Sites of Survivance – A Global Symposium on Indigenous Street Gangs, August 23rd, 2017

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The University of Calgary, Department of Sociology invites you to join researchers, community experts, and partners from western Canada, New Zealand, and Australia for a one-day symposium on Indigenous street gangs.

Topics to be discussed include violence, addictions, trauma, and healing. This symposium will be of interest to anyone who works with families and communities impacted by Indigenous street gang violence.

Date: August 23rd, 2017

Cost: $25

Location: University of Calgary, Alberta room – Dining Centre

To register or for more information please contact:

You can find the poster here: Sites of Survivance Poster


Eighth American Indian/Indigenous Teacher Education Conference, June 15-17th, 2017

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Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ, USA June 15-17th, 2017

Northern Arizona University’s College of Education will host its Eighth American Indian / Indigenous Teacher Education Conference on June 16-17, 2017, with a reception on the evening of June 15. This conference for preschool, K-12, college, and university educators and concerned community members is designed through panels, workshops, and papers to share ideas for improving the lives and education of Indigenous children. Northern Arizona University’s College of Education has worked with Indian Nations to improve the education of American Indian students for decades. It has hosted a variety of American Indian teacher and administrative preparation programs, including the well received Learn In Beauty program, and published a number of monographs, including Honoring Our Children: Culturally Appropriate Approaches for Teaching Indigenous Students and Honoring Our Elders: Culturally Appropriate Approaches for Teaching Indigenous Students. Drs. Joseph Martin and W. Sakiestewa Gilbert, who have been long involved in working to improve Indian education, are co-chairing the conference. To get updated information on next year’s conference when it becomes available join the Indigenous-L list serve at Continuing education credit is available for conference attendees.

For more information, please see:



Shelagh Rogers: Bearing Witness to the Transformative Testimonies of Residential School Survivors, at 6:30pm on April 27th, 2017

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Part of the Department of History’s 2016-2017 lecture series, Canada 150: Confederation in Question

This is a free event and is open to the general public. 

RSVP to the Shelagh Rogers lecture April 27, 2017


Highly acclaimed CBC radio personality and honorary TRC witness Shelagh Rogers will discuss the impact of hearing hundreds of residential school survivors speak at national and regional events of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. The real history of Canada was not taught to generations of Canadian school children. But Indigenous Peoples lived it. What does reconciliation mean now that Canada knows the truth of their experience?


Over the years as a journalist on flagship programs such as MorningsideSounds Like Canada and This Morning, Shelagh Rogers has traveled the length and breadth of this country, interviewing thousands of Canadians and collecting their stories.

She is currently the host and a producer of the CBC Radio program The Next Chapter, devoted to Canadian writers and songwriters. She has received many awards for speaking publicly about a private story: a decades-long battle with depression. Shelagh holds honourary doctorates from the University of Western Ontario (2002), Mount Allison University (2011) in New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador’s Memorial University (2012).

In September 2011, Shelagh was named an Officer of the Order of Canada, the country’s highest civilian honour, for promoting Canada’s rich culture, for her volunteer work in adult literacy, for fighting against the stigma of mental illness, and for pushing for reconciliation. She is the first-ever Ambassador-at-Large for the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough and sees the canoe as a beautiful symbol of a new relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.

In the last few years, she has committed herself to working toward that reconciliation from coast to coast to coast. She plans to devote herself to reconciliation for the rest of her life. Native Counseling Services of Alberta has given her their Achievement in the Aboriginal Community award. She is also proud to be chosen as an “Honourary Witness” to the brave and essential work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

As Shelley Ambrose, publisher of The Walrus Magazine, says: Think of her as Canada’s ear. Then add a brain, a heart…and a very recognizable voice. That’s Shelagh Rogers.

For more information, please see:

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

Please share this email with colleagues and friends.

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: