Month: February 2016

Presentation by the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada. 10 – 11 am, March 5, 2016

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Presentation by the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

All students and community members are invited to attend a presentation by the Hon. Jody Wilson-Raybould, Canada’s newest Attorney General, and a graduate of the UBC Allard School of Law, who will be discussing her vision and role as the Minister of Justice.

Saturday, March 5, 10:00-11:00 AM
Jack Poole Hall, The Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre

Please RSVP for this event as seating is limited. Light refreshments will be served.

The UBC Equity Enhancement Fund. Due: April 1, 2016.

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2016 Equity Enhancement Fund

The Equity Enhancement Fund (EEF) supports community-based initiatives that enhance equity, diversity, inclusion and intercultural understanding at UBC. Proposals should demonstrate benefits to the representation or experiences of historically disadvantaged groups within the UBC community.

All academic or administrative units are invited to apply for funding. Student groups, as well as other faculty and staff groups, are invited to submit proposals through their respective leadership.

Applications are accepted for a broad range of funding up to a maximum of $25,000. Preference is given to proposals that demonstrate some matching financial contributions from partners and are for projects that have the potential to be self-sustaining. Separate funding is available for the Okanagan and Vancouver campus.

The deadline for submitting proposals is April 1, 2016. If you have any questions about the Equity Enhancement Fund, email equity@equity.ubc.ca.

Are you a student interested in applying for the fund?

Attend a student proposal writing session on March 2 or 3. See below for more info or register here.

Goals of the Equity Enhancement Fund

Following the action plan from Renewing our Commitment to Equity and Diversity: UBC’s Response to the Task Force Recommendations, preference will be given to initiatives which:

  • Build student, faculty and staff competencies and understanding related to issues of equity, diversity and inclusion through community-engaged activities.
  • Promote a respectful environment at UBC through education, dialogue and community engagement.

UBC equity and diversity committees

Equity and diversity committees from faculties, departments and units are encouraged to apply for Equity Enhancement Funding to develop or enhance equity in their work setting.

Read about previous Equity Enhancement Fund recipients


Proposal writing session for students

Students interested in applying for the Equity Enhancement Fund are encouraged to attend a proposal writing session on March 2 or 3. Equity and Inclusion Office educators and past fund recipients will be on hand to answer questions about writing proposals and will share examples of projects that have received funding.

This session is open for student applicants only. Please register for one of the following sessions. Light refreshments will be served.

Session 1
Wednesday, March 2
5pm to 6pm
BUCH D201, 1866 Main Mall
Facilitator: Rachael Sullivan
Deadline for registration March 1 – Register here
Session 2
Thursday, March 3
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Lillooet Room, I.K. Barber Learning Centre , #301-1961 East Mall
Facilitator: Rachael Sullivan
Deadline for registration March 1 – Register here

 


Guidelines

Read the proposal guidelines carefully to assist you in preparing a successful application. Download guidelines (pdf)

Who can apply for funding?

The following are invited to submit proposals to the Equity Enhancement Fund:

  • Any UBC academic or administrative unit
  • Equity committees and equity representatives
  • Unions or Associations
  • Alma Mater Society, UBC Students’ Union Okanagan
  • Graduate Student Society
  • Student clubs or groups
  • Individuals

Applications demonstrating partnerships with other clubs and units will be given preference.

NOTE: Proposals will not be accepted to fund academic research that would be carried out in the normal course of work or study or may be eligible for research funding.

Application Deadline

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Application Form

Completed application forms (in word or pdf) should be emailed by April 1, 2016 to equity@equity.ubc.ca

Fund Objectives

  • Proposals should have observable and/or measurable benefits to the representation or experiences of historically disadvantaged groups within the UBC community.
  • Priority will be given to proposals that benefit the UBC community and have a continuing effect on enhancing employment or educational equity.
  • Proposals must provide clear rationale and objectives consistent with the University’s Equity and Inclusion mandate and commitments as outlined in Place and Promise
  • All Equity Enhancement Fund initiatives must be in accordance with UBC’s Respectful Environment Statement.

Endorsement

  • The proposal must be endorsed by a Head of Unit or the senior official of an organization ie. Alma Mater Society, Graduate Student Society and UBC Students’ Union Okanagan, union/association or student club. A Head of Unit is the Director of a service unit; Head of an academic department; Director of a centre, institute or school; Principal of a college; Dean; Associate Vice President; University Librarian; Registrar; Vice President; or President.
  • Submissions from the Unions or Associations must be endorsed and signed by the senior official of the organization.
  • Submissions from the AMS, GSS and UBCSUO must be endorsed and signed by the senior official of the organization.
  • NOTE: The person making the endorsement assumes responsibility for monitoring the project and ensuring a final report is submitted.

Reporting

  • Successful recipients are required to submit a report, including financial accounting, to the Associate Vice President, Equity and Inclusion upon completion of the project. The Equity and Inclusion Office will provide a template for this purpose.
  • Funds must be spent within one year of receiving funding. Any unused funds must be reported and returned.
  • The fund recipients are responsible for planning and implementation related to your project, and covering any cost overruns.

Funding Details

  • Proposals up to $25,000 will be considered. Small and large proposals are encouraged. Large proposals may receive partial funding.
  • Funding dispersed: 75% upon announcement and 25% on completion of final report.
  • There are separate funds for the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses.
  • Partnerships between faculties/units/departments/groups are encouraged.
  • Applications should demonstrate some financial contributions (not just in-kind) from faculties, units and clubs.
  • Funding will not be granted for projects that are a normal part of the unit’s responsibilities and operating expenses, or, except in exceptional circumstances, to reinstitute a previously funded project in a unit.
  • Funding is allocated once a year in the last quarter of the fiscal period by the Associate Vice-President, Equity and Inclusion, with advice from the Vice President Strategic Implementation Committee.
  • Fund amount and guidelines will be reviewed annually by the Associate Vice-President, Equity and Inclusion, and the Vice President Strategic Implementation Committee.

Evaluation Criteria

A sub-committee of the Vice President Strategic Implementation Committee with representatives from the Okanagan and Vancouver reviews and evaluates all applications. Their evaluation is based on the following criteria:

  • Strategic Value
    How well does this initiative align with the University’s Equity and Inclusion mandate and commitments as outlined in Place and Promise
  • Enhances Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
    Will this initiative significantly contribute to the enhancement of equity, inclusion, diversity and intercultural understanding at UBC?
  • Outreach
    Does this enhance UBC’s reputation on and off campus? Does it create an opportunity to partner with other UBC units/organizations or with groups outside the university?
  • Community Engaged Activities
    Will this project engage and inspire participation of historically disadvantaged groups within the UBC community?
  • Sustainability
    How can this project be made sustainable beyond the funding period?

Call for Submissions: Gatherings-Water project. Deadline EXTENDED TO MARCH 15, 2016

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Theytus Books is please to announce the Gatherings-Water project and a call for writing submissions from B.C. based Indigenous Youth on the theme of water. The Gatherings-Water anthology will be published in November 2015 and those writings chosen by an editorial committee will be featured in the book as well as receiving an honorarium and complementary copy.

This special book marks the return of the Gatherings anthologies that were a mainstay of Theytus Books’ publishing program for a decade. In addition to the anthology, there will be community engagement writing workshops in four B.C. Indigenous communities (locations and dates to be announced) blogs on the Gatherings-Water website and news and links to issues vital to the importance and future of Water in the B.C. region.

The Gatherings-Water project reflects the cultural rejuvenation of Indigenous Youth in B.C. It is not only a revival of a respected anthology series, but also a new level of engagement between publishing house and community, between established writers and emerging voices, and finally a testament to the connection of Indigenous Youth with the life-sustaining power of water.

This call for submissions is open to Indigenous Youth in the province of B.C., 30 years of age and younger.

Submissions can be prose, poetry, nonfiction or based on legends or teachings. Submissions should not exceed 3,000 words.Email your submission as a .jpg, .pdf, or .docx with a short biography of yourself to publisher@theytus.com. Please include 2-3 lines about your submitted work and what water means to you.

Submissions deadline EXTENDED TO MARCH 15, 2016

For more Information:

Publisher: Dr. Gregory Younging 250-493-7181 Ext. 2249 publisher@theytus.com

Theytus Books Ltd. gratefully acknowledges the support of the First Peoples’ Cultural Foundation in making ‘Gatherings ~ Water’ possible.

Job – Tier II Canadian Research Chair in Indigenous Studies at MRU, Due: March 11, 2016

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Competition:     7713ES
Category:     Faculty
Title:     Canada Research Chair (Tier II)
Position Type:     Faculty
Term:     Full-Time, 5 Year Limited Term
Department:     Office of Research, Scholarship and Community Engagement
Date Posted:     January 25th, 2016
Closing Date:     March 11th, 2016
Description:
Mount Royal University (MRU) invites applications for a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in the area of Indigenous Studies (Culture, Environment and Sustainability). The CRC

Program was established by the Government of Canada to enable Canadian universities to foster research excellence and enhance their role as world-class centres of research in the global and knowledge based economy. Contingent on final approval, the CRC is tenable for five years with the option to renew once. CRC candidates are exceptional emerging researchers acknowledged by their peers as having the potential to lead in their field.

Applicants should consult the CRC Program website http://www.chairs.gc.ca for more information regarding eligibility criteria.

Recognizing that Mount Royal University is located within the traditional lands of the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot), Îyârhe Nakoda, and Tsuut’ina nations, MRU is committed to meeting the educational needs of all Indigenous and nonindigenous peoples. By fostering an inclusive learning environment that values and respects Indigenous ways of knowing and learning,

Mount Royal University is dedicated to providing an exceptional undergraduate experience for Indigenous and nonindigenous students.

Mount Royal University is located in Calgary, Alberta; a city that is less than a one hour drive from the majestic Canadian Rocky Mountains. Calgary brings a mix of dynamic big city energy, cheerful western hospitality, and wondrous natural beauty. The city was recently ranked by the Economist as one of the top five livable cities in the world.

Since opening in 1910, Mount Royal has embraced change in order to meet the needs of the people and community it serves. At Mount Royal students experience high quality education enhanced by smaller class sizes, personalized learning and a single-minded dedication to premier undergraduate learning. Mount Royal is known for its collegial working environment.

Duties:
It would be an asset if the successful candidate had a deep knowledge of an Indigenous culture and proficiency in one of the languages of a North American First Nation. Moreover, it would be desirable for the candidate to have been recognized for service in their community, and have demonstrated expertise in relating with elders and participating in ceremonies.

Qualifications:
The successful candidate for a Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Studies will have demonstrated potential and capacity to undertake independent, collaborative and community engaged research in an area related to scholarship in Indigenous studies that potentially makes meaningful contributions towards reconciliation between Indigenous and settler peoples . Areas of consideration include, but are not limited to: Indigenous Epistemologies and Cross-cultural Learning, Indigenous Environmental Humanities, Sustainability and Indigenous Studies, Spatial Analysis and Indigeneity. MRU has emerging expertise in these areas. This is a research focused position, but the successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the creation and delivery (including a modest teaching load) of an Indigenous Studies Major (MRU currently offers an Indigenous Studies Minor) and an Environmental Humanities Major. The candidate is expected to have: a completed PhD, an innovative and original program of research, the capacity to obtain external funding and a demonstrated interest in contributing to excellence in undergraduate education.

Submissions received by midnight March 11, 2016 will be granted full consideration. Once recommended by the Search Committee, the candidate will be considered for an appointment in the appropriate Faculty/Department at MRU. Selection will be determined by the Provost and VP Academic and the AVP Research, Scholarship and Community Engagement and finally submitted to the Canada Research Chairs Selection Committee that adjudicates all nominations on a national basis. The offer of an appointment at the Assistant or Associate Professor level will be conditional upon approval by the CRC Selection Committee.

Contact:
Applications for this position should include a cover letter indicating relevant areas of research and scholarship, teaching experience and philosophy, a curriculum vitae, sample publications, and the names of three referees (with contact information) quoting competition #7713ES to:

MOUNT ROYAL UNIVERSITY

DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES

e: webapply@mtroyal.ca

For further information, contact Michael Quinn, Chair Search Committee CRC Tier II Indigenous Studies, Office of Research, Scholarship and Community Engagement at mquinn@mtroyal.ca

Submit a separate covering letter and resume for each position you are applying for, quoting appropriate competition number to the address noted above.

We thank all applicants for their interest. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

If applying by email, please send your resume as an attachment, in either .doc, .docx or .pdf formats only

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Mount Royal University hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to fostering diversity as a source of excellence, intellectual and cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome applications from those who would contribute to the further diversification of our staff, faculty and their scholarship including but not limited to Aboriginal people, persons with disabilities and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity, ethnic, national or socio-economic background, religion or age.

Job – Assistant Professor in Aboriginal Environmental Management and Governance. Apr. 15, 2016

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Assistant Professor in Aboriginal Environmental
Management and Governance

The School of Resource and Environmental Management (REM) at Simon Fraser University (SFU) invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Aboriginal Environmental Management and Governance. We welcome applications from scholars who will advance environmental and social justice issues as they relate to Aboriginal communities in Canada through interdisciplinary research, teaching, mentoring, and community engagement. We seek a collaborative colleague who will address topics such as marine or terrestrial resource use, management and governance; spatial planning; social-ecological systems; food security and sovereignty; climate impacts; or water resource management.

Relevant background disciplines include: Indigenous studies; anthropology; sociology; community and regional planning, political science; environmental or social history; geography; human ecology, or political ecology. Our preference will be for candidates with experience conducting primary fieldwork and engaging with Indigenous communities and government entities. Eligibility for certification as a professional planner is desirable.

The candidate should hold a PhD. Under exceptional circumstances we may consider outstanding candidates with a mix of education and experience that could be considered equivalent to the PhD. The successful candidate will teach graduate and undergraduate courses, supervise and mentor graduate students, will engage with Aboriginal communities, and will have demonstrated the ability to develop and maintain a high caliber research program. Candidates should have strong aboriginal cultural knowledge and experience. Relevant teaching experience is very desirable.

Starting date for the position is negotiable, but we hope the successful candidate will assume the appointment by September 2016.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and Permanent Residents of Canada will be given priority. Simon Fraser University, located in the greater Vancouver area, is committed to an equity employment program that includes special measures to achieve diversity among its faculty and staff. We particularly encourage applications from qualified Aboriginal Canadians, women, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minorities.

Candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a concise research statement including how their program would contribute to research strengths at SFU, up to three representative publications, and a 1-page statement of teaching experience and philosophy. All application materials should be prepared in advance as a single PDF file and submitted to the REM Director at rem_facultysearch@sfu.ca, School of Resource and Environmental Management, Simon Fraser University, 8888 University Drive, Burnaby, B.C., CANADA V5A 1S6; (TEL: 778-782-3074; FAX: 778-782-4968). Applications should be received by April 15, 2016. Short-listed candidates will be contacted to request letters of recommendation.

For more information, visit: http://www.rem.sfu.ca/

Job – Assistant or Associate Professor of Indigenous Studies, Due: Apr. 1, 2016

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Assistant or Associate Professor of Indigenous Studies
Job Open Date 02-25-2016
Review Date To ensure consideration, please apply prior to the review date. 04-01-2016
The University of Alaska Fairbanks has a significant number of Indigenous students enrolled in a wide range of academic programs that are available on campus in Fairbanks as well as through a network of six rural campuses and a variety of distance education programs. Other than the Cross­ Cultural Studies, these programs are administered through the College of Rural and Community Development.
Cross-Cultural and Indigenous Studies is located in the College of Liberal Arts and constitutes an interdisciplinary M.A. and PhD program built upon an integrated set of core courses designed around a set of six specialty areas with emphases in Indigenous Research, Indigenous Education, Indigenous Knowledge Systems, Indigenous Languages, Indigenous Leadership and Indigenous Sustainability. The program is offered jointly through the Center for Cross-Cultural Studies, the Alaska Native Language Center, the School of Education, and the Department of Alaska Native and Rural Development. The PhD program was established in 2009 and is administered by the Center for Cross-Cultural Studies in cooperation with the UAF Graduate School, the College of Liberal Arts, and the College of Rural and Community Development.
Applicants for this position must have completed a PhD degree (or minimum ABD) and be qualified to teach within fields related to Native/Indigenous Studies. Potential areas of expertise are indigenous knowledge systems, Native ways-of-knowing, cultural studies in the humanities and social sciences, Native/natural sciences, nurturing community well-being, community and resource sustainability, and comparative studies in the Arctic and Pacific Rim regions.
For more information and how to apply see:

https://www.uakjobs.com/applicants/jsp/shared/frameset/Frameset.jsp?time=1456421829013

