Month: January 2015

Registration now OPEN! 13th Indigenous Graduate Student Symposium (IGSS) – Mar 7, 2015

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Saturday, March 7, 2015

7:45 am – 4:00 pm

Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St,

Light Breakfast and Lunch Provided

No Registration Fee


IGSS 2015 Registration Poster

Concordia Panel Explores the Work of Aboriginal Artists in the Digital Sphere

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Concordia Panel Explores the Work of Aboriginal Artists in the Digital Sphere

  • Photo Brandon Johnston

Can the digital realm exist as decolonized space? This was one of the topics discussed at last Friday’s panel discussion “Aboriginal Territories in Digital Space” in the EV building’s auditorium.

Organized by the Aboriginal Arts Research Group, the Concordia-based student group focused the event on fostering a discussion on indigenous art and artists in Montreal.

Skawennati, an Aboriginal artist and Concordia graduate, spoke about her recent project Time Traveler™, an animated video series based on a Mohawk character named Hunter who lives in the distant future.

He acquires a pair of glasses that allow him to travel through time and interact with historic events. His adventures allow him to understand his people’s history, and throughout the series, he forms a positive self-identity, eventually falling in love and gaining success in the hyper-materialistic world of the future.

“I think that what we’re doing as artists is we’re trying to show connected history and recreate that history,” Skawennati said. “I think art has that potential to remind us of something and in this case, it’s reminding us of our connections to our past and our ancestors.”

The entire series was created on a computerized set designed in Second Life, an online virtual reality.

“I really think virtual worlds are kind of metaphors for the future and that’s why I thought it was the right medium to use for this story,” she continued.

Following Skawennati’s talk, Jason Lewis, Concordia Research Chair and associate professor of Computation Arts, discussed SKINS—a video game design workshop he helps coordinate for Kahnawake’s First Nations youth.

The workshop allows young people to design their own video games from the ground up, with the help of Lewis and others. They first discuss the story they want their game to tell, design characters and landscapes using paper and clay and eventually take the games to the digital stage with the help of the workshop coordinators. Read More

CFP – History of Art Education conference, Due Feb 1st

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NOVEMBER 19-22, 2015

The last History of Art Education conference took place at The Pennsylvania State University in 1995, following two similar-themed conferences held at Penn State in 1985 and 1989. Continuing the tradition of history and historical research in art education, the Art & Art Education Program at Teachers College will host the conference “Brushes with History: Imagination and Innovation in Art Education History” in November 2015 in New York City.

Mark your calendar now for this important conference intended to provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of ideas, issues, information, and research approaches used within the historical investigation of art education.

The organizers of the conference seek paper proposals that center on major historical events as well as overlooked people and episodes within the wide terrain of art education, including but not limited to K-12 public and private schooling, museums and community-based art education, higher education, and international perspectives and experiences in art education. Paper proposals that focus especially on historical research methods, cultural contexts, individuals, institutions, and events within and related to art education are encouraged. A post-conference website and publication of the proceedings will be developed.

5 things that may surprise you about Native Americans’ police encounters

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5 things that may surprise you about Native Americans’ police encounters

A day after attending a Native Lives Matter march, a Native American man in South Dakota was killed by a police officer

RAPID CITY, S.D. – It’s a familiar story: A police officer shoots and kills a person of color, and is later cleared. Community outrage and protests follow.

While the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in New York City grabbed national headlines and spawned the Black Lives Matter movement, Native Americans say they’re also suffering from long-standing disparities in criminal justice, including police killings – far from the national spotlight.

In South Dakota, Native Americans told us police seem to target people driving license plates that begin with the number 6 – meaning they’re registered to residents of a reservation – or that display images of native identity, such as bumper stickers with feathers on them.

Some Native Americans in South Dakota said that they feel police target vehicles like this one that bear a license plate starting with the number 6, indicating that it's registered to an address on a reservation.

Some Native Americans in South Dakota said that they feel police target vehicles like this one that bear a license plate starting with the number 6, indicating that it’s registered to an address on a reservation.
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Two recent incidents involving white officers in the state have stoked suspicions. In August, a tribal police officer on the Pine Ridge Reservation repeatedly used a stun gun on 32-year-old Jeffrey Eagle Bull. Then, in the state capital Pierre, the parents of an 8-year-old Rosebud Sioux girl sued police after four officers surrounded the child and used a stun gun on her when she was threatening to harm herself.

