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CTLT PDcohort
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An internal professional development group that is exploring Indigenous perspectives and topics with respect to our roles at UBC
Main Contact
Main phone: 604-827-4494
Main Location
Address: 214-1961 East Mall
Building: Irving K Barber Learning Centre

The CTLT PDcohort is an internal professional development group that is exploring Indigenous perspectives and topics with respect to our roles at UBC. Each month the group engages with a resource supported by the Indigenous Initiatives team and meet together to discuss their learnings. The topics and learning objectives are decided together by the group.

2022 Meetings and Sign Up



  • Theme: OER
  • Resources:

Monthly Topic Sign-up Sheet

Month Facilitators Topic Resources
March 2 10:00-11:00 Manuel Dias “It will never be my first choice to do an online course”: Examining Experiences of Indigenous Learners Online in Canadian Post-Secondary Educational Institutions” Tony Bates:

"It will never be my first choice to do an online course:" Examining Experiences of Indigenous Learners Online in Canadian Post-Secondary Educational Institutions" (Chapter 2)

The following two resources could help you familiarize yourself with the context of online learning from the perspective of Indigenous learners:

- This book chapter provides an overview of the key characteristics of an Indigenous Learner (“Learning to Learn online”, resource developed as part of a course assignment by Nicole Crozier and Joanna Lake)

- This CBC article on “Indigenous learners face more challenges with virtual learning, says report”

March 30 10:00-11:00 Isabeau Iqbal Holding space and humility for other ways of knowing and being

1) Download "Pulling Together: A Guide for Teachers and Instructors"

2) Read "Holding Space and Humility for Other Ways of Knowing and Being" (p.17; 1 page only)

3) Reflect on any of the following:

  • How does the work you do at CTLT reinforce the notion of expert?
  • What does it mean to have humility in the context of your CTLT work?
  • What does engaging the whole human (spiritual, intellectual, physical, emotional) look like in your CTLT work? and/or What would you like it to look like?
  • When you read the words "walk lightly", what does this evoke in you?
  • What is your relationship with taking space/making space?
  • Or anything else!
April 25 2:00-3:00 Ashley and Adriana Indigenous Epistemologies and Pedagogies Topic: Indigenous Epistemologies and Pedagogies

Resource: questions:

  • What key aspects of Indigenous epistemologies and pedagogies resonate with you?
  • How do these aspects relate to your work?
  • In thinking about your role/responsibilities, what tensions exist between Western and Indigenous epistemologies/pedagogies?
  • How have you or can you weave Indigenous pedagogies and epistemologies into your work?
  • How do we navigate/thread Western and Indigenous epistemologies/pedagogies in a respectful, mutual way?
  • What can we do in our day to day work/life to nurture our learning spirits?
May 30 11:00-12:00 Ainsley and Paulina
June 20 2:00-3:00

2021 Meetings and Resources

November 2021

Theme: ISP

  • The ISP — overview video: Watch Dr. Sheryl Lightfoot, Dr. Margaret Moss, and President Santa Ono in this three-minute video, discussing the process of creating the ISP and how to respect Indigenous rights in the daily life of the university through respectful, reciprocal and mutually beneficial relationships.
  • Blue and Goldcast Episode 10: The Indigenous Strategic Plan: Listen to Dr. Sheryl Lightfoot and President Santa Ono discuss the commitment UBC has made to Indigenous peoples and the UBC community through the ISP. (Download the transcript).
  • Dr. Sheryl Lightfoot’s Unfinished Business: Implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Canada (PDF) essay, published this year, explores why implementation has been slow and why legislation is a necessary step towards implementing UNDRIP as a part of reconciliation.
  • Implementing UNDRIP in BC: A Discussion Paper Series: The UBC Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre periodically publishes short discussion papers. Read their work covering current and ongoing developments in institutions recognizing and implementing the fundamental human rights of Indigenous peoples.

October 2021

Theme: Reimagining Knowledge when discussing and learning about Indigenous Knowledge

“I’m speaking for Okanagan Indigenous peoples in terms of the way we think about land. We never have ever thought of it, I don’t think, as anything static. As anything physical. We’ve always thought about it as a process of interactions, a process of changes and a process that’s ongoing…. And so a lot of things that we think about as Okanagan people is how those systems should inform us, in terms of our interactions and the principles that we need to think about and adhere to. In the process of learning in our society, one of the things that we have come to understand is that there always needs to be that connection to and from the individual, and the connection of the family, and the connection to community, and how that intersects to the natural world.”

September 2021

Theme: academia’s role in colonization and reconciliation

  • If you’d like to read more about the movement of First Nations Colleges in Canada, we’ve found these two pieces:

August 2021

Theme: revitalizing language and Indigenous languages

  • The Power of A Name - Please watch all four videos listed on this page: These less than 10 minute each films are presented within learning wrappers, so please use the “explore” and “learn more” sections as a way to interact with the videos.
  • hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ Alphabet Page: Part of the MOA teaching kit, this page provides a chance to listen and learn some hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ language phrases, including “hay č xʷ q̓ə” or “thank you” (The website First Voices is also great if you’d like to explore a language other than hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓
  • Place Name Map from Musqueam: explore this map and names of places you might live by or pass by on your commute to and from UBC. Knowing the names of places around you is a way to connect back to the land, which is something we first spoke about in our June discussion and continued a bit in our July discussion.

July 2021

Theme: residential schools