Centre for Teaching Excellence

2021 Teaching and Learning Symposium

Capilano University’s 2021 Teaching & Learning Symposium
Land & Decolonized Place-Based Learning

May 4 – 7, 2021


Welcome to Capilano University’s 2021 Teaching & Learning Symposium: Land & Decolonized Place-Based Learning!

Our Symposium is an opportunity to connect and create a space to think, reflect, recognize and support each other after a challenging year.

To apply the principles of decolonizing and indigenizing education we must first experience them. Decolonizing and indigenizing principles have been woven throughout the development and delivery of this year’s symposium. This symposium offers you an opportunity to make meaning in your own teaching practice – an opportunity to ask yourself, how do I apply these ways of teaching and learning to my pedagogy? Join us!

On behalf of the symposium planning committee,
Bettina Boyle (Chair), Laura MacKay, Shawna Duncan and Mary Giovannetti



All workshops will be hosted in 3 different zoom rooms – Main Conference Room/Session A/Session B.


8:30am – 8:55am Main Conference Room


The Morning Show with Brian Ganter, Mary Giovannetti, Elder Glida, Shawna Duncan guests 
9:00am -10:45am  Main Conference Room
Welcome & Land AcknowledgementOpening Circles Remarks 

Keynote: Land as Practice: Indigenous Place-based Education  Glen Coulthard 


11:00am – 11:45am  Session A  Session B 
Decolonizing Place-based PedagogyReflections from Isla Espiritu Santo 

What is decolonized place-based learning? Whether you are new to place-based learning or have lots of experience with it, join this session with a ‘place’ in mind and be ready to explore and think deeply about how we can engage with place and begin to develop a decolonized place-based pedagogy. Drawing on course-based experiences in Isla Espiritu Santo, this session will offer ideas for decolonizing frameworks and considerations of place. There will be maps and drawing and lots of messy ideas.  

Decolonized Place-based and Experiential Learning

Cheryl Schreader 


Whiteboard Action, Shapeshifters ZOOMbies! 

In this session, we will share interactive techniques for student learning that can be facilitated with the Zoom whiteboard. David Geary will lead drawing exercises including Shapeshifting on the whiteboard while Allyson McGrane will offer ideas for more text-based exercises including how to engage your students in co-creation of the whiteboards!

Allyson McGrane David Geary 

Image by Joseph Mucira from Pixabay


Lunch hour, noon-1pm (Join in a blessing, a lunch zoom lounge, or a walk-and-chat call)  
1:00pm – 1:45pm  Session A  Session B 
Visions for Decolonization: What We’ve Learned from Working in Servitude to the Shíshálh Nation and Líl̓wat Nation 

Across post-secondary, we are working towards decolonization, yet we have no shared understanding of what that means. In this session we will hear from those who work in service to the shíshálh Nation and the Líl̓wat Nation and will explore the evolving nature of what it might mean to decolonize CapU, from the micro to the macro level.

Kim McLeod 


Panel: Things I learned While Teaching During a Pandemic  

“Do you see me? The tik-tok method of assessment feedback”

Nanci Lucas –  Specific feedback on writing assignments can be difficult and time consuming. Hear about how Kaltura Express, in combination with a rubric, is a great way to quickly and effectively highlight two or three key areas to students.

Engaging Online Discussion Formats that are Place-Based

Annie Prud’homme-Genereux – How can you structure an online, asynchronous discussion forum to generate responses which are unique, engage learners, form community, stimulate the application of learning, and are grounded in the environment of your learners? We’ll check out a few ideas to inspire your course design.

Improving Access Through Open Education: Including Students in the Process of Open Textbook Creation

Doug Alards-Tomalin – Picking a textbook can be an intensely personal, and often stressful experience. But what if it was actually fun? What if you could tailor the material to your own delivery style and the community of learners you are instructing, providing your students with a unique experience that is best suited to them? Or if you could use OERs to decolonize learner engagement by getting students involved in creating educational materials? Open Education Resources (OERs) provide us all that and more! Doug will demonstrate some of the basics and provide tips for how to start using OERs in your course.

How Can We Help

Nazmi Kamal – Particularly during the pandemic, it is not only important to connect with our industry partners, but also to offer them our support. Based on real examples, you will learn how to make these connections and the likely outcomes of such collaborations.

Strengthening Connections & Community/Decolonizing Learner Engagement 

Laura MacKay (moderator) 


2:00pm – 2:45pm  Main Conference Room
Hands-On Workshop: Create Your Own Healing Medicine Pouch 

The Medicine Workshop will be opened with a healing song by Martin Sparrow, Musqueam Nation. Followed with facilitator Shona Sparrow, Upper Nicola Nation, on the cultural knowledge and teachings of each of the medicines gathered.
When you register you will receive sage, tobacco, cedar, sage, leather (prepared), needle, sinew, assorted beads, and a devil’s club bead, for the workshop. You will be guided by Shona in making the healing medicine pouches during the workshop.

All medicines are prepared with cultural protocols, prayers and sustainable harvesting.

Shona Sparrow & Martin Sparrow


8:30am – 8:55am Main Conference Room

The Morning Show with Brian Ganter, Mary Giovannetti, Elder Glida, Shawna Duncan guests


9:00am -10:45am Main Conference Room

Welcome & Land AcknowledgementOpening Circles Remarks 

Hands-On Workshop: Cedar – A Living Resource 

Carman will engage us in discussion around the importance of Cedar to many local indigenous communities and help us develop an understanding of the many uses of all parts of the cedar tree. We will weave cedar together while apart and discuss applications to teaching and learning across disciplines. 

Carman McKay, Musqueam/Stó:lō Artist 


11:00am- 11:45am Session A  Session B 

What Does it Mean to Have a Meaningful, or Spiritual, Connection with Nature?  

Many of us have experienced a connection to nature, but what is the essence of such a connection? In this session, Bridget will share her research into connection with nature, and we will discuss how we may apply these findings to develop meaningful curriculum and personally thrive during this pandemic. 

Practicing Land-based Education 

Bridget McClarty 


Slow Media, A Nurturing Space for All!  

This workshop features the art and application of Slow Media and its ability to promote a sense of belonging and well-being in both virtual and face-to-face gatherings. Discover the benefits for you and your students, its application to your classroom, and its significance to this year’s symposium theme. 

Decolonizing Place-based and Experiential Learning 

Greg Coyes


Lunch hour, noon-1pm (Join in a blessing, a lunch zoom lounge, or a walk-and-chat call)  
1:00pm – 1:45pm Session A  Session B 

Positively Impacting the Health & Resiliency of our Students  

In this session, hear about research from a project in collaboration with UBCO this past spring. The project, approved by the Capilano University’s REB, looked at applying health and wellbeing activities to the classroom and measured the impact they had on students. It also looked at how faculty employed these techniques while being supported. You will also be invited to discuss your own approaches to wellness in the classroom and learn new ideas to apply to your own teaching. 

Decolonizing Learner Engagement 

Lydia Watson, Robin Furby , Laurie Prange-Martin, Sally Stewart (UBC)    


Inspiring ProblemBased Learning (PBL) in Your Course! 

Wondering what PBL is and how it could be part of your course? This workshop offers you the opportunity to explore PBL and learn how it is being envisioned in a newly launched interdisciplinary course, which incorporates land and decolonized place-based education. Experience activities that will inspire you to try it out in your own course – so please bring a land or place-based problem that is based in your community (an ecological, urban planning, protected area, development proposal, fish habitat issue). 

Strengthening Community and Connection 

Amirhossein Amiraslani, Bridget McClarty & Mary Giovannetti 


2:00pm – 2:45pm  Main Conference Room

Reflection Circle 

Join us in this opportunity to reflect on the day together, and to explore practical steps for your own teaching and learning.

Elder Flora, Shawna Duncan, Bettina Boyle 


8:30am – 8:55am  Main Conference Room

The Morning Show with Brian Ganter, Mary Giovannetti, Elder Glida, Shawna Duncan guests 


9:00am 10:45am Main Conference Room

Welcome & Land AcknowledgementOpening Circles Remarks 

Plenary Speaker & Learning Circles:  Reconciliation: Your Role  

Kory Wilson, Kwakwaka’wakw, Executive Director, Indigenous Initiatives and Partnerships, BCIT 


11:00am-11:45am  Main Conference Room

Teaching Excellence Awards: Meet the Recipients 

Come and meet the 2021 Teaching Excellence Award Recipients, learn how they create inclusive learning environments, support their students during remote learning, and see their roles as instructors in the learning process. They will leave you inspired! 

Allen Stevens, Jane Ince, Justin Wilson, Sarah Yercich, and Danielle E Wills 


Lunch hour, noon-1pm (Join in a blessing, a lunch zoom lounge, or a walk-and-chat call)  
  Session A  Session B 

Lessons from INTS210 Approaching Knowledge: Indigenous Pedagogies and Experiential Learning 

Learn how these instructors weaved Indigenous pedagogies, Land-Based Learning, and a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) project together in this introductory course to Interdisciplinary Studies. Engage in interactive-participatory exercises to explore how some of these initiatives can be adapted to your own courses. 

Decolonizing Place-based and Experiential Learning 

Josema Zamorano Sarah Yercich


Right here. Right now: A Role for Mindfulness in Anti- Oppression Pedagogy  

As we engage in the work of building a more equitable, less violent world, mindfulness provides the opportunity to identify harmful biases, feelings and beliefs that may exist alongside best intentions. This workshop will introduce benefits of mindfulness in university classrooms, including how mindfulness practices can bring compassion and understanding to the often uncomfortable but necessary conversations that support unlearning oppression.  

Strengthening Connections and Community 

Lori Walker  


2:00pm-2:45pm  Main Conference Room

Reflection Circle 

Join us in this opportunity to reflect on the day together, and to explore practical steps for your own teaching and learning.

Elder Flora, Shawna Duncan, Bettina Boyle 


8:30am – 8:55am  Main Conference Room



The Morning Show with Brian Ganter, Mary Giovannetti, Elder Glida, Shawna Duncan guests 
9:00am -10:45am  Session A  Session B 

Mātauranga Māori: Backward Design vs. Emergent Learning   

Curriculum combines “Backward Design,” which has fixed learning outcomes, with “Emergent Learning,” which has unknown ones. Looking at this through the lens of Māori knowledge, both approaches let us “walk backwards into the future.” This session will explore your role in promoting collaborative Design Thinking while connecting to past knowledge.  

Decolonizing Learner Engagement 

Stephen Atkins & David Geary 


Potlatch as Methodology 

Potlatch as Methodology is a culturally and spiritually secure approach used to invite diverse participants (Indigenous, international and domestic alike) to co-create culturally safe learning environments. 

Strengthening Connections and Community 

Justin Wilson & Aaron Nelson-Moody (Tawx’sin Yexwulla)


11:00am – 11:45am  Session A Session B

Work-Integrated Learning with First Nations Partners  

Spend some time with two members of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, both graduates of CapU’s School of Communication now working as communication professionals, to learn about Work-Integrated Learning experiences that mutually benefit students and First Nations employers. 

Decolonizing Place-based and Experiential Learning 

Sue Dritmanis, Sarah Thomas Kevin O’Neill 


Reconciliation in Action 

In this session, instructors and students from INTS 345 Reconciliation in Action will share observations on their experiences in the course and will invite you to reflect on ways we all might expand our engagement with reconciliation “in action” and as a life-long learning journey.  

Talking Circle 

Decolonizing Learner Engagement 

Derek Murray David Kirk 


Lunch hour, noon-1pm (Join in a blessing, a lunch zoom lounge, or a walk-and-chat call)  
1:00pm – 1:45pm  Main Conference Room
  Closing Circle 

Tuesday, May 4, 2021 9:00 am

Keynote Speaker: Glen Coulthard
Land as Practice: Indigenous Place-based Education
We are excited to confirm Glen Coulthard as the Keynote for our Symposium on Land and Decolonized Place-based Learning. Glen Coulthard is Yellowknives Dene and is a co-founder of Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning, a decolonial, Indigenous land-based post-secondary program operating on his traditional territories in Denendeh (Northwest Territories). He is an associate professor at UBC in the First Nations and Indigenous Studies Program and the Department of Political Science. His book Red Skin, White Masks: Rejecting the Colonial Politics of Recognition has won several awards including the CB Macpherson Award for Best Book in Political Theory.

Thursday, May 6, 2021 9:00 am

Plenary Speaker: Kory Wilson
Reconciliation: Your Role


Kory Wilson, BSc., LL.B, is Kwakwaka’wakw, Executive Director, Indigenous Initiatives and Partnerships at BCIT and Chair of the National Indigenous Education Committee of Colleges and Institutions Canada Kory is deeply committed to education. She looks at innovative and creative solutions that are needed to move Reconciliation into ReconciliACTION. She believes that education is critical to ensure that everyone has access to knowledge to move forward, because when people know better, they do better. She has over 20 years of experience in post-secondary education, community development, and the legal profession.

Capilano University is named after Chief Joe Capilano, an important leader of the Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh) Nation of the Coast Salish people. We respectfully acknowledge that our campuses are located on the unceded sovereign Indigenous Nations of Lil’wat, xʷməθkʷəy̓əm(Musqueam), Shíshálh (Sechelt), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh(Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh).


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