Workshops & Panels

Words to Give Back: Words that have lifted us up

In this workshop participants are asked to honour an Indigenous writer by giving back a sentence, a lyric, a passage, a word.

I learned to love reading because of my mom and dad. They both prioritized reading in their own ways. My dad, Pierre, took us to the Smithers Public library every Sunday. My Mom, Janell, would hold us while she taught us how to read. Books have always been a part of my world, and my work, because of this history. Books started to hold me, they helped me to dream, and they kept me safe when I needed to be safe. Like so many of us, I came to Indigenous Authors a bit later in the story; folks like Chrystos, Lee Maracle, Beth Brand, Joy Harjo, Leslie Marmon Silko, Tom King, Gregory Scofield. Their words easily filled my heart. Their words easily became my Elders, my friends, my fighting partners, my lovers, my teachers. We meet words as much as they meet us. If you feel like me, please join us in giving back to these words that lifted us up, and to Indigenous Authors who shared them with us. The performance starts with an old-school poster board-making workshop; you join in! You come with words from Indigenous Authors that have lifted you up. And together, we march with our collective placards to locations around the UBC campus and offer these words to the sky to read.

The #HonouringIndigenousWriters festival and Twitter campaign were created, in part, to acknowledge the contributions Indigenous authors make to all of us. The diversity and richness of our Indigenous cultures can be found in our stories, how we share them and how we receive them. We are gifted this love and care in Grandmother’s laps, at kitchen tables, on road-trips while fighting with your cuzzin for leg room, in classrooms, next to winter fires, and in our childhood homes. These words came in closer when we needed help dreaming, and when we needed a safe place to hide. Indigenous Authors have given so much through their words, and through their offerings they have remade countless future worlds.

In this workshop participants are asked to honour an Indigenous writer by giving back a sentence, a lyric, a passage, a word. We invite you to bring these word gifts that nurtured you on March 14th. We will begin in the CEDaR Lab where we will create signs displaying the words that upheld us. Afterward, we will walk them across UBC, with a megaphone, offering these words to the sky, the land, and to places on campus that might need healing. Please join us in this collective work of care and acknowledgment.

Poster Board Workshop

Date: Monday, March 14, 2022

Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm (PT)

Location: CEDaR Lab (104A Buchanan Tower 1 873 East Mall)


Date: Monday, March 14, 2022

Time: 12:00pm – 2pm (PT)

Location: Help us pick the march route 

Peter Morin is a grandson of Tahltan Ancestor Artists. Morin’s work highlights cross-ancestral collaboration and deeply considers the impact zones that occur between Indigenous ways of knowing and Western Settler Colonialism. Morin’s practice has spanned twenty years so far, with exhibitions in London, Berlin, Singapore, New Zealand, and Greenland, as well as across Canada and the United States. Morin currently holds a tenured appointment in the Faculty of Arts at the Ontario College of Art and Design University in Toronto. Throughout his exhibition and making history, Peter has focused upon his matrilineal inheritances in homage to the matriarchal structuring of the Tahltan Nation. Morin was longlisted for the Brink and Sobey Awards, in 2013 and 2014, respectively. In 2016, Morin received the Hnatyshyn Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement by a Canadian Mid-Career Artist. Morin is a member of the artist collectives BUSHgallery and O’kinādās. He currently holds a tenured appointment in the Faculty of Arts at the Ontario College of Art and Design University in Toronto.

Books to Build on Workshop: Indigenous Literatures for Learning

Join us for a workshop and discussion about the Books to Build On: Indigneous Literatures for Learning project.

Initiated by Drs. Aubrey Hanson and Erin Spring, Books to Build On has as its goal to help teachers build foundational knowledge and competencies to integrate Indigenous knowledges and perspectives into their teaching. It does so through a database that provides information and lesson plans on more than 250 books, poems, songs, collections, and websites by Indigenous creators from the Treaty 7 territory and across North America. In this talk, the Books to Build on team will walk us through the resource, and the process of its creation.

