Day: December 15, 2014

Volunteer at The Indigenous Health Garden’s Feast Bowl, at UBC Longhouse, Dec 17th, 2014

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Upcoming workshops and volunteer opportunities
  • Wednesday December 17th: Feast Bowl community meal at the UBC Longhouse
  • Wednesday January 28th: Feast Bowl community meal at the UBC Longhouse
  • Friday January 30th: UBC Farm Symposium at the Old Barn (register here)
  • Wednesday February 25th: Feast Bowl community meal at the UBC Longhouse

How to volunteer for the Feast Bowl: join us at the UBC First Nations Longhouse (1985 West Mall) any time after 10:00AM to help us cook, or 12:30PM 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!

Note: if you plan to bring a large group, please let us know ahead of time at

Harper government forcing relocation of FN claims tribunal to “smother” it, says grand chief

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Harper government forcing relocation of FN claims tribunal to “smother” it, says grand chief

Jorge BarreraAPTN National News A tribunal created to deal with historic First Nation grievances is slowly being smothered by the Harper government, said a British Columbia grand chief in response to revelations the independent body is now being relocated and stripped of the ability to run its own affairs.

The Harper government is forcing the Specific Claims Tribunal (SCT) to move from its current space to make room for a new super-agency that will handle the administration of several federal tribunals, including the SCT, according to notes obtained by APTN National News. The notes were taken by an individual who was present for a speech given Tuesday by SCT Chair Justice Harry Slade to the Assembly of First Nations’ special committee on claims.

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, the president of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs (UBCIC), was among about 20 people who were at the meeting held in a Vancouver board room.

“They are trying to smother it,” said Phillip. “It was a very Machiavellian move, it’s unbelievable. That’s why I say, I’m biting my tongue here.”

Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt’s office issued an emailed statement Wednesday evening saying it was up to Justice Canada to respond. The minister refused to answer questions from reporters following an appearance before the Commons Aboriginal Affairs committee late Wednesday afternoon. Read More

Dogwood-25 Society mentors guide Native kids

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Dogwood-25 Society mentors guide Native kids

New program involving a former premier aims to boost the graduation rate

SID KATZ IS an accomplished person. He has been many things: science educator, community-engagement catalyst, arts enthusiast, radio broadcaster, and professor of pharmacology and toxicology.

For his latest project, which aims to eradicate the disparity between aboriginal and nonaboriginal high-school graduation rates in B.C. by 2025, Katz credits a lot of people.

The cochair of the Dogwood-25 Society cites the late Michael Ames, a former director of the Museum of Anthropology at UBC, as a major influence. Read More…


Deadline Extended – CFP- Sovereignties and Colonialisms: Resisting Racism, Extraction and Dispossession, Due Dec 19, 2014

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Submissions deadline for Sovereignties and Colonialisms: Resisting Racism, Extraction and Dispossession as been extended to Friday, December 19th at 5pm EST. 

We have received a large volume of proposals in the last couple of days–which we are very excited about.  We look forward to reading all of them!  

Due to the spike is submissions today and technical problems many users have experienced, 
we are extending the deadline to accommodate all who have had problems submitting and to prevent our server from crashing! 

If you are planning to submit or has had problems submitting–you now have until Friday, December 19th at 5pm EST. 

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We seek proposals 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 welcome a variety of formats including paper submissions, panels, film screenings, performances, roundtable discussions, interactive workshops, and arts engagement sessions just to name a few.


Job – Program Director, Documenting Endangered Languages Program; National Science Foundation; Due Jan 23, 2015

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) is seeking a qualified candidate to serve as a Program Director in the Documenting Endangered Languages Program, in the Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (BCS), within the Directorate for Social and Behavioral Sciences, Arlington, VA.

NSF Program Directors bear the primary responsibility for carrying out the agency’s overall mission to support innovative and merit-reviewed activities in basic research and education that contribute to the nation’s technical strength, security, and welfare. Fulfilling this responsibility requires not only knowledge in the appropriate disciplines, but also a commitment to high standards, a considerable breadth of interest and receptivity to new ideas, a strong sense of fairness, good judgment, and a high degree of personal integrity.

The Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences supports research to develop and advance scientific knowledge on human cognition, language, social behavior and culture as well as the interactions between human and natural systems. BCS programs consider proposals that fall squarely within disciplines, but they also encourage and support interdisciplinary projects. These are evaluated either through joint review among programs in BCS, joint review with programs in other Divisions, or by NSF-wide multi-disciplinary panels. All programs in BCS consider proposals for research projects, conferences, and workshops.

Documenting Endangered Languages (DEL) is an activity conducted in coordination with the National Endowment for the Humanities to develop and advance scientific and scholarly knowledge concerning endangered human languages. Made urgent by the imminent death of roughly half of the approximately 7000 currently used human languages, DEL seeks not only to acquire scientific data that will soon be unobtainable, but also to integrate, systemize, and make the resulting linguistic findings widely available by exploiting advances in information technology. The program focuses on language description, infrastructure, and computational methods.



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  • Articulate a vision for the future of the discipline and allocate program resources to maintain a balance of support to meet the field’s needs and future development;
  • Maintain an effective merit review system and post-award action process;
  • Participate in one or more cross-cutting activities within the Foundation;
  • Work cooperatively across the Division, Directorate, and Foundation, and with other agencies to accomplish the mission of NSF;
  • Participate in interagency meetings, coordinating groups, special task groups, staff meetings, and site visits;
  • Assess trends and opportunities in the field with assistance of advisory panels;
  • Pursue affirmative action and EEO goals in selection of reviewers, panelists, and grantees;
  • Represent the program to the scientific community and the public;
  • Establish contacts and maintain active involvement in the program field through participation in meetings and conferences and by undertaking other relevant activities;
  • Pursue a personal scholarly research agenda, with results presented at professional meetings and published in academic journals, as workload permits


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Candidates must have a Ph.D. in an appropriate field directly related to linguistics, plus after award of the Ph.D., six or more years of successful research, research administration, and/or managerial experience pertinent to the position. In addition to above qualification, experience in computational methods, cyberinfrastructure and/or cyber-capabilities is highly desired.

