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June commemorates Indigenous History Month in Canada. The month encourages people to learn about, appreciate and acknowledge the rich history, heritage, resilience, contributions and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples across the country.
Featured UBC Events
June 4, 2022 | 1:00 – 2:00 pm
MOA is honoured to welcome Sdahl Ḵ’awaas, Lucy Bell of the Haida Nation, who will reflect on the issues surrounding repatriation and museum practices, as well as the decisions and actions that led to successful repatriations and the ethical issues museums must face along the path to reconciliation.
June 8, 2022 and weekly throughout the summer
The Decolonization Tour highlights site-specific artworks by Indigenous artists and raises questions around issues of place, space and identity.
June 17 – August 14, 2022
Start Somewhere Else: Works from the Collection centres around Krista Belle Stewart’s video installation Seraphine, Seraphine (2015) to consider doubling – and duplicities – in personal and historical narratives. Through an interest in the archive and how stories are told between the individual and institutional, Stewart’s practice takes up the complexities of intention and interpretation made possible by archival material.
June 20, 2022 I 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
UBC Applied Science’s EDI.I Office presents Harm is Not Historical, a thought provoking panel on Indigenous resilience and strength in health care, the environment, and self-determination.
June 21, 2022
In recognition of National Indigenous Peoples’ Day on Tuesday, June 21, the Belkin’s Outdoor Screen will present a selection of videos that feature the work and words of Musqueam artists, cultural knowledge keepers and community members.
June 21, 2022 I 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Drop in to the Centre on June 21, 2022, Indigenous Peoples’ Day, between 10 am and 4 pm for refreshments, crafts and films. Reference support staff will be on hand to demonstrate use of the interactive wall and answer questions.
June 21, 2022 I 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Come out to MOA on National Indigenous Peoples’ Day for a selection of short films that feature the work and words of Musqueam artists, cultural knowledge keepers and community members.
June 23, 2022 I 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Both a master carver and archeologist field assistant, Richard will share his knowledge about traditional carving techniques as well as the cultural significance of salmon, including how it is used and prepared for ceremonial purposes.
June 23, 2022 I 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Ceremonial fire at xwc̓ ic̓ əsəm Garden, UBC Farm
The importance of community safety, wellbeing, and support has been on our hearts and minds during this time. In that spirit, and to honour the xwməθkwəy̓ əm lands we share, The First Nations House of Learning and xʷc̓ic̓əsəm Garden at UBC Farm invite BIPOC/Indigenous students, faculty, staff and community members to the monthly ceremonial fire supported by local Elders. Fire offerings, tea and bannock provided. 3461 Ross Drive, Vancouver.
Featured Community Events
June 8, 2022 I 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Activities include a drumming circle, dancing and singing.
June 11, 2022 I 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
New West Craft is partnering with Shop First Nations to host a New West Craft Indigenous Market on Saturday, June 11. This market is an opportunity to celebrate Indigenous makers, artists and small-business owners and to give space to connect with the community.
June 18, 2022 I 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
This year the DTES PowWow honours all of the Children we lost at residential schools. We honour their families and all of our people living with the consequences of that legacy.
June 19, 2022 I 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Join Becky Lyon, creator of Pow Wow Jackets, in an upcoming workshop where you can create your own ‘Pow Wow Jacket’ adorned with ribbons. Pow Wow jackets are everyday streetwear that embody regalia that is worn at Powwows and are meant to be worn by anyone, every day.
June 19 – 30, 2022 I 10:30 am – 2:30 pm
Watch Indigenous paddle carvers at work on the Vancouver Maritime Museum terrace.
June 28, 2022 I 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Presenting a virtual conversation with Rebecca Lyon, Jaime Smallboy, and Aleen Sparrow on “unraveling colonial threads.” Colonialism is deeply embedded in our systems. Join us as we hear from three Indigenous women artists as they talk to us about what it means to “unravel” these colonial threads.
- Professional Development Opportunities
- Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre
- Indigenous Research Support Initiative
- Xwi7xwa Guide to Land Acknowledgements
- Acknowledging the Musqueam People at Ceremonies and Events
- Connecting Communities: Principles for Musqueam-UBC Collaboration, by Aaron Lao
- Okanagan campus Declaration of Truth and Reconciliation commitments
- Indigenous Foundations: histories, politics, cultures of the Aboriginal peoples of Canada
- Love, Land & Spirit podcast series
- UBC Learning Circle booklist
- Residential School Timeline
- Kamloops Residential School Timeline
- The Catholic Church and the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement
- Supporting the International Decade of Indigenous Languages
- 5 Arts courses you can take to learn about Indigenous history and culture
- It takes a community to motivate change
- Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action
- United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
- Coalition for the Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples: resources
- National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Final Report
- Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples report
- FirstVoices: web-based tools and services designed to support Indigenous people engaged in language archiving, language teaching and culture revitalization
Reference and Style Guides
- Reporting in Indigenous Communities by Duncan McCue
- Elements of Indigenous Style: A Guide for Writing By and About Indigenous Peoples, by Gregory Younging
- Pronunciation Guide for Indigenous Communities in BC, compiled by Bannock and Butter
- Beyond territorial acknowledgments, by âpihtawikosisân (Chelsea Vowel)
- Native Land, a living resource to help identify territories, languages, and treaties
- Khelsilem’s Tips for Acknowledging Territory 1.0, by Khelsilem (Sḵwx̱ wú7mesh Úxwumixw)
Working Respectfully with Communities
- Why Aboriginal Peoples Can’t Just “Get Over It”, by Jeffrey J. Schiffer
- Settler Colonialism Primer, by Laura Hurwitz & Shawn Bourque
- Decolonizing practices, workshops designed by Michelle Lorna Nahanee, Squamish
- 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act, adapted from book by Bob Joseph
- Open online course on Indigenous Peoples’ Rights
- First Peoples Law, a law firm dedicated to defending and advancing Indigenous Peoples’ Aboriginal title, rights and Treaty rights
- My Ally Bill of Responsibilities, by Lynn Gehl
- Unsettling the Settler Within: Indian Residential Schools, Truth Telling, and Reconciliation in Canada
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