Education of Tribes (Indigenous People) in India: Policies, Programmes and Progress. 10:30am–11:30am, Mar 11, 2016

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Education of Tribes (Indigenous People) in India: Policies, Programmes and Progress

When: Friday, March 11, 2016  |  10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Where: Neville Scarfe Building, Room 310

 

k-sujathaThe Educational Administration & Leadership Program (EDAL, Department of Educational Studies), Indigenous Education, and the Faculty of Education Dean’s Office present a seminar by Professor K. Sujatha, Head, Department of Educational Administration, National University of Educational Planning and Administration, New Delhi, India.

Tribes (Indigenous people) in India, who are also called Adivasis (Hindi for “original inhabitants”), constitute 8.9 percent (over 80 million) of the total population of the country and occupy the lowest levels in socio-economic development. There are more than 750 tribal groups with varied socio-cultural traditions. The Constitution of India envisages special measures for socio-economic development of tribes. Consequently both national and state governments have adopted several special policies and programmes for educational development of tribes. This presentation will cover several of these special policies and programmes — including residential schools — for the education of tribes, progress that is being made, and current issues and challenges.

Bio

Professor Sujatha holds a PhD in Educational Anthropology from Andhra University. She has been a Visiting Fellow at New England Univesity in Australia and has consulted with UNESCO, UNICEF, the British Council, the UN Development Programme, and the UN Office for Project Services. She has authored eight books in addition to research papers and articles published in national and international journals. Her specializations include education of disadvantaged groups, educational policy analysis, comparative education in developing countries, and school management.

Daryl Baldwin: toopeeliyankwi, kati myaamiaataweeyankwi: We Succeed At Speaking The Myaamia Language. 11:30am-1pm, Feb 22, 2016

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Abstract

The Myaamia language was labeled an extinct language by the mid 20th century. After 25 years of reconstruction and revitalization, the Myaamia language is spoken once again among a younger generation of tribal youth who are using language learning opportunities to reconnect to each other and their Indigenous knowledge system. It is through the creation of a holistic well-designed educational effort that cultural knowledge and language proficiency will increase over time. This talk will explore the strategies employed by the Myaamia community in their attempts to rebuild community through language and cultural education.

Daryl Baldwin, Director, Myaamia Center at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Daryl Baldwin is a citizen of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma and Director of the Myaamia Center at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. The Myaamia Center is a unique collaborative effort supported by the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma and Miami University in Oxford, Ohio for the purpose of advancing the language and cultural needs of the Myaamia people. Daryl received an MA in linguistics from the University of Montana. He has worked with the Myaamia people developing language and cultural materials since 1995. For an update on the projects currently under development through the Myaamia Center please visit the web site at www.myaamiacenter.org.

Location & Timing

11:30-1:00pm, Monday, February 22, 2016
Sty-Wet-Tan Great Hall, First Nations Longhouse
1985 West Mall

Baldwin’s lecture will begin at 11:30am. A free catered lunch will follow his talk at 1pm. The lecture will be held in the Sty-Wet-Tan Great Hall at the First Nations Longhouse, 1985 West Mall.

For the event poster, click here.

Call for Submissions – Thunderbird Stories: Indigenous Writing Contest. Due: Feb 29, 2016

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Thunderbird Stories is proud to announce our second year hosting a National Indigenous writing contest. The contest will run to February 29th, 2016.

Our stories & legends are an important part of our culture and history. This contest supports & encourages Indigenous writers to showcase their talent and provides them with the profile to further their aspirations. Thunderbird Stories will be judged by 5 Indigenous people.

Portion of the proceeds will go towards Families of Sisters in Spirit, a volunteer, non-profit organization led by families of missing & murdered Aboriginal women. Through the efforts of this contest, we can assist Families of Sisters in Spirit to help continue their efforts in their search for missing and murdered Aboriginal Woman.

For more information on how to participate please email info@thunderbirdtimes.com

Submission Guidelines: http://www.thunderbirdstories.com/