In addition to above qualification, the ability to organize, implement and manage a proposal-driven grant program, allocating resources to meet a spectrum of goals, including insuring transparency and accountability in the grant award/declination management process is highly desired. Candidates should be able to communicate effectively and work productively with the scientific community, peers, and co-workers at all levels to advocate program policies and plans and to fulfill NSF’s mission.
You must meet eligibility and qualification requirements before 11:59 PM Eastern time on the closing date of the job announcement.

All online applicants must provide a valid email address. If your email address is inaccurate or your mailbox is full or blocked, you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.


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Your application must be submitted online and all document faxing/uploading must be completed before 11:59 PM Eastern time on the vacancy closing date.

You must answer all of the job-related questions to ensure full consideration for this position. For more detailed information, please review our NSF eRecruit Frequently Asked Questions.

WARNING! Applications submitted online must have a valid email address. If your email address is inaccurate or your mailbox is full or blocked, you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

If you are unable to apply electronically, please use the Contact Information below for special instructions on how to submit your application materials. Hearing impaired individuals may call TDD (703) 292-5090 for assistance.


Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowships In American Indian Studies, Jan. 16, 2015

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

American Indian Studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
seeks as many as two Postdoctoral Fellows for the 2015-2016 academic
year. This fellowship program provides a stipend, a close working
association with AIS faculty, and assistance in furthering the
fellow’s development as a productive scholar. Applicants should have
an ongoing research project that promises to make a notable
contribution to American Indian and Indigenous Studies. While fellows
will concentrate on their research, they may choose to teach one
course in American Indian Studies. Furthermore, fellows are expected
to participate in the intellectual community of the American Indian
Studies Program. Positions may be renewable for a second year.

Stipend and Benefits: The Fellowship stipend for the 2015-2016
academic year is $42,000, including health benefits. An additional
$5,000 will be provided for the fellow’s research, travel, and related

Minimum Qualifications: Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree is
required. Candidates must have completed all degree requirements by
August 15, 2015. Preference will be given to those applicants who have
finished their degrees in the past five years. The one-year fellowship
appointment period is from August 16, 2015, to August 15, 2016.

To Apply: Go to and upload
your application materials:

Candidates should address a letter of application to Robert Warrior,
Director of American Indian Studies, providing a thorough description
of the research project to be undertaken during the fellowship year, a
curriculum vitae, two samples of their scholarly writing, and two
letters of recommendation.

Applications received by January 16, 2015 will receive full
consideration. The review process will continue until the fellowships
are filled. For further information, contact Matthew Sakiestewa
Gilbert, Chair, Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Committee,
American Indian Studies:, Phone: (217) 265-9870, or
visit the Program’s website at

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is an Equal Opportunity Employer

CFP – 35th Annual STLHE Conference, Due Jan. 16, 2015

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On behalf of Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE), Simon Fraser University and the University of British of Columbia, we are pleased to announce that the 35th Annual STLHE Conference, themed “Achieving Harmony: Tuning into Practice” is being held  June 16-19, 2015 at the Westin Bayshore Hotel, Vancouver.  Faculty, graduate students and staff are invited to share their experiences and engage in scholarly inquiry into student learning to enable us to “fine-tune” our practices as educators and educational leaders. 
At this time we invite you to participate in the STLHE 2015 conference’s Call for Proposals. We welcome proposals on topic areas related to:
  • Teaching, assessment and evaluation
  • Curriculum design and learning outcomes
  • Educational development
  • Leadership in teaching and learning
  • Learning environments & technology integration
  • Disciplines, language, and culture
  • Learners considerations and support
  • Research, scholarly inquiry and reflective practice
 Deadline: Friday, January 16, 2015 at 11:59 pm PST.
If you are interested in submitting a proposal or just learning more about the conference, please visit:  
We look forward to seeing you in Vancouver on June 16 – 19!
Warm regards,
Your Conference Co-Chairs
Stephanie T.L. Chu
Director, Teaching & Learning Centre
Simon Fraser University
Simon Bates
Senior Advisor, Teaching and Learning
Academic Director, Centre for Teaching, Learning & Technology
University of British Columbia

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A Landless Territory: How Do We Articulate Cyberspace Within the Discourse of Indigenous Studies?

Navigating the realm of cyberspace can be challenging – within the field of Indigenous Studies, the topic is delicate but essential. As part of CTLT’s Classroom Climate: Aboriginal Initiatives series, David Gaertner facilitated the session How Do We Articulate Cyberspace (A Landless Territory) Within the Discourse of Indigenous Studies? The session explored examples of Indigenous new media and discussed the importance of analyzing, understanding, and teaching with Indigenous technology.

David, a Postdoctoral Fellow in the UBC First Nations Studies Program, began by addressing the perceived gap between indigeneity and technology. He explained that it is tied to the broader misconception that Indigenous cultural practices are products of the past. In actuality, Indigenous culture is contributing to an exciting and innovative future – Indigenous peoples are not only combining tradition and innovation in technology, but they are also shaping how technologies are developed and utilized. Read More.