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UBC-V: Reminder – Emergency preparedness exercise, June 28

June 24, 2017 @10:23 am

UBC Vancouver is conducting an emergency exercise on June 28 on the south campus where Main Mall meets Agronomy Road.

Faculty, staff, students and visitors may notice role-playing activity, which will involve a simulated emergency, emergency responders and mock casualties. Please be assured that this will be a practice exercise and will not pose a risk to passers-by.

Please note that anyone who experiences a true emergency during this time is instructed to call 911.

UBC-V: Get your Chef Challenge tickets at a special rate

June 23, 2017 @3:34 pm

Chefs from Open Kitchen, AMS Conferences and Catering, BierCraft, Koerner’s Pub, and Land and Food Systems will go head to head on July 20 for the 2017 Chef Challenge.

You’re invited to join the competition to sample the food and vote on your favourite creations.

Space is limited, and faculty and staff can take advantage of a special rate of $25, which includes entry, local food and craft beer samples, games, and live music.

Learn more and get your tickets.

Canvas platform to replace Blackboard Learn (Connect)

June 23, 2017 @9:08 am

The Canvas platform will soon replace Blackboard Learn (badged locally as Connect) – UBC’s primary platform for supporting student learning.

The new platform was selected following extensive consultation and evaluation. It’s designed for mobile, and will provide expanded capabilities as well as a more user-friendly interface for faculty, students and staff.

Over the past two months, the project team has been working with Faculty leadership and local instructional support units to determine their preferred timeline for transition of courses and programs. First courses will be offered in Canvas this September, with all courses migrated to the new system by September 2018.

Read the full announcement, and learn more about getting started with Canvas (including available workshops and drop-in sessions scheduled throughout the summer).


UBC-O: Call for Aboriginal Working Group Chairs and Members

June 22, 2017 @4:32 pm

A message from Ian Cull and Ian Foulds, Co-Chairs of the Aboriginal Advisory Committee, and Deborah Buszard, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal, UBC Okanagan

Today is National Aboriginal Day. UBC Okanagan respectfully acknowledges the Syilx Okanagan Nation and their peoples, in whose territory the campus is situated. In celebration of National Aboriginal Day, the Okanagan Nation Alliance flag will be flown on campus today in place of the UBC flag.

UBC Okanagan actively considers the university’s role in advancing reconciliation with Indigenous communities. An Aboriginal Advisory Committee was established in 2016 tasked with reviewing progress toward campus priorities for Aboriginal engagement and identifying future priorities. The Committee also considered the Truth and Reconciliation Commission(TRC) reports and the associated Calls to Action.

To help UBC Okanagan meaningfully respond to the TRC’s challenge to engage in an ongoing process of reconciliation, the Aboriginal Advisory Committee has recommended establishing multiple working groups focussed on developing campus-specific actions. UBC Okanagan is seeking chairs and members for working groups in each of the following areas:

Language Fluency

In response to TRC Call to Action 16: “We call upon post-secondary institutions to create university and college degree and diploma programs in Aboriginal languages.”

Note: UBC is a member of a consortium of post-secondary institutions working with the First Nations Education Steering Committee and the Indigenous Adult and Higher Learning Association to develop an Indigenous Language Fluency Degree program.

Curriculum and Scholarship

In response to TRC calls for development of “culturally appropriate curricula” more inclusive of Aboriginal knowledge and history, as well as research that advances understanding of reconciliation.

Intercultural Understanding for Professional Programs

In response to TRC Calls to Action which specify a number of professional groups (e.g. nurses, social workers, teachers, medical doctors, and other public servants) that should receive education and training “on the history of Aboriginal peoples, including the history and legacy of residential schools, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Treaties and Aboriginal rights, Indigenous law, and Aboriginal-Crown relations. This will require skills-based training in intercultural competency, conflict resolution, human rights, and anti-racism.”

Working groups will consult and engage with on-campus and external communities, as well as other content experts. Each working group will each identify its own consultation process and identify initiatives to support area commitments. Groups will meet over the 2017/18 Winter Session and report on progress by January 2018 with the aim of providing a final report by summer 2018.

This is an outstanding opportunity to contribute in a meaningful way to reconciliation and advancing Aboriginal engagement at UBC Okanagan. We are calling on all interested faculty, staff and students to participate, particularly those with Indigenous heritage and/or expertise.

Those interested in joining one of the working groups as chair or as a member should contact Cara Kirkey, Aboriginal Advisory Committee administrative support, at cara.kirkey@ubc.ca.