Day: April 29, 2015

UBC Aboriginal & Affiliation Awards, Due: June 1, 2015

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UBC Aboriginal Awards and Bursaries for current and new UBC Aboriginal students.

UBC Affiliation Awards and Bursaries specify requirements such as membership in an organization, affiliation with a union, specific firm, or industry, or personal characteristics of the student such as gender, in addition to financial need.

UN Human Rights Indigenous Fellowship Programme, Due: May 25, 2015

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United Nations Human Rights Indigenous Fellowship Programme

What is it?

The Indigenous Fellowship Programme (IFP) is a comprehensive human rights training programme that was established by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in the context of the first International Decade of the World’s Indigenous Peoples (1995-2004). The programme contributes to build the capacity and expertise of indigenous representatives on the UN system and mechanisms dealing with human rights in general and indigenous issues in particular, so they are in a better position to protect and promote the rights of their communities at the international level. Since the launch of the training programme in 1997, more than 300 indigenous men and women from all over the world have been trained. They provided human rights training to many more in their communities.

How does it work?

The IFP is accessible in four different languages: English, French, Spanish and Russian. The selected candidates are entitled to a return flight ticket, living expenses and basic health insurance for the duration of the training. The IFP is held annually and fellows from the 4 language components of the programme are trained together with simultaneous interpretation during 4 to 5 weeks in Geneva. The date of the training programme usually coincides with the annual meeting of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (June/July), thus allowing the fellows to participate more actively in that Mechanism. For more information on the sessions available in the training programme, please visit the above links to the web pages of the language component you are interested in.

Who can apply?

  1. The candidate must be indigenous (non-indigenous persons will not be taken into consideration, even if they have close links with indigenous communities and/or organizations).
  2. Age should not be a limitation to participation in the programme.
  3. Formal education should not be a limitation to participation in the IFP given the socio-economic barriers confronted by many indigenous peoples that limit access to formal educational institutions.
  4. Candidates should agree to train other indigenous persons after the return to their respective communities/organizations.
  5. The candidate should be proposed and his/her candidacy supported by his/her indigenous organization and/or community. It is desirable that the sponsoring organization has a firm constituency or membership and that it is representative.
  6. The candidate should have a good working knowledge of the language, in which the programme is imparted.

How to apply?

We strongly encourage you to send your application form well before the deadline.

Fellowship applications will only be taken into consideration if they are fully completed. Both parts I and II of the application form must be signed and sent by regular post at the following address:

Indigenous Peoples and Minorities Section
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
CH-1211 Geneva 10

Scanned applications are also accepted, although we prefer receiving applications by post. Your scanned application can be sent at the following email:

Application forms need to be accompanied by an official recommendation letter from the nominating indigenous organization or community.

How is the selection made?

The selection of fellows reflects a gender and regional balance, as well as a balance between communities represented. The general human rights situation in the respective regions/countries is also taken into consideration.

A pre-selection of 15 to 20 candidates per language group is made by previous indigenous fellows. The selection process also entails interviews of pre-selected candidates who applied to either the English, French, Spanish or Russian language components of the programme. In the case of the Spanish and Russian language components of the programme, the selection of candidates is also carried out in collaboration with the University of Deusto and the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia. The final selection of successful candidates is reviewed by an advisory group composed of indigenous persons. The process starts in summer and is usually finalized by the end of the year/beginning of next. In view of the large number of applications, only pre-selected candidates are contacted. Once the process is finalized, the list of candidates selected to participate in our training programme is posted on our webpage (usually in January).

Any other question?

Any question pertaining to the Indigenous Fellowship Programme can be e-mailed to:

Jobs at Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society

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Please see below for job opportunities:

Position Application Deadline
3 Summer Day Camp Leader Positions June 17, 2015
Summer Day Camp Coordinator June 10, 2015 at NOON
Homeless Outreach Support May 01, 2015, no later than 1:30 p.m.
3475 Navigator April 30, 2015, no later than 1:00 p.m.

Job – Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Position: Women’s Studies, UVic. Due Sept. 15, 2015

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Department of Women’s Studies, University of Victoria

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Position

The Women’s Studies Department at the University of Victoria invites applications for a tenure-track position in gender studies* (disciplinary or interdisciplinary background is open) at the Assistant Professor level, commencing July 1, 2016.  We are especially interested in a specialization at the intersection of gender and Indigenous cultural production and/or analysis with a strong focus on Indigenous knowledge production, ways of knowing, and direct engagement with Indigenous communities. Research on gender and Indigenous issues in Canada or an ability to situate Indigenous gender issues in Canada in a comparative and relational framework is also of particular interest.


The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. or equivalent by date of appointment, a strong record of scholarship and/or creative work, a demonstrated commitment to teaching in an interdisciplinary undergraduate Women’s Studies program at all levels, and the ability to draw on experiential knowledge in research and teaching. The successful candidate will demonstrate clear potential for excellent research, teaching, curriculum development, publication, and student supervision and mentorship. Further, as a member of a small department, the candidate will be expected to share in administrative duties both at the departmental and university level and to show a willingness to help in the possible development of an M.A. program.

*The Department of Women’s Studies at the University of Victoria plans to change its name to Gender Studies. The department offers students a range of cutting edge courses that address ‘gender’ as a social construction that intersects with other categories of difference within networks of power. Course topics include examinations of the relationships between gender and race, nation, class, sexuality, sex, ability and age in the contexts of colonization, capitalism, globalization, and transnationalism. Interdisciplinary faculty research frames the department’s curriculum and its areas of focus: Indigenous resurgence, anti-racism, nationalisms, human rights and development, medicalization, girlhoods, cultural production and post-structuralism. Women’s Studies (with plans to become Gender Studies) continues to highlight historical and contemporary feminist scholarship, but also broadens this established approach with courses inclusive of queer and trans perspectives, as well as the production of masculinities. Underlying all Women’s Studies courses is the active pursuit of social justice enabled by critical analyses that expose inequities and interrogate their systemic foundations.

The department is strongly committed to both excellence and equity and to increasing the diversity of approaches and perspectives in teaching and research.

Related Links

Department website:

Additional Information

The University of Victoria is situated on the territory of the Coast and Straits Salish peoples and sits on the site of a former Lekwungen village. It has developed into one of Canada’s leading comprehensive institutions with a reputation for excellence in research and teaching.

Contact Information

Applications must include: a complete curriculum vitae; the name and address (including email and telephone numbers) of at least three referees whom the department may contact; copies of selected relevant publications and/or creative works; and summaries of teaching evaluations.

Please send applications (electronic only, in pdf or Word format) to:

Dr. Annalee Lepp
Chair, Department of Women’s Studies
Department E-Mail:

Phone: 250-721-7378

Closing date for application is midnight PST on September 15, 2015.

Equity Statement

The University of Victoria is an equity employer and encourages applications from women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, Aboriginal Peoples, people of all sexual orientations and genders, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the University.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Graduate Pathways to Success Sessions

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On April 1st, 2015 the registration system we are using for the Graduate Pathways to Success workshops changed. Registration is now available on the online community’s event calendar  This is a cwl login required site and, importantly, requires a one-time only site registration. Thus, the first time a student registers for an event, the system requires three steps: initial community registration, refreshing your browser, then actual event registration. For subsequent events, registration is one step for each event. The event registration form will appear on the bottom of the actual event page and registrants will still receive a confirmation e-mail from or within 2 business days of registering. 
Registration is now open for:

SCARL V: Modelling Proportion and Count Data

Tuesday, May 5th, 3:30 PM – 6:00 PM

For a session description and to register, please visit

Getting on Track with your Thesis

Wednesday, May 6th, 9:00 AM- 4:00 PM

For a session description and to register, please visit

PhD Connections Lunch for 1st year PhD Students.  Come and enjoy lunch while meeting other 1st year PhD students and senior UBC PhD students to share ideas for making the most of graduate school at UBC.  Speaker and topic: Dr. Anne Gorsuch, Deputy to the President, will be sharing her advice for building your academic community.

Wednesday, May 6th, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

To register, visit

Management Essentials for Leadership

Thursday, May 7th, 9:00 AM- 3:30 PM

For a session description and to register, please visit

Indigenous languages professor receives Dean of Arts Award

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Indigenous languages professor receives Dean of Arts Award


April 27, 2015 – UBC Anthropology professor Patricia Shaw, the founder of what is now the First Nations and Endangered Languages Program (FNEL), is the Dean of Arts Award recipient for 2014-15. Dr. Shaw has been with the university for over 35 years.

A celebrated phonologist, Dr. Shaw founded the award-winning First Nations Languages Program (FNLG) in partnership with the Musqueam Indian Band in 1997. She has been a pioneer in opening community access to UBC, and has also taken UBC to communities throughout the province, having taught UBC-accredited FNLG courses in Alert Bay, on the Kwantlen First Nations reserve and at the Urban Native Youth Association, and at Britannia Centre in East Vancouver. Dr. Shaw’s commitment to engaging with academic and Aboriginal audiences is deep, lasting, and operates at local, regional, national and international levels.

Dr. Shaw shared her thoughts on winning the Dean of Arts Award:

I’m deeply honoured by this award, and tremendously grateful to Dean Averill for his fundamental support of the UBC First Nations Languages program and of our commitment to collaborative engagement with First Nations communities. I raise my hands in profound appreciation to the Musqueam people – and to the many Elders and passionate language activists from other Indigenous communities that I have been privileged to collaborate with – for the teachings, commitment, trust, and friendship that they have so generously shared with me in our work towards the vitality and sustainability of the critically endangered First Nations languages in our midst. Read More

FNHA Launches Guide to Mental Health Counselling Services for Providers

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Apr 27, 2015

​The FNHA is pleased to launch the Guide to Mental Health Counselling Services document.

The purpose of this Guide is to outlin​e the general and program-specific terms and conditions, criteria, guidelines and policies under which the First Nation Health Authority (FNHA), First Nations Health Benefits (FNHB) Short-Term Crisis Intervention Mental Health Counselling (STCIMHC) Benefit and the Individual and Family Counselling component of Indian Residential School (IRS) Resolution Health Support Program (RHSP) operate.

While the STCIMHC Benefit and IRS RHSP use the same provider enrolment process, it is important to note that the benefits differ from each other in regards to benefit delivery. This guide provides information about the benefits common requirements for mental health counselling provider enrolment and an overview of the STCIMHC Benefit and IRS RHSP in regards to:

• Client eligibility;
• Client responsibilities;
• Benefit coverage;
• Prior Approval Process;
• Claims Submission Process; and
• Procedure for Appeals.
In the event that this Guide does not address questions regarding general policies, processing of payment requests, or specific conditions, the provider should contact the First Nations Health Authority Health Benefits office.​

Native activists tell Adam Sandler, Netflix they’re #NotYourHollywoodIndian

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Native activists tell Adam Sandler, Netflix they’re #NotYourHollywoodIndian

Activists use hashtag #NotYourHollywoodIndian to pressure Netflix to cancel production of The Ridiculous Six

By John Bowman, CBC News

Saginaw Grant and Loren Anthony on the set of The Ridiculous Six.

Saginaw Grant and Loren Anthony on the set of The Ridiculous Six. (Loren Anthony/Instagram)

Eight native actors and a cultural advisor walked off the production of the Adam Sandler comedy The Ridiculous Six last week, saying the script was insulting to native women and to elders.

One of the actors, Loren Anthony, wrote the following on Twitter about his day working on the movie.

Most of the actors who left the film’s set were from the Navajo nation. They were playing Apache warriors, women and elders in the Adam Sandler comedy western, the first of four movies Sandler agreed to produce for Netflix.

Actor Loren Anthony appears on the set of the Adam Sandler comedy The Ridiculous Six, in a photo posted to Anthony’s Instagram account. Anthony later walked off the production. (Loren Anthony/Instagram)

Portions of the movie’s script were leaked online after the walkout.

One scene involves three women named Smoking Fox, Beaver Breath and Never-Wears-Bra.

When one of the women appears unfamiliar with the white man’s “toilet paper,” and when Beaver Breath explains what it’s for, the third replies — in stereotypical broken English — “That what dead squirrel for!”

Megan Red Shirt-Shaw is a writer and activist living in California, and founder of She found this scene particularly offensive.

“I think especially being a Oglala Lakota woman, there’s so many issues about portrayals of who we are,” she said. “And I was especially disappointed, much like the actors were, about the portrayal of women in this film.”

Another scene that made its way online involves a native woman squatting and urinating while smoking the peace pipe.

“To me it was especially disappointing that they were desecrating our sacred peace pipe, which is very much a part of my community,” said Red Shirt-Saw.

While few people would expect high-brow humour from an Adam Sandler flick, the portrayal of Apache culture and the insulting script were enough for the film’s cultural advisor to leave.

After that, about a dozen actors confronted the producers of The Ridiculous Six over the script, and one of them, Goldie Tom, took a cellphone video of the conversation.

The Indian Country Today Media Network posted the video to YouTube.

“If you are overly sensitive about it, you shouldn’t be in the movie,” says a man identified as a producer on The Ridiculous Six. “We don’t want to offend anybody.”

As news of the walkout spread, Red Shirt-Shaw began posting about it on Twitter under the hashtag #NotYourHollywoodIndian, which was inspired by some of the actors’ comments.

“I logged into social media and saw that a ton of people were talking about it, but that the ideas weren’t consolidated, so I decided to try to push it out there,” she said.

“I’m just moved by how it has grown and seeing the people come out and support it, and seeing news articles reference it,”  said Red Shirt-Shaw. “I think that we have to stand as a united front.”

She also co-founded a petition on urging Netflix to cancel the production of The Ridiculous Six.

“We’re really hoping that we can build up the signatures that are on there and present this to Netflix in a way that will say ‘We’re not going to support you. People have already cancelled their subscriptions. You guys really need to evaluate whether or not this is a project you want to move forward with in the future,'” she said.

So far, Netflix remains committed to the movie.

It released a statement about the walkout and The Ridiculous Six, saying, “It is a broad satire of Western movies and the stereotypes they popularized, featuring a diverse cast that is not only part of — but in on — the joke.”

The petition is more than halfway to its goal of two thousand five hundred signatures.

“Ultimately, I think that we’re hoping, again, much like #NotYourHollywoodIndian, this will be a consolidated effort for Netflix to be able to see how many people truly care about this issue,” said Red Shirt-Shaw.