Month: November 2014

Funding to celebrate UBC turning 100, Due Dec. 15

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UBC Broadcast E-mail: Apply for funding by Dec. 15 to celebrate UBC turning 100

Dear UBC Community Members,

Do you have a great idea for celebrating UBC’s 100th anniversary? This is a
reminder to apply for funding for it by December 15, 2014.

Launched in September, the Centennial Initiatives Fund will support activities
that celebrate UBC’s impact on the world as it enters its second century and
highlights the contributions of our alumni, students, faculty and staff. We are
pleased to accept proposals from students, faculty, staff and alumni for
one-time funding of unit-based Centennial initiatives of up to $10,000 per
project until December 15, 2014.

The application guidelines and template are available at If you have any
questions about the Fund, please email The
deadline for submissions is December 15, 2014 with funding being allocated in
January 2015 and released for the Centennial year September 2015 – June 2016.

Please note that your unit does not have to be 100 years old to participate!
Any academic or administrative unit may apply for funding, with the endorsement
of the head of unit. Other UBC communities such as alumni, students, emeriti
and university neighbourhood groups are also invited to submit proposals
through their respective senior leadership.

With thanks to all who have already submitted their enquiries and proposals. We
look forward to an exciting Centennial year!

Prof. Arvind Gupta
President and Vice-Chancellor

Barbara Miles
Vice-President, Development and Alumni Engagement

UBC a place of mind

Job – Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Tenure Track Due: Jan 9, 2015

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Carleton University – Department of Sociology and Anthropology (Anthropology) – Assistant Professor (Applications Closing Date: January 9, 2015)

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology invites applications from qualified candidates for a preliminary tenure-track appointment in Anthropology at the rank of Assistant Professor, to commence July 1, 2015.

We seek a broadly trained scholar whose research engages Indigenous people in North America. The candidate’s work should be grounded in socio-cultural anthropology and social theory, and address both Indigenous practices and colonial regimes. Specific themes addressed in the candidate’s research might include (but are not limited to) urban indigeneity; community; identity and expressive culture; environmental stewardship and land-based activism; cultural, artistic, and linguistic revival; cultural property rights; livelihood practices; Indigenous and comparative political ontologies; kinship and relatedness; sovereignty, treaty rights and land claims processes; and trauma, healing and reconciliation. We are especially interested in candidates who work with First Nations in Canada.

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology offers programs in the two disciplines at the Bachelor, Master and Doctoral levels. Our anthropology faculty members specialize in sociocultural anthropology, and study all dimensions of social and cultural life, including cross-cultural interactions, responses to political-economic conditions and globalization, and culture change.

The successful applicant should have a Ph.D. in hand by the time of appointment and an active research profile oriented towards significant peer-reviewed publications. This candidate must also demonstrate teaching excellence, have a scholarly and teaching background sufficient to immediately assume core teaching duties in Anthropology at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and contribute effectively to graduate supervision and academic life in the Department. The preferred candidate will also complement existing expertise in the Department.

Applications should be submitted electronically in three separate PDF files including: 1) a C.V. and covering letter; 2) writing samples; and 3) evidence of teaching effectiveness. Applicants should also arrange for the arrival of three letters of reference
by January 9, 2015, when review of applications will begin, and continue until the position is filled. Applications should be sent to and letters of reference should be addressed to: Neil Gerlach, Chair (attn: Anthropology position), Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive,
Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 5B6.

Please indicate in your application if you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

PDF of full description: CarletonAnthropologyPosition

Workshop in Indigenous Language & Public Art, Nov 21, 2014

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WILPA poster graphic

November 14, 2014 – You are invited to join artist Tania Willard in a discussion of her recent project Rule of the Trees a public art project for Translink. Participants will be invited to share in conversation/ideas and translations of words for land in indigenous and other languages of origin. The project conceptually links our contemporary migrations throughout the city with a memorial to the intricate root systems of old growth forests that would have stood in the city before the onset of colonization and industrialization. This project attempts to reconstruct a diverse set of knowledges in which natural systems are affected by us-how the land remembers us. Contributions in the form of text in ‘languages of origin’ will become part of the final artwork, scheduled for 2016 at Commercial Broadway new sky train platform.

Friday, November 21
2 PM, First Nations Longhouse
Catered Event

Download the poster for more information, including Tania Willard’s bio.

Poster: Workshop on Indigenous Languages & Public Art (PDF)

CFP – Sovereignties and Colonialisms: Resisting Racism, Extraction and Dispossession, Dec 15, 2014

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Sovereignties and Colonialisms: Resisting Racism, Extraction and Dispossession

2015 Call for Proposals

April 30-May 3, 2015 | York University, Toronto

Deadline for proposals: December 15, 2014, 11:59pm HST

The 2015 conference of the Critical Ethnic Studies Association honours Indigenous sovereignty struggles for land, culture, food, water, education, and health—and centres Indigenous, Black, and people of colour activism and scholarship, especially work coming from feminist, trans, Two-Spirit, queer, and disability struggles and perspectives.

This international gathering aims to critique settler colonialism and white supremacy; challenge colonial gender binaries; examine genealogies of anti-Black racism and colonial racial formations; and think about resistance and oppression transnationally, in ways that challenge western hegemony and the travels of racist and colonial methods.

This gathering brings African, Caribbean, Equity, Diaspora, Critical Race, Native, Trans, and Disability Studies into conversation with Ethnic Studies to critique genocide, racialized sexual violence, and capitalism; and to engage with conditions of borders, land, migration, displacement, labour, prisons, war, development, occupation, ableism, racism, and apartheid.

Relationships as Resistance: A Gathering for Activists, Academics, and Agitators  

This gathering will de-centre white supremacy by focusing on relationships between Indigenous peoples, Black, migrant, refugee, and Mestiz@ communities, and settlers.

We will give back to local Indigenous communities by taking a reciprocity and responsibility approach through organizing beyond the acknowledgement of territory and the inclusion of Indigenous peoples, and moving towards deepening relationships, knowledges, and strategies for change between Indigenous peoples and communities of colour.

We recognize the fundamental role of anti-Black racism in contemporary institutions, economies, and social movements, including ethnic studies and other academic spaces. We aim to disrupt anti-Blackness in antiracist and other anti-oppressive spaces, which are frequently appropriative of Blackness and complicit with anti-Blackness.

We recognize that racism, colonialism and imperialism take different shapes globally, and are mediated through specific state contexts. We invite you to help build a space where colonized and racialized peoples in different parts of the global north and south treat each other as enmeshed, relational, and interdependent.

We seek submissions that explore local and global forms of imperialism, white supremacy, and colonialism—and challenge neoliberal policies and legacies of slavery, confront ableism, and unsettle hetero-patriarchy by forging new theoretical and practical conversations.

We encourage proposals by community members, social justice organizers, cultural workers, activists, students, academics, independent scholars, teachers, media makers, human rights advocates, and anyone interested in analyzing the conditions of our work, lives, and struggles.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Health, Disability and Disablement
  • Land Defense and Environmental Justice
  • Reproductive Justice
  • Food Sovereignty
  • Incarceration, Criminalization, and State Violence
  • Global Imperialisms, Racisms and Colonialism
  • Canadian State and Settler Colonialism
  • Education
  • Borders
  • Labour
  • Activism
  • Art, Culture, and Media

We recommend presentation formats that encourage participation, collaboration, and creativity. Proposals may include performances, interactive workshops, open discussions, roundtables, films, activist studios, papers, panels, strategy sessions, learning labs, writing salons, and others.

We will prioritize proposals by people doing critical work in their own communities, and proposals that take care not to reproduce “expert” colonial knowledges. We welcome proposals that support participation for various abilities, bodies, learning styles, and experiences.

Submissions of non-translated sessions in languages other than English are welcome. ASL interpretation, wheelchair access, and gender-neutral washrooms will be available.

We encourage individuals, organizations and academic units to endorse this call. To become an endorser, please email us at here.

2014 Vox Libera Award Winner: Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC)

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2014 Vox Libera Award Winner: Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC)

NWAC President Michele Audette speaks during a press conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on February 13, 2014, calling on the federal government to act on violence against Indigenous women. PHOTO: CP/Sean Kilpatrick
Tuesday, November 18, 2014

By Angela Sterritt

It’s a heart-wrenching story now etched in the minds of Canadians: more than 1,100 Indigenous women have gone missing or been murdered across the country since the 1980s. But just as tragic as the reality of hundreds of lives lost is what seemed to be decades of public indifference. Only recently has that pervasive apathy finally shifted to a public outcry—thanks to the tremendous work done by the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC).

In 2003, NWAC president Terri Brown, of the Tahltan Nation in British Columbia, broke the silence, speaking out about the disturbing estimate of more than 500 Aboriginal women gone missing over the past two decades. She underscored the limited investigation into most cases and called for action to support Aboriginal women in the struggle for their human rights to life and safety. Read More.

CFP – Globalization, Diversity, and Education Conference 2015, Due Dec 8, 2014

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                                      11th  Annual International
                              Globalization, Diversity,           
                              and Education Conference
                                                            Co-Constructing Identities in Local and Global Spaces
Call for Proposals
Conference Theme:
Co-Constructing Identities in Local and Global Spaces
February 26-27, 2015
Northern Quest Resort – Spokane
Join us for the 11th Annual Conference February 26-27, 2015, at Northern Quest Resort in Airway Heights, (Spokane) WA.  This year we will focus on the theme of Co-Constructing Identities in Local and Global Spaces. This conference is committed to engaging activists, educators, and scholars from diverse disciplines in deep and meaningful dialogues around what we can do together to address and engage in alleviating and/or eliminating current social and environmental injustices in our local, national, and international communities. 
We are pleased to announce the conference keynote speaker and the performing artist. Speaker:  CJ Pascoe, a sociologist who is interested in gender, sexuality, inequality, and youth and author of an award winning book about sexuality and gender in high school, Dude, You’re a Fag: Masculinity and Sexuality in High School.  CJ’s current projects focus on contemporary youth cultures.  More specifically she examines young people’s practices of love and romance.
Performing Artist:  Yadira De La Riva, is an artist/educator from El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua.  Yadira is in intellectually fierce and multi-faceted performer whose passion is performances that represent and empower marginalized voices nationally and internationally. One Journey: Stitching Stories Across the Mexican ‘American’ Border.
Proposal Deadline: December 8, 2014
Submission guidelines
Proposals for papers, panels, and alternative formats should not exceed 500 words.  Proposals will be judged on the quality of the narrative, relevance to the conference theme, and likely interest to our audience.  A program committee will evaluate proposals in an anonymous review process. Criteria for evaluation will include:
1.     Significance of the topic to the conference theme
2.     Potential appeal to audience
3.     Overall quality of the proposal
Proposal type:
Individual Paper
Presenters of individual papers will be grouped into sessions (by the conference committee).  Paper sessions are approximately 60-75 minutes in length and will include an opportunity for audience conversation.  Each presenter will have approximately 15 minutes to present his or her work.
Panel Presentation
Panel presentations are a group of presenters that have been organized by a session chair around a theme of their choosing. Panels are more flexible than paper sessions in that panelists could discuss a topic as a group rather than giving individual papers. Panels will be scheduled for 60-75 minutes and must include time for audience participation.
Alternative presentation
Proposals for alternative presentations such as films, documentaries, performances, workshops or other creative endeavors are highly encouraged.  In your proposal please indicate the kind of presentation you will be doing and the time needed.  Shorter presentations, installations or exhibitions may be combined. Please indicate if you have special space or technology requirements.
To submit a proposal:
  • Use the attached form
  • Send by mail to:          Globalization, Diversity & Education Conference
                                                College of Education
                                                PO Box 642114
                                                Pullman, WA 99164-2114
                                                Phone: (509) 335-6393
                                                Fax: (509) 335-2097
Proposal deadline:                  December 8, 2014

CFP – Journal of Mestizo and Indigenous Voices

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Journal of Mestizo and Indigenous Voices

UBC MOOC – Reconciliation through Indigenous Education, free open online course for educators

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UBC Faculty of Education delivering a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), a free 6-week course on Indigenous Education that begins on January 27, 2015.
Participants will learn about Indigenous Education through the lens of reconciliation, and will engage with educational leaders and resources that provide direction for how education programs and teaching practices can be modified in order to meaningfully integrate Indigenous knowledge worldviews and pedagogies in classrooms, schools and communities.
The announcement is available as plain text, as a one-page poster, or in HTML format (below).
Reconciliation through Indigenous Education
UBC Faculty of Education MOOC
Explore strategies, teaching exemplars, and resources that support the teaching and learning of Indigenous ways of knowing in classrooms, schools and communities. 
UBC Faculty of Education is delivering a Massive Open Online Course 

How an El Sereno charter school fought for (and won) the right to teach in an indigenous language

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How an El Sereno charter school fought for (and won) the right to teach in an indigenous language

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Kindergartener Zoe, right, plays the drums during recess at Academia Semillas del Pueblo on Dec. 5, 2012. The LAUSD charter school incorporates language and cultural learning and is part of Semillas Community Schools, which also includes the Anahuacalmecac International Preparatory High School.

On a main thoroughfare in East Los Angeles, there’s a brightly painted public school: Anahuacalmecac International Preparatory High School, part of the Semillas school network. Semillas — Spanish for “seeds” — teaches teenagers about their indigenous roots and culture.

Students there learn in Spanish and Nahuatl, incorporating Mayan mathematics and indigenous visual and performing arts. One course teaches indigenous diplomacy and youth leadership skills. Parents and grandparents are integrated into the student’s learning. Read more.

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Pipeline Fighter/Wica Agli Co-founder Pulled Out of Senate Chambers, Arrested

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Lakota Voice

November 18, 2014

by Ann-erika White Bird

SICANGU LAKOTA OYATE — Greg Grey Cloud made the Lakota/Dakota/Nakota Nation’s proud when he belted out the unci makawiwayangwacipi song in Senate Chambers today. Grey Cloud is an enrolled member of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe, co-founder of Wica Agli and an oka wicasa.

Grey Cloud explains the translated song as, “Grandfather look at me, I am standing here struggling, I am defending grandmother earth and I am chasing peace.” He goes on to say that the song was  “not just from me, but my brothers in Wica Agli. We’re defending our women and children in our community. The song itself was very influential for why I sang that here.”

From CNN’s video in Senate chambers, Grey Cloud could be heard after the vote failed on the bill that would authorize construction of the KXL pipeline. The bill…

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