Are you interested in supporting Aboriginal wellness events in the Vancouver area?

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ACCESS and Urban Spirit Foundation are looking for volunteers to help out at four events in early 2014. The events are open to the public and will feature health professional speakers, food, arts and crafts vendors and a wellness and pampering area. The first event will be at the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre on January 25, 2013, with three other dates to be confirmed.

Volunteer roles include security, ticket sales, and generally assisting coordinators on the day of the event, and there is also an opportunity for a volunteer passionate about event planning to take on a leadership role during the day. If you’re interested in helping, please contact Elaine Clare at

Daniel Heath Justice talk, “Being a Good Relative, Becoming a Good Ancestor: Other-than-Human Kinship and the Decolonial Imperative”

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Dr. Daniel Heath Justice

(First Nations Studies Program and English, University of British Columbia)

“Being a Good Relative, Becoming a Good Ancestor: Other-than-Human Kinship and the Decolonial Imperative”

5-6:30pm, Wed Nov 27, Coach House, Green College, UBC

Abstract: From the nineteenth-century decimation of prairie bison herds and imposition of patriarchal farming techniques to the contemporary decline of coastal fisheries and narrowed concerns of familial obligations, a consistent pattern in Eurowestern political and economic colonialism worldwide has been the targeted suppression of Indigenous kinship relations with the other-than-human. While variously dismissed by colonial agents as “pagan,” “primitive,” or illusory, such expansive familial relations are in fact substantive to and expressive of Indigenous political, ceremonial, and intellectual practices of self-determination and cultural and political distinctiveness. This presentation will consider a few illustrative examples of the other-than-human as a vital concern in Indigenous decolonization and resurgence politics today, while critically engaging the potential consequences of an absence of such considerations in contemporary activism and scholarship.

Speaker Info: Daniel Heath Justice is a Colorado-born Canadian citizen of the Cherokee Nation. He is Chair of the First Nations Studies Program and Associate Professor of First Nations Studies and English at UBC on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Musqueam people. His work includes Our Fire Survives the Storm: A Cherokee Literary History, the Indigenous epic fantasy The Way of Thorn and Thunder: The Kynship Chronicles, and the co-edited anthologies Sovereign Erotics: A Collection of Two-Spirit Literature and, with James H. Cox, the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Indigenous American Literature. Current projects include a cultural history of badgers and a study of critical kinship in Indigenous literature.

All those attending talks in this series are invited to stay for dinner at Green College with the speaker. Those interested in attending dinner are asked to make a reservation at least by noon the business day before. Contact 604-822-8660 or visit the Green College website for details.

Oecologies: Inhabiting Premodern Worlds is a new Speaker Series sponsored by Green College that gathers scholars from the humanities living and working along the North American Pacific coast to investigate the idea of “oecology,” an older spelling of the modern concept “ecology.” For event details, abstracts, and speaker information, please visit or view the event poster. Also follow us on Twitter (@Oecologies) and “Like” us on Facebook (! Oecologies also holds a reading group in advance of each talk in the Speaker Series. If you are interested in attending, please contact Dr. Robert Rouse ( If you have other questions about Oecologies, please do not hesitate to contact me ( or our assistant, Carmel Ohman (

RezErect: Native Erotica exhibit and Responses to RezErect panel

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The Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice Indigenous Pedagogies Social Justice @UBC Research Network (HTTP://BLOGS.UBC.CA/IPSJ/), CSIS and the Jane Rule Endowment ( invite you to join us for the art gallery exhibition RezErect: Native Erotica and a reception and thought-provoking panel discussion on Responses to RezErect.  

Please save the date — November 20th — in your calendar.

RezErect is an exhibition that explores First Nations erotica.  It is a fresh, playful, provocative insight into sensuality and sexuality. The exhibition features works by 27 mid-career and internationally recognized First Nations artists from the Northwest Coast and central Canada.

The Responses to RezErect panel invites us to explore both how we are outrageously infused with pornography, and also colonialism and representations of First Nations realities.

