UBC Vancouver is rich in Indigenous history and presence, but for many students, faculty, staff, and visitors, this history and presence is invisible. Many of the Indigenous names, artwork, and architecture across campus denote important relationships between campus units and local First Nations, and all provide the occasion to think about our history together in this place. They tell stories, encode values, and point the way to respectful relationships with local First Nations and to better understanding of our presence on Musqueam land.
Knowing the Land Beneath Our Feet is a multimedia initiative aimed at bringing these stories and histories to light to teach students, faculty, staff, and visitors alike about their responsibility to uphold the relationships signified by these pieces.
Read a story in The Talon to learn more about Knowing the Land Beneath Our Feet and watch this promo film:
This initiative is currently sponsored by the Equity Enhancement Fund and the First Nations Studies Program. The following members of the development team are working in collaboration with colleagues and advisors from many other units and communities, in particular the Musqueam Nation, First Nations House of Learning, Museum of Anthropology, and Digital Media Technologies.
Project Manager and Faculty Liaison
MA Candidate, Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program
Research and Public Relations
MA, School of Community and Regional Planning
Dr. Daniel Heath Justice
First Nations Studies Program Chair
Associate Professor, FNSP and English
Dr. David Gaertner
First Nations Studies Program Postdoctoral Fellow and Instructor
Dr. Kathryn Grafton
Coordinated Arts Program Co-Chair and Instructor, Department of English
Dr. Evan Mauro
Coordinated Arts Program Sessional Lecturer and Stream Leader
Strategist, Aboriginal Initiatives, Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology