|An internal professional development group that is exploring Indigenous perspectives and topics with respect to our roles at UBC
|214-1961 East Mall
|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: Orange Shirt Day
- Theme: OER
- The 6R’s of Indigenous OER: Re imagining OER to Honour Indigenous Knowledge and Sovereign; Kayla Lar-Son: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lwciwt-gXoQ
- Open Dialogues: Daniel Heath Justice: https://youtu.be/VrBN8_IGuuw?feature=shared
Monthly Topic Sign-up Sheet
|March 2 10:00-11:00
|“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: https://www.tonybates.ca/2022/01/18/investigating-indigenous-learners-experience-of-online-learning/
The following two resources could help you familiarize yourself with the context of online learning from the perspective of Indigenous learners:
- https://pressbooks.bccampus.ca/learningtolearnonlinereview/chapter/indigenous-student/: 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)
- https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/sudbury/indigenous-remote-learning-challenges-1.6296680: This CBC article on “Indigenous learners face more challenges with virtual learning, says report”
|March 30 10:00-11:00
|Holding space and humility for other ways of knowing and being
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:
|April 25 2:00-3:00
|Ashley and Adriana
|Indigenous Epistemologies and Pedagogies
|Topic: Indigenous Epistemologies and Pedagogies
|May 30 11:00-12:00
|Ainsley and Paulina
|June 20 2:00-3:00
2021 Meetings and Resources
- 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.
- Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls’ Calls for Justice (Word document)
- For more info: Edubytes: The Indigenous Strategic Plan: An Overview
Theme: Reimagining Knowledge when discussing and learning about Indigenous Knowledge
- I’m (Bronte) including a quote below from Professor Jeanette Armstrong at UBCO (quoted on Indigenous Foundations) as a way to start thinking about knowledge and connection:
“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.”
- Considerations for when looking/searching for Indigenous Knowledges from Xwi7xwa Library
- Decolonization is Not a Metaphor by Eve Tuck & K. Wayne Yang: "Our goal in this article is to remind readers what is unsettling about decolonization. Decolonization brings about the repatriation of Indigenous land and life; it is not a metaphor for other things we want to do to improve our societies and schools."
- Open Dialogues: Daniel Heath Justice on Decolonizing Open - Open UBC
- Traditional Knowledge Labels: Explore the labels and reasoning behind them on TK Labels – Local Contexts and a way a community put these labels into practice: Traditional Knowledge Labels
- UBC research cluster promotes traditional Indigenous knowledge and science collaboration - an article about a UBC research project working with indigenous groups to incorporate traditional ecological knowledge
- What We Mean When We Say Indigenous Land is 'Unceded'and 6 Landmark Rulings On Native Rights focuses on different ways to think of land and title.
Theme: academia’s role in colonization and reconciliation
- Justice Sinclair speaks about the role of education in completing the TRC Calls to Action in this video
- Gaudry, A., & Lorenz, D. (2018). Indigenization as inclusion, reconciliation, and decolonization: Navigating the different visions for indigenizing the Canadian academy. AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples, 14(3), 218-227.
- Eve Tuck, Suspending Damage: An academic “open letter” in which Tuck urges communities and universities to institute a moratorium on damage centered research to reformulate the ways research is framed and conducted and to reimagine how findings might be used by, for, and with communities.
- The history of NITEP at UBC: please watch this video and read this historical piece:
- If you’d like to read more about the movement of First Nations Colleges in Canada, we’ve found these two pieces:
- A History of the First Nations College Movement of Canada and
- Indian Control of Indian Education" Policy Paper - Presented to the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development by the National Indian Brotherhood/Assembly of First Nations (1972).
- Understanding how faculty sees reconciliation efforts on campus now helps us understand what areas we can help improve on and demonstrates institutional changes that have been seen/could be seen in support of Indigenous initiatives at the university. Please watch both videos on the What I Learned In Class Today project website, one focuses on institutional changes and part two focuses on classroom settings.
- Please read the 2006 Memorandum of Affiliation between Musqueam and UBC (which is interesting from a historical perspective): https://indigenous.ubc.ca/files/2011/01/UBC-Musqueam-MOA-signed1.pdf and, as a companion piece, the UBC Sustainability student produced “Connecting Communities: Principles for Musqueam-UBC Collaboration”
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 https://www.firstvoices.com/home)
- The N̓syilxčn̓ Language House in the Okanagan produced a great video about why learning ancestral languages is an integral part of culture and community: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctW-1TvvRu8&t=92] (video link)
- Khelsilem shares in this more broad video the reasons we need thriving indigenous languages and how we can make it happen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljBjUbVWmbQ&t=493s (video link)
- 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.
Theme: residential schools