Date: Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Time: 7:00-8:15pm (MT)

 Presenter(s): Dr. Aubrey Hanson and Dr. Erin Spring

Dr. Aubrey Jean Hanson (she/her/hers) is a member of the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3 and an Associate Professor in Education at the University of Calgary. Her research spans Indigenous literary studies, curriculum studies, and Indigenous education. 

Dr. Erin Spring (she/her/hers) is a scholar and educator of British descent now living and working with/in Treaty 7. She grew up on Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe Territories and lived in many different places before moving to Moh’kins’tsis (the Blackfoot name for Calgary).

Aubrey and Erin are co-leads on the Books to Build On project. Together they have led the team through reviewing the B.Ed curriculum, gathering Indigenous texts, building the online resource, and sharing teaching and learning possibilities with diverse community partners.

Anja Dressler Araujo (she/her/hers) is a Settler who was born in Manitoba, grew up on Vancouver Island and has resided in Calgary ever since. Her ancestors immigrated from Europe. Anja acted as the Content Manager and later the Digital Content Development Coordinator. First, she worked on the mapping out the existing Werklund curriculum and interviewing faculty. She then searched for Indigenous literature to include in the database. Finally, she coordinated new teacher graduates from the Werklund School of Education in developing resources and lesson plans using the Indigenous literatures. Anja is currently a grade 4/5 teacher in a German bilingual program in Calgary.

Maureen Plante (she/her/hers) is an Iroquois Cree/Métis woman who was born and raised in north of Edmonton. She is currently a second year MSc. student in counselling psychology at the University of Calgary. Her research interests are focused on Indigenous mental health, decolonization, Indigenous pedagogy, and anti-racism in the classroom. Maureen completed her B.A. (honours) in psychology at MacEwan University in Edmonton. She is a Research Assistant on the Books to Build On project where she helps expand the project to add knowledge, and resources as well as editing existing information in the website. She enjoys going to the gym, hiking, and walking her with her dog, Daisy.

Jadyn Fischer-McNab (she/her/hers) is a Cree woman who was born and raised in Calgary and belongs to George Gordon’s First Nation in Saskatchewan. Jadyn began with the project by creating lesson plans for various Indigenous literature to be included in the database. Now, Jadyn is helping expand the project by working with her other team members to add knowledge, and resources as well as editing existing information in the website. Jadyn is a University of Calgary graduate with a Bachelors Degree in Kinesiology as well as a Bachelor of Education degree with a specialization in Physical Education. She teaches grade nine humanities and physical education in Calgary.

Rachel Stubbs is an English PhD student at the University of Calgary and is of Saulteaux/Swiss/English descent. Rachel received her undergraduate degree in English and History at MacEwan University in Edmonton and her Master’s degree in English at the University of British Columbia Okanagan. Rachel is a new Research Assistant with Books to Build On Project, in which she sources and categorizes new materials. This project coincides well with her own research, which focuses on depictions of Indigenous girlhood in literatures of Western Canada written by women from 1890-1939. Rachel enjoys spending her down time hiking, fishing, camping, and hunting with her two dogs, Widgeon and Cricket.

Making a Difference Editing Wikipedia

Wikipedia is a multilingual, web-based, free encyclopedia based on a model of open community-generated knowledge. The community-driven nature of Wikipedia is meant to support Wikipedia’s goal of providing “…every single person on the planet is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge.” However information gaps, biases, exclusions, and assumptions about “neutrality” means there remains lots of work to be done but in order to change the space we need to know how to edit.

Join us for this hands-on session on how to edit Wikipedia. This session will cover:

  • Creating an account
  • Norms and conventions for editing
  • Creating and editing an article, adding categories, and citations.
  • How to get involved at UBC with Honouring Indigenous Writers Wikipedia editing and Art + Feminism

Date: Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm

 Presenter(s): Rie Namba, Will Engle

Wikipedia Drop-In Session

Need help with the HIW Wikipedia Challenges? Is editing Wikipedia daunting or confusing? Want company as you edit? 

Join us for this casual Zoom hangout event. Bring your questions, ideas, or just come to chat as we improve articles in Wikipedia on Indigenous authors.