Day: November 17, 2015

Indigenous conference compare differing research approaches

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Indigenous conference compare differing research approaches

By Lailani Upham

Dr. Bagele Chilisa, University of Botswana in Africa and author of “Indigenous Methodologies” is keynote speaker at the Indigenous Research Conference. (Courtesy photo)
Dr. Bagele Chilisa, University of Botswana in Africa and author of “Indigenous Methodologies” is keynote speaker at the Indigenous Research Conference. (Courtesy photo)

PABLO — Salish Kootenai College is the home of an Indigenous Research Conference where hundreds of researchers from around the world gather to compare notes.

All share a common philosophies – indigenous research methodologies differ from a western approach.

Western approach is where the researcher is separated from the data and the project, and is merely an observer.

Indigenous research flows from relationships.

Nearly 300 participants attended the third annual Indigenous Research Conference on October 22 – 24 at the SKC Joe McDonald Health Center.

The purpose is to educate and promote and incorporate methodologies into all research that engages indigenous peoples and communities around the worlds.

The new philosophy is that research is gained through relationships and the researcher knows the story or can tell it from a personal standpoint.

Participants came from Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, Alaska, South Africa, Sweden, and from across the United States.

Dr. Bagele Chilisa, author of Indigenous Methodologies (2012), of University of Botswana was one of the keynote speakers along with Dr. Patricia Cochran, Inupiat, from Alaska Native Science.

A researcher from Russian, Dr. Lilian Alissa was the banquet speaker.

Dr. Shawn Wilson, author of “Research is Ceremony” was part of a pre- conference workshop titled: Implementing the Indigenous paradigm into the proposal. Read More…

‘We’re failing aboriginal students’: U of S chancellor

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The University of Saskatchewan hopes to answer the calls to action laid out in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s final report by hosting a national forum on aboriginal education.

“Building Reconciliation” runs Wednesday and Thursday and brings together 180 university presidents, political leaders and educators from across Canada to discuss post-secondary education for indigenous students. Among the report’s recommendations are calls to establish degrees in aboriginal languages; provide adequate funding for the backlog of aboriginal students seeking higher education; and offer support for educators to incorporate more traditional knowledge and teaching methods in the classroom.

Featured speakers included Assembly of First Nations Chief Perry Bellegarde and Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada commissioner Justice Murray Sinclair, among other prominent leaders and educators. Read more…

Job – Program Instructors: Academic Skills Course, UBC Continuing Studies, Due: Nov. 24, 2015

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Program Instructors: Academic Skills Course

We are currently seeking part time instructors for the International Graduate Study Preparation Program (IGSPP). This program is for international students who are planning on attending graduate programs in North America or other English-speaking regions.

Participants focus on increasing cultural understanding and awareness, building academic skills (critical thinking, writing and research skills, class participation as well as presentation skills and time management, etc.) and strengthening communication skills for non-native English speakers. However, these are not ESL programs.

The position is for one 3.5-hour class per week and some Friday and Saturday workshop classes. Classes begin January 11th until term end April 30th, 2016. We will prioritize candidates who are able to make more than a one-term commitment.

We are looking for Instructors with the following qualifications:

  • Minimum of a Master’s degree in a related field plus studies in critical thinking (graduates of Canadian degree programs will be given priority)
  • Recognized experience instructing comparative culture and leadership
  • Demonstrated ability in teaching how to facilitate academic discussion
  • Minimum of 2 years teaching experience at the adult level with demonstrated classroom management skills
  • Demonstrated facilitation experience
  • Related cross-cultural work or educational experience both in Canada and overseas
  • Effective communication, interpersonal and organizational skills
  • The ability to work as part of a team
  • Good knowledge of UBC, Vancouver and Canada
  • High level of English-language fluency
  • Experience with learners of a second language; an understanding of the language acquisition process
    This position’s availability is dependant on the number of students in the program. Please send CV by November 24, 2015 to:

    Mark Wisniewski
    Program Coordinator
    UBC Continuing Studies

    We appreciate all responses, however only those being considered for interviews will be contacted.

SSHRC Storytellers Contest/« J’ai une histoire à raconter » du CRSH

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Le français suit.

Dear Colleague :


On November 19, SSHRC will launch its fourth annual Storytellers challenge.Over the years the contest has been a tremendous success, thanks in large part to the engagement of institutions in promoting it.


As always, we welcome your collaboration. At the following link, you will find various promotional materials:


I encourage you to share this information with your colleagues in research offices, graduate offices and faculties, and to promote the contest to your students to give them their best chance at success. Together, we will be enhancing excellence in research communications while promoting the very best research in social sciences and humanities across the country.


