Funding – David Suzuki Fellowship program, Due: Feb 1, 2017

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The new David Suzuki Fellowship program will empower emerging scholars to tackle complex environmental problems. It will reduce financial barriers, provide mentorship and foster leadership and creativity so fellows can conduct research and engage and inform the public and policy-makers. One fellowship each will be available in Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver. The Vancouver-based fellow will join the Foundation’s Science and Policy team and research innovative clean energy solutions and/or the economics of sustainable development.

Each fellowship is valued at $50,000 stipend plus up to $5,000 in travel and professional expenses.

For details about eligibility, program structure, and application process, please see http://fellowships.davidsuzuki.org/

All questions should be directed to fellowships@davidsuzuki.org

Presentation by the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada. 10 – 11 am, March 5, 2016

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Presentation by the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

All students and community members are invited to attend a presentation by the Hon. Jody Wilson-Raybould, Canada’s newest Attorney General, and a graduate of the UBC Allard School of Law, who will be discussing her vision and role as the Minister of Justice.

Saturday, March 5, 10:00-11:00 AM
Jack Poole Hall, The Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre

Please RSVP for this event as seating is limited. Light refreshments will be served.

Education of Tribes (Indigenous People) in India: Policies, Programmes and Progress. 10:30am–11:30am, Mar 11, 2016

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Education of Tribes (Indigenous People) in India: Policies, Programmes and Progress

When: Friday, March 11, 2016  |  10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Where: Neville Scarfe Building, Room 310


k-sujathaThe Educational Administration & Leadership Program (EDAL, Department of Educational Studies), Indigenous Education, and the Faculty of Education Dean’s Office present a seminar by Professor K. Sujatha, Head, Department of Educational Administration, National University of Educational Planning and Administration, New Delhi, India.

Tribes (Indigenous people) in India, who are also called Adivasis (Hindi for “original inhabitants”), constitute 8.9 percent (over 80 million) of the total population of the country and occupy the lowest levels in socio-economic development. There are more than 750 tribal groups with varied socio-cultural traditions. The Constitution of India envisages special measures for socio-economic development of tribes. Consequently both national and state governments have adopted several special policies and programmes for educational development of tribes. This presentation will cover several of these special policies and programmes — including residential schools — for the education of tribes, progress that is being made, and current issues and challenges.


Professor Sujatha holds a PhD in Educational Anthropology from Andhra University. She has been a Visiting Fellow at New England Univesity in Australia and has consulted with UNESCO, UNICEF, the British Council, the UN Development Programme, and the UN Office for Project Services. She has authored eight books in addition to research papers and articles published in national and international journals. Her specializations include education of disadvantaged groups, educational policy analysis, comparative education in developing countries, and school management.

March 11, 2016: Perspectives on Access to Information – iSchool @ UBC Research Day

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The School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, the iSchool at UBC, invites you to its 6th Annual Research Day on Friday, March 11th, 2016, which showcases the contributions of the iSchool students and faculty working at the intersections of archival, information, library and children’s literature studies. This year, focusing broadly on perspectives on providing access to information.

We are very excited to welcome Peter Hirtle, our keynote speaker, to speak with a specific focus on intellectual property issues. Peter Hirtle is an Affiliate Fellow of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. Until his retirement from Cornell in 2015, he served as Senior Policy Advisor to the Cornell University Library with a special mandate to address intellectual property issues. He is also a contributing author to the LibraryLaw.com blog.

Research Day 2016 Schedule:

Friday, March 11th, 2016,

Keynote and Short Talks: 11.00-1.30pm

Posters and Demos: 1.30-3.00 pm

Where: Golden Jubilee Room (4th floor, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre)

RSVP at: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/ischool-at-ubcs-research-day-2016-tickets-19846745149

More information about Research Day 2016 is available from the iSchool website: http://slais.ubc.ca/research-day-2016-perspectives-on-access-to-information/ and questions about Research Day can be directed to: ischool.researchday@ubc.ca

Indigenous Speakers Series: Top Down vs. Community-Driven: Indigenous Health Policy In Canada. NOV. 25, 2015, 9 am–12 pm

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Dr. Shannon Waters and Dr. Pierre-Gerlier (PG) Forest will share their extensive experience with the development and implementation of Indigenous health policy in Canada. Presenters will discuss the roles of traditional knowledge, politics, community-driven approaches and research & surveillance in the development of Indigenous health programming and Indigenous health policy at federal and provincial levels. As Indigenous peoples reclaim their health, and with the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Royal Commission on the Future of Health Care (the Romanow Report), the presenters will discuss the complexities that arise when efforts are made to incorporate multiple voices in the creation of Indigenous health policy from the grassroots level.


