Day: June 2, 2015

JULY 6-10, UBC SUMMER INSTITUTE in DRAMA EDUCATION – Register by June 15, 2015

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JULY 6-10 | UBC Vancouver

academic credit | non-credit registration option

This 5-day institute examines how drama can enhance learning experiences in multiple contexts and disciplines, through creative approaches suitable for learners of all ages, levels of ability, and cultural or linguistic backgrounds.

By combining hands-on drama-based strategies with academic literature, this course promotes engagement with learners through cognitive, kinesthetic and socio-emotional approaches.

A diverse array of drama strategies (i.e., role playing, tableaux, hot-seating) will be introduced to provide participants with additional teaching tools to better enhance their specific curriculum needs.

Seats are limited, early registration recommended.

Register by June 15

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Job – Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs – Memorial University. Due: July 17, 2015

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Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs – Memorial University Memorial University of Newfoundland’s Faculty of Education is searching for an Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs. The Associate Dean will play a leadership role in advancing teacher education, ensuring that it is at the forefront of the profession, and that it is meeting the changing needs of the local, provincial, national, and global society.  The successful applicant will have excellent organizational and communication skills, be innovative and be able to foster in others energy, creativity, enthusiasm, and a desire to succeed. The candidate must have a doctorate in Education or a related discipline and possess a teaching and scholarship/research track record consistent with the level of associate or full professor.  The candidate will have experience in the education system and be familiar with provincial post-secondary programs. Administrative experience within a university or in other settings applicable to teacher education, as well as experience in positions involving external relationship building, would be considered an asset. Applications should be submitted by July 17, 2015. For more information on the position and how to apply please visit:

UBC student graduates in clothes honouring his Aboriginal culture

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UBC student graduates in clothes honouring his Aboriginal culture

Stephen Mussell received his UBC law degree on May 20, 2015, wearing clothes honouring his aboriginal heritage.

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UBC law student Stephen Mussell certainly stood out when he received his degree.

Surrounded by black caps and gowns, the 26-year-old Plains Cree/Métis student received his law degree from the University of British Columbia on May 20 wearing a tanned deer hide vest, beaded moccasins, a quillwork bolo tie and eagle feather, clothes that he says reflect his “culture and tradition.”

“As an Indigenous person, law school isn’t easy,” said Mussell, who graduated with a specialization in Aboriginal law. He pointed out that UBC sits on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Musqueam people.

“Many of the laws we study and cases we read are disheartening and often upsetting. The cap and gown are an extension of the western legal tradition and I wanted to wear something that was part of my culture and tradition, a culture and tradition I’m extremely proud of.”

Mussell said once he found out from a faculty member that he could wear his regalia rather than the traditional cap and gown, it was an easy decision to make. The vest was made by his girlfriend’s mother, the bolo tie was given to him by his father, and the eagle feather was given by his nohkom (grandmother). “It was important to me that I have something from each of the people in my life that helped me get through, those who supported me on my journey,” he said.

Mussell says he hopes his decision sparks a discussion among non-Indigenous people about perceptions of law and governance, and how Indigenous laws and self-governance can be ignored.

As for fellow Indigenous people, he hopes his outfit is a reminder they can “work within a system that isn’t ours and still maintain our values and identity.”

“For our young ones I simply wanted to show that we’re just as capable as anyone, and that we can accomplish anything we set our minds to. For our old ones I wanted to show thanks. Thanks for being so incredibly strong and maintaining our traditions and cultures through so much pain and adversity.”

– With files from Yuliya Talmazan

Seeking book manuscripts – Critical Indigeneities book series from the University of North Carolina Press

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About Critical Indigeneities

a book series from the University of North Carolina Press

Critical Indigeneities will showcase pathbreaking scholarship that centers Indigeneity as a category of critical analysis, understands Indigenous sovereignty as ongoing and historically grounded, and attends to diverse forms of Indigenous cultural and political agency and expression. The series seeks to build on the conceptual rigor, methodological innovation, and deep relevance that characterize the best work in the growing field of critical Indigenous studies.

Critical Indigeneities will seek book manuscripts at the intersection of a broad range of disciplines and fields, including Cultural Studies, American Studies, History, Literature, Anthropology, Geography, Sociology, Environmental Studies, Political Science, Legal Studies, Performance Studies, Critical Race Studies, and Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies. The series especially seeks books that employ decolonizing methodologies and Indigenous-centered theoretical and conceptual frames. Such work may engage with critical perspectives on sovereignty struggles, Indigenous intellectual sovereignty, public history and memory studies, decolonial histories, feminist and queer interventions, visual culture and representation, globalization, Indigenous modernities, and cultural production and criticism. We particularly encourage proposals and manuscripts that are comparative or explicitly situated within a framework of global Indigeneity. This includes works that move beyond regional and nation-state frameworks, assessing the histories, political conditions, and other meaningful links pertinent to the world’s Indigenous peoples.



J. Kehaulani Kauanui
J. Kehaulani Kauanui

J. Kēhaulani Kauanui (Kanaka Maoli) is Associate Professor of American Studies and Anthropology at Wesleyan University. She is the author of Hawaiian Blood: Colonialism and the Politics of Sovereignty and Indigeneity; her second book (in progress), Thy Kingdom Come? The Paradox of Hawaiian Sovereignty, is a critical examination of land, gender, and sexual politics in relation to nationalism. She serves on the editorial boards of Settler Colonial Studies, American Indian Quarterly, and Hūlili: Multidisciplinary Research on Hawaiian Well-Being. Kauanui is a co-founder of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA). She has a long history of working in independent community radio, including her 7-year run with the show “Indigenous Politics,” and current program, “Anarchy on Air,” for WESU-FM.
Email: jkauanui(at)

Jean M. O’Brien
Jean M. O’Brien

Jean M. O’Brien (White Earth Ojibwe) is Distinguished McKnight University Professor of History and American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota. She is the author or co-editor of books including Firsting and Lasting: Writing Indians Out of Existence in New England; Recognition, Sovereignty Struggles, and Indigenous Rights in the United States; and Why You Can’t Teach United States History without American Indians. O’Brien is co-founder and past president of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA), past president of the American Society for Ethnohistory, and inaugural co-editor (with Robert Warrior) of the journal, Native American and Indigenous Studies.
Email: obrie002(at)


Job – Intermediate Teacher Grades 4-7, Prince George, BC. Due: June 8, 2015

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Employment Opportunity

Intermediate Teacher

Grades 4-7 for the 15/16 School Year

Yekooche First Nation is seeking an Intermediate Teacher who is energetic, enthusiastic, enjoys challenges, and who can join our team to deliver quality educational programming to students of the Yekooche First Nation. The Jean Marie Joseph School is located in the community of Yekooche on beautiful Stuart Lake in central British Columbia, an hour drive from Fort St. James.

Community Description

Yekooche First Nation is located in central British Columbia, approximately 80 km from Fort St. James, nestled between Stuart and Babine Lakes. Outdoor opportunities include fishing, hiking, kayaking, quading, skiing, snowmobiling, etc.

Yekooche First Nation has a population of approximately 200 on and off reserve members. The Community has a Band Office, Public Works, School, Health Clinic, and approximately 33 homes and 9 staff units. The Finance Office is located in Prince George.

A highly attractive salary and benefits package includes relocation assistance.


Our teachers are offered a competitive salary and benefit package, stat holidays, two week Christmas Break, two week Spring Break, and professional development. The small class sizes allow for more one on one learning and more student success.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Education
  • Eligible for B.C. Teaching Certificate
  • Knowledge of FNSA Schools
  • Reading Mastery
  • DIBELS and Saxon Math
  • Professional Learning Communities
  • Computer literacy including proficiency in the use of SMART Board
  • The ability to plan and work with IEP’s for students
  • Special Education experience would be and asset
  • A demonstrated commitment to children and the flexibility to work cooperatively with parents, students, colleagues, administrative and support staff
  • A high degree of flexibility and proven interpersonal skills
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a clear criminal record check

Posting is for the 2015-16 school year


Please submit resume before June 8, 2015 to:

Yekooche First Nation

1890 Third Ave

Prince George, BC V2M 3L9

Fax: 250-562-0530

Email: (email preferred)