Achievements

Upcoming Doctoral Defense

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FRIDAY, 17 JUNE 2016 – 12:30PM – ROOM 200

Michael Paul Taylor
Department: English
Writing in Brotherhood: Reconstituting Indigenous Citizenship, Nationhood, and Relationships at the Turn of the Twentieth Century

TUESDAY, 28 JUNE 2016 – 12:30PM – ROOM 200

Lara Shelley Rosenoff Gauvin
Department: Anthropology
“The Land Grows People”: Indigenous Knowledge and Social Repairing in Rural Post-Conflict Northern Uganda

First Nations Mother and Son Graduate From UBC Together

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FIRST NATIONS MOTHER AND SON GRADUATE FROM UBC TOGETHER


May 26, 2016 – Watching a loved one graduate from university is a proud moment, but for Jocelyne and Randy Robinson, the pride will be twofold as the mother and son graduate from the University of British Columbia a day apart.

Randy, 31, who once worked as a janitor scrubbing toilets, is graduating from the Peter A. Allard School of Law. Jocelyne, a sculptor and single mother who raised seven children in East Vancouver, is graduating with a PhD in education.

The Robinsons are Algonquin from the Timiskaming First Nation in Quebec. They share a strong commitment to use their degrees to help improve the lives of other indigenous peoples.

“We’re overrepresented in the criminal justice system, but underrepresented as lawyers,” said Randy, who spent time during law school working at the Indigenous Community Legal Clinic in the Downtown Eastside. “Growing up, I saw the inequities that exist for indigenous peoples. I wanted to become a lawyer to give them a voice, so they have that perspective and advocacy of a fellow indigenous person in court.”For Jocelyne, pursuing a PhD was motivated by her experiences in the classroom as a high school educator. Her PhD work focused on ways to attract more indigenous students to careers in math and science.

“My goal is to leave a legacy behind for the next generation,” she said. “It wasn’t that long ago Aboriginal Peoples couldn’t go to university or practice law. Or even leave the reserve. It’s pretty incredible that we’re here.”

Randy’s graduation ceremony is May 25. Jocelyne’s is May 26. They’ll be celebrating their academic achievements together along with other Aboriginal graduates at the First Nations House of Learning’s annual graduation celebration at the UBC First Nations Longhouse on May 28.

STORY UPDATE: May 28th CTV news story


Source: Indigenous mother-son duo overcome odds, graduate from UBC – together

Page Modified: May 31, 2016

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)

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Upcoming Doctoral Defenses

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Wednesday, 13 April 2016 – 12:30pm – Room 200

Chris A Arnett
Department: Anthropology
Rock Art of Nlaka’pamux: Indigenous Theory and Practice on the British Columbia Plateau

Wednesday, 25 May 2016 – 12:30pm – Room 200

Cathrena Narcisse
Department: Anthropology
Indigenous Perspectives on the Outstanding Land Issue in British Columbia: “We deny their right to it”

Upcoming Doctoral Defences

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Friday, 18 March 2016 – 9:00am – Room 200

Ana Ines Vivaldi Pasqua
Department: Anthropology
Traversing the City: The Making of Indigenous Spatialities Within and Beyond Buenos Aires

Friday, 19 February 2016 – 9:00am – Room 200

Tathali Urueta Ortiz
Department: Curriculum and Pedagogy
Exploring Practice-Linked Identities Construction in Culturally Diverse Urban Youth Through an Intergenerational Garden-Based Learning Project

Upcoming Doctoral Defences

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  • Jeff Jordan Baker, Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy

    Supervisor:  Professor Cynthia Nicol
    Learning to Relate: An Exploration of Indigenous Science Education
    Wednesday, January 27, 2016 – 1:30 p.m. – Boardroom, First Nations Longhouse, 1985 West Mall

  • Rheanna Robinson, Department of Educational Studies
    Supervisor: Jo-ann Archibald
    Weaving Indigenous Knowledge into the Academy: Promises and Challenges from the Perspective of Three Aboriginal Post-Secondary Institutes in British Columbia
    Friday, January 29, 2016 | 9:30 a.m. | First Nations Longhouse, Boardroom, 1985 West Mall