Month: September 2014

Wild Salmon Convergence: October 4th-5th

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While we [at the Indigenous Health Garden] work with the soil most days, our health, identity, and ecological/social communities are intricately tied up in the water. From the rains that nourish our medicines to the fish we cook at our feasts, it’s important that we honour and advocate for the water and especially the future of wild salmon. We’re excited to share the news of this upcoming convergence in Secwepemc territory this October!

The wild salmon need our help more than ever, and one way to do that is to appreciate their beauty, strength and resilience in their journey home to play out their birth and death in the Adams River – a river system with some of the oldest geology in BC, and rich in culture and heritage to the Secwepemc and all people who inhabit the region.

Please distribute the attached poster invite far and wide to your friends, families and co-workers to come honour and witness one of the worlds largest sockeye salmon spawning events in the world!

Facebook Invite:

The Indigenous Health Garden: Workshops and Volunteer Opportunities

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Subscribe to the Indigenous Health Garden Newsletter: here

  • Thursday October 2nd, 1:30-4:30PM: Garden work day
  • Saturday October 4th-Sunday October 5th: Wild Salmon Convergence (details below)
  • Tuesday October 7th, 9:30AM-12:30PM: Garden work day
  • Friday October 10th, 1:00-4:00PM: Tobacco Pipe Mix Making workshop with the Medicine Collective – FULL, e-mail to join waiting list
  • Wednesday October 15th, 1:30-4:30PM: Garden work day
  • Friday October 17th, 11AM-2:00PM: Feast Bowl cooking for the event First Nations’ Perspectives on History, Food, and Health at the UBC Longhouse (details below)
  • Tuesday October 21st, 1:30-4:30PM: Garden work day
  • Wednesday October 29th: Feast Bowl community meal at the UBC Longhouse
  • Wednesday November 19th: Feast Bowl community meal at the UBC Longhouse
  • Wednesday December 18th: Feast Bowl community meal at the UBC Longhouse
How to volunteer for garden work days: we work in the garden rain or shine, so come dressed for the weather. We have extra rain boots, gardening tools, and gloves to share. Bring a snack and water bottle – bring friends and family (of any age) too! No experience necessary. You will find us in the Indigenous Health Garden at the UBC Farm. The most up-to-date directions to the UBC Farm can be found here. Once at the Farm, you can follow the “Aboriginal Health Gardens” signs to find our garden here.

How to volunteer for the Feast Bowl: join us at the UBC First Nations Longhouse (1985 West Mall) at 10:00AM to help us harvest, 11:00AM in the kitchen to help us cook, or 12:30PM in Sty-Wet-Tan hall to eat lunch with us. Extra help from any age or skill level is always appreciated, especially in the kitchen. If you can only join us for lunch, we encourage you to come anyway and we look forward to sharing a delicious meal with you!

2 Full-time Teachers Needed, Tl’etinqox School, Williams Lake, BC

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Tl’etinqox School – 2 full-time teachers needed ASAP:

Tl’etinqox School is a Band-Operated School located on Tl’etinqox Reserve, 110 km West of Williams Lake. Our school meets BC provincial curriculum requirements, and offers programming from Nursery to Grade 8. We strive to provide a caring, nurturing environment that focuses on success through the implementation of individualized instruction experiential learning opportunities, language, culture, and family/community involvement.

Position Summary:
The focus of this position will be specific subjects within the upper intermediate to middle school grades, providing time for current staff to offer special education services, or to offer special education services. Subjects taught will depend on the skills and preferences of the successful applicant. Although exact schedule is to be determined, it is anticipated that a minimum of 3 days per week will be required. Anticipated start date is as soon as possible. Salary as per Tl’etinqox Teacher Salary Grid.

Bachelor of Education Degree, and current certification by the Teacher Regulation Branch
Criminal Record Check
Valid driver’s license and automobile liability insurance. Own reliable transportation is preferred.
Possess knowledge of the needs, interests, issues, and the social and economic condition of the Tl’etinqox community
The teacher reports to the School Principal
Probation Period: 3 months from the start date of employment
Please send a cover letter, resume and 3 references to:
Tl’etinqox School Principal, Grant Alphonse
fax: 250.394.4543

First Nations’ perspective on history, food, and health

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Centennial Dialogues on Critical Issues in Land and Food Systems: First Nations’ perspective on history, food, and health. (Continuing the Dialogue on Truth and Reconciliation)

Shortly after WWII, when knowledge about nutrition was still sparse, scientists in Canada took advantage of Aboriginal children in Indian Residential Schools (IRS) by using them as unknowing research subjects to investigate the effects of different diets and withholding dietary supplements. Evidence of these government-sanctioned experiments was recently published by food historian and UBC History alumnus Ian Mosby, and received widespread media attention across Canada. Now under the spotlight, attempts have been made to reconcile these past actions, provide support to survivors who were subjects in the experiments, and find ways to move toward a more civilized society for everyone in Canada.

The aftermath of these experiments still has an effect today in the lives of IRS survivors and inter-generational IRS survivors. Join us for a panel discussion about this dark era in Canadian history. Find out how UBC’s Faculty of Land and Food Systems is working to address issues such as access to healthy food, food sovereignty, traditional food, food security for all and land stewardship.


Friday, October 17th 2014
12:30pm to 2:30pm (Program 12:30-2:00pm; Reception 2:00-2:30pm)
The reception from will be catered by the Feast Bowl (


UBC First Nations Longhouse
Sty-Wet-Tan Hall
1985 West Mall
Vancouver, BC

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CFP – Canadian Journal of Education

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Canadian Journal of Education/Revue canadienne de l’éducation

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS  The Canadian Journal of Education is currently seeking manuscript submissions for publication in fall/winter 2014.  The Journal is beginning a pilot of just-in-time publishing, in which manuscripts will be published as soon as they are accepted. The Journal believes this will better serve CSSE members and the education community in Canada, by ensuring that important scholarly works is made immediately available to researchers, practitioners, and those with an interest in education.

The Canadian Journal of Education (CJE) is published by the Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE), the largest organization of professors, students, researchers, and practitioners in education in Canada. The CJE is the leading bilingual journal of educational scholarship in Canada. The Journal’s acceptance rate for manuscripts is approximately 25 percent.

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: BOOK REVIEWS EDITOR (FRANCOPHONE)  The Canadian Journal of Education (CJE) is currently inviting applications for the position of Book Reviews Editor (francophone). The position begins in September, 2014. The call for applications will remain open until September 30, 2014.

The Canadian Journal of Education is a national, peer-reviewed journal sponsored by the membership of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education. The CJE prioritizes research and scholarly writing that is of relevance to the Canadian education community. The journal accepts and publishes both French and English manuscripts and book reviews.

Those interested in applying for the position should submit a current curriculum vitae and a brief statement highlighting any previous editorial experience and ongoing scholarly interest in the field of education.
Applications should be sent to <>.

The Book Reviews Editor (francophone) will be responsible for working with publishers to secure French books to review, matching and distributing those books to reviewers, and editing and readying the final work for publication as a highlighted section of the CJE. The book review section will be forwarded for copyediting and layout, and then reviewed by the Book Reviews Editor (francophone) prior to final publication. The CJE anticipates one or two books being reviewed for each issue of the Journal.

This is an unpaid, volunteer position. The CJE asks for a commitment of at least two years. The Book Reviews Editor (francophone) will be expected to participate in editorial decisions for the journal, and be a part of regular communications with the rest of the editorial team. The candidate must be able to make contacts with editors and publishers quickly and professionally, secure relevant review copies, recruit and coordinate a pool of reviewers, and assemble a high-quality, informative book review section for the CJE’s readership.

REVIEWERS NEEDED  Peer reviews are the lifeblood of any academic journal. The CJE is currently looking to expand its pool of reviewers. We have numerous high-quality manuscripts that we would love to publish, but we cannot do so without peer reviews. You can help us ensure that manuscripts are dealt with promptly by enrolling as a CJE reviewer <> If you are already enrolled as a reviewer, please log into the site to update your areas of interest. The CJE screens manuscripts before they are sent out for review, meaning that you will only receive manuscripts that we consider meet our high editorial standards.

