Early Intervention with Indigenous Families & Children in British Columbia: A critical inquiry. Presentation by Dr. Alison Gerlach. 12-1 pm, Jan 14, 2016

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CRiHHI_AGerlach-FINALEarly Intervention with Indigenous Families & Children in   British Columbia : A critical inquiry

Presentation by Alison J Gerlach, PhD, MSc (OT), Assistant Clinical Professor, Dept. of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy, UBC

DATE: Thursday, January 14, 2016

TIME: 12:00 – 1:00 pm

VENUE: Room T206
UBC School of Nursing
3rd Floor of the UBC Hospital [MAP]
2211 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver, BC

Early childhood intervention (ECI) programs are increasingly recognized for their potential in promoting children’s health and well-being, and appear to be ideally positioned to play a vital role in fostering child health equity. Currently, there is a lack of research on ECI programs in the context of Indigenous families and children in Canada. This seminar will present the findings of a critical qualitative inquiry undertaken in partnership with the Aboriginal Infant Development Program (AIDP) of British Columbia.

Dr. Alison Gerlach is an occupational therapy-researcher who has worked for many years in partnership with Indigenous communities, organizations and colleagues on a shared agenda of promoting children’s health and wellbeing. Alison’s doctoral research is one of the few studies internationally that draws on critical theoretical perspectives and an ‘ an equity lens’ to examine how ECI can contribute towards fostering health equity for Indigenous infants and young children. The findings of this study have implications for all healthcare professionals working with Indigenous and non-Indigenous families and children who experience social disadvantages as a result of structural inequities.

CFP – 35th International Human Science Research Conference (IHSRC). Due: Feb 16, 2016

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International Human Science Research Conference (IHSRC)

July 3 to 7, 2016, uOttawa

This is a call for papers and workshops for the 35th International Human Science Research Conference (IHSRC) which will be held from July 3 to 7, 2016 at the University of Ottawa. Deadline for submissions is February 16, 2016.


Please see the conference website for information about the keynote and invited speakers:



To submit a paper or workshop, please see the following link:



Some background on IHSRC: The estimated number of participants based on previous years is between 125-150. IHSRC is interdisciplinary in nature and attracts delegates from many fields such as education, psychology, medicine, nursing, etc. Some of the most influential scholars that have been keynotes at IHSRC over the years include: Max van Manen, Maxine Green, Madeleine Grumet, Alphonso Lingis (translator of Merleau-Ponty), and Amedeo Giorgi.

The thread that interconnects the participants of IHSRC is the focus on phenomenology as a methodology. The premise of phenomenological research is to search for meaning through a balanced engagement with direct lived experience in a particular domain and careful interrogation mediated by existential modes of questioning. Delegates attending IHSRC are thus primarily interested in mobilizing methodological knowledge that pertains to the practical and philosophic tenets of the methodology of phenomenology. Here are some conference links to see some of our history:

IHSRC 2015, Norway:

IHSRC 2014, Halifax:

IHSRC 2013, Denmark:

IHSRC 2011, Oxford England:


We hope that you may be part of the 2016 IHSRC experience.  For further information, please contact Rebecca Lloyd in the faculty of education,

Upcoming workshops and volunteer opportunities with The Indigenous Health Research & Education Garden

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Upcoming workshops and volunteer opportunities with
The Indigenous Health Research & Education Garden
  • Wednesday June 3rd, 1:30-4:30PM: Garden volunteer session
  • Saturday June 13th, 10:00AM-12:30PM: Salve Making Medicine Workshop (space is limited, please RSVP to
  • Wednesday June 24th: Feast Bowl community meal at the UBC Longhouse
  • Tuesday July 21st, 2:00-4:00PM: Tea Harvesting Medicine Workshop (space is limited, please RSVP to
  • Wednesday July 29th: Feast Bowl community meal at the UBC Longhouse
  • Tuesday August 25th, 4:00-6:00PM: Tea Making Medicine Workshop (space is limited, please RSVP to
  • Wednesday August 26th: Feast Bowl community meal at the UBC Farm
  • Tuesday September 29th, 3:00-5:00PM: Tobacco Pipe Mix Making Medicine Workshop (space is limited, please RSVP to
  • Wednesday September 30th: Feast Bowl community meal at the UBC Longhouse
How to volunteer for garden volunteer sessions: we work in the garden rain or shine, so come dressed for the weather. We have extra rain boots, gardening tools, and gloves to share. Bring a snack and water bottle – bring friends and family (of any age) too! No experience necessary. You will find us in the Indigenous Health Garden at the UBC Farm. The most up-to-date directions to the UBC Farm can be found here. Once at the Farm, you can follow the “Aboriginal Health Gardens” signs to find our garden here.

How to volunteer for the Feast Bowl: join us at the UBC First Nations Longhouse (1985 West Mall) at or after 9:30AM to help us harvest or cook, or 12:30PM to eat lunch with us. Extra help from any age or skill level is always appreciated, especially in the kitchen. If you can only join us for lunch, we encourage you to come anyway and we look forward to sharing a delicious meal with you!

Note: if you plan to bring a large group, please let us know ahead of time at

Summer Medicine Workshop Series at UBC Farm

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Summer Medicine Workshop Series at UBC Farm

From June to September, the Medicine Collective, a group of Indigenous Elders and knowledge-keepers, will host workshops to reconnect and restore relationships to lands and peoples. These workshops will give hands on experience of harvesting and making medicines.June 13, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM: Salve Making
July 21, 2:00 – 4:00 PM: Tea Harvesting
August 25, 4:00 – 6:00 PM: Tea Making
September 29, 3:00 – 5:00 PM: Tobacco Pipe Mix Making

All workshops will be at the UBC Farm, Indigenous Health Research and Education Garden
$10 – 20 sliding scale

RSVP or learn more, contact

Source: The Talking Stick: News and Information from the First Nations Longhouse, May 15, 2015