But concerns about how police treat native communities aren’t new. In 2000, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights noted that “many native Americans in South Dakota have little or no confidence in the criminal justice system” and warned that “the administration of justice at the federal and state levels is permeated by racism.”

The commission recommended increasing the number of Native Americans on the force, but 15 years later, the number of native officers on the 120-man Rapid City force has jumped from just one to three in a city where about 10 percent of the population is native.

Here are five things you might not know about Native Americans and their relationship with the police… Read More

The HTML500 Bootcamp Teaches Free Coding To Promote Digital Literacy

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The HTML500 Bootcamp Teaches Free Coding To Promote Digital Literacy

Posted: 01/25/2015 2:00 pm EST  Updated: 01/26/2015 1:59 pm EST 

VANCOUVER – Squamish Nation member Khelsilem is fluent in his native tongue and passionately spearheading a project to revitalize indigenous languages. But he wants to turbocharge his linguistic proficiency by learning an entirely new and universal language — computer coding.

The 25-year-old from North Vancouver plans to preserve and share the Squamish and Downriver Halkomelem languages by acquiring coding skills, which he’ll use to construct a website that gives his community’s lingual traditions worldwide reach.

“Geography is the biggest challenge we have as indigenous people when it comes to revitalizing languages, there’s so many languages in Canada and it becomes really hard to co-ordinate,” he said.

“Technology becomes a really big way for our people to come together in ways that we couldn’t otherwise.”

Khelsilem was among two tables of 20 laptop-laden First Nations people adding their beat to the rhythmic key tappings of 500 British Columbians who gathered over the weekend for a massive computer coding bootcamp… Read More

Job – Instructor I tenure track – Critical Race & Ethnic Studies, University of British Columbia, Due: March 15, 2015

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The Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice at the University of British Columbia – Vancouver (, invites applications for a tenure-track Instructor I position in Critical Race & Ethnic Studies. PhD research and coursework focused on Critical Race & Ethnic Studies with an area of specialization including (but not limited to) any of the following: bioethics/science studies, masculinity studies, theories of embodiment and body modification, and/or social media & digital storytelling – ideally in combination with a commitment/involvement in decolonizing knowledge projects is required. We welcome applicants with a strong commitment to building academic and non-academic communities,  from a wide range of fields and disciplines. Candidates from a variety of relevant Ph.D. programs in arts, humanities, or social sciences are welcome to apply, including but not limited to: Critical Race Studies and/or Ethnic Studies, Women’s and/or Gender and/or Transgender Studies, Sexuality Studies, Education, Feminist Studies, Diaspora and Transnational Studies, History, Interdisciplinary Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, Philosophy, English, Biology, Communications, and Media and/or Cultural Studies.

An intersectional Social Justice Studies emphasis on gender, sexuality, race, and anti-racist pedagogy, is required. Major criteria in selection will be demonstration of excellence in teaching, an exceptional record of pedagogical innovation, and current and extensive undergraduate teaching in Critical Race & Ethnic Studies as this interdisciplinary work intersects with Critical Gender & Sexuality Studies.  Experience in teaching online and/or the development of Online Learning curriculum is an asset.

The GRSJ Institute ( is currently building capacity in Critical Race & Ethnic Studies and opportunities exist to contribute to the development of graduate and undergraduate curriculum as well as collaborations with Social Justice units and initiatives in the Faculty of Arts specifically, and UBC more broadly.

We seek candidates whose scholarship and teaching expertise and experience make a substantive, creative and interdisciplinary intervention in Critical Race & Ethnic Studies with an area of specialization that intersects in a global context with Trans*, Gender and Sexuality Studies and related community organizations and initiatives.  We seek a dynamic scholar and collaborative colleague with extensive teaching expertise related to Critical Race & Ethnic Studies – ideally in combination with a commitment/involvement in decolonizing knowledge projects that are relevant to the growing diversity of Canadian society and the consequences of globalism, neoliberalism and transnationalism.

The successful candidate will exhibit distinction in teaching, community-building and educational leadership. They will be expected to teach a range of undergraduate courses in the Institute, and to contribute interdisciplinary expertise and leadership to ongoing curriculum, program development, and other teaching and learning initiatives. The candidates demonstrated or potential ability to contribute towards the Institutes development and implementation of an Undergraduate Minor/Graduate Specialization in Critical Race & Ethnic Studies will be an important consideration. Experience teaching online or with the development of digital teaching modules will be considered an asset.

The position is subject to final budgetary approval.  Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.  As this is a tenure-track position, an Instructor I who in later years is reviewed for tenure and promotion to Senior Instructor will be required to show evidence of excellence in teaching and service, demonstrated educational leadership, distinction in the field of teaching and learning, sustained and innovative contributions to curriculum development, course design and other initiatives that advance the Universitys ability to excel in its teaching and learning mandate. It is expected that Senior Instructors will keep abreast of current developments in their respective disciplines and in the field of teaching and learning. A Senior Instructor in the fifth and subsequent years in that rank may be reviewed for promotion to the rank of Professor of Teaching.

Closing Date for applications: March 15, 2015

Anticipated position start date: either July 1, 2015 or January 1, 2016

Please provide electronic application materials for the position in the form of ONE Bookmarked PDF file that includes, in the following order: cover letter, curriculum vitae, sample publication/s, statement of teaching interests and philosophy, and evidence of teaching ability and effectiveness (course outlines & student evaluations). Email applications to: with YOURLASTNAME_Instructor CRES_Search in the Subject line. Arrange for three confidential letters of reference to be sent electronically, by the same deadline, to

For information about the position, please contact Dr. Mary K. Bryson, Director & Professor, Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice: For information about the GRSJ Institute, please visit:

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity and diversity within its community. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply. We especially welcome applications from members of visible minority groups, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities. Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

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Young indigenous leaders: 5 under 30 to watch in 2015

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Young indigenous leaders: 5 under 30 to watch in 2015

The next generation of indigenous movers and shakers are making great strides

By Chantelle Bellrichard, CBC News Posted: Jan 25, 2015 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Jan 25, 2015 4:02 PM ET

Caitlyn Baikie is already going down in history. The 22-year-old Inuk undergrad was on the Arctic expedition that located one of the Franklin ships last summer.

Caitlyn Baikie is already going down in history. The 22-year-old Inuk undergrad was on the Arctic expedition that located one of the Franklin ships last summer.

We’re just a couple weeks into 2015 and already we’re catching wind of some young indigenous folks making great strides this year. They’re community organizers, big thinkers and creative types. We’ll be watching these movers and shakers and others just like them in the coming year.

So if you’re wavering on New Year’s resolutions, looking for some inspiration, or seeking some dynamic people to follow on Twitter, read on.

Funding – Walter C. Sumner Memorial Fellowship, Due Feb 13, 2015

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Walter C. Sumner Memorial Fellowship

The Walter C. Sumner Memorial Fellowships are available to Canadian citizens engaged in or about to start doctoral studies in Chemistry, Physics, or Electronics (including Electrical Engineering and Computer Science) at UBC.

Annual Value: $6,000

Deadline: Friday, February 13, 2015

Please see the Graduate Awards website for more detailed information and application procedures:

Our contact at the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for this competition is Joanne Tsui:

Positive Space Workshop – Jan 27, 8:30am-12 pm

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C’s upcoming Positive Space sessions have openings for Jan. 27 at 8:30am-12:00pmWe invite you to join us. Read about the Campaign and sign up at and register to help make our university a more diverse and inclusive educational home! 
The Positive Space Campaign is an initiative intended to help make UBC more receptive to and welcoming of its lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, trans-identified, two-spirit, queer, questioning, intersex and asexual (LGBT*TQIA+) communities, individuals and issues of sexual and gender diversity on campus. It aims to foster a welcoming atmosphere and inclusive, respectful dialogue on campus for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities by identifying spaces where sexual and gender diversity is supported and valued.

January 25, 1-4pm – c̓əsnaʔəm, the city before the city: opening celebration – Museum of Anthropology, UBC

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Join us for the opening celebration
c̓əsnaʔəm, the city before the city 
Opening January 25
Join MOA, the Musqueam First Nation, and the Museum of Vancouver for a series of groundbreaking exhibitions that will connect Vancouverites with the living legacy of c̓əsnaʔəm, the ancient villages and burial sites upon which the city of Vancouver is built. Highlighting language, oral history, and the community’s recent actions to protect c̓əsnaʔəm, the exhibitions invite visitors to engage with the long and dynamic history of the land. MOA’s exhibit will feature 3D modelling of maps and artifacts, original videography, family-friendly interactivity, and soundscapes blending traditional and modern sounds.

We invite our members and friends to join us for the opening celebration on January 25 (1-4pm). The event is free and open to everyone.