Day: February 2, 2016

Anishinaabe cook uses language to teach about traditional food

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By Waubgeshig Rice, CBC News Posted: Jan 29, 2016 4:28 PM ET

dan-kimewonDan Kimewon uses Anishinaabemowin to teach cooking and healthy living.

Diabetes epidemic among indigenous Canadians, say front-line workers
Culture night hits home at Ottawa’s Wabano Centre
An Anishinaabe cook is using his indigenous language and knowledge of traditional foods to teach people about culture and healthy eating at the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health.

Dan Kimewon, from Saugeen First Nation in southern Ontario, is in Ottawa this weekend to talk Anishinaabemowin (also known as the Ojibway language) with community members, lead cooking classes, and share his experiences of growing up with traditional Anishinaabe teachings about growing and preparing food.

The Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health’s community kitchen is a weekly event. (Waubgeshig Rice/CBC News)

“I’m here to teach about a healthy way of life, and how to cook in a healthy way,” said Kimewon, following a lesson with the Wabano diabetes program’s community kitchen, where people learn how to make healthy food options to manage diabetes.

He encourages people to move away from diets of processed and fast foods in hopes of curbing high rates of diabetes and obesity among indigenous people.

“We’ve got so many native people that are sick from this, and we’ve got to understand that,” he said.

Instead, he wants people to embrace more traditional indigenous foods like corn, also known as “mandamin” in Anishinaabemowin. He demonstrates how to prepare corn for soup and other meals in his presentations.

“[Corn] is a way of life of our people,” he said. “It never came from overseas. It’s from here. We’ve always had it.” Read More…

Nine First Nations Unite With Declaration Against LNG Tankers in B.C. Salmon Waters

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by Daniel Mesec on 1/26/16
To the deep beat of drums, hereditary chiefs and elders from coastal and inland First Nations entered the Highlander Hotel and Convention Centre, packed with more than 300 people. They were there for a show of strength and unity against government and the onslaught of gas development in the heart of their traditional lands, the “bread basket” of the Lax Kw’alaams people.

On Saturday January 23 the Lelu Island Declaration was signed by the nine allied tribes of Lax Kw’alaams as well as other hereditary and elected chiefs from neighboring nations, sending a clear message to government and industry that the Skeena watershed will not allow the $11 billion Pacific Northwest Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) project to be built.

The tribes decreed that First Nations have not only rights, but also responsibilities, when it comes to harvesting from and sustaining the environment.

“Our ancestral knowledge, supported by modern science, confirms this area is critical to the future abundance of the wild salmon our communities rely on,” the declaration said. “It is our right and our responsibility as First Nations to protect and defend this place. It is our right to use this area without interference to harvest salmon and marine resources for our sustenance, and commercially in support of our livelihoods.”

Salmon is the link, said Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) in his remarks closing the weekend summit. Read more…

February 22-24: Ethics and Pragmatism in Indigenous Research Workshop

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February 22-24: Ethics and Pragmatism in Indigenous Research Workshop

The Vice President, Research & International Office is hosting a UBC Centennial Emerging Research Workshop on Ethics and Pragmatism in Indigenous Research, which is intended to bring together a critical mass of UBC researchers, together with key community leaders in the field, to engage in cross-disciplinary dialogue on emerging opportunities to build meaningful relationships between Indigenous communities and research institutions. Key to this workshop is moving beyond the theoretical frameworks, to develop and understand pragmatic approaches to these research partnerships.
Monday, February 22 – Wednesday, February 24
Jack Poole Hall
The Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre
6163 University Boulevard

Registration is free of charge. Everyone is welcome. For more information, contact Zac Zabawa or call 778-251-2672.

Source: The Talking Stick: News and Information from the First Nations Longhouse, February 1, 2016

New SAGE Writing Group: Wednesdays & Thursdays at UBC Longhouse

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The SAGE Writing Group gathers twice weekly (until April 7th) for focused writing and a chance to get advice or assistance from student peers:
Wednesdays, 4:30 – 6:00 PM
Elders Lounge, Longhouse


Thursdays, 12:00 – 2:00 PM
Media Room, Longhouse

For more information, please contact Miranda: or Sharon:

Summer Course: Place-based learning in Huu-ay-aht Territory

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Summer Course: Place-based learning in Huu-ay-aht Territory

This intensive two-week course (Jul 24 to Aug 4) offered by the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre will give undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to engage directly in the emerging realm of place-based learning. The course is structured around foundational questions, such as, “How are people and place connected in ecologically unique landscapes?” and “What can we learn from the relationship between land, water, history, and contemporary revitalization efforts in the region?” Instructor: Dr. Tracy L. Friedel (UBC).

On-campus info sessions:

Wed, Feb 3, 5 – 6:30 PM, Room BIOL 2200
Thur, Feb 4, 5 – 6:30 PM, Room BUCH B210

For more information, email Meylin Zink Yi or call 604-728-3256.

Source: The Talking Stick: News and Information from the First Nations Longhouse, February 1, 2016

ILSA Indigenous Awareness Week. Feb 2-5, 2016

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February 2 – 5: ILSA Indigenous Awareness Week

The Indigenous Law Student Association annually hosts Indigenous Awareness Week at Allard Hall at the Allard School of Law. This is an opportunity for students to engage in Indigenous culture and to raise awareness about Indigenous issues. This year the focus is on the Call to Action items from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. For more information, contact Carly.

Source: The Talking Stick: News and Information from the First Nations Longhouse, February 1, 2016

Job – Program Manager, Due: Feb 3, 2016

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UBC Job Posting: Program Manager

This position entails dedicated program coordination and evaluation activities for the Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health, specifically the development of a “Public Health Training Certificate in Indigenous Health” and the implementation of assigned CEIH evaluation activities. For more information, visit UBC Careers, Job ID: 22569.

Source: The Talking Stick: News and Information from the First Nations Longhouse, February 1, 2016


Upcoming Events at the UBC Library Research Commons

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Research Commons February Events

We’re making the most of the extra leap year day with some exciting new events lined up for February. Join us for the Reading Week Research Impact Challenge, dig into Digital Humanities at the launch of Pixelating: A Digital Humanities Mixer, and come learn about survey data in the first of a new series “Looking for Data in all the Wrong Places”.

We’re back with workshops & consultations on Data Analysis Tools, Thesis Formatting and more. To book a consultation, fill out our Consultation Request Form. Interested in our workshops? Read on for workshop dates, descriptions and links to register.



Research Impact Challenge

This Reading Week (Feb 15-19), the Research Commons invites you to join us in a Research Impact Challenge.  Over the course of the week, we’ll work together to supercharge your research impact. You’ll:

– build your academic profile online to help demonstrate your authority, expertise and research interests
– connect with your academic community
– discover ways to increase the visibility of your research
– set alerts to stay on the cutting edge of your discipline, to spark creativity, and to find unexpected opportunities for collaboration
– learn how to track and report on your own scholarly metrics and impacts​

If you’re up to the challenge, we’re confident that by the end of the week, your research will get a boost in exposure. For more information and to register, visit the UBC Library Research Impact Challenge site.


Data Analysis Software Support

Have data, but not sure how to get started analysing it? We can help! Get help getting started using common quantitative and qualitative data analysis tools, such as SPSS, R, & NVivo. Workshops are offered weekly – visit the Data Analysis Software events schedule for more information and to register.

We also offer help getting started with SPSS, R, & NVivo via 1-1 consultations in person or online. Book your appointment via the Consultation Request Form.



Thesis Formatting Support

Is formatting your thesis stressing you out? There are lots of ways to get thesis formatting support through the Research Commons. We hold weekly two-hour workshops that go through the basics of the thesis template, as well as introducing useful thesis writing and formatting resources.

Little Things Mean a Lot: Tips and Tricks for Formatting Your Thesis
Fridays in February from 11:00am – 1:00pm
(More information and to register …)

Don’t forget to check out our Thesis Template and guides on the Research Commons website.



