Month: October 2015

B.C. First Nation writes its own declaration of title rights and strategy

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B.C. First Nation writes its own declaration of title rights and strategy

A First Nation on British Columbia’s central coast is not waiting for the provincial and federal governments to draft a reconciliation agreement. The Heiltsuk Nation has written and signed its own declaration, setting out what it says is a new mandate for a relationship within Canada.
BELLA BELLA – A First Nation on British Columbia’s central coast is not waiting for the provincial and federal governments to draft a reconciliation agreement.

The Heiltsuk Nation has written and signed its own declaration, setting out what it says is a new mandate for a relationship within Canada.

Hereditary Chief Harvey Humchitt says the First Nation has been collaborating with industry and senior governments on planning and economic opportunities, but without much progress on resource management decisions within its territories.

Chief Marilyn Slett says existing agreements will be honoured but the new approach will build a government-to-government relationship between the Heiltsuk, B.C., and Canada.

The First Nation relies on the Supreme Court of Canada’s 2014 Tsilhqot’in decision, that it says found a declaration of aboriginal title could be obtained through a negotiated agreement, or by court declaration.

Heiltsuk hereditary chiefs and elected leaders say as the sovereign authority over more than 35,000 square kilometres of the central coast, the First Nation has the right to control, manage and benefit from territorial resources.

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14th Annual Indigenous Graduate Student Symposium, March 4 & 5, 2016

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SAVE THE DATE: 14th Annual Indigenous Graduate Student Symposium will be held on March 4 & 5, 2016 at the UBC Longhouse

UBC & SFU Partnership

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Pamela Palmater, Associate Professor & Chair in Indigenous Governance, Faculty of Arts, Ryerson University

The University and Community have shaped each other for some time now. This year The Indigenous Graduate Student Symposium invites submissions that explore transformation through Indigenous Research and Knowledge by thinking about how research interacts with community and how community shapes research. Please use this wordle to find inspiration for your abstract while you wait for the call for abstracts for presentations and posters.

New First Nations and Endangered Languages Program FNEL website

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New First Nations and Endangered Languages Program FNEL website:

FNEL are grateful to the Musqueam Language and Culture Department and UBC Arts ISIT for their support and guidance during our redesign process, and they hope that you will enjoy the result as much as they have enjoyed building it. Thier renewed web platform is full of information about the program, including news features, resources, community partnerships, course offerings and faculty research initiatives.

This is an exciting year for the First Nations and Endangered Languages Program! Offering a range of new and innovative courses and strengthened academic partnerships with the First Nations and Indigenous Studies Program under the new Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies (CIS). The Institute is an interdisciplinary research unit for Indigenous critical theory and politics, arts research, and applied social practice within the humanities and social sciences at UBC.

Stay tuned for more news and events from FNEL and CIS. To receive news about their program and announcements of events, please subscribe to thier mailing list by sending an email to with “FNEL-UBC mailing list” in the subject line.

FNEL would love to hear from you if you have thoughts or comments about their website, and FNEL will be grateful if you could help spread the news about the Program and the courses through your networks on social media.

With all good wishes,
The Faculty and Staff at the First Nations and Endangered Languages Program

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Public talk with writer/activist Arthur Manuel – Oct 21, 2015, 9-12 pm

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Wednesday October 21:
Public talk with writer/activist Arthur Manuel
Arthur Manuel, a forceful advocate for Aboriginal title and rights in Canada, co-authored the recent book Unsettling Canada: A National Wake Up Call with Grand Chief Ronald M. Derrikson. Their work not only constructs a plan for a new sustainable indigenous economy, but also lays out a decolonizing roadmap for getting there. Please join him for this free public discussion.

Wednesday, October 21, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Sty-Wet-Tan Great Hall, First Nations Longhouse

For more information, contact Natalie Clark.


Bannock, poutine, indigenous harvest: the power of food to connect cultures, community

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Sunday October 18, 2015

Bannock, poutine, indigenous harvest: the power of food to connect cultures, community

Neechi Foods in Winnipeg offers a range of traditional foods in its restaurant and grocery store.

