Territory Acknowledgements in Teaching and Learning at UBC

Event Date & Time

  • October 4, 2016
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Event Description

What goes into a territory/land acknowledgement and what are the things we can each think about to engage responsibly in this practice? Join us for a panel discussion featuring Musqueam Elder Larry Grant and senior First Nations and Indigenous Studies faculty Drs. Linc Kesler and Daniel Justice, for perspectives on the pedagogical significance of these acknowledgments, their broader cultural meaning, their role in ongoing relationship-building practice, and how to meaningfully incorporate territory/land acknowledgments into your courses as one part of a larger practice of engaging Indigenous content and perspectives.

If you are unable to attend our event in person please consider joining us virtually through our live-stream webinar. This live-stream session is made possible through a partnership with the Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health: UBC Learning Circle and UBC Centre for Teaching and Learning Indigenous Initiatives. We are thankful for the support and collaboration! To register for the webinar, please go to: http://learningcircle.ubc.ca/2016/09/territory-acknowledgements-in-teaching-and-learning-at-ubc/  (If you would like to attend in person, please click on the green icon “Register Now” above.)


Musqueam Elder Larry Grant is an Adjunct Professor in the University of British Columbia (UBC) First Nations and Endangered Languages Program lifetime honorary fellow of Green College. He is also the Language and Culture Consultant for Musqueam First Nation, and the Resident Elder for the First Nations House of Learning at UBC.

Linc Kesler is a professor in First Nations and Indigenous Studies and English, and currently the Director of UBC’s First Nations House of Learning and Senior Advisor to the President on Aboriginal Affairs. His Indigenous ancestry is Oglala Lakota from the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota.

Daniel Heath Justice (Cherokee Nation) is Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Literature and Expressive Culture and Professor of First Nations and Indigenous Studies and English at UBC. A literary and cultural studies scholar as well as a fantasy writer, he has published and edited extensively in the field of Indigenous literary studies, including the recent Oxford Handbook of Indigenous American Literature (co-edited with James H. Cox). He is also the author of two volumes in the Animal Series from Reaktion Books (UK), including Badger and the forthcoming Raccoon, the epic Indigenous fantasy novel, The Way of Thorn and Thunder: The Kynship Chronicles, and the forthcoming literary manifesto, Why Indigenous Literatures Matter.




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1961 E Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada