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UVic Author Celebration Feature: Knowing Home, Book 1

The annual UVic Author Celebration is coming up as part of Ideafest. Join us as we celebrate books written by UVic authors, including an engaging panel discussion on issues facing First Nations communities.

When: March 8, 2018
Where: University Bookstore
Time: 3:00-4:30pm

The author panel includes: John Borrows (Law), Michele Tanaka (Education), Paul Whitinui (Education), and Wanosts’a7 Lorna Williams (Education). Rebecca Johnson (Indigenous Law Research Unit) will moderate.

This week, we will highlight the books written by members of the author panel.

Knowing Home: Braiding Indigenous Science with Western Science, Book 1 edited by Gloria Snively and Wanosts’a7 Lorna Williams is a recently released open textbook published by the University of Victoria.

About the Book

Knowing Home attempts to describe the creative vision of Indigenous scientific knowledge and technology that is derived from an ecology of a home place. The traditional wisdom component of Indigenous Science—the values and ways of decision-making—assists humans in their relationship with each other, the land and water, and all of creation. Knowing Home weaves Indigenous perspectives, worldviews, and wisdom practices into the science curriculum. It provides a window into the scientific knowledge and technological innovations of the Indigenous peoples of Northwestern North America, providing numerous examples and cases for developing science lessons and curricula. Knowing Home shows how Indigenous perspectives have the potential to give insight and guidance as we attempt to solve the complex environmental problems of the 21st century.

Knowing Home is available online or you can order a hard copy through the UVic Bookstore.
PDF versions are available at: https://dspace.library.uvic.ca:8443/handle/1828/7821

About the Editors

Dr. Gloria Snively is Professor Emeritus at the University of Victoria where she taught science methods, environmental/marine education, and culture courses. She was Director of the Graduate Program in Environmental Education. For 12 years, she was involved with the Asia Pacific Network whose purpose is to strengthen links between the research community and school-based environmental education in the Asia-Pacific region. Her work with Indigenous education spans 4 decades and has always been inspired by Indigenous leaders. She enjoyed giving natural history talks and walks to students, teachers, park interpreters, First Nations and community groups for 50 years; she prefers to explore forest, ponds and seashores first-hand.

Dr. Wanosts’a7 Lorna Williams OBC walking in peace is Lil’wat of the St’at’yem’c First Nation. Her life has been devoted to promoting and restoring Indigenous culture and language. She worked as an Indigenous educator and language specialist for more than 50 years in diverse settings, including Indigenous communities, public schools, and adult education settings. Dr. Williams recently retired from the University of Victoria as Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Knowledge and Learning (co-appointment with Faculty of Education and Department of Linguistics) and an associate professor, where she developed and delivered an innovative series of courses on learning and teaching in an Indigenous world.

Praise for the Book

“It is a thrill for me to see this book and to know that it will be a readily available reference for learners and educators alike. At a time when Canadians are finally embarking on a journey of Truth and Reconciliation with Aboriginal Peoples, this insightful edited volume is both timely and critically important…. Knowing Home will be a wonderful resource that will bring all Canadians to a higher level of understanding…” – Nancy Turner, Professor Emeritus and P. E. Trudeau Fellow, School of Environmental Studies, University of Victoria

“This book is both timely and critical, coming during the era of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, and during British Columbia’s implementation of its New Curriculum, where educators have the opportunity to weave Indigenous perspectives into all parts of the curriculum in a meaningful and authentic manner. Knowing Home acknowledges and validates Indigenous Knowledges and brings it together with Western Science in a way that will be invaluable for educators.” – Nick X̱EMŦOLTW̱ Claxton, WSÁNEĆ (Saanich), PhD, Indigenous Education, University of Victoria

“The attainment of the UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 will require transformative new approaches to the creation and use of knowledge.  This book Knowing Home provides a brilliant example of how new ways of knowing can be combined with Western knowledge for the betterment of our communities and indeed our planet. Knowing Home places Indigenous Science on an equal footing with Western Science and in the process illustrates how innovative research with Indigenous Elders and students can dramatically enhance our understanding of home/earth/land.  And while the focus of this work is on the Indigenous Science of Northwestern North America, the research methods involved in the creation of this project, the focus on how to use Indigenous Science in classrooms, and the support of emerging Indigenous scholars can and should be carried out in many other parts of the world. Knowing Home is a defiant, provocative and hopeful intellectual contribution to the world we want.” – Budd Hall, Co-Chair UNESCO Chair in Community-based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education

