Month: March 2017

Registration Open – 7th Aboriginal Math Symposium. 8:30 am – 3:00 pm, May 11, 2017

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math symposium_small.jpgDear Friends

Registration for the 7th Aboriginal Math Symposium is now open. Registration link:

Please join us for the 7th Aboriginal Math Symposium

Date: Thursday, May 11 2017

Venue: Sty-Wet-Tan Hall First Nations Longhouse UBC

Time: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

Registration: $30 includes nourishment (continental breakfast, refreshments throughout the day, and an delicious lunch) and activity materials

Please direct questions about the symposium to: Kwesi Yaro:

If you have food allergies or special requests please direct these to Kwesi Yaro before May 1 2017.

Please check the blog for updates: 


Registration closes May 7 2017

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Thank you to our sponsors: First Nations House of Learning, UBC Indigenous Teacher Education Program (NITEP), Actuarial Foundation of Canada, Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS), UBC Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Indigenous Education Institute of Canada.

Thank you



Download PDF Poster: Aboriginal Math Symposium

CFP – Stories of Resistance from Indigenous Scholars, due: April 15th, 2017

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Native Organization of Indigenous Scholars presents:

The 16th Annual Symposium of Native and Indigenous Scholarship at the University of Washington, Seattle 

ɫǝbʔaltxw Intellectual House

May 12, 2017 11:00-3:00 p.m.



“Stories of Resistance from Indigenous Scholars”


For over a generation, indigenous scholars have pushed the academy to recognize the importance of issues related to native peoples and the necessity of adopting decolonizing research methodologies. To advance this mandate, scholars from diverse disciplines ranging from psychology to drama and nursing to communications, continue to assert, refine, and expand upon research methods responsive to the needs of indigenous communities. Pursuing such research practices and agendas begins to unsettle the standards of the slowly changing academy. NOIS seeks presentations of scholarship that show how indigenous- oriented research can both transform the academic disciplines and serve the priorities of native communities.

Indigenous graduate, professional, community, and undergraduate students and scholars, staff, and faculty are invited to submit summaries or abstracts for the opportunity to present work relating to this year’s theme. *Please note that our first priority is to provide a space for graduate and professional students across multiple disciplines to present their work as emerging scholars. Adherence to the theme is a suggestion and not a requirement.

Please submit a 250-word abstract to with the subject “NOIS Symposium Submission” by April 15. Presentations can take any one of the following formats:

  • Paper presentation
  • Poster
  • Panel discussion (four members max)
  • Poetry*
  • Artwork (visual or musical; submission no longer than 20 minutes)*
  • Short film

*Poetic submissions should be the actual poem(s). Artistic submissions should include a photograph and description. Musical submissions should describe lyrics/music as they relate to the theme.

Submissions should include:

  • Title of presentation
  • Authors & affiliation (School, department, institution, organization, tribal nation)
  • Contact information (email and phone number)
  • Presentation format (oral presentation, poster, or panel). Acceptance notices will
    • be sent out by April 25 to the email address indicated in your submission.
  • Please join us at the wǝɫǝbʔaltxw Intellectual House on May 12, 2017
  • 4249 Whitman Court, UW Seattle Campus (E. Stevens Way and Whitman Court NE) 

For more information, please see: NOIS call for abstract 2017

Two Spirit! Let’s Hear It! – An Introduction to Two-Spirit Health, 10-11:30am on April 12th, 2017

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Dr. Sarah Hunt, Assistant Professor, First Nations and Indigenous Studies and Department of Geography, University of British Columbia

In this webinar, Dr. Sarah Hunt will provide an introduction to the health of Two-Spirit people. First, the diversity of meanings ascribed to Two-Spirit will be discussed, as a term used to describe an array of Indigenous identities and expressions of gender and sexuality. Within a social determinants framework, an overview of the impacts of colonization will be provided as a key component of understanding the health of Two-Spirit people. A strengths-based approach will be used to present an array of practical measures health practitioners, policy makers, and researchers can use to foster Two-Spirit health. The webinar will complement the recently released NCCAH publication “An Introduction to the Health of Two-Spirit People: Historical, contemporary and emergent issues”.