The contest is open to all students, graduate and undergraduate, enrolled at Canadian postsecondary institutions. Their task is to tell the story, in 3 minutes or 300 words, of a SSHRC-funded research project—their own or a professor’s. Each year, we select 25 finalists to receive a $3000 cash prize and specialized training in research communications.


For further details on this year’s Storytellers challenge, please follow us on Twitter, watch the #SSHRCStorytellershashtag, and visit the SSHRC website.


Don’t hesitate to be in touch should you have any questions. Please note that participant questions should be addressed to


Thank you for your collaboration.


Yours sincerely,

David Holton

Great research matters. How your students tell its story is just as important.



Le 19 novembre, le CRSH lancera son quatrième concours national annuel J’ai une histoire à raconter.Le concours connaît un énorme succès au fil des années grâce, en grande partie, à l’engagement des établissements à le promouvoir.

Comme toujours, votre collaboration est la bienvenue. Vous trouverez des outils promotionnels variés en cliquant sur cet hyperlien :

Je vous encourage à partager cette information avec vos collègues dans les bureaux de recherche, les bureaux des études supérieures et les facultés, afin de promouvoir le concours auprès de vos étudiants et leur donner les meilleures chances de succès. Ensemble, nous travaillerons à accroître l’excellence en communication de la recherche tout en faisant la promotion des meilleurs travaux de recherche en sciences humaines partout au pays.

Le concours est ouvert aux étudiants de tous les cycles, inscrits dans un établissement postsecondaire canadien. Leur mandat est de raconter l’histoire, en trois minutes ou en 300 mots, d’un projet de recherche, financé par le CRSH. Le projet peut être le leur ou celui de leur professeur. Chaque année, nous sélectionnons vingt-cinq (25) finalistes qui reçoivent un prix en argent de 3 000 $ et participent à un atelier spécialisé en communication axée sur la recherche.

Pour obtenir plus d’information au sujet du concours J’ai une histoire à raconter de cette année, veuillez nous suivre sur Twitter, prêter attention au mot-clic #RécitCRSH et visiter le site Web du CRSH.

N’hésitez pas non plus à communiquer avec moi si vous avez des questions. Les questions des participants devraient quant à elles être envoyées à ré

Merci de votre collaboration.

Je vous prie d’agréer, collègues universitaires, mes salutations les plus sincères.

David Holton

La recherche, ça compte! La façon dont les étudiants de votre établissement en parlent aussi!

Community Feast Bowl at FIrst Nations Longhouse, Nov. 25, 2015

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Wednesday, November 25: Community Feast Bowl

Join the Indigenous Health Garden for the monthly Community Feast Bowl Lunch, serving traditional and in-season foods. Volunteers are needed to help prepare food. Meet in the Longhouse kitchen any time after 9:30 AM to help cook. If you are new to the Feast Bowl, visit the volunteer website and let the organizers know you are coming or contact Hannah Lewis, including for more information.Wednesday, November 25, 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Sty-Wet-Tan Great Hall, Longhouse

Lunch will be served at 12:30 PM in Sty-Wet-Tan Great Hall. The meal is free and everyone is welcome.

Source: The Talking Stick: News and Information from the First Nations Longhouse, November 16, 2015

Artist Conversations at MOA, UBC. Nov. 22, 1 pm–2:30 pm

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Artist Conversations at MOA

MOA invites you to participate in a conversation between artists. In conjunction with the new exhibit (In)visible: The Spiritual World of Taiwan Through Contemporary Art, Walis Labai, Yuma Taru and Anli Genu will engage in conversation with Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, an artist from Haida Gwaii, and MOA Curator Fuyubi Nakamura. Join them for a discussion concerning issues of identity, indigeneity, and cultural heritage in contemporary art. This event is free with with your free student card admission.Sunday, November 22, 1:00 – 2:30 PM
Museum of Anthropology, UBCFor more information, contact MOA Reception or call 604-827-5932.


Source: The Talking Stick: News and Information from the First Nations Longhouse, November 16, 2015

Highway of Tears film screening and panel discussion, at the Norm Theatre, Nov. 30, 2015

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Monday, November 30: Highway of Tears film screening and panel discussion

The Women’s Centre at UBC is screening Highway of Tears, followed by a panel discussion. Since the late 1960s, at least eighteen young women — many of them from First Nations communities — have disappeared or been found murdered along the 724-kilometre stretch of Highway 16 in northern British Columbia. None of these cases were ever solved. Matt Smiley’s hard-hitting documentary, Highway of Tears, not only movingly relates the personal stories of the victims, but investigates how the legacy of generational poverty, high unemployment and endemic violence in their communities contributed to their tragic fates — and how contemporary First Nations leaders are striving to cure those ills.

