SAGE (UBC)

Graduate Studies Drop-In Support

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For ALL Current and Prospective Indigenous students.

Available every 2 weeks on Wednesdays (Feb 8, Feb 22, March 8 onwards)

Location: First Nations House of Learning

Time: 12 PM – 2 PM

Meet with Rebecca Jules, UBC Indigenous Graduate Initiatives Specialist.

To set up an appointment outside of the drop-in hours, please email rebecca.jules@ubc.ca.

Indigenous Graduate Funding Information Session

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ALL UBC Indigenous students (current and prospective) are invited to join an in-person information session to learn and ask questions about applying for funding, including the Indigenous Graduate Fellowship, government and community funding.

Location: First Nations House of Learning

Thursday, February 2 from 12pm to 3pm

There will be support and time available for assistance with funding applications.

UBC Indigenous Graduate Student Writing Retreat

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An inaugural UBC Indigenous Graduate Student Writing Retreat will take place in April 2023.

Space is available for 14 students. Apply by January 31, 2023 11:59 pm PST, to ensure equal consideration. Applications thereafter will be considered on a first come, first serve basis.

Re-Storying Our Journeys – Mentorship, Relationship-Building, and Skills Writing Retreat 

• Attendees: UBC Indigenous Graduate Students (All Disciplines Welcome)
• Location: Loon Lake Lodge and Retreat Centre
• Dates: Sunday, April 16th to Wednesday, April 19th, 2023
• Apply at: https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6gRiN69gTlu0HDo
• Contact for more information: IndigenousWriting.Retreat@ubc.ca

The 2023 UBC Indigenous Graduate Student Writing Retreat is supported by the UBC Indigenous Strategic Initiative Stream 3, Student Led Projects Fund.

SAGE Wednesday Writing Circles

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The Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement (SAGE) Program will be hosting virtual writing circles two Wednesdays per month January – March 2023 from 10 am – 12 pm PST. 

The Wednesday Writing Circles are a time and space to plug in virtually with other Indigenous graduate students to focus on independent writing projects or other tasks in accountability with peers. The Writing Circles provide a guided format structured around the Pomodoro Technique entailing 25-minute focus blocks with 5-minute breaks. Learn more about the technique here: Why You Should Try the Pomodoro Technique for Writing


SAGE Wednesday Writing Circle Dates:

January 18th & 25th

February 8th & 15th

March 8th & 15th

Join via Zoom: https://ubc.zoom.us/j/65492017730?pwd=WUxBcXpTN2k5YVI2QzVld2wvSkh2dz09 

20th Annual Indigenous Graduate Student Symposium: Honouring Research, Honouring Community

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The Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement (SAGE) program is excited to announce the dates for the 20th Annual Indigenous Graduate Student Symposium (IGSS)! 

This year’s symposium will take on March 17-18, 2023 in-person at The University of British Columbia’s Vancouver campus with virtual participation & accessibility.

Want to present on your research & be included in this year’s symposium abstract journal? Submissions are now being accepted through January 24th using this link: https://forms.gle/Adwxr4uGLyYh6s6D6. See our Call for Submissions post for more information.

The IGSS is a long-standing annual student-led event that provides a culturally relevant and supportive community for Indigenous graduate students to present on their research and contributions spanning any discipline. It fosters community-building and networking among peers and participating emerging and established scholars. It is an important platform for Indigenous students to connect and learn from one another, and grow professionally and academically. The IGSS is organized by the SAGE program and co-hosted by The University of British Columbia and Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at Simon Fraser University. 

Check back for more details on the symposium as they become available! Contact grad.sage@ubc.ca if any questions. 

Extended Call for Submissions for the 20th Annual Indigenous Graduate Student Symposium (IGSS)

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Indigenous Graduate Students from any discipline, program and institution are invited to submit proposals to present at this year’s 20th Annual Indigenous Graduate Student Symposium (IGSS) to take place at The University of British Columbia’s Vancouver Campus and virtually on March 17-18, 2023.


