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Volunteer Opportunity: Indigenous Community Engagement Initiative

February 11, 2016

You are invited to be a part of the planning committee for an Indigenous community engagement initiative with the Office of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Fellows and our community partners; RainCity Housing, The Portland Hotel Society and SFU’s Vancity Office for Community Engagement. This opportunity is open to all graduate students.

  • Committee members will be expected to attend 3-4 one-hour meetings. These meetings will take place in Vancouver. 
  • Our first planning meeting will take place during the week of February 15th-19th, details to follow.
  • If interested please contact rupertr@sfu.ca by Sunday, February 14, 2016. 
  • Seats are limited preference given on first come first serve basis.

Background and Project Overiew:

The goal of this project is to help SFU expand its community engagement networks with local Aboriginal communities and to create experiential learning opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students that privilege Indigenous knowledge and knowledge dissemination through culturally relevant means.

As a part of the organizing and planning committee you will learn protocols for engaging with Indigenous Knowledge, Knowledge Keepers and the Aboriginal community in Vancouver. You will also learn protocols specific to a First Nations ceremony.

To kick off this project, we will be hosting a lecture with Dr. Lee Brown(Cherokee Nation) entitled “The 8 Principles of Healing”. The following week a First Nation’s Yuwipi ceremony will be held at a location to be determined. 

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