Happy Holidays from The UBC Learning Circle

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Happy Holidays

~ From the UBC Learning Circle ~


Dear friends and supporters of UBC Learning Circle,

Thank you for supporting the UBC Learning Circle in 2015. Your participation is why we are here. It has been an honour bringing you Indigenous-focused health and wellness education this year.

The UBC Learning Circle staff at the Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health wish you and your family a happy, healthy holiday season. We look forward to providing more quality learning opportunities in 2016. See you in the New Year!

Sagayt K’üülm G̱oot, Of One Heart

The UBC Learning Circle team (CEIH) has moved:

Leah Walker, Shawna Duncan, Leena Minifie, and Divina Ridley

Also moved:
Kerrie Charnley and Willow Thickson

To join the rest of our Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health team:
Dr. Martin Schechter, Dr. Nadine Caron, Dr. Patricia Spittal, Jen Mackie, and Savannah Knockwood

SPPH Building
2206 – East Mall
Vancouver BC V6T 1Z3

2016 Learning & Youth Circles!

January 2016:


Stay tuned for more information on our upcoming sessions for 2016!

February 2016:

  • Conflict Transformation | Compassionate Assertiveness (Learning Circle) – with Anna Soole, Metis. “We will navigate boundaries, deep listening, and how to face discomfort, anxiety, outrage, and fear.” 10:30 am – 12:00 pm (PST)
  • Lateral Kindness (Learning Circle)with Denise Findlay, “Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have – life itself.”
  • Healing: Tools and Methods for Youth (Youth Circle) – is a very special presentation by Asia Youngman and Gerry Oleman of Indigenous Youth Wellness who will discuss what is healing, traditional healing, other methods of healing, and music for healing in this session. 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm (PST)
  • NonViolent Communication (Learning Circle) – with Kerrie Charnley, and Mika Maniwa. “Do you hunger for skills to improve the quality of your relationships, to deepen your sense of personal empowerment or to simply communicate more effectively?” – based on the teachings of Marshall B. Rosenberg, PhD.
  • An Indigenous Lens on co-occurring Disorders – Frontline worker Ernie Cardinal, will be sharing his Indigenized framework for co-occurring disorders.
  • Dude’s Club talks Indigenous Men’s Health (Learning Circle) provides events and activities that focus on the spiritual, physical, mental, emotional, and social aspects of wellness in men residing on the DTES. We focus on connecting men with health care professionals and other support services, as well as instilling a sense of solidarity and empowerment within the community.

March 2016:

  • Transformation: Cuystwi (Youth Circle) – Join us on another journey once again with Gerry Oleman and Asia Youngman of Cuystwi in our conversation with them on transformation, goal-setting, Indigenous Heros, helping others, finding our gifts, and more.
  • Community Comversations on HIV/AIDS in First Nations Communities (Youth Circle) – with Jessica St. Jean, Emma Palmantier, Harlan Pruden, and Rodney Little Mustashe
  • Garden/Farm Webinar Program (Learning Circle) – with Curtis Clearsky. More information to follow.
  • Making Lotions & Spray (Learning Circle) – Elli and Jess back again for another session at Vij’s Kitchen. More information to follow.

April 2016:

  • Living the Passion (part 3): The horse & human team: the reciprocity of health, wellness & healing is with Equine Sport Therapist(EST) – with Tiffany Burns. After ten years using our equine friends as healers for those who have experienced trauma, abuse, injuries and developing disabilities the barrel racing addict is giving back. 


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