year Special

On Saturday, February 8, from 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM in the Alice MacKay Room, Lower Level Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street.

This Year of the Horse special event highlights culture sharing between the Chinese and the Aboriginal people. 

Join us for:

Documentary film screenings:
  • Cedar and Bamboo a film that explores the rich cross-cultural relations between Chinese and Aboriginal people in BC, directed by Diana Leung and Kamala Todd.
  • Gold Mountain River: Exploring History on the Fraser an expedition film sponsored by the New Pathways to Gold Society and the Chinese Canadian Historical Society, directed by Alejandro Yoshizawa and produced by Henry Yu.
Panel discussion and audience questions following the films.

Book launch:
The new children's book Let's Take a Walk! by Larry Grant and Sarah Ling, who will give a multilingual author reading of this charming book with audio CD that includes the Musqueam language, Cantonese, Mandarin and English recordings.

Displays of Chinese history in British Columbia.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Alumni UBC Book Club

Alumni UBC Book Club - Spring Edition
UBC Vancouver, Cecil Green Park House
6251 Cecil Green Park Road

Meet and Greet: Tuesday, March 4, 2014
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Book Discussion: Tuesday, March 25, 2014
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Featured book:"They Called Me Number One" by Bev Sellars
Acting as a springboard to further discussions around the recently opened Truth and Reconciliation Commission, this books builds on important conversations taking place in our communities.

To learn more, attend the Meet and Greet where you’ll meet your facilitator, fellow alumni, and learn about your book before you read it. Three weeks later, come to the Book Discussion and share your thoughts in a lively small group setting.

Musqueam Workshop on Tuesday, January 28, from 9 - 11 am.

In this session, you will have a unique opportunity to engage with some of the values, vision, history and culture of the Musqueam Nation. You will also find out what Musqueam offers for public educational outreach and discuss ways that instructors and other campus leaders can incorporate this into campus curricula and operations.

This session will be led by Terry Point (Researcher/Community Outreach), Larissa Grant (Library and Information Technology), and Dianne Sparrow (Associate Director) from the Musqueam Treaty, Lands and Resources Department:

Terry Point will lead a short walking tour in the community and welcome you to the Musqueam Cultural Education Resource Centre that we will be meeting in. This centre features a gallery with cultural objects and contemporary art, along with spaces where the Musqueam people can share their history and culture from their own perspective.

Larissa Grant and Dianne Sparrow will share about the Musqueam Comprehensive Community Plan called nə́c̓aʔmat tə šxʷqʷeləwən ct (We Are of One Heart and Mind): 

If you have any questions regarding this session, please send your inquiry to Sarah at

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Digital Storytelling Workshop at Blair Elementary

There will be a digital storytelling workshop series at Blair Elementary starting on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 from 3:30 - 5 pm.  The second part of this series will take place on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 from 3:30 - 5 pm at Blair Elementary.  Richmond teachers should sign up on Richnet, under Pro-d Resources, District Pro-D registration, course 13-6.

Utilizing i-pad technology, teachers will learn how to use digitally created artwork, photographs, and audio narration to create digital stories.  Examples of stories integrating Aboriginal themes and content will be provided as well as examples of cross-curricular digital storytelling.

New Teacher Resource for The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian

There is a new teaching kit available at the Richmond School District's District Resource Centre for the novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie.  It includes 31 copies of the novel (a class set and teacher copy), plus a binder full of teaching resources.