The journal publishes issues on early, lifelong, and Francophone education, and rural, aboriginal, cultural, pre-service, and inclusive perspectives.

The Canadian Journal of Education is presented by the Canadian Society for the Study of Education, the major national voice for those who create educational knowledge in Canada.  For more information on CSSE, visit the Canadian Journal of Education on Facebook or Twitter.

CFP – Motherhood Initiative, Due November 1st, 2014

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The editorial board is seeking submissions for Vol. 6.1 of the
Journal of the Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement (JMI)
to be published in spring/summer 2015


We welcome submissions from scholars, students, activists, artists, community workers, bloggers, mothers and others who research in this area. Cross-cultural and comparative work is encouraged. We are open to a variety of types of submissions including academic papers from all disciplines and creative submissions including visual art, literature and performance art. This issue will explore the nature, status, representation and experience of mothers and motherhood in various historical, cultural and literary contexts, and examine the many ways in which mothers have been and are affected by, viewed, and/or challenged contemporary cultural norms and dominant ideologies and representations of their role.

Topics may include but are not restricted to:
Representations and depictions of mothers/mothering/motherhood in fiction, poetry, drama, art, music, film, advertising, TV, facebook, blogs, twitter; investigations into navigating cultural expressions of “good” and “bad” mother/ing; transmitting maternal knowledge(s), parenting skills, mothers/mothering and language, mothers and literacies, feminist motherlines; teaching/learning about mothering/ motherhood through literature, popular culture, celebrity culture, new media; parenting/mothering in literature, art, popular culture, social media, the blogosphere; queer engagements with mothering/motherhood in literature, popular culture and social media; de/constructing embodied understandings of mothering, mother, motherhood; how communication technology permeates the work/home barrier, assists/challenges relationships and attachment with adopted and biological children; the impact of literature/popular culture/social media on opinions regarding reproduction; mothers’ relationship with “the experts”; expert discourses vs. grassroots communications; transmission of culture and ethnicity through various maternal modalities; mothering in the Information Age; communicating mothers/motherhood across the generations; crossing national borders and class divides through New Social Media; communication and other revolutions (or political organizing), new social media-linking or dividing moms?; low-income and young mothers’ access to and use of New Social Media; cybermothering; mothers/motherhood and Communication Studies; mothers/mothering and education, learning and pedagogy.

Articles should be 15-18 pages (3750 words) including references. All should be in MLA style, WordPerfect or Word and IBM compatible.

Please see our style guide for complete details:


Please direct submissions to:
Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement (MIRCI)
140 Holland St. West, PO Box 13022, Bradford, ON, L3Z 2Y5 (905) 775-9089

CFP – Science in Society Conference and Journal, Closing October, 21 2014

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Call for Papers

Proposals for paper presentations, workshops, posters, or colloquia are invited for the Seventh International Conference on Science in Society, held 1-2 October 2015 in Chicago, USA. We welcome proposals from a variety of disciplines and perspectives that will contribute to the conference discourse. We also encourage faculty and research students to submit joint proposals for paper presentations or colloquia. Proposals are invited that address science in society through one of the following themes:

Conference Themes

  • The Values and Politics of Science
  • The Social Impacts and Economics of Science
  • Human Impacts and Impacts on Humans
  • Special Focus: Educating Science

2015 Special Focus: Educating Science

At its most cogent and most productive, science is engaged, responsible, and accountable to the social world. It is integrally linked to agendas, interests, values, and ethical stances. These need to be declared and exposed to examination, just as much as science’s propositions about the character of the natural-physical world itself. A constant and searching investigation of human interests goes to the heart of the question of the social credibility and ongoing viability of science. Our focus for 2015, ‘Educating Science,’ is interested in how ‘science’ educates and is educated by the social world. Within this dynamic, how does the teaching of scientific methodologies help produce better students, citizens, and community leaders? And what are the feedback loops connecting science and the social worlds of teachers and learners?

Proposal Submissions and Deadlines

Science in Society Conference and Journal

The current review period closing date for the latest round of submissions to the Call for Papers (a title and short abstract) is 21 October 2014* . Please visit our website for more information on submitting your proposal, future deadlines, and registering for the conference.

If you are unable to attend the conference, you may still join the community and submit your article for peer review and possible publication, upload an online presentation, and enjoy subscriber access to The International Journal of Science in Society.

*Proposals are reviewed in rounds adhering to monthly deadlines. Check the website often to see the current review round.

Graduate Pathways to Success (GPS) Workshops & Events

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Below is a list of upcoming Graduate Pathways to Success sessions. The schedule is continually being updated so please check back frequently. 

Unless specified, online registration for all events will open on the Monday, the week prior to each event.  An e-mail notification will be sent to graduate program staff and advisors.

Questions?  Send us an e-mail.

For other graduate student workshops and seminars on campus click here.

The support of the Graduate Student Society for our events is much appreciated.

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PDF version of events list

Date Event Domain
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 – 9:00am Getting on Track with your Thesis Graduate Student Success
Thursday, October 16, 2014 – 9:00am Networking Professional Effectiveness
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 – 9:00am Foundations of Project Management I Professional Effectiveness
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 – 10:00am SCARL I: Planning a statistically sound research project Graduate Student Success
Thursday, October 30, 2014 – 9:30am Breaking Patterns of Procrastination Graduate Student Success
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 – 9:00am Technical and Scientific Writing I and II Professional Effectiveness
Thursday, November 6, 2014 – 9:30am From Stress to Strengths! Living a More Congruent Life Self Management
Thursday, November 13, 2014 – 10:00am Canada Graduate Scholarships, Master’s Award Competition Graduate Student Success
Thursday, November 13, 2014 – 1:00pm Canada Graduate Scholarships, Master’s Award Competition (via Webinar) Graduate Student Success
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 – 10:00am SCARL II: Exploring and Visualizing Data Graduate Student Success
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 – 9:00am Foundations of Project Management II Professional Effectiveness
Thursday, January 22, 2015 – 9:00am Essentials of Productive Teams Professional Effectiveness
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 – 10:00am SCARL III: Two Group Comparisons and Beyond Graduate Student Success
Thursday, February 5, 2015 – 9:00am Career Professionalism Professional Effectiveness
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 – 9:00am Time Management Professional Effectiveness
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 – 9:00am Skills of Communication Professional Effectiveness
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 – 10:00am SCARL IV: Quantitative Covariates and Linear Models Graduate Student Success
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 – 10:00am SCARL VI: Mixed Effects Models Graduate Student Success

R.A. Opportunity, Faculty of Medicine, UBC

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The Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, is looking for a Graduate Research Assistant to evaluate the short-term impact of a new  course, CAPS 200, on student¹s ability to effectively understand and communicate the thought process, logic motivation and scientific techniques used in biomedical sciences.

A full description of the position can be found in the attached PDF: GRA job ad Osborne

DNA analysis of sweet potatoes suggests that Polynesians reached Americas before Europeans

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New DNA analysis of sweet potatoes, which were first cultivated in the Americas, suggests that Polynesians reached the New World long before Columbus.

The prevailing theory about the “rediscovery” of the American continents used to be such a simple tale. Most people are familiar with it: In 1492, Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue. Then that theory was complicated when, in 1960, archaeologists discovered a site in Canada’s Newfoundland, called L’Anse aux Meadows, which proved that Norse explorers likely beat Columbus to the punch by about 500 years.
Now startling new DNA evidence promises to complicate the story even more. It turns out that it was not Columbus or the Norse — or any Europeans at all — who first rediscovered the Americas. It was actually the Polynesians.
All modern Polynesian peoples can trace their origins back to a sea-migrating Austronesian people who were the first humans to discover and populate most of the Pacific islands, including lands as far-reaching as Hawaii, New Zealand and Easter Island. Despite the Polynesians’ incredible sea-faring ability, however, few theorists have been willing to say that Polynesians could have made it as far east as the Americas. That is, until now. Read More…