Day: September 28, 2016

Funding – TD Community Scholarships, Due: November 18, 2016

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TD is awarding 20 scholarships* to students applying to college or university who have demonstrated outstanding community leadership. Each scholarship is worth up to $70,000 over four years. That’s up to $10,000 for tuition and $7,500 in living expenses each year. On top of that, they’ll receive offers of paid summer employment.

If you know a young Canadian who has made a difference in the community, please let them know about this scholarship.

To learn more about TD Community Scholarships, please visit

The final deadline for submission is November 18th, 2016, so it is important for interested students to begin preparing their submissions soon.

*Certain terms and conditions apply. For more information visit

Indigenous Education Recruitment for PhD and EdD Info Session – 1 Oct, 2016

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Indigenous Ed PhD EdD Info Session Oct 01.jpgHi All,

A reminder of our event this Saturday at the First Nations Longhouse

for Indigenous students, educators, and community members who might be interested in applying to a PhD or EdD program in one of the Departments or School in the Faculty of Education at UBC.

Please share among your colleagues.
Posting PDF: Indigenous Ed PhD/EDD Info Poster

Dr. Jan Hare

Associate Dean, Indigenous Education, Faculty of Education
Director, Native Indigenous Teacher Education Program (NITEP)
Professor of Indigenous Education in Teacher Education
Associate Professor, Department of Language and Literacy Education
University of British Columbia | Unceded Musqueam Territory

Graduate Pathways to Success: Time Mgmt + Business Writing

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There is still space available in this week’s sessions:

Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer, Thurs, Sept 29, 9:00 – 4:30 PM,


Registration is now open for:

Time Management (Mitacs)

Do you find yourself frequently running out of time on a project? Are impending deadlines making you anxious? In this workshop you will learn how to create achievable plans and schedules, based on project management best practices.

Tuesday, October 4 | 9:00 AM to 5.00PM

For further information or to register, visit

Direct link

Postdoctoral fellows may register at


Business Writing for Today’s Professional (Mitacs)

No matter what field you’re working in, written communication is a critical part of your day-to-day duties. Regardless of your comfort or skill level, you can benefit from learning techniques to entice your readers and achieve your goals. This workshop will help all professionals hone their writing skills using proven techniques and processes.

Wednesday, October 5 | 9:00 AM to 5.00PM

For further information or to register, Direct link:

Postdoctoral fellows may register at


Please visit the forums and event calendar for other graduate student opportunities including:

What is Consulting? (Presented by the Boston Consulting Group), Oct 17, 5.00PM

Free Learn to Teach Workshops hosted by the UBC CIRTL (Centre for Integration of Research, Learning and Teaching).

Sharing your experiences using Open Access with the Library

Upcoming Doctoral Defense

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Thursday, 29 September 2016 – 12:30pm – Room 203

Sylvia Coleman
Department: Resources, Environment and Sustainability
Analysing the New Normal in a Regenerative Building: The Social Practice of Being at CIRS

UBC to house Western Canada’s first residential school history centre

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Watch the announcement of the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre (IRSC), to be built at UBC. This $5.5-million building in the heart of campus will recognize the history and experiences of residential school survivors, and memorialize the thousands of indigenous children who died while in attendance. 


Rendering of IRSC. Credit: Formline A+U.

The University of British Columbia formally announced today the construction of the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre (IRSC). This $5.5-million building in the heart of campus will recognize the history and experiences of residential school survivors, and memorialize the thousands of indigenous children who died while in attendance.

Watch the event live at or on Facebook at

“While we are thankful for all of the First Nations leadership and UBC leadership that have brought this initiative to reality, the survivors and their families are first and foremost thankful for an accessible place of record,” said Cindy Tom-Lindley, a former residential school student at Kamloops Indian Residential School and executive director of the Indian Residential School Survivor Society (IRSSS).

Scheduled for completion in the 2017-18 academic year, IRSC will provide former students and their families with access to the records of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, and give students and visitors ways to understand the history and lasting effects of Indian residential schools as a context for thinking about contemporary relationships. Advanced use of interactive media will give visitors the opportunity to explore extensive records and testimony and form their own understandings. The centre will also serve as a hub for academic and community research, education and public programming.

“The centre will provide the UBC community an opportunity for greater reflection on a difficult chapter in Canadian history,” said UBC President Santa Ono. “Recognition of our past is of critical importance to UBC and to all Canadians in planning our future. The centre will help us to collectively rethink the relationship between indigenous and non-indigenous peoples in this country.”

An affiliate site to the National Research Centre for Truth and Reconciliation in Winnipeg, IRSC will particularly focus on the experiences of indigenous peoples in B.C., where many of the schools were located, and will provide local access to records for survivors and their families on the West Coast.

“An important function of this centre is to acknowledge the lives and histories of indigenous peoples in Canada,” said Linc Kesler, director of the UBC First Nations House of Learning. “Through both policy and inaction, the circumstances of indigenous peoples have often been invisible in all but the most superficial ways. It is a responsibility of the university and the educational system as a whole to change that and provide the basis for more informed interactions.”

Canada’s Indian residential school system started in the 1800s. The government-sponsored system forced an estimated 150,000 indigenous children out of their homes and into strict religious boarding schools. Many were physically and sexually abused, and some were used as test subjects in nutritional and other forms of experimentation. An estimated 6,000 children died while in attendance. The last residential school closed in 1996 in Saskatchewan.

PHOTOS:For building renderings, click here and here.


When complete, IRSC will be a donor-funded, two-storey building covering approximately 6,500 square feet, located between Koerner Library and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.

IRSC is developed in collaboration with Indian Residential School Survivor Society and in consultation with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. For more information, click here.

Additional quotes

DeDe DeRose, Member of UBC President’s Advisory Committee on Aboriginal Affairs

“I am honoured to witness today’s historical announcement. By creating the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre, UBC ensures that Justice Sinclair’s recommendation in the Truth and Reconciliation Report is achieved. The centre provides a place to house the history about the devastating impact that residential schools had on Aboriginal peoples that has been hidden from Canadians for generations. My mother, Cecilia (Dick) DeRose’s, 1950-51 residential school report card will be housed in this landmark centre along with other memorabilia. This centre will provide an important learning opportunity to all Canadians.”

Grand Chief Edward John, First Nations Summit

“We commend UBC for its work to establish the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre. It will not only be an important resource for residential school survivors, it will also play an important role in the path of reconciliation by helping to preserve the history, and to tell the stories, of this very dark time in Canadian history. Reconciliation in Canada can only be achieved by acknowledging our collective history. It is critical to continue to provide opportunities for Canadians to be educated on the residential school system in Canada and the deep negative impacts on indigenous peoples and communities across this country.”

Sheryl Lightfoot, UBC Assistant Professor, First Nations and Indigenous Studies and Political Science

“The twin issues of reconciliation and re-setting relationships between indigenous and non-indigenous peoples are truly global in scope, as forced residential schooling not only happened here in Canada but in other countries as well, including the United States, and so the legacies of this history are far-reaching as well. I am happy to see UBC host this centre, which will play an important role in public education and dialogue, with the hope of more just and respectful relationships in the future. I look forward to the opportunity to bring my students to this centre and actively engage them in these critical conversations.”

Aboriginal engagement at UBC

UBC has a long-standing commitment to aboriginal engagement, a key component of “Place and Promise”, the university’s strategic plan.

UBC has a number of programs and courses with an aboriginal focus, including Canada’s oldest aboriginal law program, an indigenous teacher education program, an aboriginal residency program for medical students, the First Nations Languages program, and the interdisciplinary First Nations and Indigenous Studies program. As well, a number of resources and initiatives at UBC focus on furthering the understandings of indigenous cultures and histories into its curriculum and operations.

UBC recognizes its Vancouver and Kelowna campuses are situated on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the Musqueam Indian Band and the Okanagan First Nation.



Indigenous Governance Program Manager, University of Arizona

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Over the last 20 years, the Native Nations Institute (NNI) and the Indigenous Peoples Law & Policy Program (IPLP) have made the University of Arizona a leader in the field of Indigenous nation building.
As part of the University’s Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy, NNI carries out research and works with Native nations and organizations to support Indigenous self-determination, to strengthen Indigenous governance capacities, and to achieve Indigenous community and economic development objectives. As part of the University’s James E. Rogers College of Law, the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program (IPLP) is a center for innovation in research, training, and advocacy in Federal Indian Law and the international law of Indigenous Peoples.
In 2013, NNI and IPLP came together to create the Indigenous Governance Program (IGP). Through the IGP, practitioners and scholars from around the world have access to the research and teaching of NNI’s and IPLP’s renowned faculty in the fields of Indigenous governance and Indigenous rights. The IGP includes the possibility of individuals earning: a Masters of Professional Studies in Indigenous Governance (UA credit); a Professional Certificate in Indigenous Governance (UA credit); a Continuing Education Certificate in Indigenous Governance (non-UA credit); certificates of completion in a number of distance-learning course offerings; and/or the option of taking any combination of live and distance-learning courses for personal enrichment.

Assistant Professor of Native American History, University of North Carolina – Pembroke

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The University of North Carolina at Pembroke invites applications for a tenure-track position in American Indian History. The position will be a the rank of Assistant Professor. The successful candidate will teach a variety of advanced courses in Native American history, contribute to the general education survey load in the department by offering a two-course introductory sequence in Native American history, and periodically teach an historical methods course. Of particular interest to us are candidates whose focus is on Native Americans of the Southeastern United States. Area of specialization within the field is open, but additional consideration will be given to those applicants who can develop courses with an emphasis on gender and sexuality. The new faculty member will join the History Department and have opportunities to collaborate with faculty in American Indian Studies as well as the Southeastern American Indian Studies Program. Applicants must earn a Ph.D. in History by August 2017. The UNCP History Department expects faculty to demonstrate a strong commitment to teaching and to be actively engaged in professional scholarship and university service.

Orange Shirt Day, Faculty of Forestry, UBC – 30 Sept, 2016

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Why Orange Shirts?
Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in the spring of 2013.  It grew out of Phyllis’ story of having her shiny new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school at the Mission, and it has become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually. 

The date was chosen because it is the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to residential schools, and because it is an opportunity to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the coming school year.  It also gives teachers time to plan events that will include children, as we want to ensure that we are passing the story and learning on to the next generations.

Orange Shirt Day is also an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.