Ashley Callingbull, a members of Cree First Nations, has been crowned MRS Universe 2015 in Minsk, Belarus. Mrs. Callingbull represented Canada in the pageant on the other side of the globe.
Ms. Callingbull posted on Facebook the following message: I’m so proud to say I am now the new MRS Universe 2015 !!! I am the first First Nations woman to win this title! I am also the first Canadian Delegate to win as well!! Sooooooo happy right now!”
MRS Universe 2015 – Mrs Canada 1st Runner up – Mrs South Africa 2nd Runner up – Mrs Ukraine 3rd Runner up – Mrs Costa rica 4th Runner up – Mrs Gibraltar
As a veteran pageant participant who rated highly in Miss Universe Canada and Miss World Canada competitions, Callingbull was undoubtedly one of the favorites among the delegates convened in Minsk.
Ashley Callingbull is a 23 year old Cree First Nations woman from the Enoch Cree Nation in the province of Alberta. She is currently enrolled at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in the Television Program. She is very devoted to her culture and people, and takes pride in her Native Cree heritage, and has shown this through her volunteer work with community elders and aboriginal youth. By the time Ashley reached 10 years old; she had consecutively won all Enoch’s princess crowns. She is a professionally trained dancer in tap, ballet, jazz, pointe and performed in the Nutcracker.
Call for applications: Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements, Fall Competition
Deadline Friday, 11 September, 2015
Annual Value up to $6,000 for three to six months
The Canada Graduate Scholarship Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements (CGS-MSFSS) Program supports high-calibre Canadian graduate students pursuing exceptional research experiences at research institutions outside of Canada.
This program is available to Canadian citizens or permanent residents who hold a Vanier Scholarship or a Tri-Agency Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS) at the Master’s or doctoral level. Note that international students who hold a Vanier scholarship are not eligible for this competition, and students who hold other types of awards from the Tri-Agencies are not eligible (e.g. NSERC PGSD, SSHRC DF, etc.).
G+PS (formerly the Faculty of Grad Studies/FoGS) is offering great workshops this fall on a range of topics: preparing your thesis, doing presentations, having a better relationship with your supervisor, and more.
Leading Discussions (for TAs)
Tuesday, 25 August 2015 – 1:15pm
Have you ever been in a class or presentation session where the silence felt like a heavy wet blanket? Or conversely, where the discussion veered deep into tangent-land? In this session, we will provide you with practical strategies for starting and guiding on-topic and inspiring discussions in your classes. You will be introduced to a simple structure that you can use to organize any discussion – to start off strong and continue to run smoothly. We will also give you tools to maintain student participation.
As a Teaching Assistant, you will be working closely in different roles with an experienced instructor to teach. When this relationship goes well, it can be rewarding, educational, and fun. When it does not, it can be frustrating and overwhelming.
This workshop on presentation skills is designed for participants who expect to present their research within academia, organizational departments, or at conferences. Participants might also consider joining if they are preparing to defend a thesis or dissertation, or if taking part in job interviews. This workshop will enable participants to increase their confidence and try new approaches in any presentation setting. We will collaboratively explore models for effective presentations and apply these during short presentations delivered by participants.
Mentoring Workshop (For TAs and TA Training Coordinators)
Thursday, 17 September 2015 – 12:30pm
This half-day workshop is meant for senior TAs who will be serving, formally or informally, as mentors for other TAs in their department. The workshop is also open to TA Training Coordinators. During the workshop, you will focus on developing specific mentoring skills. The beginning of the workshop will focus on setting up the mentoring relationship, and the latter part of the workshop will focus on 3 core mentoring skills – feedback, reflection, and skill modeling.
The non-academic job search for graduate students and postdocs
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 – 9:00am
In this three-part session, Dr. Anne Krook will first review her own path through and out of academics and describe the lessons graduate students can draw from it. She will then show how graduate students can prepare themselves for the non-academic job market at the same time that they do their graduate work and what they must do. Finally, she will review the process and mechanics of entering the non-academic job market.
Facilitation Basics 1 (For TAs and TA Training Coordinators)
Thursday, 24 September 2015 – 9:00am
This workshop is part 1 of the Facilitation Basics workshops which are meant for senior TAs who will be delivering facilitated sessions focused on teaching enhancement for TAs. During this workshop, you will focus on developing key skills for designing workshops: determining workshop objectives, designing activities, time management, etc. The workshop is an interactive, peer-based model which will give you opportunities to learn about, practice, discuss, and reflect on workshop development skills, and will run from 9:00 AM until 12:30 PM.
Discovering the Entrepreneur Within has participants analyze successful entrepreneurial ventures and identify what it took for those entrepreneurs to reach their goals. Using an interactive, team-based approach, this full-day workshop builds awareness of the current Canadian entrepreneurial landscape and resources available to those looking to start their own business. Using the tools and techniques used in the first part of the workshop, teams create a product or service concept that they will present to the group. May the best idea win!
Expand your knowledge of the necessary editorial, grammatical and structural conventions to create quality, impactful writing. You will learn to: Analyze your audience and tailor your writing to them; Identify the components of a technical report; Make effective use of writing and editing techniques; Use graphics effectively.
Improving Presentations through Productive Feedback
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 – 12:30pm
As graduate students, we are often asked to offer feedback on our colleagues’ presentation materials and/or presentations. Saying “good job” is too general and not particularly helpful! How can we be specific, while being helpful, respectful and constructive? What are the specific areas we can focus on to help others (and ourselves) create effective presentations?
In this workshop, we help you build your skills as a reviewer of presentations. You will be able to apply these skills to enhancing your own presentations.
Lost momentum? Having difficulty managing your research in an efficient way? Need motivation and strategies to complete your thesis? This workshop will offer information to graduate students on how to: Efficiently structure the thesis or dissertation process for timely completion; Manage the emotional roller coaster; Find support when your motivation ebbs.
Getting the Word Out – writing your research for the public sphere
Thursday, 22 October 2015 – 9:00am
In this climate of knowledge exchange and community engagement, communicating to a mainstream audience outside the Academy is becoming increasingly important for research professionals. These days the onus is on members of the academic community to have a high public profile and to take part in public debate.
And, not only do universities want their academics to develop a highly visible profile and be seen in the public arena, but there also is an educated and interested community out there keen to hear what goes on within Academia.
SCARL I: Planning a Statistically Sound Research Project
Wednesday, 28 October 2015 – 10:00am
This is a general introduction to the important role statistics play in the planning stage of a research project. We will discuss both observational studies and controlled experiments, including the study population, the scientific question, sampling and randomization. We will focus on the experimental design, the effects of confounding, computing sample size and power.
From Stress to Strengths! Living a More Congruent Life
Thursday, 29 October 2015 – 9:30am
Stress is the top health and wellness reason for academic difficulties among UBC graduate students (National College Health Assessment, 2008). During this engaging and comfortably paced workshop, participants will have the opportunity to consider the notion of stress from a completely new lens. No longer will stress be seen as a behaviour to be “managed” or “balanced”. Rather, the focus will be on gaining familiarity with concepts related to individual wellness as it relates to each participant’s particular needs and values, in order to build resiliency.
Do you find yourself worrying about achieving your goals? Do you feel avoidant, unsure, nervous and slightly nauseous instead of excited, motivated, confident, and focused? Are you stressed about your thesis, research, or teaching duties? Are you unsure how to navigate the relationship with your supervisor or committee? Do you dread reaching out to other professionals, academics, or employers? Are conferences, networking events, and “meet and greets” a source of worry rather than inspiration?
For many graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, the idea of networking is a scary thought, bringing with it connotations of schmoozing, kissing babies, and handing out business cards with a wink and a smile. In fact, networking is an easy-to-master and valuable skill that, if put into play early in one’s training, can reap huge rewards when it comes time to finding employment.
Before analysis begins the data should be visually inspected and explored. We will discuss various graphics for univariate and multivariate data and provide tips on how to create meaningful and transparent graphics. We will explain how to compute simple data summaries and descriptive statistics to help guide any future analysis.
Getting the Interview – How to Make Your Application Stand Out
Monday, 23 November 2015 – 1:00pm
Do you want to significantly increase the chances of getting the interview as opposed to just applying and hoping? Don’t get lost in piles of resumes ever again! The application process can be tricky and one small mistake can lose any chance of an interview. Learn how to maximize each step and get the interviews you want.
Identify procrastination triggers and over scheduling tendencies as well as to learn innovative time management techniques that enhance productivity and reduce stress within and outside the workplace. You will learn to: Identify and correct behaviors that lead to procrastination; Prioritize deadlines in the face of competing priorities, taking into account values, resources and skills; Employ available technologies and use them appropriately; Drive results.
In this session, there will be a detailed discussion and demonstration of how to compare data from two groups or conditions. From this common type of analysis, we generalize to comparisons of more than two groups. Covers t-tests, analysis of variance (ANOVA) and more.
How to own the 1st and Final Interviews to Secure your Dream Job!
Monday, 22 February 2016 – 1:00pm
Building upon his popular “Getting the Interview- How to Make Your Application Stand Out” workshop, Matthew will provide you with his top tips for excelling in your next interview. Matthew will be joined by an expert panel, who will add their advice on what to do, and what not to do, to secure you dream job!
SCARL IV: Quantitative Covariates and Linear Models
Wednesday, 2 March 2016 – 10:00am
In this session you will learn how to model the relationship between 2 quantitative variables by regression or correlation analysis. We then expand the regression model to include additional variables, including other quantitative variables (multiple regression) and categorical variables (ANCOVA).
In this session you will learn how to conduct a 2 group comparison with binary or count data. Expanding the analysis to include more than 2 groups and more than 1 predictor including both numeric and categorical covariates. This introduces logistic and Poisson regression analysis followed by an introduction to generalized linear models.
Methods like Regression and ANOVA model the mean structure of the observed data while making specific assumptions about the variance. Mixed effects models allow us to model the variance structure of the data as well as the mean. Data that contain repeated measurements on the same statistical unit or clusters of related statistical units are examples when mixed effects models should be used.
Title: Program Manager: Dogwood 2025 0.5 FTE
This is a leadership position designed to oversee various aspects of the exciting Dogwood
2025 Aboriginal Mentorship initiative. With a mandate to support Aboriginal learners,
Dogwood 2025 has been created with a single overarching goal: to ensure that graduation
rates among Aboriginal learners match or exceed those of the general school population
by the year 2025.
The Program Coordinator will be responsible for the following:
• Building on the development and implementation that has taken place (2013-
2015) of a training program for Aboriginal post-secondary mentors who will work
directly with Aboriginal learners at the elementary and secondary school levels
selected for the pilot within the Vancouver Board of Education.
• Liaising with colleges, universities, community agencies and Dogwood Board to
recruit mentors for the 2015/2016 school year
• Continuing to work with identified schools to develop and implement effective
programming beyond the initial phase of the pilot program
• Consider, and make recommendations to the Dogwood 25 Board, strategies for the
widening of the Dogwood 25 Initiative to all school districts in BC.
•Liaising with the Dogwood 25 Board of Directors/Steering Committee in order to
report on progress, recommend enhancements to the program, and develop
targets for use beyond the pilot phase.
The successful applicant must:
• Possess a degree in post-secondary studies in education, or a related field focused
on Aboriginal youth and/or communities.
• Have experience in developing and/or implementing programs for Aboriginal
• Demonstrate successful leadership experience working with collaborative teams
in the development and implementation of special projects.
• Possess a teaching degree/ and have successful classroom experience.
The position is open to all applicants who possess the above qualifications.
The successful candidate will report to the Steering committee of the Dogwood 25
initiative. This position is an annual contracted position. As such, the successful
candidate will be an independent contractor and not an employee, agent or partner of the
Vancouver Board of Education. The annual rate of pay, inclusive of benefits, is in the
$300 per day range depending on the successful candidate’s level of experience and
The Province of British Columbia requires that a criminal records check be completed for
all persons who have unsupervised access to students, regardless of the capacity of that
employee/individual. Therefore, the candidate must comply with this requirement prior
to commencing any services.
This competition closes on August 21, 2015.
