We welcome you to take part in the UBC Learning Circle, an ongoing videoconference and computer webinar initiative that encourages sharing knowledge about our health and well-being. The UBC Learning Circle is a partnership between the Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health and the First Nations Health Authority. Our intention is to provide educational and informational opportunities to health care workers and professionals in First Nations communities. The knowledge comes from your sharing of successful health practices and interventions, speakers, researchers and other experts.
The concept for the Learning Circle began with an informal dialogue between Joe Gallagher, Rose Adams, and Dr. Evan Adams at the November 2006 Health Director’s Conference where video conferencing was being used by Health Canada to record the event. As a result of that discussion, the Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health was inspired to continue these dialogues among communities by utilizing videoconference technology. We quickly saw the potential to share knowledge of our health and well-being and support our personal and professional development.
Our community partnerships and weekly discussions strengthen the Learning Circle and continue to make it a valuable asset to Aboriginal health practices. Many of us at the Centre and the Learning Circle are from remote communities ourselves. We know how difficult it is to be able to participate in lectures and additional training that originate in urban environments, as well as remaining connected to new and innovative programs and research. Let us be your bridge.
The Staff at UBC Learning Circle
The legacy of the UBC Learning Circle Logo – October 2018
Over the past year, UBCLC has undergone a host of significant changes including: a completely new staff, redesigned logo, complete rebranding, production quality overhaul, and a redeveloped presence in both online spaces and in community. All of our rebranding efforts were undertaken to modernize our imagery and to better reflect the program goals by illustrating a culturally, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and physically safe circle being formed amongst people with the purpose of sharing knowledge. The four colours used are meant to carry many meanings: the four directions, the distinct streams of the Learning Circle, interconnectivity of the communities we serve, safety within the circle, the varied nature of the people who take part, and the continuous interactions of the four aspects of health we try to speak to. Special thanks to Cynthia Lung for designing the logo for the UBC Learning Circle and all her efforts.