Upcoming Dialogue: February 10, 2022 at 4:30 p.m.
Dialogue 3 - Synthesis, Speaker: Nanine Morin

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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.

Dialogues Schedule

  1. TruthOctober 14, 2021
    Watch the recording: Truth - Dialogue 1

    Dialogue 1 Speaker: Danilo Caron


Danilo Caron is a Master of Applied Science student in Civil Engineering and project engineer with Urban Systems Ltd. Born and raised in Kamloops, he   is of mixed Italian and Anishinaabe heritage with ties to Castelfranco Veneto Italy and Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation in Ontario. Since 2017, Danilo, his wife Jewell, and daughter Cicada have been visitors on Musqueam traditional, ancestral and unceded territory.

Danilo combines his construction background and applied science education to his project and construction management research. His research focuses on project delivery methods, their ability to harness Indigenous ways of knowing, and how the engineering industry can advance reconciliation in the broader Canadian society.

When Danilo isn't studying or working, he can be found running the local trails or walking the nearby beaches with Jewell and Cicada.

     2. Indigenous ways of knowing, and beingNovember 25, 2021
         Watch the recording: Indigenous Ways of Knowing, and Being - Dialogue 2

        Dialogue 2 Speaker: Elder Albert Marshall

Albert Marshall

Albert is from the Moose Clan of the Mi'kmaw Nation. He is a passionate advocate for the preservation, promotion, and revitalization of Mi'kmaw Traditional Knowledge, including language, spirituality, stories, practices, and ways of knowing. In 2009, Albert and his late wife, Murdena Marshall, were awarded honorary doctorates in recognition of their devotion and commitment to this work. Their energy, wisdom, and knowledge helped create the innovative integrative science academic program at Cape Breton University in the 1990s. Together, Albert and Murdena developed KECCA (Knowledge Education & Culture Consultant Associates) to better enable their work and to encourage a strong future for the Mi’kmaw Nation and its peoples.

Albert is a passionate advocate of cross- cultural understandings and healing and of our human responsibilities to care for all creatures and our Earth Mother. He a fluent speaker of Mi'kmaw and the designated voice for the Mi’kmaw Elders of Unama’ki with respect to environmental issues. He coined the phrase “Two-Eyed Seeing” / Etuaptmumk, as a guiding principle for collaborative work which encourages learning to see from one eye with the strengths of Indigenous knowledges and ways of knowing, and from the other eye with the strengths of Western knowledges and ways of knowing ... and learning to use both these eyes together, for the benefit of all.

In 2009, Albert was awarded the Marshall Award for Aboriginal Leadership as part of the Eco-Hero Awards delivered by the NS Environmental Network.

    3. Synthesis - February 10, 2022 at 4:30 PM

       Dialogue 3 Speaker: Nalaine Morin, Principal, ArrowBlade Consulting Services

Nanine Morin

Nalaine Morin is a nationally recognized professional who has managed environmental reviews of several large resource development projects on behalf of Indigenous Peoples. Her deep technical background in both mining and environmental assessment processes combined with being of Tahltan descent has enabled her to understand and to identify methods for the connection and support of both Indigenous traditional knowledge and western science in a way that bridges cultural understanding on both sides. Nalaine provides services in third party review, regulatory support, negotiations, community consultation and environmental resource management.

Nalaine holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree from the University of British Columbia and a Mechanical Engineering Technology Diploma from the British Columbia Institute of Technology. She currently resides in Smithers, British Columbia.

Nalaine works with First Nations across Canada on projects as varied as mining, pipelines and highway infrastructure.


   4. Community Values and Goals in Technical SpecificationsMarch 17, 2022 at       4:30 PM


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.


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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