9:00am – 12pm

Franklin Lew Forum

Allard School of Law 1822 East Mall, Vancouver, BC

Register at our website: health.aboriginal.ubc.ca




Justin Trudeau signals new approach to relationship with Indigenous people

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Justin Trudeau signals new approach to relationship with Indigenous people

Ceremony included recognition of traditional Algonquin territory and performances from Indigenous children

By Connie Walker, CBC News Posted: Nov 04, 2015 4:34 PM ETLast Updated: Nov 04, 2015 5:51 PM ET

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The first sign that this government is taking a new approach to its relationship with indigenous people came when Theland Kicknosway, a 12-year-old Cree drummer, led the way into Rideau Hall today for the swearing-in of Justin Trudeau and his cabinet.

There has been indigenous participation in the past, but today’s ceremony was clearly meant to symbolize a new relationship with indigenous people and the government of Canada.

The Cree boy’s song ended and was quickly followed with an acknowledgement the gathering was on traditional Algonquin territory.

The ceremony also featured giggling Inuit throat singers who stole the show and wrapped up with three Métis jiggers.

Two indigenous ministers were sworn into Trudeau’s cabinet: Jody Wilson-Raybould (Kwakwaka’wakw) was named minister of justice; and Hunter Tootoo (Inuit) is the new minister of fisheries and the Canadian Coast Guard.

Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Carolyn Bennett Nov 4 2015

Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Carolyn Bennett is sworn-in during the ceremony at Rideau Hall. (Chris Wattie/Reuters)

But perhaps the most symbolic change was the renaming of Aboriginal and Northern Affairs to Indigenous and Northern Affairs.

The new minister is longtime aboriginal affairs critic Carolyn Bennett, who held an eagle feather and a braid of sweetgrass as she was sworn in.

Hayden King, professor of Indigenous governance at Ryerson University, says the name change will be welcome in the indigenous community.

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Cree drummer Theland Kicknosway, 12, leads the procession into Rideau Hall before Justin Trudeau is sworn in as Canada’s 23rd prime minister. (Chris Wattie/Reuters)

“Obviously Trudeau wants to be sensitive to indigenous people and the name change reflects a change in approach — it’s adopting our language. In that sense it’s hard to critique the change.”

King said the term indigenous has become preferred over aboriginal.

“I think indigenous is a term that actual native people, indigenous peoples, originated themselves. It comes from us as a people, so I think that’s one reason that people prefer it.”

“Aboriginal is kind of a status, legal, domestication of indigenous concerns, whereas indigenous or indigeneity is kind of sovereigntist, more authentic term used by indigenous people themselves.”

A video of Theland’s drumming posted on Facebook  quickly gained thousands of views and shares.

And many of the comments contain the word hope.

But King is not convinced the symbolism will result in the “real change” that Trudeau has promised indigenous Canadians.

“Everybody wants to be hopeful. I want to be hopeful, I want to be optimistic, but I am a student of history and my reservoir of cynicism is deep. There do seem to be some positive signs, but at the same time, we know what is going to happen.”

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CBC News Aboriginal: http://www.cbc.ca/news/aboriginal/justin-trudeau-signals-new-approach-to-relationship-with-indigenous-people-1.3304234?cmp=abfb

CFP – Native American Track at the Annual Research and Policy Conference on Behavioral Health, Due: Oct 30, 2015

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Greetings Colleagues,
I wanted to make sure you all knew about the Call For Proposals to present at the Annual Conference in Tampa in March. If you are not familiar with this conference, it focuses on connection between research and policy, which is critical for improving the systems and structures so that we can better serve tribal youth and their families. It also supports dissemination of knowledge around best practices.
The Indian Country Child Trauma Center is a partner for the conference in 2016. The deadline for proposal submissions is October 30th and we are preparing a Native American Track that will include keynotes, presentations, and workshops focused on research and/or policy in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities.
Please forward to those that may be interested in presenting and feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or need special accommodations regarding your submission.
Jami Bartgis, Ph.D.
President and CEO
One Fire Associates, LLC
241 Kershner Road
Sand Springs, OK 74063

Call for Papers (PDF): 29th Call for papers-9-18-15

US Education Secretary, Arne Duncan redirects state funding intended for correctional programs to pay teachers in most underprivileged communities

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The Atlantic: Education

Teachers vs. Prisons

Arne Duncan may be on his way out, but he’s determined to draw attention to the role of schools in perpetuating—and eradicating—inequality.

WASHINGTON — Outgoing Education Secretary Arne Duncan, in a speech before an audience last week at the National Press Club, announced a new policy to reallocate state correctional-funding dollars to raises for teachers in the nation’s most underprivileged districts.

In what were perhaps his most intentional comments to date on race, Duncan addressed the disparities in educational access and correctional patterns within a decidedly racial framework.

The secretary challenged educators and those to whom they answer to take “an unsparing look at our own attitudes and our own decisions and the ways that they are tied to both race and class.”

