Indigenous Education

Indigenous Education and Aboriginal Engagement are signature strengths of UBC’s Faculty of Education.

Our commitment to Indigenous education is reflected in the appointment of an Associate Dean, Indigenous Education, as well as eight Indigenous tenure track/tenured faculty members, and five Indigenous lecturers. In 2012, the Faculty finalized a Canada Research Chair II position in Aboriginal Mental Health, Healing and Wellness, which adds to the full complement of Indigenous faculty members in Education at UBC.

511 aboriginal engagement panel discussion

Indigenous Research

The research of Indigenous faculty members in Education explores the full spectrum of lifelong learning, from family and community health, literacy and math, to Indigenous languages, pedagogies, and knowledge systems.

The Year of Indigenous Education | 2012/13

In 2012/13, the UBC Faculty of Education celebrated the Year of Indigenous Education.

The theme year began with an Indigenous Education summer institute, and continued with seminars, activities, and special events celebrating Indigenous research and Aboriginal Engagement.
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NITEP – The Indigenous Teacher Education Program (NITEP)

NITEP aims to build upon and strengthen the cultural heritage and identities of teacher candidates in training. The program is delivered in Bella Bella, Duncan, Kamloops, and UBC Vancouver.

The First Nations Education Council, which developed and advises the program, is made up of Aboriginal educators, UBC faculty members, coordinator representatives, a representative from the BC Teachers’ Federation, and NITEP student representatives. Learn more about NITEP here.

Aboriginal engagement - two people in the NITEP program.

Graduate Studies

Indigenous graduate programs and initiatives include the Ts”Kel graduate studies concentration, and Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement (SAGE). An annual theme issue of The Canadian Journal of Native Education and the Indigenous Education Institute of Canada facilitate the dissemination and mobilization of knowledge about Indigenous Education.

Ts’‘Kel Program

Ts’‘Kel is an integrated program for advancing Aboriginal access and Indigenous content in education and across disciplines throughout UBC.

Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement (SAGE)

SAGE is an interdisciplinary and cross-institutional peer support and faculty mentoring project.

Indigenous Faculty Members

The research of Indigenous faculty members explores the full spectrum of lifelong learning, from family and community health, literacy and math, to Indigenous languages, pedagogies, and knowledge systems.

Dr. Jo-ann Archibald
Associate Dean | Indigenous Education Professor | Educational Studies (EDST)
Director | NITEP
Dr. Tracy Friedel
Assistant Professor | Curriculum & Pedagogy (EDCP)
Dr. Cash Ahenakew
Associate Professor | Educational Studies (EDST)
Dr. Mark Aquash
Assistant Professor | Educational Studies (EDST)
Dr. Candace Galla
Assistant Professor | Language & Literacy Education (LLED)
Dr. Pat O’Riley
Associate Professor | Curriculum & Pedagogy (EDCP)
Ms. Karen Blain
12-Month Lecturer
Coordinator | Kamloops NITEP Field Centre
Ms. Lucetta George-Grant
12-Month Lecturer
On-campus Coordinator | NITEP
Ms. Marny Point
12-Month Lecturer
Urban Coordinator, NITEP
Mr. Clinton Charlie
Lecturer
Coordinator | Duncan NITEP Field Centre
Dr. Jan Hare
Associate Professor | Language & Literacy Education (LLED)
Dr. Peter Cole
Assistant Professor | Curriculum & Pedagogy (EDCP)
Dr. Michael Marker
Associate Professor | Educational Studies (EDST)

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