Course:Classroom Climate/10. Uncovering Indigenous Stories at this “Place of Mind”: Bridging the Digital World and Place at UBC
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- By the end of the session, participants will be able to...
- November 19, 2014 by Sarah Ling, Amy Perreault, Drew Ann Wake, and Hanae Tsukada
- Sarah Ling: In collaboration with campus units and local First Nations peoples, Sarah develops multimedia resources and professional development opportunities that encourage students, faculty and staff to foster a better understanding of local Indigenous issues and UBC’s relations with First Nations communities. She is the co-founder of Decolonizing Knowledge, an initiative that serves to reconcile misrepresentations of Indigenous peoples on campus and facilitated the naming process for the həm̓ləsəm̓ and q̓ələχən Houses at Totem Park Residence. She’s a project co-lead for Knowing the Land Beneath Our Feet, which aims to facilitate ethical community engagement by providing a physical and virtual Indigenous walking tour of the UBC Vancouver campus. As a Master’s student in the Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program, she works with the Musqueam Nation to revitalize the intercultural history of Chinese market gardening in their community.
- Amy Perreault: Amy Perreault is the Strategist for Aboriginal Initiatives at the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) at the University of British Columbia on the traditional and unceded territory of the Musqueam people. She works with staff, faculty groups, training programs for teaching assistants, new faculty, and administrators, to support the development of a higher standard of professionalism in conducting discussions of Indigenous and other contentious social issues in curricular settings. Amy is a co-developer and researcher for the educational resource What I Learned in Class Today: Aboriginal Issues in the Classroom and manages the development of Indigenous Foundations. Work on these projects as well as her own experience as an Indigenous student at UBC clearly identify the complexities and challenges of classroom conversations involving contentious cross-cultural discussions, and in specific discourse around Indigenous curriculum.
- Hanae Tsukada: Hanae develops resources and programs to create respectful and productive classroom environments, particularly in teaching and discussing Indigenous topics and other socially and politically sensitive issues. In collaboration with UBC community members, she has developed an online teaching and learning resource called Time and Place at UBC: Our Histories and Relations to foster awareness of historical layers of the time and place that we share at UBC on Musqueam territory today. She has a PhD in Educational Studies from UBC. Her doctoral research critically examined the intersection of the internationalization of universities and international students’ experiences in Japan.
Resources Recommended by Facilitator
- Decolonizing Knowledge
- həm̓ləsəm̓ and q̓ələχən Houses at Totem Park Residence (Youtube videos)
- What I Learned in Class Today: Aboriginal Issues in the Classroom
- Indigenous Foundations
- Berger Inquiry
- Time and Place at UBC: Our Histories and Relations