Day: June 10, 2015


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The Canadian Committee on Public History awarded its 5th annual Public History Prize Tuesday at the annual meeting of the Canadian Historical Association in Ottawa. The winning project emerged from a curatorial partnership between the Museum of Vancouver, Museum of Anthropology, University of Waterloo, and Musqueam Nation. The collaboration culminated with the creation of c̓əsnaʔәm: the city before the city, a multi-site exhibition project.

This multi-disciplinary, community-based Indigenous research project resulted in a series of three museum exhibitions (all currently on display) at the Museum of Vancouver (2015-2020), Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia (2015-2016), and Musqueam Cultural Education Resource Centre (2015-2016).

c̓əsnaʔәm: the city before the city examines the history of Vancouver from the point of view of the Musqueam First Nation. It brings a critical history of city building, colonialism and dispossession, museum collecting practices, and Indigenous activism to public audiences. The project also engages many varied groups in discussions about conflicting and complex interpretations of Indigenous history and heritage sites as well as current debates about heritage and development in the city.

As Musqueam cultural advisor Larry Grant explains, “c̓əsnaʔәm: the city before the city aims at ‘righting history’ by creating a space for Musqueam to share their knowledge, culture and history and to highlight the community’s role in shaping the City of Vancouver.”

“We are thrilled that the committee has recognized this project as an example of innovative scholarship and public engagement,” says Susan Roy, historian at the University of Waterloo and MOV guest curator.

The award recognizes work that achieves high standards of original research, scholarship, and presentation; brings an innovative public history contribution to its audience; and serves as a model for future work, advancing the field of public history in Canada.

Upon accepting the award in Ottawa, Roy shared, “The c̓əsnaʔәm exhibition team is honoured to receive this acknowledgement that recognizes the importance of developing highly collaborative curatorial practices to reflect and promote new understanding of aboriginal history in Canada.”

For more information about the c̓əsnaʔәm: the city before the city exhibitions, please visit:

More information about past Public History Prize winners can be viewed here:


2016-2017 Native Investigator Development Program now accepting applications, Due: July 12, 2015

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Applications for the Native Investigator Development Program (NIDP) are now being accepted for the 2016-2017 cohort.

The purpose of this solicitation is to recruit American Indian and Alaska Native junior faculty (MD, PhD) to apply to join the next 2-year cohort of the Native Investigator Development Program, which is an academic career development program in the Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR) co-located at the University of Colorado Denver and the University of Washington.

Eligibility Criteria for Native Investigators

Candidates from fields such as medicine, nursing, public health, anthropology, psychology, sociology, and other social and behavioral sciences are encouraged to apply. Criteria for admission to the program include:
1)      Native status, with documentation as needed and/or appropriate tribal affiliation,
2)      An advanced degree such as an MD, PhD, DSW, JD, EdD or the equivalent, in one of the social, behavioral, or health sciences, or law or education; and
3)      Ability to demonstrate the relevance and need for training to future plans and career development.

Native Investigator Program Description

The Native Investigator Program is a career development program that focuses on acquiring the skills and knowledge necessary for submission of a career development grant and progression to an independently-funded research career. The training program includes formal didactic sessions, workshops, mini-courses, regular meetings, mentoring activities by Core Faculty, and consultations with Affiliated Faculty. Personnel, resources, and activities originate from both the University of Colorado-Denver and the University of Washington in Seattle. The specific aims of the Native Investigator Development Program are:

To increase the number of AI/AN professionals capable of conducting research in areas of high priority among Native elders, in particular those that aim to reduce health disparities and achieve health equity;
To establish mentoring relationships between senior scholars and Native Investigators to study the  health of the aging AI/AN population;
To improve the methodological skills of Native Investigators by participation in Secondary Data Analyses and Pilot Studies studying the health of older AIAN; and
To submit a career development award to continue on a career trajectory toward becoming independent investigators studying the health of aging AI/AN.

Instructions for Applicants:

Thank you for your interest in applying for the 2016-2017 Native Investigator Development Program (NIDP).

In addition to the information captured on the web-based application (​​​, the following documents should be submitted via email, no later than July 12, 2015:

Cover Letter – Your Cover Letter should Include your reason for applying to the NIDP as well as your commitment to the Native population.
Current Curricula Vitae (CV).
Three letters of recommendation.
A writing sample. Please submit one of the following, listed in descending order of preference:
First-author peer-reviewed journal article;
First-author book chapter;
Same types of publication, but in preparation; or
Dissertation/thesis chapter.

Please complete the online application first. The additional application materials listed above should be sent to Linda Smith, the NERC Program Coordinator, at

All documents should be sent in electronic format, either PDF or Microsoft Word. Please contact Linda Smith directly if you have any questions or concerns regarding the application process or the required application materials. The deadline for submitting application materials is July 12, 2015.

Thank you,
Linda A Smith | Research Program Assistant
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus | Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health
13055 E. 17th Avenue, Rm. 328A | Mail Stop F800
Aurora, CO 80045
303-724-7889 | |

Jobs – Hiring for 4 positions at the UBC Research Commons

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Now Hiring at the UBC Research Commons!

We are looking for charismatic hardworking graduate students with strong teaching and technical skills to join us in delivering workshops and one-on-one consultation support for:

Thesis Formatting
SPSS (Quantitative Data Software)
NVivo (Qualitative Data Software)
FIREtalks Facilitator.

The Research Commons (RC) is located within Koerner Library and provides a welcoming, interdisciplinary research-driven learning environment for graduate students.

The Research Commons uses a peer-to-peer model where graduate students offer peer-support via workshops and one-on-one consultations for a variety of useful and necessary services including: Thesis Formatting, SPSS (Quantitative Data Software),  NVivo (Qualitative Data Software), Citation Management Tools (Mendeley, Zotero, and ProQuest Flow) and FIREtalks (A Facilitated Interdisciplinary Research Exchange).

For more information, including qualifications, salary, and application procedures for these 4 positions, please see the job posting on the Research Commons website and apply now!

Susan Atkey
Librarian, Koerner Library
UBC Library Research Commons