“In the wake of Ferguson, Baltimore, and elsewhere, this has become a central discussion for many in America, and rightly so,” said Duncan, who on Friday—days after the National Press Club speech—announced that he’ll be resigning at the end of the year. “Those of us in education simply cannot afford to stay on the sidelines. Let’s recognize upfront that this is one of the hardest conversations that we can have in education.

“Suspensions, expulsions, and expectations for learning track far too closely to race and class,” Duncan continued. “Sometimes the facts must force a tough look inward. This is not just about explicit, obvious bias. Indeed, sometimes when a genuinely transparent moment of bias arises, the whole country stops and takes a breath. A child holds a clock and we see a bomb. But more often, it’s far subtler stuff buried in invisible privileges and expectations that we’re not even aware that we hold.”

“It’s painful to admit to one’s own actions. It’s painful to admit that one’s own actions might be causing harm, particularly for us as educators who come to this work from such an altruistic place,” said Duncan. “It’s difficult work challenging centuries of institutionalized racism and class inequality, but I firmly believe a hard look at ourselves is a critical part of becoming the nation we strive to be — one of liberty and opportunity regardless of circumstances of your birth.”

Duncan proposed a reallocation of funding from the correctional system to the poorest schools in each state “to get great teachers in front of our neediest kids.”

Acknowledging a need for salary increases for all teachers, Duncan suggested that particularly those working in schools in the bottom 20 percent of each state in the most impoverished areas “doing the hard but incredibly important work in those schools” need a boost of up to 50 percent. Teaching is hard work everywhere, he said, but it is particularly harder for teachers at under-resourced schools.

“Everyone here knows it can be challenging to recruit and keep fantastic teachers in the schools where the needs are the greatest,” said Duncan.

“The fact of the matter is, because we’re so property tax-based throughout the nation—not everywhere, there are some important exceptions—but in far too many places the children of the wealthy get dramatically more spent on them than the children of the poor,” he said. “And until we become uncomfortable with that truth, until we really start to believe that black and brown children and poor children actually can contribute to society, we’re going to continue to have huge disparities.”

Acknowledging the “decades of neglect and abuse and mistreatment and non-investment” in communities like Baltimore; Ferguson, Missouri; his native Chicago; and other majority-minority cities and school districts across the country, Duncan said the historically inequitable funding of the public education system in states is doing a disservice to the nation.

“As long as children in Ferguson are getting less than half the money spent on them as children in other communities, we’re going to have real challenges; we’re going to leave a lot of talent on the sidelines and we’re going to lock up far too many young people.”

“The bottom line is that we must do more to ensure that more strong teachers go to our toughest schools and stay for the long haul. Right now, in far too many places, glaring and unconscionable funding gaps create all the wrong incentives,” said Duncan.

But even in states that are said to be doing well, students are still largely underprepared for college, Duncan said. Citing Massachusetts, which boasts the highest performance rates in the country as an example, Duncan revealed that, even in the top education state, roughly one-third of students still require remedial classes once they get to college. If that’s the story in the No. 1 state, Duncan asked, what does that say about two through 50?

“What’s the cumulative impact of such a massive disparity of opportunity over 13 years of a child’s education?” he asked. “The linkage between education, or a lack thereof, and incarceration is powerful.”

Duncan said it is imperative that correctional funds be redirected to ensure that “all students, including and especially students those in low-income communities of color, have access to high standards that align to expectations of the real world, challenging coursework that prepares them for college without having to lose time with remediation.”

The ultimate goal is to “make opportunity real for those who have grown up without advantages,” said the secretary.

“It’s a fight to increase social mobility; it’s a fight for social justice,” he said. “And the stakes could not be higher. For far too many of our children today, this fight could literally mean the difference between life and death.”

This article appears courtesy of Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.

Source: http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2015/10/arne-duncan-prison-funding/408745/

Indigenous Peoples’ International Roundtable on Forests and Climate Change, Oct. 8, 5-7pm

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Indigenous Peoples’ International Roundtable
on Forests and Climate Change

The University of British Columbia (UBC) Faculty of Forestry and WWF International Forest and Climate Programme are sponsoring an international roundtable to facilitate discussion by Indigenous Peoples’ representatives of the important issues of forests and climate change.

The roundtable will support ongoing preparations by Indigenous Peoples for the Conference of Parties (COP21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in December 2015 as well as beyond.

The roundtable will bring together Indigenous representatives from all regions of the world, including Canada, to strategize on best ways for policy advocacy at the national and international levels.

Open meeting with UBC community

An open meeting with the UBC community and the general public is organized to interact with delegates and share views on forest governance and climate change.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

(Light refreshments at 4:15 – 4:45 pm)

2424 Main Mall, room 1005
Forest Sciences Centre, UBC
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z4


Please RSVP by October 1: caryn.horii@ubc.ca

Feel free to forward this invite to friends and colleagues.