Exploring the “Power of a Name”: An Interactive Workshop

Series: CTLT Institute

Event Date & Time

  • May 23, 2018
    11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Event Description

Pillar: People & Places

During this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to explore a new learning resource developed through Indigenous Initiatives, The Power of a Name. This learning resource includes a film series and website that examine the complex history of building names at UBC’s Totem Park Residence, and features stories of relationships between UBC and Indigenous communities.

Since 2011, Musqueam has gifted three place names to Student Housing and Hospitality Services that connect residents to the territories they reside and the language of the Musqueam people, hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓. The original six houses at Totem Park Residence were named in the 1960s without community consultation. Recent storytelling initiatives at Totem Park Residence reflect the core tenets of the Memorandum of Affiliation signed between UBC and Musqueam in 2006, and the commitment to create a visual Musqueam presence on campus. These initiatives—and other collaborations between UBC and Musqueam—also offer opportunities to increase understanding of Musqueam’s presence and history in this place.

By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  1. Deepen their understanding of UBC-Indigenous relations and access to further their learning
  2. Explore ways of integrating the learning resource into their teaching or daily practice
  3. Engage in conversations to support critical dialogues beyond the session


Erin Yun, Educational Consultant, Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology
Sarah Ling, Academic Project Manager, St. John’s College