Indigenous History Month

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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 8, 2023 | 9 am – 3 pm

Hearing Indigenous Voices During the COVID-19 Pandemic

This dialogue session highlights the experiences and triumphs of Indigenous peoples around the world. The session will be an opportunity to discuss lessons learned about conducting research and Indigenous resilience during the pandemic with researchers based in Canada, the United States, and New Zealand.

June 13, 2023 | 12 – 1 pm

Revitalizing Indigenous language

Language is essential to cultural identity. The health of the Nsyilxcn language is linked to the wellbeing of the Okanagan Syilx people — and in healing from colonization. That’s why Dr. Jeannette Armstrong (LLD’06) has dedicated herself to recovering and improving access to the wealth of language knowledge in oral stories.

June 15, 2023 | 1 – 2 pm

CTLT Indigenous Initiatives Virtual Coffee Drop-in

Do you have questions about how to thoughtfully integrate Indigenous content and representation into your course work? Curious about how to offer meaningful land acknowledgements in online meetings or events at UBC? Indigenous Initiatives’ Virtual Coffee Drop-ins are great place to explore these topics, connect with others on the same learning path, or just get to know our team.

June 20, 2023 | 12 – 1:30 pm

Weaving Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Being in Palliative Care

Speakers from Tsleil-Waututh Nation’s Ćećǝwǝt Lelǝm “Helping House” and Vancouver Coastal Health’s North Shore Palliative Care Program will join in circle for this session where we will discuss how to recognize and overcome barriers to palliative care for Indigenous People, what decolonizing palliative care means and the role of traditional values. All healthcare professionals are welcome!

June 20, 2023 | 10 am – 1 pm

Open House @ The Longhouse

In honour of the First Nations Longhouse and Xwi7xwa Library’s 30th anniversary, as well as National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21st, the First Nations House of Learning and the Library are jointly holding an open house for UBC faculty and staff. Experience these two amazing facilities through self-guided tours and informative talks with staff.

June 21, 2023 | 1 – 3 pm

Weaving Relations Launch Event

Join us, along with guest speaker Chancellor Steven Point and other distinguished contributors, in celebrating the official launch of Weaving Relations, a course exploring Indigenous histories, people, and contexts, as well as settler colonialism in Canada, developed by the Faculty of Applied Science and the Faculty of Land and Food Systems.

UBC Okanagan Events

Interested in Indigenous History Month events happening at UBC’s Okanagan campus?

Featured Community Events

June 8, 2023

Michelle Good: Truth Telling About Indigenous Life in Canada

When the time for apologies and acknowledgements is over, do you know what the real, necessary steps towards Truth and Reconciliation must be? In Truth Telling: Seven Conversations About Indigenous Life in Canada, award-winning author Michelle Good presents an essay collection that asks non-Indigenous Canadians to reconsider what they think they know about Indigenous life and to confront the human cost of colonialism.

June 16–18, 2023

POW WOW: Honouring our Fathers, Grandfathers, and Sons

Attend the first annual Honouring our Fathers, Grandfathers, and Sons Pow Wow, organized by the Vancouver Aboriginal Health Society. Gather on Father’s Day weekend to honour and uplift the men in our lives, and to support healing through culture, community, and coming together.

June 17, 2023 | 5:30 – 9 pm

Centering Indigenous Joy: A Celebration of Literature, Arts, and Creativity

Join us for a celebration of Indigenous storytelling, performance, and art, in recognition of National Indigenous Peoples Day!

June 26, 2023 | 6 – 8:30 pm

Trailblazing Women in Canada: How We Changed It

In recognition of National Indigenous History Month, this storytelling event will showcase and celebrate Indigenous women who have met the challenge and made bold moves to make a positive change in STEAM and within the Indigenous community. Whether they are creating something new, calling attention to important issues, or educating and inspiring future generations.


Community Resources

Background Information

Reference and Style Guides

Land Acknowledgements

Working Respectfully with Communities

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