Background

This reconciliation + design dialogue series is co-designed and led by UBC Civil Engineering Assistant Professor of Teaching Pam Wolf and Civil Engineering graduate student Danilo Caron.

The reconciliation + design series is supported by Applied Science Dean James Olson, and Associate Dean of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Dr. Sheryl Staub-French. Participants include UBC Applied Science students from the faculties of Engineering, School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, and School of Community and Regional Planning, as well as external guests. These dialogues are a scaled Indigenization complement to decolonization curriculum. Applied science invites anyone who reflects on reconciling their design processes to join the conversation. This is an interdisciplinary conversation on reconciliation and design.

The speakers are Indigenous change-makers. We amplify their voices and listen to understand. Students and faculty practice authentic, experiential learning in dialogue circles, learning to weave together these Indigenous perspectives, ways of knowing, and ways of being, with our own as designers. The breakout room facilitators are students. They will be practicing their skills leading dialogue circles.

The annual cycle of four topics spoken to by Indigenous leaders and elders is listed below.


Upcoming Sessions

Kyle Monkman

January 26, 2023 | 4:30-5:50pm PST  

Kyle Monkman

Truth      

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Colleen O’Toole

February 9, 2023 | 4:30-5:50pm PST  

Colleen O’Toole

Synthesis   

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February 23, 2023 | 4:30-5:50pm PST  

Wanda Rockthunder

Indigenous ways of knowing and being

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Miriam Berndt

March 16, 2023 | 4:30-5:50pm PST  

Miriam Berndt

Community Values and Goals in Technical Specifications

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Past Sessions

Danilo

October 14, 2021 | 4:30-5:50pm PST  

Danilo Caron     

Truth      

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Watch the recording for the Danilo Caron Session

Elder Albert Marshall

October 14, 2021 | 4:30-5:50pm PST  

Elder Albert Marshall

Indigenous ways of knowing, and being

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Watch the recording for the Elder Albert Marshall Session 

Nanine Morin

February 10, 2022 | 4:30-5:50pm PST  

Nalaine Morin  

Synthesis

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Cory Douglas

March 17, 2022 | 4:30-5:50pm PST   

Cory Douglas

Community Values and Goals in Technical Specifications

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Watch the recording for the Cory Douglas session

March 4, 2021 | 4:30-5:50pm PST   

John Desjarlais Jr and Pamela Wolf 

Colonialism and the Intersection with the Engineering Industry

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Watch the recording for the John Desjarlais Jr and Pamela Wolf  Session

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Pam and John

February 4, 2021 | 4:30-5:50pm PST

Jillian Seniuk Cicek, Randy Herrmann, Chelsea Dubiel, and Reed Forrest

Indigenous Design Principles

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Watch the recording for the Jillian Seniul Cicek, Randy Herrmann, Chelsea Dubiel & Reed Forrest session

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Jill, Randy, Chelsea, Reed

November 5, 2020 | 4:30-5:50pm PST

Elder Albert Marshall and Curtis Rattray

Indigenous Ways of Knowing

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Watch the recording for the Elder Albert Marshall & Curtis Rattray  Session

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Elder Albert Marshall and Curtis Rattray

October 1, 2020 | 4:30-5:50pm PST

Curtis Rattray and Ska-Hiish Manuel

Colonialism and the Intersection with the Engineering Industry 

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Watch the recording for the Curtis Rattray & Ska-Hiish Manuel Session

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Curtis and Ska

History

In 2019, the Civil Engineering student club, student Danilo Caron, and faculty member Pamela Wolf initiated a series of dialogues with Indigenous perspectives on infrastructure design. In 2021, pandemic moved everything online, and these events grew. The Applied Science Dean’s office generously supports the larger scale of these dialogues, for which we are grateful.

Contact

Please direct any logistics questions to edii@apsc.ubc.ca; questions about the content can be directed to danilo.caron@ubc.ca or pamwolf@civil@ubc.ca the co-designers and leaders of the series.

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