Speakers include:

  • Dory Nason – Assistant Professor of First Nations Studies and English (UBC), recipient of the 2013 UBC Killam Teaching Prize, Anishinaabe and an enrolled member of the Leech Lake Tribe of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe.
  • June Scudeler – PhD candidate in English in Aboriginal literature (UBC) and President of the Vancouver Metis Community Association.  June Scudeler is a Metis PhD candidate in English at UBC and her dissertation explores new traditions in Cree and Metis Two-Spirit, gay and queer narratives. Her essay on Metis poet Gregory Scofield was included in the Queer Indigenous Studies collection. June is a collective member of the Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival.
  • Kinnie Starr is a singer-songwriter from Calgary, Alberta. In 2006 she mentored aspiring Aboriginal musicians at the Manitoba Audio Recording Industry Association’s Aboriginal Music Program (AMP) Camp. As a visual artist, Starr currently has 2 pieces hung in the Bill Reid Gallery in Vancouver, BC as part of ‘Rezerect’, an international exhibit of indigenous erotic art.
  • Saylesh Wesley is Stó:l? (Skowkale) on her mother’s  side and Tsimshian on her father’s side and works for the UBC as the Chilliwack Field Centre Coordinator, NITEP, which is a B.Ed. program designed to train Aboriginal teachers for the K – 12 system

Date:                Wednesday, November 20th


Time:               5:00 p.m. Wine and cheese reception

                        5:45 p.m.  Panel discussion begins


Location:          Bill Reid Gallery 639 Hornby Street, Vancouver  [see location

Read more about RezErect and a local media story about the gallery’s exhibition.

Save the date!

The Faculty of Education Reads Community Book Club Continues Thurs. Nov. 14th

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The Faculty of Education Reads Community Book Club Continues Thurs. Nov. 14th

Hi All,

We had a wonderful community turnout at our first book club event. We have another book club discussion set for Thursday Nov. 14th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Staff Room at Point Grey Secondary School (5350 East Blvd). The focus of this book club discussion will be on gender, harassment and bullying in schools and classrooms.

Our speaker for the event is Dr. Elizabeth Meyers (California Polytechnical State University).

The format will be similar to our first book club meeting, where our speaker will set a context for the topic in relationship to our chosen book, The Absolute True Diary of a Part-time Indian. We will then break in to book club discussion groups to talk about themes of the book and the role of educators, parents, and community to address the issue. We will then conclude with our guest speaker who address strategies to support students.

Please join us even if you have not finished reading the book. There are opportunities for all to take part in discussions.

Look forward to seeing you there.

Jan Hare
Associate Professor
Professor of Indigenous Education in Teacher Education
Department of Language and Literacy Education
Faculty of Education UBC

October UBC Museum of Anthropology

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The Marvellous Real: Art from Mexico, 1926 – 2011
October 25, 2013 – March 30, 2014 | MOA
Opening Reception, Saturday, October 26, 7:00pm – 9:00pm | MOA
In 1949, the Cuban writer and ethno-musicologist, Alejo Carpentier (1904 – 1980), coined the term the “marvellous real” to describe a particular kind of magic realism that is manifest in the arts and everyday life of Latin America. Eluding the expected through bizarre amalgamations, improbable juxtapositions, and fantastic correlations, the marvellous real is, as Carpentier said, “neither beautiful nor ugly; rather, it is amazing because it is strange.” Read more

Speaking to Memory: Images and Voices from St. Michael’s Residential School
Until March 2, 2014 | MOA

This exhibition has grown out of a unique opportunity to present the personal experiences of First Nations children who attended St. Michael’s Indian Residential School. During the late 1930’s, one student at the school had a camera and photographed many of her friends and classmates there. The photos provide a rare and moving glimpse of residential school life through the eyes of students as they made a life for themselves away from families and home communities. Read more


Opening Reception: The Marvellous Real: Art from Mexico, 1926 – 2011
Saturday, October 26, 7:00pm – 9:00pm | MOA
Join us to celebrate the opening of The Marvellous Real: Art from Mexico, 1926 – 2011. Read moreCurator Tour: Everything Strange, Everything Amazing
Sunday, October 27, 1:00pm – 2:00pm | MOA
Co-curators Nicola Levell and Anthony Shelton will give a tour of the exhibition The Marvellous Real: Art from Mexico, 1926 – 2011, and discuss their unique approach to the display of 20th-century Mexican art. Read moreDia de los Muertos: Day of the Dead Celebration
Saturday, November 2, 11:00am – 4:00pm | MOA
For many traditional Mesoamerican cultures, dying represents a continuation of this life in a different, parallel realm. Every year, these two realms connect in a celebration commonly known as Day of the Dead, a festivity with ancient, pre-Columbian roots. Read more

MOA Staff Tours
Tuesdays | MOA
Learn about MOA’s collections from a different staff member every week. Read more
October 1: Mawuena Glymin, IT Manager
October 8: Mauray Toutloff, Conservator
October 15: Pam Brown, Curator, Pacific Northwest
October 22: Bill McLennan, Curator, Pacific Northwest
October 29: Karen Duffek, Curator, Contemporary Visual Arts & Pacific Northwest