For further information and registration, please see:

All Our Father’s Relations, from 5-7pm on March 27th, 2017

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All Our Father’s Relations tells the story of the Grant siblings who journey from Vancouver to China in an attempt to rediscover their father’s roots and better understand his fractured relationship with their Musqueam mother. Raised primarily in the traditions of the Musqueam people, the Grant family and their story reveals the shared struggles of migrants and Aboriginal peoples today and in the past. This new documentary film premiered at the Vancouver Asian Film Festival, where it was awarded Best Canadian Feature.

Date and Time:
Monday, March 27th
5:00 – 7:00PM
Frederic Wood Theatre
6354 Crescent Road
Vancouver, BC
V6T 1Z2

General admission: $5
Online handling fee (Eventbrite): $0.91

4:30: Doors Open
5:00 – 6:15: Opening Remarks & Film Screening
6:15 – 6:45: Q & A with the Filmmakers & Participants
6:45 – Merchandise Sales*

*You will have the opportunity to purchase a signed All Our Father’s Relations poster and order personal-use DVDs.

This event is generously sponsored by the following units at UBC:

Asian Canadian and Asian Migration Studies Program
Faculty of Land and Food Systems
First Nations and Endangered Languages Program
First Nations and Indigenous Studies Program
First Nations House of Learning
International Office
Theatre and Film Department

All Our Father’s Relations helps to record and revitalize the interconnected histories of Chinese Canadian and First Nations relations along the Fraser River in British Columbia. The film features siblings Helen Callbreath, Gordon Grant, Larry Grant, and Howard E. Grant, who are elders from the Musqueam Nation with Chinese ancestry. The siblings reflect on their experiences growing up on the Chinese farms at Musqueam and in Vancouver’s Chinatown, and the impact of discriminatory government legislation on their lives. They also visit the ancestral village of their late father, in Guangdong, China, for the first time. The Grants’ father, Hong Tim Hing, left the village of Sei Moon in Guangdong, China in 1920 to Vancouver, BC – the unceded territory of the Musqueam hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓-speaking people. He worked on the Lin On Farm at Musqueam Indian Reserve 2, where he met his wife, Agnes Grant.

Director: Alejandro Yoshizawa
Producers: Sarah Ling, Alejandro Yoshizawa
Co-Producer: Jordan Paterson
Executive producers: Howard E. Grant, Henry Yu

With deep gratitude to the Musqueam Nation whose unceded lands this film was made on, and the Grant family for sharing their story.

For more information, please see:

Official trailer:

CFP – Special Issue, Critical Pedagogical Inquiry (CPI) ‘My spirit and heart soar’: Chief Dan George, due: May 31st, 2017

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Call for Submissions: Special Issue, Critical Pedagogical Inquiry (CPI)

‘My spirit and heart soar’: Chief Dan George
First Nations Contest the formal and lived curriculums.

The purpose of this special issue is to bring together a collection of articles, poems, photography, music and art that relate to conceptualizing, planning dreaming, hoping and taking positive actions for our 7 future generations. Proposals to contribute to the special issue are invited.

Understandably, all proposals and work submitted to the co-editors of the CPI, special issue are to be grounded in First Nations perspectives, world views, lived experiences and/or ways of knowing.

This special issue is inspired by the morning session of the Comparative and International Education Society of Canada (CIESC), Preconference on May 28, 2016, hosted at the University of Calgary. The morning session concentrated on First Nations issues and actions which contested colonial agendas in the formal and nonformal curricula.

Potential authors, poets and artists who are interested in contributing to this CPI special Issue, please, submit a proposal in either a single Word or PDF file to any of the CPI special issue, co-editors listed below, by May 31, 2017.

For further information, also, contact any of the co-editors.

Co-editors: Tiffany Prete.
Loretta Loon.
Celia Haig Brown.
Cecille DePass.

Your proposal should include:

  • a title (up to 150 characters);
  • an abstract (100-150 words);
  • a description of the paper and/or visual images and/or music (400 words).

For more information, please see: CPI Call for Proposal summer2017

Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, UBC, June 22-24th, 2017

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From June 22 to 24, 2017, the University of British Columbia and its co-hosts will welcome NAISA to UBC’s Vancouver campus on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam Nation.

