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:

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.

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Event: Edge Film Festival April 6th, 2017

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Edge Film Festival presented by the UBC School of Nursing – Alumni Engagement Committee & Office of Research and Teaching Scholarship

Venue: Royal Bank Cinema @ the Chan Centre 6265 Crescent Road, UBC, Vancouver

Time: 7-9:30pm

Tickets: $10 (must be purchased online)

For more information, please see:


Event: Karen Barad at SFU on March 20th, 2017 6pm

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Free and Open Public Event: Karen Barad present’s “Troubling Time/s and Ecologies of Nothingness: Re-turning, Re-membering, and Facing the Incalculable”

  • In this public talk, Karen Barad diffractively reads insights from quantum theory and Kyoko Hayashi’s first-hand accounts of Nagasaki bombing through one another, bringing to the fore a troubling of scalar distinctions between the world of subatomic particles and that of colonialism, war, and environmental destruction. Attempting to think through what possibilities remain open for an embodied re-membering of the past against the colonialist practices of erasure and the related desire to set time aright, Barad calls for a certain undoing of time, a work of mourning accountable to those most profoundly affect by ongoing ecological destruction and by racist, colonialist, and nationalist violence, human and otherwise. This task is related to rethinking the notion of the void. Against its Newtonian interpretation as the absence of matter and energy, as that which does not matter and thus works to justify colonial occupation, Barad argues that the QFT void is a spectral domain where life and death are originarily entangled, and inanimate matter itself gives itself to be thought in its mortal finitude. The void is rather the yearning and the imagining of what might have been, and thus also the infinitely rich ground of imagining possibilities for living and dying otherwise.

Where: Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC

For more information, please see:

7th Aboriginal Math Symposium, First Nations Longhouse. 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, May 11, 2017.

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7th Aboriginal Math Symposium


Thursday May 11, 2017

First Nations Longhouse

1985 West Mall UBC

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Please join us for the 7th Aboriginal Math K-12 Symposium at the First Nations Longhouse, UBC on May 11 2017. This symposium is an opportunity for teachers, administrators, Ministry representatives, community members, and academics to connect, explore, imagine and share new ideas, resources and research on Aboriginal mathematics education from kindergarten to Grade 12. Together we hope to:

  • Learn about new research in mathematics and Aboriginal education
  • Discuss and share approaches, research and educational projects for improving Aboriginal math education
  • Develop community connections to facilitate and support improving Aboriginal math education

Please direct questions about the symposium to:

Kwesi Yaro
Registration open by mid March 2017.


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SAGE Coffee and Catch-up dates 2017

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Dear SAGE Community!

We are going to continue the coffee sessions each Wednesday from 10:30-11:30 in the FNHL board room. Some weeks we will have speakers and other weeks it is just a chance for us all to catch up and check in.

So book these dates in!
January 18th 10:30-11:30
January 25th 10:30-11:30
February 01st 10:30-11:30
February 08th 10:30-11:30
February 15th 10:30-11:30
February 22nd (NO Coffee Morning – Term Break)
March 01st 10:30-11:30
March 08th 10:30-11:30
March 115th 10:30-11:30

15th Annual Indigenous Graduate Student Symposium, March 10-11, 2017.

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Revitalizing, Remembering, and Retelling for Reconcili-Action

Friday, March 10, 2016  5:00 – 8:00 pm

Saturday, March 11, 2016  9:00 am – 5:00 pm,


This event will take place at SFU Harbour Centre, Vancouver, on the unceded and ancestral territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and səlil̓wətaʔɬ First Nations


Friday Evening Speaker – Khelsilem (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Language Teacher, Kwi Awt Stelmexw)

Saturday Key Note Speaker – Chief Robert Joseph (Reconciliation Canada Ambassador)


In the era of the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action – including calls for universities to act – we ask symposium attendees and presenters to consider the following theme: ‘Revitalizing, Remembering, and Retelling for Reconcili-Action’. This year the Indigenous Graduate Student Symposium (IGSS) invites submissions that explore transformation through ‘Reconcili-Action’ by thinking about how research interacts with the TRC Calls to Action and how this process shapes research and experiences in the academy. 

Please let us know if you have any questions:

Hosted by the IGSS Planning Committee & SAGE (Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement)

Simon Fraser University, The University of British Columbia and SAGE Partnership