Aboriginal Speaker Series 2014

This speaker series focuses on how our community can ensure the success of Aboriginal students when they are in school, when they graduate, and when they enter the work force.

Starting to Define a BCIT Indigenous Student Perspective

Derik's presentation will focus on his thesis research and provide a better understanding of the personal, educational and cultural factors that need to be present in a post-secondary institution for Indigenous students to aspire to enter and then successfully graduate from BCIT. Derik will discuss how BCIT can communicate with First Nations students and what an Indigenous Framework based on this perspective would like.

As a First Nations, BCIT technical staff person and graduate student, Derik is honoured to be able to contribute relevant research to Indigenous education at BCIT.

Zaa Derik Gammel Joseph, BA, MA
British Columbia Institute of Technology

Zaa Derik Gammel Joseph is a member of the T'lazt'en Nation. He holds a BA from Capilano University and recently completed his Master of Arts in Professional Communication from Royal Roads University.

Derik has been an advisor in the British Columbia Institute of Technology, Aboriginal Services department since 2008. He is also a committee member of BCIT's Aboriginal Advisory Council responsible for the Aboriginal Strategic Plan (2010-present), and is a Director-at-large for BCIT's Faculty and Staff Association (2013-2015 term).

Watch Derik Joseph's presentation [63 minutes]

Worldview – How Best To Work With First Nations Entering Post-secondary Institutes

Michelle will speak about Aboriginal worldview and how to best work with First Nation's people first entering post-secondary institutes. She will touch on what kind of students are heading to BCIT and briefly talk about the legacy of residential school survivors children entering post-secondary institutes.

We’lalin aqq Numultes (Michelle Sylliboy), ME’d, BFA
Vancouver School Board

Michelle is a Mi’kmaq artist and educator. She was born in Boston, Massachusetts but raised in her traditional Mi’kmaq territory in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Michelle has spent over two decades on Coast Salish territory, working as an artist, activist and educator. As an educator, and artist in residence, she has taught Indigenous art theory and sculpture, working with students from kindergarten to post-secondary.

Writing - a Perspective from Your Territory

Learn why it's important for Indigenous peoples to write and to write about the Territory where they are from.

Marilyn Dumont

Marilyn's poetry has won provincial and national awards. She has been the Writer-in-Residence at the Edmonton Public Library, the University of Alberta, the University of Toronto-Massey College, Windsor University, Brandon University and Grant MacEwan University. She has also been faculty in Literary Arts and the Aboriginal Emerging Writers Program at the Ban Centre. She teaches Creative Writing and English for Athabasca University and the University of Alberta

Watch Marilyn Dumont's presentation [52 minutes]

Supporting Students of Aboriginal Ancestry in the Public School System

Monday, January 27, 2014

The North Vancouver School District is making great strides in providing supports to students of Aboriginal ancestry through collaboration with all stakeholders that that have a direct link to our students. Learn how the school district supports the students through social emotional development, academic support and cultural support.

Brad Baker, MEd
District Administrator, North Vancouver School District

Tsnomot (Brad Baker) is a member of the Squamish Nation and has spent all of his life on the Eslha7an reserve of the Nation. Brad received his Bachelor of Education in 1996 from Simon Fraser University, with a major in British History. He also received his Master of Education in 2000 from City University, with a focus on Curriculum and Instruction. He is also an active member of the community, especially when it relates to children. Brad wants children that are Aboriginal to reach their full potential and become leaders in our community and the non-Aboriginal community.

Watch Brad Baker's presentation [46 minutes]

Lil’wat Principles of Teaching and Learning

Thursday, January 16, 2014

What can be learned from Indigenous pedagogy to support the efforts of students to achieve their life and educational goals? This session will offer an example of incorporating Lil’wat principles of teaching and learning in an academic setting.

Dr. Lorna Williams
Associate Professor in Indigenous Education, Curriculum and Instruction, and
Linguistics, UVic

Dr. Lorna Wanosts’a7 Williams is the chair of First Peoples Culture Council and is an advocate for Indigenous languages and cultures. She is a member of the Lil’wat First Nation of Mount Currie. She is the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Knowledge and Learning, Associate Professor in Indigenous Education, Curriculum and Instruction and Linguistics, and former Program Director of Aboriginal Education at the University of Victoria. She has co-directed a series of videos called First Nations: The Circle Unbroken and has written children's books, teachers' guides and developed Lil’wat language curriculum to teach people to read and write the Lil’wat language. Dr. Williams was invested into the Order of British Columbia in 1993.

Watch Dr. Lorna Williams' presentation [62 minutes]