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Panel Discussion – Making the Case: Recognizing and Assessing Indigenous Scholarship in Higher Education

The Office of Indigenous Education in the Faculty of Education Presents

Panel Presentation
Making the Case: Recognizing and Assessing Indigenous Scholarship in Higher Education


Friday, March 15
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
UBC Longhouse – 1985 West Mall
Vancouver, BC

Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Call-to-Action #65 that focuses on a national research program to advance reconciliation will stall without attention to the ways in which higher education recognizes and assesses different forms of scholarship in the academy.

Please join us for a panel presentation with Indigenous scholars and leaders who consider how we might transform the foundational norms of the academy by attending to non-traditional scholarship and Indigenous ways of knowing in university culture, policies, and practices.



Order of Canada inductee Dr. Jo-ann Archibald carves out space for Indigenous education

Last week, The Ubyssey published a great feature on Indigenous Education’s very own, Dr. Jo-Ann Archibald.

“It’s important you find a program that you believe will honour your Indigenous community, that will help facilitate the way you want to learn and where there are people who will care about you as a student… and I think once we start, there are ways that others can take it up and continue on, and even if there’s resistance or change, I would hope there’d be some people there who would say, ‘This isn’t good enough,’ and question and make change.”

— Dr. Jo-Ann Archibald

Read the full article here.

Indigenous Language Revitalization: Raising Awareness and Taking Action

The United Nations General Assembly has declared 2019 the International Year for Indigenous Languages.

Please join the Faculty of Education for a symposium that responds to the declaration to raise awareness of the crucial role languages play in the lives of Indigenous peoples and to engage in critical conversations about the role of education in language revitalization.

Wednesday February 13th 9-4pm
UBC Longhouse Great Hall, 1985 West Mall


Events of the Symposium Include:

  • Learning from community language priorities
  • Pedagogical strategies to support language learning in educational settings with Dr. Kathy Michel, Marny Point, and Dr. Candace Galla
  • Critical conversations about the role and responsibilities of the university to accelerate Indigenous language revitalization


Keynote Speaker: Hopi Language Scholar and Activist Dr. Sheilah Nicholas

Dr. Nicholas is a member of the Hope Tribe in Arizona.  She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Teaching and Sociocultural Studies (TLSS) at the University of Arizona.  She teaches courses in Indigenous culture-based education, language and culture, oral traditions, and teacher research.  She is also a faculty instructor for the American Indian Language Development program.


Lunch Hour with Margaret Kovach

On November 14th the Office of Indigenous Education and NITEP hosted professor and author Dr. Margaret Kovach at UBC.  Over 100 faculty members, students and staff gathered at the First Nations House of Learning to hear Dr. Kovach speak as part of the Land, Language and Learning Speaker Series.

Kovach’s talk focused on Indigenous research methodologies, as well as the importance of collecting and sharing stories with care and respect. “Collecting data is the gift of story.  Story is involved in research,“ Dr. Margaret Kovach.  In order to use Indigenous research methodologies effectively Kovach strongly feels that the researcher needs to be well versed in culture and knowledge systems.  Her talk brought about a lot of interesting questions regarding the use of Indigenous research methodologies, how to discuss the methodologies with those who have little or no cultural awareness and also about the use of these methodologies in the hard sciences.

For those of you who didn’t get a chance to attend her talk the video is available here.

 For more information about the Land, Language and Learning Speaker Series or other events being hosted by the Office of Indigenous Education please email to be added to our mailing list.

Visit with Elder Mary Jane Joe

On October 29th we were honoured to have Elder Mary Jane Joe with us at the UBC Point Grey Campus.  Several classes got the opportunity to have Mary Jane visit them, and share her knowledge and experiences.  The NITEP (Indigenous Teacher Education Program) students in Cariboo and Bella Coola met with Mary Jane online for a Q&A Session.  For those of you who missed Mary Jane’s visit you can view the video from last night’s session.

Māori Scholars visit Faculty of Education

From September 10 to 12, a group of Māori Scholars and PhD students from the University of Waikato visited the Faculty of Education.

From left to right: Dr. Linda Smith, Dr. Jan Hare, Jessica La Rochelle, and Dr. Jo-ann Archibald.

Over the three days, Indigenous graduate students and scholars shared about their experience working, studying, and conducting research in post-secondary institutions and engaged in panel discussions about supporting Indigenous graduate student persistence and success, culminating with a launch of the International Indigenous Speaker Series, Land, Language, and Learning: Living in Good Relations featuring Māori Scholar, Dr. Linda Smith.

Dr. Linda Smith

Graduate students, undergraduate students,faculty, staff, and community members attended and engaged in dialogue to advance engagement Indigenous knowledges, perspectives and priorities.

During the graduate student panel, Māori and Indigenous students from BC remarked on how similar their experiences in post-secondary institutions have been despite the geographical distance. All students spoke about the importance of culture and Indigenous knowledges having space in the university and how important it was to be able to engage with Indigenous peers.


Dr. Linda Smith spoke about a research project with Māori community members as an example of living in good relations. You can find the recording of her talk available here.



Graduate students listen to Dr. Linda Smith speak about living in good relations. The talk was at full capacity.

Dr. Bridgette Masters-Awatere presents on the He Pikinga Waiora project and speaks about Indigenous wellness.

Dr. Cash Ahenakew nominated for Tier II Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Peoples Well-Being

A previous post indicated that Dr. Ahenakew had been named, not nominated for this position. We apologize for the error.

The Office of Indigenous Education would like to extend our congratulations to Dr. Cash Ahenakew (pii tai poo taa), Associate Professor, Department of Education Studies for being nominated for the Tier II Canada Research Chair in Indigenous People’s Well-Being within the Faculty of Education at UBC. 
Dr. Ahenakew joined the Faculty in 2012 as an Assistant Professor and was promoted to Associate Professor (with tenure) in 2017.   Dr. Ahenakew is a Plains Cree, Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation member with a ceremonial name of “pii tai poo taa” (flying eagle).  This positionality informs Dr. Ahenakew’s program of interdisciplinary program of research proposed for this Tier II Canada Research Chair. 
For more on Dr. Cash Ahenakew click here.