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Connecting Creativity and Innovation to Practice Workshop

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Keynote Thursday March 21st 2013
Dr. Shelly Johnson

Shelly Johnson (Mukwa Musayett) is Saulteaux (Keeseekoose First Nation-Treaty 4) and Norwegian. Prior to her appointment at UBC, she taught at the University of Victoria and Thompson Rivers University. All of Shelly’s degrees are earned from BC universities including UBC (EdD), UNBC (MSW),and UVIC (BSW and BA). Shelly was the CEO of an urban First Nations delegated child welfare agency in Victoria, a provincial Aboriginal child and family policy analyst for the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres, a statutory child welfare social work supervisor and social worker in BC. Her work is in the areas of Indigenous child well-being, trauma and education, political and community-based leadership, justice, advocacy and activism. She is a research advisor to the provincial Siem Smuneem Indigenous Child Welfare Research Network. Her academic and research interests reflect critical, Indigenist, decolonizing approaches that contest racism, settler colonialism, and imperialism in their interaction, creation and maintenance of systems of domination, dispossession, violence, criminalization, expropriation and exploitation.

Keynote Friday March 22nd 2013
Ian Ki'laas Caplette, B.A., M.A.

Ian Ki'laas Caplette is from the Gitando Tribe of the nine allied Tsimshian Tribes of Lax Kw’alaams and is from the Gisbutwaada Clan from the House of Gamiyaam. He has an undergraduate degree in First Nations Studies with a specialization in political science from Vancouver Island University (VIU). Prior to representing his graduating class as the first Indigenous valedictorian at VIU, his passionate activism and community engagement with the local Indigenous nation and with the diverse Indigenous nations attending VIU led to his advocacy for Indigenous peoples in a variety of forums. He has represented to the VIU Senate, the VIU Students’ Union, regionally to the First Nations Education Steering Committee, and nationally to the Canadian Federation of Students and to the Tri-Annual Aboriginal Policy Research Conference while continually engaging in grassroots initiatives. A panel speaker and guest lecturer at colleges, universities, and public schools, Ian Ki’laas Caplette has worked with community organizations in confronting racism, settler colonialism, and gender violence among youth. His main focus remains the liberation of Indigenous peoples from the colonial relationship that perpetuates systemic genocide on Indigenous peoples and societies and his strong voice remains committed to confronting the silences surrounding the relationships between Settler society and Indigenous peoples.

Currently living in unceeded Nuu-Chah-Nulth homelands with his wife Marisa and their two children, Semiah and Heexal, Ian Ki’laas Caplette is conducting the final phase of his Master of Arts in Indigenous Governance (MAIG) program at the University of Victoria.

Workshop Session Presenters

Ally Jamieson - MSW - Reconceptualizing PTSD in Children

April Hendrickson - Valuing the Differences of Others

April Struthers, Lindsay Neufeld
Being Least Intrusive: An Orientation to Practice for Front Line Workers Responding to Abuse of Older Aboriginal Adults.

Carla Abichanhine - Canadian Mental Health Association, Vancouver and Burnaby
Mental Health First Aid

Christine Spinder, April Struthers - BC CRN Regional Mentors
Working together to create a coordinated community response to adult abuse, neglect and
self-neglect.

Diane Mueller - Social Curation: Creating Digital Repositories of First Nations Culture, Language, Arts and Writing using Social Media.

Diane Sowden , Kevin Lescisin, Jenny Kuecks
Children of the Street Society
Workshop: Preventing the Sexual Exploitiation of Children and Youth

Dr. Bosire Mwebi
Associate Professor, Faculty of Education
Antigonsih, Nova Scotia
St. Francis Xavier University
Community - University Partnership Service - Learning and Its Impact on Pre-Service Teachers' Compentencies School Health Education.

Dr. Leslie Brown, Professor and Associate Dean of Research for the Faculty of Human and Social Development, University of Victoria.
Dr. Sandrina de Finney, Associate Professor in the School of Child and Youth Care, University of Victoria.
The history and vision of Siem Smun'eem: Indigenous Child Welfare Research Network.

Dr. Teresa Howell, Dr. Lee Brown, Hannah Lewis
Institute for Aboriginal Health
The Institute for Aboriginal Health's Teaching and Research Garden

Jennifer Parisian - NETSMARTZ: Creating Safe Online Environments for Children, Youth, Guardians and Communities.

Jessica Wollen - Preserving Childhood: Sexual Abuse Prevention

Karen Moss, Project Co-developer & Co-facilitator
BC Council for Families
Workshop- Journey to Healing: Youth Suicide Postvention Training - An Introduction

Melania Alvarez - Mathematics Outreach and Visual Problem Solving Techniques

Melissa Hoff - Restorative Practice: A Method to Building Relationships

Patrick Smith, Clare Haskell
PHS Community Services Society
Improving Health Through Inclusivity: Experiences of Aboriginal Programming in Vancouvers Downtown Eastside.

Perry Omeasoo, Diana Day
Canadian Mental Health Association, Vancouver and Burnaby
First Nations Mental Health Program (VCH)
Aboriginal Health Strategic Initiative (VCH)
Workshop - Tools for Supporting Aboriginal People with a Mental Health Problem

Tania Sterling, Ed.D
Research and Communications Manager - Digital Learning
Pearson Education Canada
Workshop: Innovation and the 4C's - Creating an Inquiry Based Culture

Theresa Tang- HeartSmart Kids Program - Aboriginal Focus for Students Grades 4 - 6


Hosted at the Coast Plaza Hotel and Suites, Vancouver, British Columbia March 21st and 22nd 2013