Neechi Foods in Winnipeg offers a range of traditional foods in its restaurant and grocery store. (Neechi Foods/Twitter)

Listen to Full Episode 40:59

It’s autumn, the season of crunchy leaves, cool days and grandma sweaters. In indigenous communities it’s also harvest time.

Back home in the north, moose hunting is underway. In the south wild rice or manoomin is being prepared and packaged and on the coastlines people are fishing up for winter.

So what better time to talk about food?

  • On the show this week, our senior bannockologist, Tim Fontaine, digs into a Winnipeg co-op that serves up traditional food and economic development.
  • You’ll find out what happened when the indigenous people of Sweden stopped in at a Cree community in Quebec and had some poutine.
  • Artist KC Adams spent a month eating only foods that are indigenous to North America. Hear the personal reason that motivated her to make the change.
  • Seal intestine is being served up to guests in Labrador. Find out what else is on the menu at the Torngat Mountains Base Camp.
  • And some theatre with your dinner? HUFF playwright and actor Cliff Cardinal explains why he uses the stage to shed light on some very dark topics.

Coyote Keyboard Workshop by Dr. Jo-Ann Archibald, Nov 4, 2015, 12-1:30 pm

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Coyote's Keyboard - Dr. Archibald

Dr. Jo-ann Archibald, Q’um Q’um Xiiem, is Sto:lo and St’at’imc, Associate Dean for Indigenous Education, NITEP Director, and Professor in Educational Studies. She will share her scholarly writing experiences and guidance that she received from Indigenous Elders, storytellers, and Tricksters such as Coyote about Indigenous stories. In this session, she and those who attend will have an opportunity to share their approaches, concerns, and successes about the ways that Indigenous stories can shape our writing so that we address the heart, mind, body, and spirit in our scholarship. Dr. Archibald is the author of “Indigenous Storywork: Educating the Heart, Mind, Body, and Spirit” published by UBC Press in 2008.

The Coyote’s Keyboard Writing Series emphasizes ways of presenting and writing Indigenous scholarship. All are welcome to attend these sessions.

Coyote’s Keyboard – Dr. Archibald

Job – Lecturer II – Department of Linguistics Navajo Language Program, University of New ACMexico. Due: Oct 26, 2015

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The University of New Mexico Department of Linguistics

Position Summary:

The Department of Linguistics Navajo Language Program at the University of New Mexico announces a search for a Lecturer II to begin working January 11, 2016. The position is contingent upon final budgetary approval. Responsibilities include:

1)      teaching undergraduate courses in Navajo,

2)      developing Navajo language curricular materials,

3)      advising students pursuing the minor in Navajo,

4)      program recruitment, and

5)      service to the department

Minimum qualifications:

  •        Master’s degree in hand at time of application in Linguistics, Native American Studies, Education, or related field.
  •        Experience teaching Navajo with Navajo as the language of instruction in K-12, college or university settings.

Preferred qualifications:

  •        Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities.
  •        Conversational fluency in Navajo sufficient for teaching environment.
  •        Ability to read and write in Navajo.
  •        Experience in developing curricular materials for teaching Navajo.
  •        Documented experience working in partnership with Navajo educational institutions.
  •        Ability to work effectively with students and colleagues.
  •        Ability to assume administrative duties and to mentor part-time instructors as needed.
  •        Expertise in the use of technology to support instruction.

Date for best consideration: October 26, 2015

Closing date:  Open until filled

Please direct all inquiries to: Professor Mary Willie,

For details about the application requirements or to apply, visit the UNMJobs website: Please reference Posting Number 0832338.

University of New Mexico is committed to promoting and supporting the diversity of our campuses. UNM is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Upcoming workshops and volunteer opportunities with the Indigenous Health Garden

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Upcoming workshops and volunteer opportunities
  • Wednesday October 21st, 1:30-4:30PM: Garden volunteer session
  • Tuesday October 27th, 1:30-4:30PM: Last garden volunteer session of 2015!
  • Wednesday October 28th: Feast Bowl community meal at the UBC Longhouse
  • Wednesday November 25th: Feast Bowl community meal at the UBC Longhouse
  • Wednesday December 16th: Feast Bowl community meal at the UBC Longhouse
How to volunteer for garden sessions: we work in the garden rain or shine, so come dressed for the weather. We have extra rain boots, gardening tools, and gloves to share. Bring a snack and water bottle – bring friends and family (of any age) too! No experience necessary. You will find us in the Indigenous Health Garden at the UBC Farm. The most up-to-date directions to the UBC Farm can be found here. Once at the Farm, you can follow the “Aboriginal Health Gardens” signs or follow this map to find our garden.

How to volunteer for the Feast Bowl: if you are new to the Feast Bowl, please fill out our volunteer sign-up form online so we can get to know you a bit better! Join us at the UBC First Nations Longhouse (1985 West Mall) at or after 9:30AM to help us harvest or cook, or 12:30PM to eat lunch with us. Extra help from any age or skill level is always appreciated, especially in the kitchen. If you can only join us for lunch, we encourage you to come anyway and we look forward to sharing a delicious meal with you!

Note: if you plan to bring a large group, please let us know ahead of time at

CFP – Native American Track at the Annual Research and Policy Conference on Behavioral Health, Due: Oct 30, 2015

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Greetings Colleagues,
I wanted to make sure you all knew about the Call For Proposals to present at the Annual Conference in Tampa in March. If you are not familiar with this conference, it focuses on connection between research and policy, which is critical for improving the systems and structures so that we can better serve tribal youth and their families. It also supports dissemination of knowledge around best practices.
The Indian Country Child Trauma Center is a partner for the conference in 2016. The deadline for proposal submissions is October 30th and we are preparing a Native American Track that will include keynotes, presentations, and workshops focused on research and/or policy in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities.
Please forward to those that may be interested in presenting and feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or need special accommodations regarding your submission.
Jami Bartgis, Ph.D.
President and CEO
One Fire Associates, LLC
241 Kershner Road
Sand Springs, OK 74063

Call for Papers (PDF): 29th Call for papers-9-18-15

Job – Assistant Professor, Native American Studies (three year term)

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Three Year Term Assistant Professor
Native American Studies

The Center for Native American Studies at Northern Michigan University invites qualified applicants to
apply for a three year term Assistant Professor position. Northern Michigan University, with 8,600
students and 180 degree programs, is located along the shore of Lake Superior in the vibrant, historic city
of Marquette, consistently named a top spot in the nation to raise a family, vacation, and enjoy an
excellent quality of life. See more at

Duties and Responsibilities: Responsible for teaching introductory and advanced courses in Native
American Studies, professional development and scholarship, and service. These courses may be
offered on campus or off campus via distance education employing multiple technologies.

Minimum Qualifications: Doctorate or equivalent terminal degree in Native American Studies or related

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required: Proficiency or the willingness to become proficient, in
utilizing instructional technologies. Ability to develop and deliver curriculum. Good oral and written
communication skills. Good interpersonal skills. Ability to meet the demands of the position in a timely
manner. Ability to assess student learning outcomes.

Additional Desirable Qualifications: Experience teaching in higher education, preferably in Native
American Studies. Ability to develop and refine Native American Studies courses, mentor students, and
assist with outreach efforts in these areas on campus and in the wider community. Qualified to teach
Anishinaabe language. Familiarity with tribal cultures of the Great Lakes Region. Experience in working
with a diverse student population, especially American Indian students. Demonstrated commitment to
social justice.

The review of applicants will begin November 29, 2015.  Applications received after that date will not be
considered. All applicants must include a letter of application, a current vitae, unofficial transcripts, and
contact information (names, addresses, email addresses, and telephone numbers) for three reference.
To apply for this position please visit:

NMU is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer including protected veterans and individuals
with disabilities, and is strongly committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty.