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October 14, 2021

Reconciliation & Design


Reconciliation + Design

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.

1) Truth
(October 14, 2021 @ 4:30 PM, attendance by Zoom) 
Speaker: Danilo Caron 

2) Indigenous ways of knowing, and being
(November 25, 2021 @ 4:30 PM)

3) Synthesis
(February 10, 2022 @ 4:30 PM)

4) Community Values and Goals in Technical Specifications
(March 17, 2022 @ 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; questions about the content can be directed to or the co-designers and leaders of the series.


Date & Time

Thu, October 14, 2021


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