Day: August 1, 2015

Indigenous summer reading: 3 top picks by Leanne Simpson

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Indigenous summer reading: 3 top picks by Leanne Simpson

Lee Maracle’s Celia’s song ‘a must read – an incredible novel, says Simpson

By Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, for CBC News Posted: Jul 30, 2015

Leanne Simpson shares her summer reading list.

Leanne Simpson shares her summer reading list. (Supplied)

In this on-going summer series authors, celebrities and CBC personalities share their favourite indigenous books, the ones they want to read this summer and the ones they think everyone should read.

Here’s author  writer, educator and activist Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, of Mississauga Nishnaabeg ancestry, with her top three picks. Read More…


Summer Festivals in Vancouver – August 2015

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VanCity Buzz has got a great list of the festivals happening all Summer in Vancouver and around BC! We’ve listed a few of the events happening in August below. Look here for the full list.

Vancouver Chinatown Festival

A celebration of Chinese culture, this street festival is hosted in the heart of Vancouver’s Chinatown, stretching along Columbia and Keefer and attracting more than 50,000 patrons each year.

Date: August 8 and 9 (estimated)
Location: Chinatown, Vancouver

Vancouver Shakespeare Festival (Bard on the Beach)

Presented on the beautiful waterfront of Vanier Park, Bard on the Beach is one of Canada’s largest not-for-profit Shakespeare festivals, in its 26th year. This year’s shows are King Lear, The Comedy of Errors, Love Labour’s Lost and Shakespeare’s Rebel.

Date: June 4 to September 26
Location: Vanier Park, Vancouver

Robson Square Summer Dance Series

Every Friday night this summer come down to Robson Square for a night of square-dancing fun. Start of with a free beginner dance lesson and dance the night away.

Date: June 26 to August 28
Location: Robson Square, Vancouver

Sunday Afternoon Salsa

Salsa Dancing returns to Robson Square for the Summer 2015 season, every Sunday in July and August starting July 5.

Date: Starts July 5
Location: Vancouver, Robson Sqaure

Outdoor movies in Stanley Park

Presented by Evo and FreshAirCinema, come down to Stanley Park every Tuesday night this summer starting July 7 for a free outdoor movie. Stay tuned for the announcement of movies on June 16 here on Vancity Buzz.

Date: Every Tuesday night, July 7 to August 25
Location: Stanley Park

Theatre Under the Stars

In the heart of Stanley Park, come to see both amateur and professional actors present Oliver and Hairspray on alternating nights, right under the stars.

Date: July 10 to August 22
Location: Malkin Bowl at Stanley Park, Vancouver

Queer Arts Festival

Viewed as one of the top five queer arts and culture festivals worldwide, the Queer Arts Festival (QAF) is an annual artist-run professional multi-disciplinary arts festival at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre in Vancouver.

Date: July 23 to August 7
Location: Vancouver, Roundhouse Theatre

Harmony Arts Festival

This West Vancouver festival features great music, family fun, showcases visual arts and delicious food.

Date: July 31 to August 9
Location: West Vancouver

Vancouver Queer Film Festival

For 27 years, this festival has run in hopes to illuminate the transformative moments in the lives of queer people by showcasing queer films.

Date: August 13 to 23
Location: Various locations, Vancouver

MusicFest Vancouver 

Each year for 10 days in August, Vancouver concert venues host Musicfest, a series of jazz, classical and world concerts.

Date: August 5 to 11
Location: Vancouver

Squamish Valley Music Festival

Drake, Sam Smith, and Mumford and Sons headline this music festival set in the heart of the Squamish Valley.

Date: August 6 to 9
Location: Squamish

“Three Sisters in the Kitchen” Traditional Maya Cooking Workshop, – Aug. 8, 2015 2:30 pm – 5 pm

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Members of the Maya in Exile Garden at UBC Farm invite you to a traditional cooking workshop.

Help prepare (and eat!) several dishes:

  • Sopa de calabaza con flor de calabaza y flor de frijol (Soup made with young squash, squash flowers and bean flowers.)
  • Tortillas con flor de calabaza, ejotes (Tortillas with squash flowers and green beans ) y frijol molido (served with pureed black beans)
  • Pan Dulce de calabaza (Sweet bread made from squash)
  • Cafe tradicional (Traditional Maya style coffee)

(Most ingredients are sourced from the Maya in Exile Garden at UBC Farm).

