Professional Development

Na’tsa’ maht Shqwaluwun, One Heart, One Mind

One heart, one mind

About this Series

The Office of Indigenous Education and Engagement heads into the 12th year of offering Na’tsa’ maht Shqwaluwun: Understanding Indigenous Perspectives Learning Series.  We are offering the following sessions to interested faculty, staff, students and community members.

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KAIROS blanket exercise

For the 2020/21 and 2021/22 academic years, anyone interested in the blanket exercise can book KAIROS’s online blanket exercise here: https://www.kairosblanketexercise.org/v-kbe/

Learning how to be together: Disrupting colonized thinking together

Decolonization and indigenization are the buzzwords we’ve come to know in our work. We see oppressive practices in our classrooms, systems and relationships. Sometimes they are obviously dehumanizing, while other times we need to really squirm around to bring it into the light. As people with good hearts, we want not to perpetuate the mindsets that result in ‘othering’ land and people. Our elders tell us that we must find our way using our teachings, both from the land and the academy. Navigating the changes in recent months to our work and daily interactions, we are mindful of our commitment to knowledge building in relationship to those around us.

Journey overview

Using Coast Salish protocols and practices, Anishinaabek ways of knowing, and Western perspectives and practices, we will consider a variety of perspectives in relation to our guiding question. In our journey together, we will use readings, video/audio recordings, discussions, and personal reflection opportunities to encourage ourselves to think critically about the multi-faceted nature of the relationships in our various learning places. We will give ourselves space and time to disrupt/pause our thinking/doing so that we can observe our worldviews and participate in an intentional shift/redirection/refocusing of thoughts/actions. This process will provide opportunities for each of us to locate ourselves within this collaborative knowledge generating journey. While honouring our multiple contexts, we will contribute to the co-creation of collective knowledge and shared understanding. The insights we gain will contribute to our view of education and to our understanding of the significant role we play in the journey of those around us.

This session is by invitation only.  For further inquires please contact: Sharon.Hobenshield@viu.ca

Integrated Learning Series

The Integrated Learning Series, titled “All My Relations” is designed to share promising practices and teachings that are emerging from the programs and activities run by the Office of Indigenous Education and Engagement. Sharing the teachings we have received from Indigenous learners, communities, learning partners, and families is a way to be accountable to these groups and honour the responsibility to be transparent and authentic in our work together.

A series of presentations and dialogues were held in early 2020 and through these sessions we received valuable feedback that enables us to continue to evolve the Integrated Learning Series going forward and invite additional relations and contributions. Many workshops will involve some pre-reading and hands-on learning during the session.

Please join us for any or all the following interactive workshops for the 2021-2022 academic year. Sessions are limited to 20 attendees due to capacity limits. Online sessions are limited to 20 attendees to allow time for protocol and sharing.

Session title: EleV Learning Dialogues
Date:  Throughout 2021-22
Location: Online, in Communities, Other Locations
Facilitated by: Heather Burke, Learning Facilitator

EleV Learning suggests a philosophy of “All My Relations” enabling students to holistically engage in their learning, persist, and define their own successes. In this interactive session participants will explore the teachings of “all our relations” in small groups and offer their own ideas for forward movement.

If you would like to schedule an interactive EleV Learning presentation in your school, community, or faculty, please contact: Heather.Burke@viu.ca

Session title: EleV – Taking Flight Together
Date:  October 20, 2021
Time:  11:30am – 1pm
Location: Shq’apthut
Facilitated by: Sherry Mattice and Tasha Brooks, Indigenous Education Navigators

This dynamic presentation will take participants through rich learning harvested from years of relationships between Navigators, VIU, students, and their Nations.

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Session title: ‘suluqw’a’ & Summer Programs
Date:  Throughout fall and spring 2021-22
Location: Schools, Communities, and VIU Faculties
Facilitated by: Clarissa Peter & ‘su’luqw’a’ Community Cousins

The ‘su’luqw’a’ Community Cousins program enables mentors to gain leadership and employability skills through outreach and mentoring activities. Students hone skills in self-awareness, communication, leadership, self-care and an exploration of personal values, with an emphasis on “telling one’s story” as a path to self-empowerment through outreach to others.

If you would like to schedule a visit with the ‘su’luqw’a’ Community Cousins in your school, community, or faculty, please contact: CommunityCousins@viu.ca

Session title: Facilitating Meaningful Transitions to Work
Date:  January 20, 2022
Time:  11:30am – 1pm
Location: Shq’apthut
Facilitated by: Sheila White

The Indigenous Employment Navigator works alongside Indigenous Education Navigators enabling youth, students, and new grads to explore career possibilities and connect with meaningful work opportunities. In this session, we will share what we know so far about the different pathways Indigenous students take from VIU into work, how the Indigenous Employment Navigator role is different, and what innovations and activities are most effective in contributing to Indigenous graduates transitioning to work.

