Day: October 16, 2015

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