To apply for this position, please submit a current curriculum vitae along with a covering
letter to Dr. Sid Katz, Co-Chair of the Dogwood 25 Committee, at:
Welcome to our 4th annual gathering to protect the Salish Sea from Kinder Morgan pipeline and tanker expansion! Please invite your friends and make note of changes for this year’s event as Ta’ah said – WARRIOR UP! – we encourage you to Paddle! Pedal! Dance! Swim!
Traditional ocean-going canoe and boat floatilla • Swim • Cycle Ride • Salmon BBQ • Music • Coast Salish Dance • Children’s Activities • Educational displays • Landscape Drawing!
Sunday Sept 27, 12-4pm Whey-ah-Wichen/Cates Park, Tsleil-Waututh/North Vancouver
*11am departure from Rocky Point Park (Tsleil-Waututh/Port Moody) to Whey-ah-Wichen
Celebrate the Salish Sea and United Nations World Rivers’ Day by participating in Coast Salish culture, paddling, cycling, swimming, making art, or just watching! This day-long celebration is open to everyone! For the casual Sunday visitor to the motivated athlete there’s lots of ways to participate!
Cheer on swimmers completing an epic 3-week relay swim down the Fraser River with today’s final leg from Port Moody’s Rocky Point Park to Whey-ah-Wichen. A traditional canoe paddle and flotilla of boats will accompany the swimmers. Not to be outdone by sustainable transportation, cyclists are invited to bike from Rocky Point Park thru Burnaby, across Second Narrows Bridge, to Whey-ah-Wichen. A shuttle bus will bring people back from Whey-ah-Wichen to Rocky Point.
In recognition of Culture Days BC! another way to participate is joining artists in a “draw-in” at the shore of Whey-ah-Wichen to celebrate the natural beauty of the surroundings and thriving Coast Salish culture. The LIVE Performance Art Biennale is joining the Gathering this year recognizing performative acts of engagement by artists and the public alike. The performance art festival celebrates these feats of human endurance as we witness the conclusion of an epic swim, the living heritage of Coast Salish canoe culture and performance.
This year’s Salish Sea Gathering has also moved from the summertime to September to coincide with another festival—FraserFest—to share how the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion threatens the Fraser River and Salish Sea. FraserFEST is a province-wide series of family-friendly festivals in communities along the banks of the Fraser River out into the Salish Sea. Participants will learn about the Fraser River’s history, culture, and the issues threatening its health, as well as solutions for change. For more information visit http://rivershed.com/fraserfest/about-fraserfest/
To register for the Rocky Point >11am< bicycle or floatilla departure check back here. Information will be posted soon!
The 4th Salish Sea Gathering is produced by the Tsleil-Waututh Nation Sacred Trust, in association with Culture Days BC, The Rivershed Society of BC, LIVE Biennale Performance Biennale, Friends of the Sacred Trust, and other community partners.
Award-winning storyteller and performer Sharon Shorty named VPL’s 2015 aboriginal storyteller in residence
August 12, 2015
Photo: Mark Rutledge
VANCOUVER, B.C. – Vancouver Public Library is pleased to announce Sharon Shorty – speaker of the Teslin Tlingit Council and an award-winning playwright and actor – as its 2015 aboriginal storyteller in residence.
A member of the Tlingit (Raven Clan), Northern Tutchone and Norwegian People, Shorty has deep roots in the storytelling tradition of the southern Yukon. For more than 25 years, she has fused this tradition with her acclaimed performance on stages around the world.
Shorty’s creative approach is a blend of contemporary genres and traditional storytelling passed down from her grandmothers. She has been recognized with the Aurora Award for storytelling and for her play Trickster in the Old Folks Home, and she received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for significant public service to the Yukon and Canada.
“I am fortunate to have the mentorship of my grandmothers and be part of an unbroken series of oral traditions,” says Shorty. “Having lived in the Yukon and Vancouver for a number of years, I have strong ties to the Lower Mainland and am looking forward to being VPL’s aboriginal storyteller in residence.
“This will be a great opportunity to share the traditions of my people and focus on the use of stories in everyday life,” she continues. “Whether it’s sharing family history, finding stories rooted in identity, or inspiring younger generations to engage with their story, I aim to grow that connection.”
VPL’s award-winning aboriginal storyteller program was created in 2008 and was one of the first at a Canadian public library.
“We are delighted to be able to bring Sharon’s passion for storytelling to Vancouverites,” says VPL chief librarian Sandra Singh. “Our aboriginal storyteller program is just one of the ways libraries showcase the power of stories – to cross cultures, to bridge generations and connect us with ideas and with each other.
“Libraries provide access to a world of information across formats and through diverse channels,” she says. “Coming together to experience stories – such as Sharon’s – provide opportunities that are just as important to learning as reading books or watching films.”
Shorty’s inaugural event as VPL’s 2015 aboriginal storyteller in residence is Tuesday, Aug. 25 (7 p.m.) at the central library’s Alice MacKay room.
This public event will feature a special welcome to the territory and traditional stories from the North. Admission is free.
Additional events at VPL branches across the city will run throughout the fall season. Look for details at VPL branches or at vpl.ca/events.
High-resolution images and media interviews are available upon request.
About Vancouver Public Library
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“Settler-Colonialism and Genocide Policies in North America”
A free public lecture by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
27 October, 2015
Location: 1400-1420 Segal Centre, SFU Harbour Centre.
Co-sponsored by SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement, J.S. Woodsworth Chair in the Humanities, and First Nations Studies, and UBC’s First Nations and Indigenous Studies Program and Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies.
Governmental policies and actions related to Indigenous peoples, though often termed “racist” or “discriminatory,” are rarely depicted as what they are: classic cases of imperialism and a particular form of colonialism—settler colonialism. As anthropologist Patrick Wolfe has noted: “The question of genocide is never far from discussions of settler colonialism. Land is life—or, at least, land is necessary for life.” i The history of North America is a history of settler colonialism. The objective of government authorities was to terminate the existence of Indigenous Peoples as peoples—not as random individuals. This is the very definition of modern genocide. US and Canadian history, as well as inherited Indigenous trauma, cannot be understood without dealing with the genocide committed against Indigenous peoples. From the colonial period through the founding of states and continuing in the 21st century, this has entailed torture, terror, sexual abuse, massacres, systematic military occupations, removals of Indigenous peoples from their ancestral territories, forced removal of Native American children to military-like boarding schools, allotment, and policies of termination.
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz grew up in rural Oklahoma, daughter of a tenant farmer and part-Indian mother. Her grandfather, a white settler, farmer, and veterinarian, was a member of the Oklahoma Socialist Party and Industrial Workers of the World. Her historical memoir, “Red Dirt: Growing Up Okie,” tells that story. Moving to San Francisco, California, she graduated in History from San Francisco State University and began graduate school at the University of California at Berkeley, transferring to University of California, Los Angeles to complete her doctorate in History, specializing in Western Hemisphere and Indigenous histories. From 1967 to 1972, she was a full time activist and a leader in the women’s liberation movement that emerged in 1967, organizing in various parts of the U. S., traveling to Europe, Mexico, and Cuba. A second historical memoir, “Outlaw Woman: Memoir of the War Years, 1960-1975,” tells that story. In 1973, Roxanne joined the American Indian Movement (AIM) and the International Indian Treaty Council, beginning a lifelong commitment to international human rights, lobbying for Indigenous rights at the United Nations. Appointed as director of Native American Studies at California State University East Bay, she collaborated in the development of the Department of Ethnic Studies, as well as Women’s Studies, where she taught for 3 decades. Her 1977 book, “The Great Sioux Nation: An Oral History of the Sioux Nation,” was the fundamental document at the first international conference on Indians of the Americas, held at United Nations’ headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Two more scholarly books followed: “Roots of Resistance: A History of Land Tenure in New Mexico” and “Indians of the Americas: Human Rights and Self-Determination.” In 1981, Roxanne was invited to visit Sandinista Nicaragua to appraise the land tenure situation of the Mískitu Indians in the isolated northeastern region of the country. In over a hundred trips to Nicaragua and Honduras, she monitored what was called the Contra War. Her book, “Blood on the Border: A Memoir of the Contra War,” was published in 2005. “An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States” was published by Beacon Press in September 2014.