Date: Saturday August 8th, 2015
Time: 2:30-5:00PM
Place: UBC Farm, 3461 Ross Drive, Vancouver
Cost: $30 (All proceeds to benefit the Maya in Exile Garden)
What to bring: Curiosity and your hungry belly

To register: e-mail Caroline at or Nati at

We need a minimum of 10 participants to offer this delicious workshop. Early registration helps ensure the workshop goes ahead. Thank you!

Job – Academic Assistant, at the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm, Due: Aug. 9, 2015.

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The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm
Position Title: Academic Assistant
The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems (CSFS) at the University of British Columbia is a globally unique research space aimed at improving the sustainability and resiliency of our regional, national, and global food systems. The CSFS engages in innovative sustainability learning and research, embodying the concept of campus as a living lab, where learners can immerse themselves in the stewardship of a working, productive landscape at our 24-ha sustainable farm.
Working in a dynamic environment, the Academic Assistant will report to the CSFS Academic Programs Manager and share in a wide range of tasks that help support the Centre’s teaching functions.

For the complete job post, please see:

CSFS Job Posting Academic Assistant

Job – Institute Project Officer, at CIHR Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health. Due: August 3, 2015

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Date: July 21, 2015
Canadian Institute of Health Research Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health Invites applications for the following position:

Institute Project Officer
Position Outline:
The Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health (IAPH) is a national and virtual institute, part of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Its creation represents an unprecedented transformation in health research funding that requires substantial and ongoing development in accordance with the special health needs and priorities of the Aboriginal peoples of Canada.
The ambit of the CIHR-IAPH is broad and supports research to address the special health needs of Canada’s First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. Research areas include, but are not limited to: health promotion; identification of health advantages and health risk factors; health determinants; disease, injury and disability prevention strategies; research that contributes to the development of appropriate health policies and health systems; addictions and mental health strategies; investigations to determine causal factors for increased prevalence of certain conditions; methodologies to determine the most effective interventions; accessibility, health education and provider issues; international research; ethics issues; knowledge translation; Indigenous science; and the impacts of Aboriginal cultures on health and wellness.
The Institute Project Officer will work collaboratively as a member of the Institute team that includes the Scientific Director, Institute Associate Director, Project Officer, and the Finance and Human Resource Manager in the Simon Fraser Burnaby office, as well as other CIHR staff in the CIHR national office located in Ottawa. He/she will be a key contributor to the research development, planning, coordination, implementation, and evaluation undertaken to ensure the Institute achieves its mandate.
 Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline and three to five years of related experience or an equivalent
combination of education, training and experience, with a focus on Aboriginal peoples and issues.
 Related experience including project work within health-related research networks, or collaborative funded grants programs.
 Must be able to travel.
 Must be able to maintain work and office hours.
 Must be culturally respectful and possess a good knowledge of the issues in Aboriginal health, and social and historical context of Canada’s Aboriginal peoples.
 Excellent interpersonal, communication (oral and written), and relationship management skills.
 Proficient in the use of Word, database, spreadsheet, and presentation applications, InDesign experience an asset.
 Excellent research and cultivation of collaborative relationship skills.
 Excellent organizational, problem-solving, and analytical reasoning skills.
 Excellent teamwork skills.
 Good Strategic planning skill.
 Professional experience working with Aboriginal peoples at a local or national level an asset.
SALARY RANGE: $63,000 to $75,000 per annum
POSITION END DATE: December 31, 2016
A detailed resume and cover letter quoting Competition #139267-05 must be received by email in our office by 4:30 pm on August 3, 2015, addressed to the attention of Nicole Manson, Finance and Human Resources Manager at
Interviews will be held in Burnaby August 10-12, 2015
We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.
Applying to Competition via Email
Please follow the formatting instructions below when emailing your application information for this competition.
 In the Subject Line of the email, indicate the following information in the order specified below:
Competition Number, Position Title, Applicant Name.
 All application information must be included in the body of the email or combined into 1 attachment (PDF document preferred). This should include the cover letter, a detailed resume and any other relevant documents. Do not send separate attachments for each document.
 Please email your application information to
By submitting your application, you understand and agree that any false or misleading statement may disqualify you from employment, or, after having obtained employment with CIHR Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health, may result in dismissal.

