Professional Development

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

One heart, one mind

About this Series

The Office of Aboriginal 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.

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

Learning how to be together: Disrupting colonized thinking together for the website

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

*NEW* 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 Aboriginal 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. Sessions are limited to 20 attendees to ensure we have time for protocol and sharing.

 

Session title: EleV Learning
Date:
Sept. 23, 2020
Time: 11:30 am - 1 pm
Facilitated by: Heather Burke, Learning Facilitator

EleV Learning suggests a philosophy of “All My Relations”: an inclusive community where we find balance between the physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual realms, which enables students to engage in their learning, persist, and define their own successes.

Register for the EleV Learning session

 

Session title: VIU Elders-in-Residence
Date:
Oct. 23, 2020
Time: 11:30 am - 1 pm
Facilitated by: Sylvia Scow, Indigenous Protocol Manger & VIU Elders-in-Residence

At Vancouver Island University (VIU) our Elders are one of our most valuable resources. They provide counselling, support and guidance to students, faculty, and staff at VIU. You will often hear the students referring to the Elders as "Auntie" or “Uncle”, which is a sign of both affection and respect. Vancouver Island University Elders are active in a variety of areas encompassing student support, classroom instruction, teaching traditional protocols and cross-cultural sharing.

Register for the VIU Elders-in-Residence session

 

Session title: EleV – Taking Flight Together
Date:
Nov. 26, 2020
Time: 11:30 am - 1 pm
Facilitated by: Naomi Bailey, Indigenous Education Navigator & Cheryl Stone, Indigenous Employment Navigator

The goal of EleV is to enable students to access post-secondary, complete their studies, and then transition into work while reflecting their traditions, values, and aspirations. Discover how Indigenous Education and Employment Navigators work to employ decolonizing practices to wrap support around the whole student.

Register for the EleV - Taking Flight Together session

 

Session title: tun sy'u wén
Date:
Jan. 21, 2021               
Time: 11:30 am – 1 pm
Facilitated by: Tania Smethurst, Indigenous Portfolio Coordinator

Reflect on personal and/or professional practice through the lens of tun sy’u wén (your tradition or history).

Register for the tun sy'u wén session

 

Session title: ‘su’luqw’a’ & summer programs
Date:
Feb. 25, 2021
Time: 11:30 am - 1 pm
Facilitated by: The ‘su’luqw’a’ Community Cousins

Learn how incorporating Indigenous knowledges into the academy enables students to stand in their strength and give back through mentorship.

Register for the su’luqw’a’ & summer programs session

Session title: Indigenous Metrics
Date: Mar. 25, 2021             
Time: 11:30 am - 1 pm
Facilitated by: Sharon Hobenshield, Director, Office of Aboriginal Education and Engagement

This session will share how the Office of Aboriginal Education and Engagement is applying culturally relevant ways to evaluate its program and services and what they are learning through the process.

Register for the Indigenous Metrics session

 

Session title: Relational Land-Based Learning
Date: Apr. 22, 2021
Time: 11:30 am - 1 pm
Facilitated by: Pam Botterill, Indigenous Development Manager & Maureen Thomas, Indigenous Community Engagement Manager

An exploration of how Indigenous ways of knowing and being are reflected in relational land-based learning and informed by community partners.

Register for the Relational Land-Based Learning 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

Thursday, September 24, 2020
11 am - 1 pm

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.

Join us on Zoom at: https://viu.zoom.us/j/69370211713?pwd=UUFKZGhGUEZCVXlJUkptWTZpUW52UT09

Register for the Coast Salish Protocol session

Nuu-chah-nulth Protocol

Postponed to Spring 2021

This introductory session will be facilitated by Nuu-chah-nulth Elder Barney Williams (Klith-wii-taa).  Barney will provide an understanding of Nuu-chah-nulth protocol, history and an understanding of acknowledging respect for the traditional territory of the West Coast of Vancouver Island.  Barney works on the Nanaimo Campus.

Metis Protocol

Thursday, November 19, 2020
11 am - 1 pm

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.

Join us on Zoom at: https://viu.zoom.us/j/65497988597?pwd=c3o3VFozWWRZd0RXSlB5dDBFT05Qdz09

Register for the Metis Protocol session

 

Kwak waka' wakw Protocol Session

Thursday, January 14, 2021
11 am - 1 pm

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.

Join us on Zoom at: https://viu.zoom.us/j/63400697661?pwd=cWcxYXFERW1DRzhaaXMyY3prWFYwQT09

Register for the Kwak waka' wakw Protocol Session

 

Tla'amin Protocol Session

Thursday, February 18, 2021
11 am - 1 pm

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.

Join us on Zoom at: https://viu.zoom.us/j/66564820334?pwd=TVRHeWpka2VqM3doT21DMGF6MTFhQT09

Register for the Tla'amin Protocol Session

Cowichan Protocol Session

Thursday, March 18, 2021
11 am - 1 pm

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. 

Join us on Zoom at: https://viu.zoom.us/j/62534785896?pwd=SXl3MDhGZmVDdnFTVlYzVi9JWjNBZz09

Register for the Cowichan Protocol Session

 

Indigenous Book Circles

The Indigenous Book Circles offer an opportunity to those interested in discussing the prominent and contemporary themes present in Indigenous literature of all genres. This year, the theme for the book circles is “reflection.” Each title invites you to reflect on some aspect of society, personal life, the education system or history or something else entirely. Please come to the circle prepared to discuss your reflections.

These circles are open to anyone interested in discussing any, or all, of the featured books.

 

Title: "Seven Fallen Feathers" by Tanya Talaga
Facilitator: Heather Burke, Learning Facilitator
Location: Zoom
Time: 12 - 1 pm
Date: October 15, 2020
Register for "Seven Fallen Feathers" Book Circle

 

Title: "Embers" by Richard Wagamese
Facilitator: Sheena Robinson, Indigenous Education Navigator
Location: Zoom
Time: 12 - 1 pm
Date: November 19, 2020
Register for "Embers" Book Circle

 

Title: "White Fragility: Why it’s so hard for white people to talk about racism" by Robin Diangelo
Facilitator: Dr. Elizabeth McLin
Location: Zoom
Time: 12 - 1 pm
Date: January 18, 2021
Register for "White Fragility" Book Circle 

Title: "Legacy" by Suzanne Methot
Facilitator: Heather Burke, Learning Facilitator
Location: Zoom
Time: 12 - 1 pm
Date: March 8, 2021
Register for "Legacy" Book Circle

 

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 Aboriginal 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 Aboriginal Education and Engagement at Vancouver Island University and sponsored by various VIU departments. These talks are Tuesday over the lunch hour once a month in Shq’apthut – A Gathering Place 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 - September 2020 to February 2021
Time:   12 - 1 pm
Place:   Zoom: email kim.warkentine@viu.ca for Zoom ID and password.
Audience:  Everyone Welcome
Optional Registration: View upcoming sessions on Eventbrite

 

Session title: The Ripple Effect of Nursing Students in Community
Date:
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Time: 12 - 1 pm
Presented by: Anita Carroll, Faculty of Health and Human Services

Register for the Ripple Effect of Nursing Students in Community Session 

Session title: TBD
Date:
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Time: 12 - 1 pm
Presented by: Library Services

 

Session title: TBD
Date: Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Time: 12 - 1 pm
Presented by: EDI Symposium organizers

Session title: TBD
Date:
Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Time: 12 - 1 pm
Presented by: Fulbright Scholar

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.

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