Research Skills Workshops

Literature Reviews – Great Research Starts Here
Thursday, February 11th from 2:00 – 4:00pm
Tips on comprehensive searching for your lit review.
(More information and to register…)

Finding Survey Data
Thursday, February 25th, 2016 from 2:00 – 4:00pm
What is survey data? How do you find it? Open to students in all disciplines.
(More information and to register … )



FIREtalk: Data Visualization and GIS
Wednesday, February 24th, 2016 from 4:00 – 6:00pm

FIREtalks are Facilitated Interdisciplinary Research Exchanges for graduate students. This FIREtalk will feature students who are using data visualization or GIS (Geographic Information Systems) in their work. Presenters will show how they’re using mapping, charting, graphing, diagramming to interpret and communicate about research data.

Register here to attend as a member of the audience or visit the FIREtalks website for information on how to participate by giving a 5 minute FIREtalk.



Grad Student Writing Group

Better writing starts with more writing. These drop-in sessions, facilitated by the UBC Writing Centre, will help you get the accountability and feedback/support to start and keep a writing habit. Bi-weekly sessions run Mondays (1:00-3:00 pm) and Tuesdays (4:00-6:00pm) starting February 9th in Koerner Library K216.
(More information.)


Copyright Workshops

Copyright Workshops are a collaboration between The Library, CTLT, and The UBC Bookstore.

Navigating Copyright in the Digital Environment
Wednesday, Feb 4th from 2:00 – 3:00pm
(More information and to register …)

Copyright and Conference Presentations
Thursday, February 11th from 2:00 – 3:00pm
(More information and to register …)

Copyright and Ethics in Scholarly Publishing
Wednesday, February 24th from 2:00 – 3:00pm
(More information and to register )


Digital Humanities – Launch Party

Koerner Library is pleased to announce the launch of a new DH drop-in/incubator space in Koerner Library, Room 153. Every Thursday from 12 – 2 p.m., UBC scholars can drop by to attend Pixelating: A Digital Humanities Mixer. The Mixer is an opportunity for DH scholars across campus to meet colleagues, talk tools, brainstorm ideas and network with others who use digital tools to explore and visualize their research. Scholars may also drop by to work on a project while in the company of like-minded researchers.

Find out more at the Pixelating launch party on February 4th from 12 – 2 p.m. Coffee and cake will be served from 12 – 1, followed by a webinar Tales from the Library Basement: Doing Digital Humanities in College and University Libraries.

Public Lecture by Daryl Baldwin on February 22 – “Feature Speakers” Lecture Series. 11:30am, Feb 22, 2016

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We are delighted to announce that Daryl Baldwin is the next guest in the Future Speakers lecture series supported by the Dean of Arts. 

Daryl Baldwin is a citizen of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma, and Director of the Myaamia Center at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. His lecture, entitled “toopeeliyankwi, kati myaamiaataweeyankwi: We Succeed At Speaking The Myaamia Language,” will take place on Monday, February 22 at 11:30am in the Sty-Wet-Tan Great Hall at the First Nations Longhouse. A free catered lunch will follow his talk at 1pm.
We would be grateful if you could help promote this event through your networks. We’ve attached the poster and digital signage.

Best regards,
The Faculty and Staff at the First Nations and Endangered Languages Program

The Museum of Anthropology, the First Nations and Indigenous Studies Program, the First Nations and Endangered Languages Program, the Department of Linguistics, and the Department of Anthropology present a new lecture series supported by the Dean of Arts, and in partnership with the First Nations House of Learning and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, to spark a conversation about the futures of Indigenous languages in the 21st century.

Future Speakers” highlights both the struggles and the successes of Indigenous language revitalization and looks to a future where these languages are not only spoken, but thrive. The Museum of Anthropology, the First Nations and Indigenous Studies Program, the First Nations and Endangered Languages Program, the Department of Linguistics, and the Department of Anthropology present a new lecture series supported by the Dean of Arts, and in partnership with the First Nations House of Learning and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, to spark a conversation about the futures of Indigenous languages in the 21st century.