[SOLD OUT] Working on unceded territories as international educators

Date: Nov 1, 2019
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Hosted By: BCCIE and Langara
Location: T-Gallery, Langara College, Vancouver, BC
Cost: $75. Please note that no refunds will be provided for this event.


This event is now sold out. If you have any questions, please email events@bccie.bc.ca.

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.


Please view the full schedule here.

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.


9:00 – 9:45 a.m.

Coastal Wolf Pack drum in and welcome from former Chief Gail Sparrow

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Glen Coulthard

11:00 – 11:15 a.m.

Transition/coffee break

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Workshop/facilitated conversation

12:15 – 1:15 p.m.


1:15 – 2:15 p.m.

James Kew

2:15 – 2:30 p.m.

Transition/coffee break

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Workshop/facilitated conversation

3:30 – 4:15 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).

James Kew carries the hereditary name Kwes Kwestin, which carries the obligation to know the oral history of his lineage, and to bridge the cultural gap between Canada and Musqueam.  He has worked as an artist, archaeologist, and Band Program Administrator, and entrepreneur. As an elected Musqueam Indian Band councillor twenty-five years ago, he signed the British Columbia Treaty Process Statement of Intent to negotiate a Treaty with Canada and British Columbia. 

He is employed by snəw̓eyəɬ leləm̓ (Langara College) as a Program Coordinator. James also serves as the Musqueam Elder’s representative on the Musqueam Indian Band Land Code Committee, which is developing laws under the First Nations Land Management Act to replace about 40 sections of the Indian Act. He also serves on the British Columbia Ministry of Jobs Trade and Technology, Indigenous Business and Investment Council, who advise the provincial government on policy issues. 


Registration deadline: October 25
For more information, please contact events@bccie.bc.ca.