October 19th, 2021 – Placing Indigenous people at the decision-making table: One Year of Implementing the Indigenous Strategic Plan at UBC

Please join this event to learn about the UBC 2020 Indigenous Strategic Plan (ISP), including the process that was taken to develop it, insights into its implementation and a special focus on its innovative, Indigenous-led Guiding Network. The ISP is the first university Indigenous strategy in North America to commit to implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Importantly, in alignment with UNDRIP and the TRC, those making the decisions on the Plan’s implementation are predominantly Indigenous. This is the first time at UBC that a cross-campus (Vancouver and Okanagan) and Indigenous-led committee structure has guided what happens at UBC in relation to Indigenous engagement, meaningful reconciliation and decolonization: ‘Nothing about us, without us!”

During the event you will hear from a number of Indigenous students, faculty and staff who are helping to make the ISP’s eight goals and 43 actions a reality for the UBC community.

Thank you for your interest and participation!

This session’s video is now available for viewing.

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We would like to reiterate that everyone is welcome to our UBCLC sessions.

Our events aim to embody a safe space for everyone of all different backgrounds to have their opinions and voices equally heard.

Date: Tuesday, October 19th, 2021
Time: 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. (PST)

About the Presenters:


Sheryl Lightfoot (Anishinaabe, Lake Superior Band) is Canada Research Chair of Global Indigenous Rights and Politics at the University of British Columbia, where she holds appointments in Political Science, Indigenous Studies, and the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs. She serves as the North American Member on the UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP) as well as Senior Advisor to the UBC President on Indigenous Affairs, where she is the lead on UBC’s Indigenous Strategic Plan. Her research focuses on Indigenous global politics, especially Indigenous rights and their implementation in global, national and regional contexts.


Adrienne Vedan

Adrienne Vedan is Syilx and Secwepemc and a member of the Okanagan Indian Band.  She is the Sr. Advisor to the Deputy Vice Chancellor and Principal on Indigenous Affairs and Director of Indigenous Programs and Services at the Okanagan campus of the University of British Columbia.  Her work includes understanding how admissions pathways and institutional structures are related to widening participation and access to higher education for Indigenous learners as well as Indigenous student experience and academic achievement.


Vicki Lynne George (Wet’suwet’en) is the Associate Director, Office of Indigenous Strategic Initiatives and was a key team member in the development of the 2020 UBC Indigenous Strategic Plan. She is also a UBC FNIS alumna and provided input and advice for the 2009 UBC Aboriginal Strategic Plan. Vicki returned to UBC in 2019 with 23 years of legal experience and she has extensive knowledge of Indigenous history, particularly in BC. Since her undergrad, she has been a frequent guest speaker at UBC, SFU, companies and organizations sharing her practicum research project on the “Constitution Express.”


Daniel Justice

I am a Colorado-born citizen of the Cherokee Nation, appointed as Professor in the Department of English and First Nations and Indigenous Studies in the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies. My work in Indigenous literary studies takes up questions and issues of kinship, belonging, sexuality, personhood, and nationhood, with increasing attention to the intersections between Indigenous literatures, speculative fiction, and other-than-human peoples. My published work includes the literary studies Why Indigenous Literatures Matter and Our Fire Survives the Storm: A Cherokee Literary History, the animal cultural histories Raccoon and Badger, the Indigenous epic fantasy The Way of Thorn and Thunder, and have edited and co-edited numerous works, including The Oxford Handbook of Indigenous American Literature (with James H. Cox), and the forthcoming Allotment Stories: Indigenous Land Relations Under Settler Siege (with Jean M. O’Brien). More information about my work and commitments can be found on my website, www.danielheathjustice.com.


Kerrie Charnley

Dr. Kerrie Charnley is Coast Salish from Katzie First Nation and over the past 15 years has taught courses in Indigenous Education, Literature, and Health at UBC, SFU, and the Institute for Indigenous Governance (NVIT). She is an Assistant Professor of Teaching in the Department of English and Cultural Studies in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies at UBC Okanagan. Dr. Charnley’s work focuses on ways to indigenize education and the academy that include Indigenous Peoples’ voices, epistemologies, and land-based pedagogies.


Noah Chenoweth

I am a fifth year student in the faculty of arts majoring in Indigenous studies. I am part of the Upper Nicola Indian band part of the Okanagan Nation. I am currently a peer mentor for Indigenous programs and services and a student ambassador. Previously I have worked at the Okanagan Nation Alliance as an events and programming support. Indigenous education has been a passion of mine since studying at UBCO and hope to research further in grad work.




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