ItemFeasting names of Cimoca: An artifact to Haisla Nation ceremonies(Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2023-04) Starr, Joseph | Gya-Yu-Stees; Heartland, NovaThe intent of this poster is to be a teaching tool not only for Haisla Nation school children, but also for community members who may want to know more about the historical or present traditions of Haisla feasting ceremonies. This poster is also an artifact that can be revised as needed, as culture is always evolving. It is important to document how the Cimoca feast today. With the fast-changing times we find ourselves in, we will raise the contentious question, “are we now culturally bankrupt?”. Time is critical if we as a people are serious about reviving this integral ceremony of the people of Cimoca. This poster is the winner of the Graduate Student Infographic Poster Award at Vancouver Island University's CREATE Conference in 2023. ItemOur shared resilience: The collaboration of First Nations and local governments for flood mitigation in the Cowichan Valley(Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2023-04) Yee, Holly Jeng TingFlooding and the effects of climate change are increasing in frequency and intensity— the November 2021 atmospheric river is a stark reminder of the lasting impact on BC communities. This thesis explores the intersectionality between flood mitigation and the collaboration of First Nations and local governments in the Cowichan Valley. Findings conclude that flood mitigation must be integrated with holistic watershed management, rather than reactive emergency management measures—integrating Indigenous knowledge and decision-making is pertinent. Effective watershed governance begins with relationships that are inclusive of all levels of society: Indigenous and non- Indigenous communities, senior levels of government, community organizations, industry, and the public. This includes recognition of the effects of colonialism and the different governance systems for Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in Canada. Relationships in the Cowichan Valley illustrate a strong network of collaborative community-level initiatives for flood mitigation, watershed management, and leadership. ItemPersonal, local, small: a principled approach to Indigenous education(Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2017) Martin, Melody; Meijer Drees, LaurieSince the publication of "Indian Control of Indian Education" in 1972 by the National Indian Brotherhood, discussion about Indigenous Education has proliferated. Few easy solutions to attaining Indigenous control over education exist. This paper suggests three principles to guide new post-secondary efforts to "Indigenize". The principles of "personal, local and small" derive from Coast Salish Indigenous pedagogies and suggest fundamental requirements for inter/cross cultural learning. ItemLand as life: (Virtual) learning from Indigenous knowledge-keepers(Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2021) Wager, Amanda C.; Martin, Georgina; Love, Rane; Thiessen, BeckyLand as Life is a community-led and created undergraduate course in the Faculty of Xwulmuxw/Indigenous Studies at Vancouver Island University that has been running for 18 years. Every year it is planned and created by local Indigenous Knowledge-Keepers with the course instructor. The class is structured around teaching and learning in community-engaged settings, off campus from local Elders and community members from local nations, such as the Snuneymuxw, Stz’uminus, Quw’utsun and Penelakut territories. A research Project Team was formulated to explore the impacts of the course to share with the university community about how Indigenous land-based pedagogy traditionally stems from the land and how the Indigenous community members (Elders/Knowledge Keepers) exemplify how land-based and community-centred education benefits both the student-participants and the community at large. The specific contributions of this project demonstrate the benefits of an integrated course delivery, one that is informed by Indigenous pedagogies and due to COVID-19 had to be virtual. The analysis of the data, included in the film, provides the Vancouver Island University community understanding of the transformative student impacts resulting from the course, even in a virtual ‘crisis teaching’ format. ItemIndigenous storywork & storytelling traditions(Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2019-10-09) Paul, Elsie; Archibald, Jo-ann; Martin, GeorginaIndigenous/Xwulmuxw Studies and Arts and Humanities hosted prominent Indigenous scholars, Drs. Jo-ann Archibald, Georgina Martin, and Elder Elsie Paul, for a celebration of their scholarly works, Decolonizing Research: Indigenous Storywork as Methodology (Archibald and Martin) and Written As I Remember It: Teaching (ʔəms tɑʔɑw) from the Life of a Sliammon Elder (Paul).