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 13th 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.

View all upcoming Na’tsa’ maht Shqwaluwun, One Heart, One Mind sessions 

KAIROS blanket exercise

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.

 For further information about the blanket exercise, please visit the KAIROS website.

Thursday, November 3, 2022

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Building 305, room 507

Registration is limited to 20 participants. 

Participants must register on Eventbrite.

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: Sylvia.Scow@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.

 

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 tiwšɛmawtxʷ Campus (Powell River) .

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.

Thursday, November 3, 2022

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Building 305, room 507

Registration is limited to 20 participants. 

 

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. 

Dates:  Four times per year - October 2022 to March 2023
Time:   11:30 am: Soup & bannock served, 12:00-1:00 pm: Presentations
Place:   Shq'apthut, A Gathering Place, Building 170, Nanaimo campus
Audience:  Everyone Welcome
Optional Registration will be posted on Eventbrite.

 

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Indigenous Research Sovereignty and Technology

Visiting Fulbright Scholar, Shanna Lorenz, PhD, will present on Indigenous research sovereignty and technology development.

Shanna’s work includes co-creating an Indigenous data sovereignty app called “Our Data Indigenous,” which was designed to help First Nations communities collect and analyze data on including health and wellbeing, language and cultural revitalization, security and land-based knowledge. She is currently working with community researchers to expand the app into Indigenous communities in British Columbia. She will also be working on a pilot project to add geographic information system capabilities, allowing Indigenous communities to collect and map geospatial information related to environmental monitoring, cultural sites and language usage.

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Decolonizing Education & Indigenizing the Academy

Join Marcia Turner, Associate Vice-President, Indigenous, VIU, as she discusses decolonizing education and Indigenizing the academy: understanding the Declaration Act and Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action in the post-secondary context.

This event is hosted and organized by the Office of Indigenous Education and Engagement.

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Elder Geraldine Manson will present at January's Soup and Bannock Lunch and Learn, Honouring the Land Around Us, organized by Office of Indigenous Education and Engagement and hosted by Faculty of Health Sciences and Human Services. 

In the role as Elder-in-Residence, Manson works directly with students and Faculty/Professors in Health and Human Services programs at VIU four days a week and one day a week at Shq’apthut/Gathering Place. She shares her Traditional Knowledge to work with all programs within the Health & Human Services and within the Shq’apthut programs. 

Note: This event is in person only. We will be following any COVID protocols that are in place. Please stay home if you do not feel well.

Register on Eventbrite.

Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Elder Maxine Matilpi and Elodie Button, CIEL, will present at March's Soup and Bannock Lunch and Learn, as sponsored by Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning.

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.