Monday, November 30, 5:458:30 PM
The Norm Theatre, 6138 University Blvd (the old SUB)

Registration is required for this free event. Light refreshments will be served.

Source: The Talking Stick: News and Information from the First Nations Longhouse, November 16, 2015

Indigenous Knowledge Gathering – Tucson, March 17, 2016 at 8 am – 5 pm

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La Alianza Indigena Sin Fronteras/Indigenous Alliance Without Borders is proposing to host an Indigenous Knowledge Gathering in Tucson March 17, at the Global Justice Center.

The gathering is a semilla and extension of collaboration and solidarity with the first Indigenous Knowledge Gathering in San Francisco this past May 2015.

The Indigenous Knowledge Gathering Tuscon is strategically prior to The National Association of Ethnic Studies ((, and the National MEChA Conference ( with activities extending from March 17 to the 20th.

The Indigenous Knowledge Gathering agenda is a community effort and in development. Please stay posted for updates and announcements. If you are interested in becoming involved, please feel free to reach out at The working goals of the gathering include:

1) Collecting testimonies, observations, and critical analysis of indigenous scholarship and cultural movements.

2) To gather and build a community of indigenous communities, indigenous scholars, and indigenous scholar practitioners representing indigenous groups, cultures, and traditions.

3) To build inquiry, strategy, and methods to disrupt scholarship and education models that subjugates and prejudice indigenous populations, history, culture, and traditions.

It is not accidental that all of these conferences will all be held in Arizona, as the state has been akin to the Deep South for some time, a laboratory of hate, but also of resistance. When you get here, remember that you are arriving to what some call the borderlands. Actually, you will be arriving to Indian Country.

This a FREE EVENT and open to all communities.

Host Committee Members to date:
Jose Matus, Director, Alianza Indigena Sin Fronteras
Tupak Enrique and Evie Reyes-Aguirre, Tonatierra-Nahuacalli (Phoenix)
Shannon Rivers, O’otham nation.
Maria Molina and Jesus Ruiz, Calpolli Teoxicalli (Tucson)
Roberto Cintli Rodriguez, University of Arizona
Angela Mictlanoxchitl Anderson Guerrero, California Institute of Integral Studies (San Francisco, CA)

Facebook Event Page:


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“Moving Towards Reconciliation in Teacher Education”


APRIL 6 – 8, 2016

The Faculty of Education and the Mi’kmaq-Wolastoqey Centre at the University of New Brunswick are proud to host this unique conference bringing together teacher educators working in the Indigenous contexts to share ideas, experiences and innovations regarding teacher education programs.

A welcoming powwow followed by two days of panels and presentations highlight the theme of moving towards reconciliation in teacher education. Paper submissions will be considered under the complimentary areas of implementing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) recommendations.

  • in teacher education and transformative pedagogies;
  • Indigenous language and culture resurgence;
  • land-based education and Indigenous ways of knowing;
  • self-governance and treaty education.

    Early registration will start January 1, 2016 and end on February 29, 2016.









$20 Regular
$10 Student / Seniors
(This cost is included in registration fee for conference delegates)


CFP – INDIGENOUS INTERVENTION into “INDIGENOUS NARRATIVE”, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Due: Dec. 11, 2015

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The Institute of American Indian Arts Indigenous Liberal Studies Department


March 31-April 2, 2016

Albuquerque, New Mexico

The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Indigenous Liberal Studies Department is convening an interdisciplinary conference exploring the idea of “Indigenous Narrative.” The Indigenous Intervention on Indigenous Narrative is being convened to bring forth ideas related to the Indigenous experience with the concept of “Narrative” in culture, literature, philosophy, history, politics, economics, film, television, art, music, social theory, business. The concept of Indigenous Narrative has many applications and responses in the Indigenous world including assimilation, economic development, education, cultural change, artistic expression, evolution/devolution, language, psychology, and more.

Please submit a one-page abstract or a panel proposal with abstracts by December 11, 2015. Organized panels are encouraged. Special Undergraduate Research sections for papers and panels are available (please indicate on your proposal/abstract if yours is undergraduate research). All presenters will be required to register for the conference. Registration details will be forthcoming.

To submit your proposal or abstract: email:, mail: Indigenous Intervention, Indigenous Liberal Studies, Institute of American Indian Arts, 83 Avan Nu Po Road, Santa Fe, NM 87508-1300. For more information: Stephen Wall, 505.424.2376 or

IAIA has been working to develop an online journal of papers from the Indigenous Interventions work continues as we seek to digitally publish all works that are submitted by the scholars for publication.