This year’s theme is “Honouring Research, Honouring Community.” Students are invited to submit proposals related to any of the following sub-themes:

A) Centering Indigenous Paradigms, Knowledges and Research Practices
B) Renewing & Reimagining Knowledge Transmission: Past, Present, Future
C) Nurturing the Relationship between Community and Research

Link to submit a proposal: https://forms.gle/LxkFdJEBSo8avhNh6 

Extended Deadline to apply: January 31, 2023


Proposals may entail a poster, in-person or virtual presentation, or other creative contribution. Proposals that don’t fit necessarily under one of the sub-themes are still encouraged and will be considered if aligned with the overall symposium theme of Honouring Research, Honouring Community. Submissions are welcome from Indigenous graduate students affiliated with any academic institution in Canada, the United States and beyond. 

Applicants are anticipated to be notified by February 20th.  Applicants are also invited to have their submission included in a peer-reviewed abstract journal to be published following the symposium. To view the inaugural journal issue published in 2021 visit: https://journals.lib.sfu.ca/index.php/igss/issue/download/176/55.

This annual event is organized by the Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement program and co-sponsored by The University of British Columbia and Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies at Simon Fraser University. The IGSS is a long-standing annual student-led event that provides a culturally relevant and supportive community for Indigenous graduate students to present on their research and contributions spanning any discipline. It fosters community-building and networking among peers and participating emerging and established scholars. It is an important platform for Indigenous students to connect and learn from one another, and grow professionally and academically. 

Please contact grad.sage@ubc.ca if any questions. 

SAGE Saturday Sharing Circle on December 10, 2022

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Take a break & finish the semester strong with peers this Saturday during an end-of-semester virtual check-in/sharing circle!

This SAGE Saturday session is intended to create space for building community and Indigenous graduate student peer support. It is being offered via Zoom to facilitate inclusion of on and off-campus self-identified Indigenous students from any field of study. 

SAGE Saturday Sharing Circle

Saturday, December 10, 2022

10 AM – 12 PM PST

Zoom link: https://ubc.zoom.us/j/63922391356?pwd=VHNRVTdOdDBUampvZEVyeHJQQ200dz09

This event will be informal, but here’s a tentative agenda to know what to expect!

– Welcome from UBC’s SAGE Coordinator & Faculty Mentor hosts

– Brief introductions & end-of-semester reflection icebreaker

– Open sharing circle & relating/peer-to-peer dialogue

– Closing circle: end-of-semester wellness ideas/intentions 

Do you have ideas for future SAGE Saturdays or know of any faculty or alumni with cross-cutting insights to support Indigenous graduate students? Please email any suggestions or questions to grad.sage@ubc.ca

Fall 2022 SAGE Meet & Greet

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Tuesday, October 25, 2022
3pm – 5 pm Pacific Time
Irving K. Barber Centre – Dodson Room (302)
1961 East Mall, Vancouver, BC

To join via Zoom:https://ubc.zoom.us/j/69411508806?pwd=TE1CSTlHaUorUlpveVRkYUJGWnZIUT09

Meeting ID: 694 1150 8806
Passcode: 649891 

Agenda

  • In-person and virtual introductions 
  • Background on the SAGE Program
  • Sharing & group feedback for SAGE programming this year 
  • Indigenous Graduate Students Symposium March 2023
  • Writing Retreat/Workshop Series announcements
  • Beginning to identify Indigenous graduate student writing support needs
  • Any additional announcements from the group

If any questions, please contact Jessica at grad.sage@ubc.ca

‘Recovering from Colonialism & Renewing Kinship Relations’

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A Talk & Discussion with Dr. Dwayne Donald

Tuesday, October 18, 2022
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Pacific
Irving K. Barber Center – Dodson Room (302)
1961 East Mall, Vancouver, BC

To join via Zoom, email grad.sage@ubc.ca

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Hello! 

Welcome to the SAGE-UBC website! We’re happy you have arrived!

The contracts for our SAGE coordinators has ended for the season and they have each returned to their respective graduate study programs. 

SAGE is anticipated to return again the Fall and we look forward to connecting with you again in the future! Please feel free to email us at grad.sage@ubc.ca This inbox is expected to be monitored on occasion.

We thank you for your contribution to the the enhancement of Indigenous students at all ages and stages of the academic journey!

Sincerely, 

SAGE Team!

Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement [SAGE]

Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil- Waututh) Traditional Territories
University of British Columbia
Email: grad.sage@ubc.ca
Website: www.gradsage.com

We acknowledge and respect xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil- Waututh) and Sylix (Okanagan) peoples on whose traditional and unceded territories the university is located, and we acknowledge our gratitude to these Nations for allowing students to learn and grow on these sacred lands.