Month: April 2016

Upcoming Graduate Pathways to Success sessions

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Graduate Pathways to Success sessions:

Masters/PhD Career Skills

Are you wondering how your UBC graduate degree (Masters/PhD) will help get you a job? Learn what key skills you need to develop to maximize the effectiveness of your job search. Understand what employers are actually looking for in the hiring process, and how you can decode job postings to better inform your resumes, CV’s and cover letters. This workshop is only open to UBC graduate students or graduate alumni, and is hosted by our resident Graduate Career Advisor.

Location: Brock Hall – East wing

Date: April 28, 2016 Time: 1 – 2 PM

Register: RSVP on CareersOnline

Further information at:  or contact the UBC Centre for Student Involvement & Careers at


Writing Week and Thesis Boot Camp 2016

April 25 – 28, Sessions Available 10AM – 3PM Daily at various locations

We’ve teamed up with UBC’s writing wizzes to bring you a week full of writing-focused programming. Whether you’re just starting your thesis, are in the midst, or are working on non-thesis assignments, these workshops will give your writing a boost. Join us for one session or attend all!


Thesis Boot Camp

When: 10 AM-12 PM Tuesday, April 26th | 1-3 PM Wednesday, April 27th | 1-3 PM Thursday, April 28th

Get some serious writing done. Each session offers 2 hours of distraction-free writing with fellow graduate students and a writing consultant who will be on hand to answer any questions.


How to Get your Thesis Written

Date: Monday, April 25, 2016  Time: 10 AM-12 PM

A panel discussion with UBC graduate students and staff. Get tips from former students, and learn about the resources on campus that can help you in writing your thesis.


Little Things Mean a Lot: Tips and Tricks for Formatting Your Thesis

Date: Tuesday April 26th, Time: 1-3 PM

Research Commons staff will help you use Microsoft Word to format your page layout, numbering, headings, front matter, and more as required for submission.


Writing with Integrity | Drs. Susan Porter and Beth Haverkamp

Date: Wednesday, April 27th  Time: 1-3 PM: Ensure that your research is meeting the highest ethical standard. Learn about the principles and practices around plagiarism, citation, and accurate representation of ideas and findings.


Grammar and Style | Dr. Gisèle M. Baxter

Date: Thursday, April 28th  Time: 10 AM-12 PM:

Worried about your grammar? Build your confidence in writing and editing your own work and learn about the difference between grammar and style.


Teaching Succinct and Accurate Science Writing | Shannon Obradovich

Date: April 18, 2016 Time 10 AM-12 PM:

Grow your instructing toolbox in this hands-on workshop addressing concise writing, clear sentence structure, and the appropriate use of technical jargon.


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Successful Applicants for the 2016 Summer Sessional Lectureships

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The First Nations and Indigenous Studies program would like to congratulate June Scudeler and Lindsay Lachance as the successful applicants for the 2016 Summer Sessional Lectureships in the teaching of the following FNIS courses:

FNIS 210 003 (3) Indigenous Politics and Self-Determination
Term 1 (May – June, 2016)

FNIS 220 003 (3) Representation and Indigenous Cultural Politics
Term 2 (July – August, 2016)

Original Post at First Nations & Indigenous Studies (Facebook Page)

Musqueam Post dedicated at UBC Vancouver campus

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Musqueam artist Brent Sparrow Jr. carved the new Musqueam Post during UBC’s Centennial year. Photo credit: Reese Muntean

The Musqueam people and the University of British Columbia acknowledged their developing partnership today with the dedication of a striking cedar post installed prominently on the Point Grey campus, which is located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Musqueam people.

Carved by talented Musqueam artist, Brent Sparrow Jr., the post tells an origin story of the Musqueam involving a two-headed serpent.

“We cherish the relationship between the university and the Musqueam,” said Musqueam Chief Wayne Sparrow. “As UBC is on our traditional territory, it’s important that we work together closely to share our culture and look for opportunities to work together.”

The new Musqueam post is now installed, facing east towards the new Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre and the campus entrance, at the foot of a cascading water feature at University Boulevard and East Mall.

“This beautiful post will serve as a permanent welcome to all visitors to these grounds and as a reminder of our relationship with the Musqueam people who were here long before UBC’s history began,” said Interim President Martha Piper. “Its dedication, one of the closing events of UBC’s Centennial year, points towards renewed—and stronger—relationships in the future.”

The land upon which UBC and the post are situated has always been a place of learning for the Musqueam people, where culture, history, and traditions have been passed from one generation to the next.

