When Will We Be Ready? Sharing Responsibility for Indigenous Engagement in Teaching and Learning

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Event Date & Time

  • November 6, 2019
    10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Event Description

**Registration is full. Please sign up for the waitlist HERE

What is the context for “mandatory curricula” related to Indigenous content in your department or Faculty? What impacts does this have on you and colleagues whose focus includes Indigenous studies? These questions and many more will be discussed at the “When Will We Be Ready?” session co-sponsored by CTLT Indigenous Initiatives, the UBC Learning Circle, and the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies.

The event will feature perspectives of faculty who currently teach Indigenous-focused courses at UBC discussing the needs to share responsibility for Indigenous engagement in teaching and learning. The panel will also explore the roles and responsibilities of non-expert faculty engaging with Indigenous content and topics in their courses and the significance of integrating Indigenous content and reconciliation.

Following the presentations, the audience will be invited to participate in small group discussions.

Faculty Panelists:

  • Elder Larry Grant, First Nations House of Learning and Musqueam Language Program
  • Gordon Christie, Allard School of Law
  • Candace Galla, Faculty of Education and Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies
  • Daniel Heath Justice, Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies and Department of English
  • Coll Thrush, Department of History
  • Leah Walker, Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health


  • Dory Nason, Institutes for Critical Indigenous Studies and Gender, Race, and Social Justice

Please note, this session will also be available as a webinar courtesy of the UBC Learning Circle.  To register for the webinar, please click here.


  • 10:00am – 10:20am, Opening Remarks and Welcome
  • 10:20am – 11:30am, Faculty Panel
  • 11:30am-12:30am, Discussion
  • 12:30pm – 1:00pm, A light lunch will be served following the panel

Please register by November 1 to assist us with ordering catering.

Panelist Bios:

 Elder Larry Grant was born and raised in Musqueam traditional Territory by a traditional hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ speaking Musqueam family. He serves as resident elder at the UBC First Nations House of Learning, is an adjunct professor with the UBC Musqueam Language and Culture Program within the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies, and serves the Musqueam people as the Language and Culture Consultant.  He is a former band counsellor, a grandfather, educator and cultural practitioner.



Gordon Christie is a Professor in the Allard School of Law, where he serves as Director of the Indigenous Legal Studies. Professor Christie is of Inupiat/Inuvialuit ancestry and researches in the areas of Aboriginal rights, Aboriginal title, indigenous self-determination, and the Crown’s duty to consult and accommodate Aboriginal groups. 



Candace Kaleimamoowahinekapu Galla (Kanaka Maoli & Filipino) is an Associate Professor in the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies and the Department of Language & Literacy Education at UBCHer scholarship focuses on Hawaiian and Indigenous languages at the intersection of education, revitalization, and digital technology; and decolonizing and Indigenizing the academy to create pathways for Indigenous thinkers and scholars – locally, nationally, and globally. 



Daniel Heath Justice is a Colorado-born Canadian citizen of the Cherokee Nation. He is a Professor of First Nations and Indigenous Studies and English and holds a Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Literature and Expressive Culture.




Coll Thrush is a settler scholar who was raised in the treaty territory of the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe near Seattle, Washington. He is professor of history and faculty associate in critical Indigenous studies at UBC, where he has taught since 2005. His books include Native Seattle: Histories from the Crossing-Over Place (2007/2017) and Indigenous London: Native Travellers at the Heart of Empire (2016).



Leah Walker is of Danish, English, Nlaka’pamux ancestry and the Associate Director-Education of the UBC Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health.  She has strong kinship ties at Seabird Island.  Her life work includes the privilege of leading Indigenous curricular initiatives in the Faculty of Medicine, and supporting Indigenous community-focused programming such as the UBC Learning Circle, UBC Summer Science for high school students and AHCAP for health administrative leadership.


Moderator Bio:

Dr. Dory Nason (Anishinaabe/Chicana) is a grateful guest on Musqueam territory where she lives and teaches First Nations and Indigenous Studies and English at the University of British Columbia. Her research and writing focuses on Indigenous women’s feminist literature and creative activism.  She is currently at work on her forthcoming book, Red Feminist Criticism: Indigenous Women, Activism and Cultural Production (University of Arizona Press) and the co-editor with Margery Fee of Tekahionwake: E. Pauline Johnson’s Writing on Native America(Broadview Press, 2016).


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