Latest Issue of “The Talking Stick” – A First Nations House of Learning Publication

To give MC readers an idea of the level of engagement on the Canadian West Coast, here is a sample of a weekly publication of UBC’s First Nations House of Learning.


From: First Nations House of Learning eList
Issue Date: Monday, December 8, 2014

Community Events & Information
1. Tuesday, December 9: Workshop on Self-Care During the Holidays 
2. Thursday, December 11: Indigenous Nations, Traditional Values and Modern Systems Panel Discussion
3. Wednesday, December 17: Community Feast Bowl 
4. violence on the land, violence on our (student) bodies by danette jubinville
5. Good Luck on Exams!
6. Tutoring for Students in Science Courses
7. Two new First Nations languages courses coming in January
8. Important Notice: Changes to The Talking Stick coming in January

Other Events & Information
9. December 8 – December 16: Workshops on Research and Thesis Writing
10. December 8 – December 20: Sell Your Books for Cash at UBC Bookstore
11. Tuesday, December 9: Red Man Laughing’s Ryan McMahon: Laughter as Medicine
12. The Talking Stick Submission Guidelines & Subscribe/Unsubscribe Info


Community Events & Information

1. Tuesday, December 9: Workshop on Self-Care During the Holidays 
Final exam period is a difficult and stressful time for many students. UBC Counselling Services invites Aboriginal Students to a workshop to spend time together to focus on improving well-being and building skills that support academic success. 

Tuesday, December 9, 11:00 – 12:00 PM
FIRST NATIONS LONGHOUSE, Social Space

For more information, call Renee at 604-822-3811.
There is room for 12 students, to RSVP, contact Nadine Alvarado Hensley fnhl.coordinator@ubc.ca.

2. Thursday, December 11: Indigenous Nations, Traditional Values and Modern Systems Panel Discussion
Join the Peter Wall Institute for a panel discussion on integrating traditional Indigenous values into modern governance systems, land management and economic development. The panelists include Gwen Philips (Canada), Donna Flavell (New Zealand), Daryle Rigney (Australia), and Chris Caldwell (USA). The panelists will incorporate elements from personal experiences and information from the previous three days of the International Research Roundtable. There will also be a cultural sharing by Beau Dick. 

Thursday, December 11, 9:00 – 11:30 AM
FIRST NATIONS LONGHOUSE, Sty-Wet-Tan

For more information, contact baillie.redfern@gmail.com or visit here.

3. Wednesday, December 17: Community Feast Bowl 
Are you craving a delicious and healthy meal to end the term and start the holidays? Join the Indigenous Health Garden for the monthly Feast Bowl Lunch. The lunch will be made with ingredients directly harvested from their garden at the UBC Farm and other traditional foods. Volunteers are needed to help prepare food. Meet in the First Nations Longhouse kitchen any time after 10:00 AM to help cook. Lunch will be served at 12:30 PM. The meal is free and everyone is welcome! 
 
Wednesday, December 17, 10:00 AM – 1:30 PM
FIRST NATIONS LONGHOUSE, Sty-Wet-Tan
 
For more information, contact hannah.lewis@ubc.ca or visit here.

4. violence on the land, violence on our (student) bodies by danette jubinville
In The Talon (UBC’s Alternative Student Press), Danette, Cree and Saulteux and a FNSP major, brings an Indigenous feminist viewpoint to correlate acts of violence against UBC’s Giant Sequoia and gender violence on campus and beyond. To read the article, visit here.

5. Good Luck on Exams!
The First Nations House of Learning would like to wish all students the best of luck on final exams and assignments, which we all know is actually based on hard work, taking care of yourself, and should you need them utilizing good resources, such as these: 
6. Tutoring for Students in Science Courses
Regular tutoring hours for students in science courses at the Longhouse will be modified during exam period. Biology and chemistry tutoring sessions are available through appointment. To book a session, contact Joel Liman at liman@science.ubc.ca.Math tutoring at the Longhouse has finished for the term and will restart in January. For free AMS tutoring, visit here.

7. Two new First Nations languages courses coming in January
Are you interested in how digital tools and technologies help communities stabilize and revitalize their languages? Or what the structure of a language can tell us about an Indigenous culture? The First Nations Languages Program is offering two new courses in January that address these interesting and important questions. 

FNLG 448T 001 (Seminar): Technologies for Endangered Language Documentation and Revitalization
For more information, visit here.

FNLG 448W 001 (Seminar): Word Structures in Endangered Languages: Conservation and Revitalization
For more information, visit here.

Note the course add/drop date (without a W standing) for next term is Friday, January 19.

For more information on FNLP, visit here.

8. Important Notice: Changes to The Talking Stick coming in January
In January, we will start using Industry Mailout to design and send out The Talking Stick. Other UBC departments have deployed this particular Canadian-owned and operated email distribution service provider for some time. In terms of design, we will be keeping the newsletter’s current basic format, but with some added functionality.The most important change, however, involves its distribution. Subscriber emails will be transferred from the UBC Listserv to the IM server in the first week of January. At that point, the IM server will be used to manage the list going forward. Note that IM will “never own, use, sell or modify” the email addresses we upload to its server. For important information on IM’s security practices, visit here. If you have questions on these changes, send them to Kevin Ward at fnhl.research@ubc.ca. Thank you.


Other Events & Information

9. December 8 – December 16: Workshops on Research and Thesis Writing
SAGE has identified a number of workshops at UBC during December to help with writing a thesis or preparing research. The workshops cover various topics, such as formatting, regression analysis, copyright, ethics, and research data management.

For a list of workshops and more information, visit here.

10. December 8 – December 20: Sell Your Books for Cash at UBC Bookstore
Just in time for the holidays! Get cash back for your old textbooks, which are purchased back at market value based on the demand from schools throughout North America. The big buy back event happens at the UBC Bookstore.

For more information, visit here.
For UBC Bookstore location and hours of operation, visit here.

11. Tuesday, December 9: Red Man Laughing’s Ryan McMahon: Laughter as Medicine
Ryan McMahon is a dynamic Indigenous comedian working in Canada and the United States. His comedy is a look at the collision between Indian Country and mainstream society. Ryan’s storytelling brand of comedy is as smart as it is angry – full of characters, standup, rants and raves. He is a role model for how humour can take you places and get you through life. This event is hosted by UBC Learning Circle. 

Tuesday, December 9, 3:30 – 4:30 PM
Participate via videoconference or computer webinar

For more information, visit here.
To register, visit here.

12. The Talking Stick Submission Guidelines & Subscribe/Unsubscribe Info
If you would like to see your UBC Aboriginal-related event in The Talking Stick, please fill out the Submit an Event Form. To submit a special initiative, job posting or announcement of interest to the UBC Aboriginal community, send it to fnhl.assistant@ubc.ca. Items with an Aboriginal focus and specific to the UBC Vancouver campus will be given priority. The deadline is Thursday, end of day, for distribution the following Monday.
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To subscribe, fill out the online subscription form on the UBC Aboriginal Portal. To unsubscribe, follow the unsubscribe link at the bottom of this page.
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