For more information, please see:

Resident Hall Director of the Akwe:kon House (American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program) – Ithaca, New York

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Resident Hall Director

Resident Hall Associate I
(Band E –
American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS)

Cornell University

The American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program at Cornell University in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) provides a unique combination of educational, social and cultural opportunities to Native students studying at the University. Our commitment is to facilitate the student’s academic success and address their cultural needs. The American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program (AIISP) strives to be an academic leader in the field of Native American and Indigenous Studies with expertise in agriculture, art, art history, anthropology, archeology, educational history, philosophy, environmentalism, gender, globalization, language, law, literature, and sociology. The AIISP is dedicated to educating Native and non-Native students who will study and contribute to the revitalization of Indigenous peoples globally. The AIISP is responsible for academic graduate and undergraduate programs, recruitment and retention, facilitating research partnerships with Indigenous communities and is the host of the residential program house, Akwe:kon.

With more than 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students, 350 faculty and 1,200 staff, and upwards of 45,000 living alumni, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) is the second-largest undergraduate college at Cornell University and the third largest college of its kind in the United States.  The land-grant mission of the College, which encompasses research, education, and extension programs, allows for the creation and dissemination of knowledge that makes a difference for students, the citizens of New York, the nation, and people around the globe.

The American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program (AIISP) at Cornell University seeks a Residence Hall Director (RHD) as a team-oriented staff member for its residential program house, Akwe:kon. Akwe:kon is unique in that it is the only residential program house that is formally part of an academic program, the AIISP. The RHD position  is  key  in  helping  the  AIISP  Director  and  Associate  Director  ensure  achievement  of  AIISP’s  mission and  goals.  The  RHD  will:  carry  out  administrative,  counseling,  and  programmatic  responsibilities  for  the 35-student  residential  unit  and  the  American  Indian  community  at  Cornell;  facilitate  student  involvement & supervise student staff; administer and implement services and activities, and enhance community and individual development among residents; work to involve faculty in the lives of students, provide personal  counseling and work with campus units to provide a safe and attractive learning environment for  students  in the house.

The Residence Hall Director will work closely with the AIISP Associate Director and Director in developing and implementing other components of the Program with regard to student recruitment and development, academic programs, outreach initiatives, and in developing year-round programming in Akwe:kon that fully uses its resources and builds and enhances the AIISP as a whole. Work with Campus Life/Residential Programs staff to develop services and programs, select and train student staff, and contribute to university-wide activities as appropriate through participation on committees, etc. May act as an advisor to a registered Cornell University student organization.

The AIISP carries out the majority of the shared supervision of the Residence Hall Director:  the position reports to the American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program via the Associate Director (65% appointment) and to the Dean of Students office via the Assistant Director for Residential Programs (35% appointment).

This position is full-time and will require living in the Akwe:kon House in Ithaca, New York. This is a one-year appointment with possible extension of one year increments up to two years depending on funding and performance.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree with coursework in American Indian studies and 1 year of experience in residential life or student development or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Substantial professional experience working with students in higher education in residential, counseling, and administrative functions.
  • Direct experience with and knowledge of Native American students, communities, and issues is essential.
  • Ability to have meaningful and appropriate interactions with people from a wide range of ethnic, social, and cultural backgrounds.
  • Ability to work well with a diverse group of people including but not limited to faculty, staff and students.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to foster and maintain effective working relations with internal and external constituents.
  • Experience with events planning and development of programs.
  • Collaborate with the with the AIISP Associate Director and Director to develop and implement other components of the Program with regard to student recruitment and development, academic programs, outreach initiatives, and in developing year-round programming in Akwe:kon.
  • May act as an advisor to a registered Cornell University student organization.
  • Must exercise sound judgment and respect highly confidential information.
  • Due  to  the  nature  of  the  position,  you  will  be  required  to work some nights and weekends and reside at the community Akwe:kon house.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in  counseling, cultural/ethnic  studies, education, student development, social work, community development, or  a related field with 2+  years of experience in residential life or some other aspect of  student development or the equivalent combination of education and experience is preferred.
  • Prior budgeting experience helpful.
  • Experience in residential living environments, community development, and supervision of student staff or transferable skills are necessary.
  • Experience in residence life and programming is desirable.
  • Knowledge of American Indian and Indigenous communities in New York State is preferred.
  • Knowledge of financial services available to New York State American Indian and Indigenous students through the Native American Indian Education Unit within the State Education Department, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and other forms of financial aid programs is desirable.
  • Knowledge of contracting school systems on or near American Indian and Indigenous communities is helpful.

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Knowledge with Public Purpose

When applying through our system, please remember to attach your application materials (Resume/Cover Letter/CV) in either Microsoft Word or PDF format.  In the Experience section of your application, use the Paperclip icon to search for file(s) or use the ‘Drop Files Here’ box to manually drag document(s) into your application. For a more detailed description and instructions on how to create a profile online please click here as an external candidate or click here if you are an internal candidate.

No relocation assistance is provided for this position. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contribute creative ideas to further the university’s mission of teaching, discovery and engagement. Located in Ithaca, NY, Cornell’s far-flung global presence includes the medical college’s campuses on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Doha, Qatar, as well as the new Cornell Tech campus to be built on Roosevelt Island in the heart of New York City.

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.

University Job Title: Res Hall Assoc I

Level: E

Pay Rate Type: Salary

Company: Contract College

Contact Name: Janet Camilli

Number of Openings: 1

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage.  We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities.

For more information, please see:–American-Indian-and-Indigenous-Studies-Program—-Ithaca–New-York_WDR-00010153-2

Summer Teacher-in-Residence Program, due: March 31st, 2017

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The National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) invites teachers to apply to its Summer Teacher-in-Residence program. One teacher will be selected to hold a 6–8 week residence at NMAI, working with staff and participating with American Indian communities to create dynamic online lessons using the museum’s extensive resources. Participants will serve as advisors and testers of online lessons that are under development, and they will apply their expertise in pedagogy, best and most current classroom practices, use of the C3 Framework, and the Common Core Standards. During the residency, teachers will create a unique project, activity, digital app, or lesson for the museum.

Goals of the Summer Teacher-in-Residence (STIR) Program

  • Improve teachers’ instruction about the multifaceted history and culture of American Indians through exemplary educator-vetted classroom resources
  • Provide teachers with professional development that demonstrates current and effective teaching methods
  • Promote and advocate NMAI as a teacher-trusted resource for dynamic and authentic education materials


  • Serve as an advisor to the content development team for NMAI online educational materials
    • Review lessons in development
    • Advise on pedagogy, lesson structure, activities, digital interactives, etc.
    • Conduct research as requested
  • Support the project evaluation by assisting with the coordination and implementation of interactions with other teachers
  • Test materials with DC regional teachers and in home school; compile and report results
  • Special project—develop a unique lesson, digital project, storybook, or other product as determined by staff, related to the topics represented in the NMAI materials currently under development
  • Plan and provide a professional development workshop in home school district regarding the NMAI residency that raises awareness about NK360° and promotes use of NMAI educational materials

Supplemental Duties

  • Contribute to development of additional materials as requested
  • Provide advice/guidance for future NMAI resources


  • Currently teaching in grades 5 through 12
  • Master Teacher with certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards or an equivalent organization OR accomplished teacher with documentable acknowledgement of achievements
  • Experienced with Common Core Standards and the C3 Framework and how they are applied within a classroom
  • Leadership experience in creating and designing materials and delivering professional development to other teachers
  • A track record of using and integrating Native American content and perspectives into social studies and/or history lessons
  • Knowledge and application of technology in the classroom
  • Experience and enthusiasm for conducting research
  • An innovative and collaborative work style; able to work on a team in an office environment
  • Excellent spoken and written communication skills
  • The ability to live and work in the Washington, DC, metro area for the summer


  • A press release on February 1, 2017, will announce that the STIR program is accepting applications
  • Teachers may apply beginning February 1. The application deadline is March 31, 2017. The successful applicant will be notified by April 14, 2017
  • The program runs for 6–8 weeks, with flexible scheduling for the participant based on availability


  • The selected teacher will participate in this program through a contract with the Smithsonian Institution
  • The selected teacher will receive a stipend and housing assistance

For more information contact:
Suzanne Davis
National Museum of the American Indian

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Aboriginal Research Assistant for McCreary Centre Society

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McCreary Centre Society is seeking an Aboriginal Research Assistant to support the work of McCreary’s Youth Research Academy, conduct statistical analysis (using SPSS) and gather information from Indigenous young people involved in the justice system.

The ideal applicant will be of Aboriginal descent and have a strong understanding of Aboriginal culture and youth health issues in BC, experience working with vulnerable youth, strong facilitation skills, and a degree in health sciences or a related field.

Travel to communities across BC is a requirement of this position. Travel to some communities will require overnight stays.

For more details on this position, please review the attached job description.

Salary is $40,000 p.a.

The position is currently funded through until March 2018. Employees are entitled to MSP and health benefits upon completion of 6 months’ employment.

Additional benefits include professional development and health and wellness funding, and an optional RRSP scheme.

For more information, please see: