Day: February 15, 2016

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

Submission Guidelines:

Public Open House: Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre & Library Garden. 11:30am-2:30pm, Feb 23, 2016

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Campus and Community Planning is hosting an Open House to welcome views and comments on plans for the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre, a 620 square meter, two-level facility providing exhibition and program space to promote learning and dialogue regarding Indian Residential Schools in Canada, and the Library Garden, a remodel of the current garden to complement the new Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre.

Tuesday, February 23, 11:30 AM2:30 PM
Foyer, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, 1961 East Mall

If you cannot attend the Open House, comments may be submitted through the above project webpages or to the contact noted below by March 1, 2016.

Direct questions to Karen Russell, Manager, Development Services: or 604-822-1586.

Source: The Talking Stick: News and Information from the First Nations Longhouse, February 15, 2016

Lecture with Chris Cornelius, Indigenous Architect. Feb 22, 6:30-8pm

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Chris Cornelius, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, is an enrolled member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin. He focuses his research and practice on the architectural translation of American Indian culture. He is the founding principal of Studio Indigenous, a design and consulting practice serving American Indian clients. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honours, including an Artist in Residence Fellowship from the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution, where he created a visual translation of the Oneida cosmology. More event information.

Monday, February 22, 6:30 – 8 PM
1101 – Pharmaceutical Sciences Building
2405 Wesbrook Mall

 Source: The Talking Stick: News and Information from the First Nations Longhouse, February 15, 2016

Hoop Dancing & Smoke Dancing workshops

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The CFNDF Youth Outreach program provides a unique opportunity for youth (ages 14-24) to receive mentorship under leading Indigenous dance artists. The program’s goal is to encourage youth to engage with the practices of song and dance and to instill within them the confidence to know that their voice is valued. Bridging traditional and contemporary forms, the artists leading the workshops are all innovators of their art forms. The classes are open to all youth with no previous experience necessary.

Hoop Dancing: James Jones facilitates a movement based workshop centered on the practice of hoop dancing. He teaches participants the fundamentals and basic steps of hoop dancing and speak about its history and significance and his connection to contemporary practice.

Tuesday, March 1, 2:30 – 3:30 PM
Sty-Wet-Tan Great Hall, Longhouse

Smoke Dancing: Tesha Emarthle leads a movement based workshop grounded in her background as a smoke dancer. She teaches the basic steps of smoke dancing and share its history and cultural significance for Haudenosaunee people.

Wednesday, March 2, 2:30 – 3:30 PM
Sty-Wet-Tan Great Hall, Longhouse

Pre-registration is required for these free workshops.


Source: The Talking Stick: News and Information from the First Nations Longhouse, February 15, 2016

A Conversation with Dr. Kim TallBear: An Indigenous Ethic of Relationality

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Kim TallBear’s forthcoming book, Disrupting Settlement, Sex and Nature: An Indigenous Logic, offers an alternative framework to such settlements and binaries—that of purposeful, responsible migration and boundary crossing (which can also be viewed as a form of critical and mindful promiscuity), or routedness through place, knowledge/disciplines, and intimate relations with both humans and landscapes. The concept of relations—rather than nature or sex—is central. This ethic of relationality will be the central point of this conversation.

Tuesday, February 23, 4 – 5:30 PM
Sty-Wet-Tan Great Hall, Longhouse

RSVP via email to by 4 PM, February 19. Indicate any food allergies in your RSVP.

Source: The Talking Stick: News and Information from the First Nations Longhouse, February 15, 2016

Graduate Pathways to Success Workshops: Getting the Interview, Interacting with the Media and Strategies for Presenting your Research

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3MT 2016@UBC is on! Find yourself stumbling through explanations of your research? Want to engage a broader audience in your work? The challenge of explaining your research to a non-specialist audience in just three minutes will give you clarity on the central components and impact of your work. Heats start this week, so visit for further information on coaching sessions, heats, previous presenters, and resources.

Registration is now open for:

How to Own the First and Final Interviews to Secure your Dream Job (in partnership with the Centre for Student Involvement & Careers)

Brief description: Building upon his popular “Getting the Interview: How to Make Your Application Stand Out” workshop, Matthew Heiydt will provide you with his top tips for excelling in your next interview. Joined by a professional panel, you will receive expert advice on securing your dream job.
February 22nd, 2:30 – 4:30 PM: For further information and to register, visit

Introduction to Interacting with the Media (in partnership with UBC Public Affairs)

Do you want to see your work in the news? Learn two simple tools of the trade for successful interactions with the media. In anticipation of 3MT 2016@UBC, this session will also help you make your ideas accessible to a general audience.
February 18th, 9:30 – 11:30 AM: For further information and to register, visit

Strategies for Presenting your Thesis in 3 Minutes (repeat)

Thinking about participating in 3MT 2016 @UBC? Need to get your presentation butterflies flying in formation? Learn how to prepare for the competition and create a winning entry!
February 18th, 1:00 – 2:30 PM: For further information and to register, visit


Please let me know if you have questions.


Jacqui Brinkman

Manager, Graduate Pathways to Success Program | Office of the Dean | Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus

Phone 604 827 4578 | Fax 604 822 5802

170 – 6371 Crescent Road | Vancouver, BC  Canada V6T 1Z2 |