Working on unceded territories as international educators

Date: Nov 1, 2019
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Hosted By: BCCIE and Langara
Location: Langara College, Vancouver, BC
Cost: $75. Please note that no refunds will be provided for this event.


Audience: K-12/PSI/Languages

It is crucial that we, as international educators, are aware we work on ancestral territories that are not our own and taking steps to fully understand what this means is a core part of the work we do.

This symposium will take part on Musqueam land. The day will start with being drummed in by the Coastal Wolf Pack, followed by a territorial welcome by elder and former Chief, Gail Sparrow, who will share the history of the lands. Participants will spend the remainder of the day listening to speakers and taking part in workshops with colleagues on how to use this knowledge to better their own practice as community members, educators, and practitioners, on and off campus, and abroad.

While this symposium will be set in the context of Musqueam lands and people, lessons and takeaways will be relevant to all international educators who practice on unceded territories in BC and beyond.


Detailed agenda and session descriptions to come.

8:00 – 8:30 a.m.


8:30 – 9:15 a.m.

Drum in and welcome from former Chief Gail Sparrow

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Glen Coulthard

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.

Transition break

10:45 – 11:45 a.m.

Workshop/Facilitated conversation

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.


12:45 – 1:45 p.m.

Jessie Sutherland

1:45 – 2:00 p.m.

Transition break

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Workshop/Facilitated conversation

3:00 – 3:45 p.m.

Closing and next steps


Glen Coulthard is Yellowknives Dene and an associate professor in the First Nations and Indigenous Studies Program as well as the Political Science Department at the University of British Columbia. He is the author of Red Skin, White Masks: Rejecting the Colonial Politics of Recognition; winner of the 2016 Caribbean Philosophical Association’s Frantz Fanon Award for Outstanding Book, the Canadian Political Science Association’s CB Macpherson Award for Best Book in Political Theory, and the Rik Davidson Studies in Political Economy Award for Best Book in 2016. He is also a co-founder of Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning, a decolonial, Indigenous land-based post-secondary program operating on his traditional territories in Denendeh (Northwest Territories).

Jessie Sutherland, M.A. in Dispute Resolution, International Speaker and Trainer, Director of Intercultural Strategies and founder and innovator of the award winning Belonging Matters dialogue and capacity building program. Jessie is also the author of the best-selling book Worldview Skills: Transforming Conflict from the Inside Out. Intercultural Strategies offers speaking, training, and strategic consulting packages for organizations working with diverse communities on engaging diversity, building a culture of belonging, and fostering intercultural collaboration. Jessie is currently working as the lead consultant on a number of projects. Her work has taken her across Canada and around the world to support communities in their efforts to address complex social problems like poverty, homelessness, the overdose crisis, elder abuse, reconciliation, youth engagement, and much more.


To register for this event, please click here.
Registration deadline: October 25
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