For more details, please see:

Competition 13267-05 Project officer Job Description

Competition 139267-05 Project Officer Job Summary

Job – Corporate Director, Academic Education, Due: Aug. 17, 2015

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Corporate Director, Academic Education

Req# 39345

Vancouver, BC

In accordance with the Mission, Vision and Values, and strategic directions of Provincial Health Services Authority patient safety is a priority and a responsibility shared by everyone at PHSA, and as such, the requirement to continuously improve quality and safety is inherent in all aspects of this position.

Reporting to the Chief Administrative Officer – Research, the Corporate Director, Academic Education provides strategic leadership in advancing the education component of PHSA’s tripartite mission as an academic health science organization. The Corporate Director works in collaboration with agency-based educators to lead development of strategic plans, performance metrics, policies, platforms and processes aimed at coordinating student practice education across PHSA and achieving the goal of a high performance health workforce. The director works across disciplinary and institutional lines to facilitate an integrated approach to academic education with partners, including academic institutions, health authorities, research institutes and government. The Corporate Director represents PHSA in formal and informal cross-sectoral planning, and collaborates with PHSA enterprise-wide stakeholders to understand and meet student and organizational needs related to academic education.


  • Leads development and implementation of strategic plans to foster student practice education improvement and innovation across the PHSA in collaboration with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ensures PHSA is in compliance with academic and regulatory requirements involving academic education. This includes provincial practice education guidelines addressing requirements such as student orientation and privacy/confidentiality/health/safety training.
  • Leads development, execution and ongoing management of academic affiliation agreements governing student placements across PHSA, and ensures optimal standardization and streamlining of such agreements.
  • Coordinates planning across disciplines and provincial networks to identify desired policy and practice outcomes, and to identify and implement system approaches that manage and optimize learning opportunities for health care students.
  • Collaborates with colleagues within IMITS, HSSBC, HIM and the Clinical and Systems Transformation project to ensure learner needs are identified, understood and met as PHSA undergoes clinical system transformation.
  • Leads further deployment and use of HSPNet, in collaboration with professional practice colleagues, to optimize automation of student practice placements within PHSA, and use of placement data to improve management of student practice education as a system.
  • Maintains knowledge of current trends in academic education and facilitates knowledge exchange/application by reviewing literature, attending relevant conferences/continuing education, and liaising with networks, external organizations, industry advisory groups and members of professional associations.
  • Leads project operation teams, working groups, and external contractors to achieve project goals and objectives, and fosters team and consensus building among relevant teams and working groups.
  • Provides leadership to staff by fostering an atmosphere which promotes and encourages employees to realize their maximum potential and encourages growth. Oversees human resource management. Conducts employee performance reviews and completes appraisals for staff. Recruits staff and supports managing labour relations issues such as discipline up to and including termination.


A level of education, training and experience equivalent to a Master’s in Education (Adult Education, Education Leadership, or Education Administration), and a health professional qualification, plus a minimum of ten (10) years of progressively increasing responsibility in education, and applied educational research and knowledge exchange leadership roles.

Broad knowledge of the academic health mandate, including care, research, and education, as well as technology enabled models in education, financial management, and project management. Demonstrated experience in a decision making role within clinical practice environments including rural and urban settings. Demonstrated ability to bridge and facilitate linkages between research, decision-making, education and clinical practice communities. Demonstrated ability to advance strategic initiatives and manage projects and budgets in a timely manner and in an inter-professional, multi-program and multi-site environment. Exemplary collaborative leadership skills in working with others to identify issues, design creative solutions, follow-up with action and evaluate results. Demonstrated aptitude for progressive, innovative thinking. Ability to integrate and apply learning and education principles, and develop and deliver education programs in diverse health care settings. Superior interpersonal, communication, facilitation and leadership skills including the ability to negotiate with and influence others, both internal and external to the organization at various levels. Demonstrated ability to productively use spreadsheet, word processing, database, and project applications.

We invite you to apply by clicking the “Apply Online Now” button where you can register for the first time or enter your Username and Password in order to re-access your profile on our system.

Applications accepted until Monday August 17th, 2015 at 10:00 am.

For more information on all that the PHSA has to offer, please visit:

The PHSA is committed to employment equity and hires on the basis of merit. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals, including Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities.

Funding – Important Changes to 2015 Vanier Competition – Due: Aug. 31, 2015

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Please note below some important changes to the Vanier competition this year.

  1. Due to where Labour Day falls in 2015, and because of a change in the procedure for nomination letters, the deadline for students will fall earlier than in recent competitions.
  • Deadline for applicants to submit to ResearchNet: 11:59pm on 31 August, 2015

Please check eligibility criteria at: