January 28th, 2020 – Decolonizing Sexualized Violence Prevention: From Awareness To Action

Decolonizing Sexualized Violence Prevention: From Awareness To Action

Join us for an Indigenous student-led evening and panel discussion led by Dr. Sarah Hunt. Students, researchers, and activists will offer guidance on how to turn our growing awareness into action towards safety from sexualized violence.

This event is organized by the UBC Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office, the AMS SASC (Sexual Assault Support Centre), and the First Nations House of Learning. It is part of the annual Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

If you would like to attend the event at the First Nations House of Learning, please note that the organizers have asked that no photos or videos are taken during any portion of the event. Participants are requested to refrain from wearing uniforms or similar visual affiliation items.

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Date: January 28th, 2020

Event Time: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM, Webinar Live cast starts at 6PM

Location: Sty-Wet-Tan Great Hall, First Nations House of Learning, 1985 West Mall


This special event will be held at the UBC Long House (or via webinar if you are joining us from distant). Special thank you to the UBC Long house for providing us the space. If you need help finding the UBC Long House, click here for a map.

The address to the UBC Long house is as follows:

1985 West Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2



Panel Moderator: Dr. Sarah Hunt
Sarah Hunt (Tłaliłila’ogwa) is an assistant professor in the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies and the Department of Geography at the University of British Columbia. As an un-disciplined scholar, Sarah’s research is concerned with questions of justice, violence, gender and self-determination, as well as Indigenous methodologies, land/water-based praxis and the spatial nature of Indigenous and decolonial knowledges. Having worked for over a decade as a community-based researcher prior to entering the academy, her scholarship reflects collaborative work with networks of Indigenous youth, women, Two-Spirit and queer people. Sarah’s current research seeks to generate knowledge about justice via the collectively enacted and embodied cultural practices of coastal nations, thinking with and across shorelines of the body, house and land. She is Kwagu’ł – one of the Kwakwaka’wakw Nations of the Pacific Northwest Coast

Richard Richardson is Haida from Gaw Tlagee on his mother’s side and mixed European ancestry on his father’s side, but grew up as uninvited guest on Stó:lō territory. Richard is currently studying kinesiology and Indigenous studies on Musqueam territory at UBC, and with the critical lens as an Indigenous queer person, he looks to unpack ‘tradition’ with respect to community teachings and settler sexuality, and to understand Indigenous knowledges of health and well-being. He is a contributor to Unceded Airwaves that airs biweekly on CiTR radio, is a member of the Indigenous Leadership Collective, and works as peer advisor in the longhouse to build community and hold space for Indigenous students.

Taralynn Morgan is Gitxsan from the Gitanmaax reserve. She is Lax Sael which is the Frog Clan. The Gitxsan are matrilineal and she is under her mother’s Wilp(house) T’simot’siin. Taralynn is in her fourth year of a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Psychology and a minor in First Nations and Indigenous studies. She is an uninvited guest living on the Musqueam territory. As an Indigenous woman, Taralynn will critically analyze the colonial practices surrounding relationships to self and others with an exploration into ethical non-monogamy. She is a peer advisor in the Longhouse and a research manager with the Indigenous Initiatives group in the Department of Psychology.

Hailey Bird Matheson
My given name is Hailey Matheson, my mother’s family name is Bird, we are nehiyaw from Peguis First Nation, treaty one. On my father’s side, I am of mixed European ancestry. I was born in the interior of BC and grew up in central Texas, coming to Stolen coast Salish territory to study at UBC. I am in my final year of social work focusing on substance use as a coping mechanism, particularly working with other Indigenous peoples. This focus has led to my current practicum at Urban Indigenous Health and Healing Cooperative In the downtown Eastside. I am passionate about Indigenous based research and land-based practices, which has allowed me to intern at Xʷc̓ic̓əsəm (the Indigenous garden at UBC), and continue to do theatre-based research on peer to peer abuse in residential schools. I am who I am because of my family, my experiences, and the land around me. I intend to bring my honest voice forward in my work and centralize the perspective of survivors of assault, violence, and colonization.

Rhiannon Bennett (she/her) is Musqueam and a much-sought-after speaker who is well known for asking tough questions in a manner that encourages engagement and dialogue. She is actively working to create a more equitable world for all.    She has been working with children, youth and families for over 20 years in a variety of roles. Professionally, she has worked with Indigenous youth and families with overarching themes of her work being Decolonization and Reconciliation.   In 2014, she was the first Indigenous person elected to the Delta Board of Education. While not successfully re-elected, she was inspired to launch a consulting firm with her running-mate, Andrea Hilder, to continue to do the important work.  Hummingbirds Rising Consulting’s vision is to work towards creating a society that understands the violence of colonization, its impacts and are actively reconciling and working towards Decolonization. They offer services for educators and policy makers who are working on learning more about Decolonization and Reconciliation.


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