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Session title: Decolonization Through Reciprocal Learning
Date:  February 3, 2022
Time:  11:30am – 1pm
Location: Building 365, Log Cabin (TBD)
Facilitated by: Tania Smethurst, Indigenous Portfolio Coordinator

In fall 2020 K-12 professional development training was delivered in partnership with The Nuu-chah-Nulth Tribal Council, School District 84, and VIU. The coursework was infused with Nuu-chah-nulth principles and ways of being and doing with their full participation, guidance and wisdom, and was intended to enable K-12 educators to connect with their own journey of decolonization. This session explores the teachings coming forward from this delivery and offers a view into what’s next.

Limited to 22 participants

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Session title: Co-creation Framework
Date:  March 23, 2022
Time:  11:30am – 1pm
Location: Shq’apthut
Facilitated by: Director, Indigenous Education & Guests

Indigenous ways of knowing and being are based on a principled approach to learning. These principles guide relationships and ensure the foundations of Indigenous Knowledges honour the heart, mind and spirit balance. This session explores how co-creation principles have guided co-developed curriculums.

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Session title: Relational Land-Based Learning
Date:  April 2022 (TBD)
Time:  11:30am – 1pm
Location: Zoom
Facilitated by: Maureen Thomas, Indigenous Community Engagement Manager

Vancouver Island University (VIU) has worked with Indigenous Communities for decades delivering community-based programs. Through this evolution, Indigenous student access and success has been achieved and much learning has been generated by the collaborators. This session explores the teachings from these programs.

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Coast Salish Protocol Sessions

Vancouver Island University resides on the traditional territory of the Coast Salish people and has developed long-standing relationship with many local First Nation communities and Aboriginal organizations. These introductory sessions, facilitated by Elders, provide the basis for understanding the importance of recognizing these relationships and acknowledging respect for the traditional territories we inhabit.

Coast Salish Protocol

Date and time to be announced.

This introductory session, facilitated by Snuneymuxw VIU Elder Geraldine Manson (C-tasi:a) provides the basis for understanding the importance of recognizing these relationships and acknowledging respect for the traditional territories we inhabit.  Geraldine works on the Nanaimo Campus.

Metis Protocol

Date and time to be announced.

This introductory session will be facilitated by Metis Elder Stella Johnson.  Stella will provide an understanding and awareness of Metis history on Vancouver Island.  Stella works on the Nanaimo Campus.

 

Kwak waka' wakw Perspectives

Date and time to be announced.

This introductory session will be facilitated by Kwakwakwuk Elder Maxine Matilpi (Lakwa).  Maxine will provide an understanding of Kwakwakwuk protocols, history and an understanding of acknowledging respect for the traditional territory of the north part of Vancouver Island.  Maxine works on the Nanaimo Campus.

 

Tla'amin Protocol Session

Date and time to be announced.

This introductory session will be facilitated by Tla’amin Elder Eugene Louie.  Eugene will provide an understanding of the Tla’amin protocols, history and an understanding of their modern-day treaty.  Eugene works on the Powell River campus.

Cowichan Protocol Session

Date and time to be announced.

This introductory session will be facilitated by Cowichan Tribes Elder Marlene Rice (Hwiem').  Marlene will provide an understanding of the Hwtheeyqut Sy’uwen Protocol Handbook that she has prepared for the Cowichan Campus which has been created as a guide.  Marlene works on the Cowichan Campus. 

 

The KAIROS Blanket Exercise: A Workshop in Reconciliation

The KAIROS Blanket Exercise is a facilitated two-hour interactive exercise. The exercise uses blankets to represent the lands of what is now called Canada, and the distinct cultures and nations, which live on those lands to this day. Participants represent the First Peoples; when they move onto the blankets, they are taken back in time to the arrival of the Europeans. The exercise is facilitated by a Narrator who walks the participants through the history of treaty-making, colonization and resistance that resulted in the nation we today call Canada.  A debrief circle is part of this activity.

Vancouver Island University would like to acknowledge KAIROS Canada for developing this exercise and providing VIU permission to facilitate these sessions. KAIROS Canada is a joint venture ecumenical program administered by the United Church of Canada.

The Office of Indigenous Education and Engagement is reviewing the facilitating of these sessions. No sessions are scheduled at this time.

 

Soup & Bannock: Lunch & Learn Series

This speaker’s series is held by Office of Indigenous Education and Engagement at Vancouver Island University and sponsored by various VIU departments. These talks are Tuesday 3-4 times a year over the lunch hour on Zoom and provide the opportunity for students, staff, faculty and community to expand their experience and awareness in current Indigenous topics and various aspects of Aboriginal Ways of Being and Knowing.  Check back here when sessions have been announced.

Dates:  Three to four times per year - October 2021 to March 2022
Time:   12 - 1 pm
Place:   Zoom: email kim.warkentine@viu.ca for Zoom ID and password.
Audience:  Everyone Welcome
Optional Registration will be posted on Eventbrite.

 

meyugum-thut   also known as the Ripple Project

The Ripple Project showcases initiatives and collaborations related to Indigenous education at Vancouver Island University.  Bringing Indigenous ways of knowing and being into our institutional fabric is necessary and aligns with our greater values.  We are moving forward, with care and respect, in a good way.
Features: 
  • students’ work
  • community-based programs
  • teaching and learning practices
  • Elders’ teaching
  • reflections from those engaging in the process
meyuqum-thut.   Like ripples in a pond, the effects of our thoughts spread out far beyond our immediate reach.