Indigenous Initiatives Design Series (II-Design Series)

Program Details

The Indigenous Initiatives Design Series (II-Design Series) is a 3-part workshop for instructors and members of the UBC teaching and learning community who come to Indigenous topics with different levels of knowledge and expertise to share practices, redesign elements of their teaching and learning projects and resources, model and explore educational materials, and apply classroom climate principles to everyday learning design situations. Through interactive, blended synchronous and asynchronous activities and peer-to-peer discussion, we will take a closer look at classroom climate, instructor/student positionality, and place.

Completion of the II-Design Series requires 13-15 hours total time commitment, including: 

  • attendance and active participation in 3 half-day synchronous (zoom) workshops (9 hours), and
  • asynchronous learning activities, homework, and preparation before and between meetings (4-6 hours).


There are limited spaces in this workshop series. We invite you to complete this brief application form telling us a bit about yourself and your learning interests for this workshop to register.


The cohort is limited to 35 participants, and you must be able to attend all 3 sessions.

Part 1: Tue, July 12, 9:30am-12:30pm PST 

Motivation and Context

This session explores “Where do I start?” This session explores the “big ideas” of your course or learning project and how to integrate Indigenous perspectives and topics into the fabric of what you are teaching and facilitating. Participants will consider your own motivations and interests for integrating Indigenous perspectives and topics in your course, aspects of your teaching contexts that may either support or challenge your efforts, and strategies for setting goals and mobilizing support.   

Part 2: Thu, Jul 14, 9:30am-12:30pm PST 

Positionality and Place

Building off previous work on Motivation and Context, we begin with the importance of locating yourself in relation to history and place in integrating Indigenous knowledges and perspectives in your courses and teaching practice. We will explore “where you are coming from” in relation to these topics and look at learning resources that may help provide background for introducing Indigenous topics related to your course or learning project content.

Part 3: Tue, July 19, 9:30am-12:30pm PST 

Design Lab

In this final part, series participants will meet in a larger group that includes practitioners with more experience engaging with these topics to check in on goals, discuss what you have learned, and provide feedback on different ideas, techniques, and work-in-progress.

Program Objectives

Through participating in this workshop series, you will:

  1. Identify and reflect on the mindset shift you need to engage with as you integrate and center Indigenous knowledges, histories and content in your course and teaching practices.
  2. Narrate your own experiences, histories with place, and what has influenced your learning of Indigenous knowledges and perspectives to begin crafting a positionality statement.
  3. Consider some diverse experiences of Indigenous students at UBC and within the context of all learners in your classroom.
  4. Identify and discuss different aspects of classroom climate as it relates to integrating Indigenous knowledges and perspectives in your course.
  5. Locate points of connection within your course and teaching, set some actionable goals related to those points of connection, start "walking the path" as an iterative process.

Readings, Modules & Learning Activities

Once your registration has been confirmed, you will have access to a Canvas course containing instructions and modules with asynchronous resources, learning materials, and activities to be completed before and between sessions. Completion of the Canvas modules is required for program completion. We also welcome you to share resources and peer-to-peer feedback with your co-learners using the Canvas course space.

Registration details

We invite you to submit an application before the deadline of June 20, 2022, 5pm. A member of the II-Design Series team will be in touch shortly after with details on your registration in the series.


Please direct any logistics questions to Janey Lew at

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