A time-lapse video of the installation of the Musqueam post can be viewed here:

A photo gallery of the creation of the Musqueam post can be viewed here:

For more on the post and the history of the Musqueam-UBC relationship, see

For more about partnership between the Musqueam and UBC, including academic courses and youth programs, visit:

Brent Sparrow Jr. speaks about the Musqueam Post:

“This qeqən (post) tells the story of the origin of our name xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam). The old people spoke of a small lake called xʷməm̓qʷe:m (Camosun Bog) where the sʔi:ɬqəy̓ (double-headed serpent) originated. They were warned as youth to be cautious and not go near or they would surely die. This sʔi:ɬqəy̓ was so massive its winding path from the lake to the stal̕əw̓ (river) became the creek flowing through Musqueam to this day. Everything the serpent passed over died and from its droppings bloomed a new plant, the məθkʷəy̓. For this reason the people of long ago named that place xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam – place of the məθkʷəy̓)

This qeqən represents our xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) ancestors and our ongoing connection to them and this land through their teachings. The figure is holding the sʔi:ɬqəy̓’s tail to showcase this sχʷəy̓em̓’s (ancient history) passage through generations, relating how we became known as xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people – People of the məθkʷəy̓ plant. The scalloping reflects the sʔi:ɬqəy̓’s path and trigons represent the unique məθkʷəy̓ plant. The sʔi:ɬqəy̓’s stomach is said to have been as big as a storage basket, designed here as an oval. I drew upon these traditional design elements to depict this rich history.”

Significant Musqueam-UBC milestones

1927: A pair of Musqueam house posts are presented to UBC:

1993: The First Nations Longhouse, built in consultation with Musqueam and many other Aboriginal groups, opens as a gathering place for Aboriginal students and a place of learning for people from the broader community.

2006: The University of British Columbia and the Musqueam Indian Band sign a historic memorandum of affiliation to further the sharing of knowledge and the advancement of Musqueam and Aboriginal youth and adults in post-secondary education.

B.C. author challenges Canadians to sign up for TRC reading challenge

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Jennifer Manuel wants 1,000 people to pledge by National Aboriginal Day

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Jennifer Manuel, from Duncan, B.C., launched an online campaign to get people to read the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) summary report (Darryl Dyck/CP)


A B.C. author wants 1,000 people to take up the challenge to read the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) summary report.

Jennifer Manuel, from Duncan, B.C., launched an online campaign, the TRC Reading Challenge, and aims to reach her goal by National Aboriginal Day on June 21.

“It’s one thing to say you’re listening and it’s another to actually try and show that you’re listening,” said Manuel, who has worked as a treaty archivist and school teacher.

Manuel said within a couple days of the challenge’s launch on April 5, she had more than a 100 people sign on and it picked up more steam over the weekend.

“Every time that somebody pledges I get an email alert and I’ve had to turn that off,” she said.

Manuel says she’ll be publishing the names of the people who make the pledge and they will be able to self-report their reading progress as a way to show they’re taking part.

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Participants needed for Indigenous government discussion forum

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Dear fellow graduate students,

I am writing to invite you to participate in an ideas incubator/discussion forum for issues related to Indigenous government.

I am a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Law at Allard Hall, and my area of research is on conceptions/perceptions of the legitimacy of traditional Indigenous legal systems as a core function of government. I am inviting you to join me to meet periodically for a continuing discussion on the issues arising in the course of our research, including the challenges we face in moving our research forward.

Our first gathering took place on March 24th. This was an introductory conversation, to meet each other and to discuss how we might support each other through these group discussions. Please let me know if you would like to participate in future meetings – I can be reached at

I hope you will be able to join us.

Warm regards,


Participants Needed For a Study on the Supervision and Mentorship of Aboriginal Doctoral Students

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Participants Needed For a Study on the Supervision and Mentorship of Aboriginal Doctoral Students

I am looking for individuals to participate in a one-time interview to help me learn more about their experiences of supervision and mentorship during their doctoral studies.


  • Any Aboriginal doctoral student (from any discipline) currently enrolled at a B.C. university (UBC, UNBC, SFU, UVIC)
  • Any recent Aboriginal doctoral alumni (from any discipline) who has completed their doctoral qualifications at a B.C. university (UBC, UNBC, SFU, UVIC)
  • Any former Aboriginal doctoral students who has withdrawn from a doctoral program at a B.C. university (UBC, UNBC, SFU, UVIC)
  • Any faculty member (from any discipline) who has supervised an Aboriginal doctoral students(s) at a B.C. university (UBC, UNBC, SFU, UVIC)
  • A university student service staff or administrator who has worked with Aboriginal graduate students at a B.C. university (UBC, UNBC, SFU, UVIC)


  • At a public location that is convenient for you.


