Indigenous Learning Pathways

Course artwork based on ʔəlqsən (Point Grey) design by Brent Sparrow (Musqueam)

Indigenous Learning Pathways (ILP) is a multi-course online training program currently in development and is being led in collaboration between CTLT Indigenous Initiatives and the Orientations & Onboarding program in Central HR, and involves collaboration and support from numerous staff, faculty, and programs across UBC. Through carefully curated spotlights of in-person and online resources for Indigenous-focused learning already available at UBC, ILP supports new employees to meaningfully and respectfully engage with Indigenous histories, knowledges, perspectives, and realities, in their role at UBC. Courses are self-directed and can be taken by individual learners or by entire teams or cohorts as part of their collective professional development goals. 

Course Themes: 

  • Beginning a Learning Journey:  Orients learners to the various types of Indigenous focused resources they can access UBC and provides tips on how to effectively and respectfully engage with them. 
  • Learning About Musqueam: Guides learners to better understand our collective roles and responsibilities as guests on Musqueam land by highlighting important community-led resources and exploring the social and historical context of UBC’s relationship with Musqueam over time.  
  • Truth Before Reconciliation: Explores the impacts of colonization in post-secondary settings and identifies tools and resources to build foundational awareness of necessary truths and collective healing. 
  • Land Acknowledgements at UBC: Provides foundational knowledge about what land acknowledgements are and why we do them. As well as basic elements of what makes a meaningful, accountable acknowledgment. 

Partnership and collaboration are the heart of the ILP program. We have received generous support from faculty, staff, and program partners across UBC including the Museum of Anthropology, First Nations House of Learning, Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre, Belkin Art Gallery, and the What I Learned in Class Today project to gather a variety of additional photo and video content including virtual tours, recorded dialogues, and interviews. 

ILP is being developed following the introduction of UBC’s Indigenous Strategic Plan in 2020, specifically in response to Goal 7, Actions 33 and 34. These actions propose creating Indigenous-focused professional development training for staff and faculty that will foster safe and inclusive workspaces and classrooms, and to deliver Indigenous-focused professional development training to all staff and faculty within their first year of employment at UBC.  

Indigenous Learning Pathways will launch in Spring/Summer 2024

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Excited to explore what Indigenous Learning Pathways will have to offer?  

Take a 3D virtual tour of the Sty-Wet-Tan Great Hall at the First Nations Longhouse and learn the rich history of the carvings that empower this space. This Matterport tour is just one example of some of the additional resources we’re collaborating on with partners across campus. A big thank you to the UBC First Nations House of Learning and UBC Studios. 

Enroll now in Land Acknowledgments at UBC. Previously released in 2021, this updated course will now be offered as part of ILP and includes new content, videos and activities, and a facilitation guide to help continue your discussion and learning journey with colleagues. 

Course logo and design elements

Indigenous Learning Pathways (ILP) would like to thank xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) artist Brent Sparrow for granting permission to integrate his ʔəlqsən (Point Grey) design into the creation of the ILP logo and course graphics. Sparrow’s artwork is well-known through several public art installations, located at the UBC Vancouver point grey campus, including the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm qeqən (Musqueam post). The logo borrows from the symbols used in the ʔəlqsən (Point Grey) design to acknowledge and honour the various pathways that can be taken in a journey of learning.