June is National Indigenous History Month! This time is intended to honour, celebrate, and recognize the experiences of Indigenous staff, students, faculty and alumni in APSC, at UBC, and across Canada. 

We have created this webpage to serve as a resource for events, initiatives, and educational material. If you would like to have anything added to this webpage or to provide feedback, then please contact us at edii@apsc.ubc.ca

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Spotlight Event: Indigenous Intelligence Training with Maynard Angus

Date: June 21, 2024
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Location: DMCBH 101 LT  

The SBME Indigenous Engagement Committee and APSCI EDI+I Office would like to invite you to attend this presentation, which will cover Indigenous history and will encompass a comprehensive understanding of Indigenous culture, community and land. 

As registration is limited, we kindly ask that if you register for the event, you are able to attend the whole session. 

Register by Friday, June 14. 

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Educational Resources and Teaching Aids

Explore the following stories and resources from the different Applied Science disciplines to inspire your learning journey. Feel free to share these stories and links with your colleagues, friends and family. 


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Nalaine Morin 

Nalaine Morin is a Tahltan First Nation member and mining engineer at Skeena Resources. She is well known for her work in building positive relationships that recognize the role of Indigenous Nations in decision making on Indigenous Lands, as well as managing environmental reviews of numerous large resource development projects on behalf of Indigenous Nations.  Nalaine notably drafted the Actions for EGBC: Recommendations Report, which makes five recommendations relevant to EGBC’s mandate –  encompassing Education, Language and Culture, Professional Development and Training for Public Servants, Missing Children and Burial Information, and Business and Reconciliation. 

Engineering Resources

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EGBC Resources

EGBC Truth and Reconciliation Program 

This program aims to advance the five recommendations arising from the “Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action," which include providing educational opportunities to develop foundational knowledge and promote best practices for project collaboration with Indigenous communities. 

EGBC Land Acknowledgements for Engineers and Geoscientists Webinar 

Engaging a panel of Indigenous engineers and geoscientists, this free module explores the practice of acknowledging First Peoples and traditional land as a way to open meetings, but also as part of a larger process towards reconciliation between non-Indigenous and Indigenous Peoples in Canada.

EGBC Truth and Reconciliation Learning Module 2022-2023 

This module focuses on Truth and Reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and what reconciliation means for engineering and geoscience professionals working in British Columbia. Learning outcomes also include understanding how Truth and Reconciliation intersects with Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

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Indigenous Consultation and Engagement

Engineers Canada's Guideline on Indigenous Consultation and Engagement

This guideline aims to strengthen relationships between Indigenous communities and Engineers, as well as contribute to improved community outcomes and collective healing. A key contributor to this guideline was Danilo Caron, a Civil Engineering PhD Student and project engineer with Urban Systems.

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Indigenous Sovereignty 

The First Nations Energy and Mining Council (FNEMC) supports and facilitates First Nations efforts to manage and develop energy and mineral resources in ways that protect and sustain the environment for generations while enhancing the social, cultural, economic and political well-being of First Nations in British Columbia. This report provides recommendations for mining law in BC to recognize and affirm the standards set out in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and to implement the government of British Columbia’s Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (DRIPA).

Reconciliation + Design Dialogue Series 

Eagle Totem Pole with the text Reconciliation and Design Dialogue Series

The Reconciliation + Design Dialogue Series is led by Civil Engineering Assistant Professor Pamela Wolf and PhD Student Danilo Caron. The series engages in interdisciplinary conversations on how to reconcile design processes with Indigenous perspectives. 

School of Nursing 

Charlotte Edith Anderson Monture

April 10th is the BC Indigenous Nurses Day, chosen in honor of Charlotte Edith Anderson Monture, the first Indigenous person in Canada to become a registered nurse in 1914. Despite initial barriers imposed by The Indian Act, Edith graduated at the top of her class in the U.S. and served as a military nurse in WWI. This day also celebrates Rose Casper of St'át'imc Nation, the first Indigenous nurse in western Canada.

The UBC School of Nursing's Indigenous Cultural Safety Committee focuses on decolonizing education, reducing barriers for Indigenous students, and creating a psychologically safe environment, while advocating for truth and reconciliation as outlined in the UBC Indigenous Strategic Plan. In 2021, Tania Dick, a member of Dzawada’enuxw First Nations of Kingcome Inlet, was appointed as the inaugural Indigenous Nursing Lead. 

Indigenous Cultural Safety Committee UBC Indigenous Strategic Plan

School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture 

Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre

Did you know that the first ever Indigenous architect from UBC, Alfred Waugh (Formline Architecture), designed UBC’s IRSHDC? This two-storey, 6,500 square-foot building reflects the diversity of Indigenous Peoples in Canada and unifies themes of memory and social dialogue through its symbolic architectural elements.

ILANDS (Indigenous Landscape + Architecture Network of Design Students) is an autonomous student group comprised of Indigenous students and alumni from the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA) at the University of British Columbia. Their collective purpose is to connect Indigenous students within SALA to support each other. Through various events, activities, and programs, ILANDS aims to foster a strong sense of community while advocating for Indigenous voices in the fields of architecture and landscape architecture.

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School of Community and Regional Planning 

ICP Practicum final presentation

The Indigenous Community Planning (ICP) program at UBC’s School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP) focuses on training a new generation of community planners to work in respectful partnership with Indigenous communities. Rooted in the tradition of Indigenous land stewardship and community planning, the ICP program was developed in collaboration with the Musqueam Indian Band.

On April 16, 2024, SCARP held the ICP Practicum final presentations, a highlight of their year, at the Musqueam Cultural Centre. They gathered and heard the findings of ICP students who worked on xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and sísqeʔ (Siska) lands. 

Indigenous Community Planning  ICP student findings 

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