  • At a time convenient for you.


1-2 hours of your time for an interview to share your thoughts and feelings about your experiences of supervision and mentorship in a doctoral program. After the interview, you will also be invited to identify current or former faculty committee members who may also wish to participate in the study.

Gift: You will receive an honorarium of $50, as well as bus tickets, and food.


Contact: Amy Parent, Assistant Professor at Simon Fraser University


Who am I?

I am member of the Nisga’a Nation, my Nisga’a name is Nox Ayaa Wilt (Amy Parent) and I am from the House of Ni’isjoohl belonging to the Ganada (frog) Clan. On my father’s side, I am French and German. I am also a mother, sister and Aunty. My doctoral work inspired me to work with Aboriginal youth, communities, and research-intensive universities across British Columbia in order to identify proactive ways to transform Indigenous students’ transition to higher education. Much of my research is conducted in partnership with community organizations where I seek to build reciprocal relations between the university and B.C. Aboriginal communities. I have been a SAGE member for more than a decade and have been so appreciative of the mentorship, friendship and inspiration that I received from all the great people that I have met in the program. I am now an assistant professor in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University. My research and teaching interests include: Aboriginal high school to university transitions, undergraduate to graduate transitions, Indigenous knowledge systems and methodologies, Indigenous doctoral programming and integrating Indigenous content into teacher education. I look forward to connecting with you soon!



Call for proposals- Concurrent sessions Canadian Association of Graduate Studies Annual Conference. Due: Apr 30, 2016

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Call for proposals- Concurrent sessions
CAGS invites submissions for concurrent sessions for the 2016 CAGS Annual Conference to be held at the Hyatt Regency in Toronto, November 2-4.  
All submissions should reflect this year’s conference theme:
Accessing graduate studies
We welcome proposals that touch on topics that address aboriginal issues; issues of disability; issues relating to financial and/or social challenges facing graduate students. Proponents are urged to develop panels providing a well-rounded discussion and practical advice if possible to the particular issue being addressed. A concurrent session lasts 75 minutes and should allow sufficient time for adequate discussion and exchange with participants. Student perspectives are welcomed.
Please provide a working session title, a description, and name(s) of proposed speaker(s). 
Please note that there is no monetary compensation awarded to speakers. CAGS can provide some audio-visual assistance for presentations.
Proposals will be accepted until April 30, 2016.
Forward proposals and contact information to  using the title: “Concurrent session 2016”.


CFP – Conceptualizing Children & Youth Conference, Brock University. Due: April 28, 2016

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Brock University – October 12-14, 2016

Brock University’s Department of Child and Youth Studies announces “Conceptualizing Children and Youth”   a multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary conference. All disciplines, multidisciplinary, and transdisciplinary approaches to research within Child and Youth Studies are welcome. The Conference will be held October  12-14, 2016 at Brock University in St. Catharines Ontario.


The conference will include keynote speakers, special evening events, networking opportunities, and graduate student events. There will be highlighted sessions on child and youth engagement in sport/performance; child and youth health/mental health; diverse children and youth; education contexts; Indigenous children and youth research; social issues facing children and youth; transdisciplinary in child  and youth research. There will also be additional dissemination opportunities.


To submit please complete the attached abstract form to by April 28, 2016. Submissions may take the form of posters, individual papers, symposiums, or workshops.  Notification of results will be communicated by June 30, 2016.


Dawn Zinga, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Child and Youth Studies, Brock University 905-688-5550, ext.3152, Cairns 325

Indigenous Health Conference: Towards Health and Reconcilliation | May 26-27, 2016

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Indigenous Health Conference: Towards Health and Reconcilliation  |  May 26-27, 2016
May 26-27, 2016  |  Hilton Meadowvale, Mississauga ON
Our second Indigenous Health Conference will continue to explore the systemic health issues Canada’s Indigenous peoples face.

Speakers will include:

  • Dr. Cindy Blackstock – Reconciliation Means Not Saying Sorry Twice: Remedying Contemporary Inequalities in First Nations Children’s Health and Wellbeing
  • Dr. Barry Lavallee – Removing Culture from Cultural Safety: Structural Challenges to Addressing Indigenous Health in Canada
  • Dr. Ian Mosby – Hunger, Human Experimentation and the Legacy of Residential Schools
PLUS don’t miss our job fair for health care providers who would like to work with Indigenous populations. You can also sponsor an elder or undergraduate student and help send them to the conference!
Register today!
Review conference details at