“Knowing Home: Braiding Indigenous Science with Western Science is an inspiring collection of knowledge, expertise and cultural intelligence that will help all educators in transforming the foundations of learning for all students. As we strive to change the narratives in BC and beyond through authentic voices, new curricular directions and Aboriginal worldviews and perspectives, this book defines a way forward for our relationships and understandings grounded in the sacred territories of our people. This rich and reflective resource of traditional and contemporary ways of knowing and being will truly engage each of us in a personal and professional journey of truth and reconciliation.” – MUSGAM’DZI, Kaleb Child, Kwakwaka‘wakw, Director of Instruction, First Nations – School District #85, Vancouver Island North

2018 UVic Author Celebration – IDEAFEST EVENT

When: March 8, 2018
Where: University Bookstore
Time: 3:00-4:30pm

THEME: Each year UVic faculty, staff, students and alumni publish an incredible amount of intellectual content reflecting a wide range of research, teaching, personal, and professional interests. Join us as we celebrate books written by UVic authors, including an engaging panel discussion with authors from the UVic community on issues facing First Nations communities.

Moderator: Rebecca Johnson (Professor & Associate Director, Indigenous Law Research Unit)

Author Panel:

4th annual Three Minute Thesis @ UVic

The Faculty of Graduate Studies is pleased to announce that registration for the 4th annual Three Minute Thesis Competition is now open.

Three Minute Thesis challenges graduate students to present complex research in a clear, engaging and understandable way to a non-specialist audience in just three minutes.  It’s a fantastic opportunity to develop communication and public presentation skills that are important for your growth as a professional.  You’ll have an opportunity to meet other graduate students and to showcase your research to a diverse audience.


  • must be registered in a Master’s (thesis or project-based) or PhD program in the Spring (Jan-April) term of the competition.
  • 3MT presentations must be directly related to your graduate program research.
  • Presenters must agree to be video-taped.
  • Presenters must be available to present, in person, on the day of their heat. To advance in the competition, heat winners must also be available to present, in person, at the next stage of the competition. If a winner is unable to attend, the runner-up will proceed to the next round of the competition in his/her place.

3MT coaching and presentation skills sessions will be offered in January 2017 and the competition heats will take place in late February 2016.  Additional details can be found on the Graduate Studies website at https://www.uvic.ca/graduatestudies/resourcesfor/students/threeminthesis/index.php

Register now to be a part of this fantastic event!

Carolyn Swayze
Coordinator of Information, Research & Communication

Faculty of Graduate Studies

University of Victoria| PO Box 3025

Victoria BC V8W 3P2 | Canada

250-472-4939 | University Centre A207



Karen Hibbard – 3 Poems by Eve Joseph

Each year, UVic faculty, staff, students, alumni and retirees produce an incredible amount of intellectual content reflecting the breadth and diversity of research, teaching, personal and professional interests.

Discover the new video poem collaboration 3 Poems by Eve Joseph from artist Karen Hibbard.  Both Eve Joseph and Karen Hibbard were panelists at the recent Spring 2016 UVic Author Celebration event.

Karen Hibbard-Eve Joseph

Screenshot from 3 Poems by Eve Joseph

Karen Hibbard

Karen Hibbard is a contemporary visual artist living in Victoria, BC. She has been teaching art with the UVic Faculty of Education since 2012 and previously taught art at the University of Manitoba. Karen’s video and animation projects are distributed by Video Pool (Winnipeg, MB) as well as archived at VACAVU. She has a MFA in Print Media from Concordia University, Montréal. Exhibiting across Canada, Europe, Japan and the US, she is included in many collections, including Loto-Québec, Banque Nationale du Canada and the MOMA Artist Book Collection.

Her first video poem- Waking at the Mouth of the Willow River by poet Don McKay, Night Field (McLelland and Stewart, 1992) won second prize at the Victoria Writers Festival in 2014.

This 2nd collaboration titled 3 poems by Eve Joseph (2015) features Eve Joseph’s poetry from her book, The Secret Signature of Things (Brick, 2010). The video animation was exhibited at Vancouver Island School of Art in November, 2015. The exhibition entitled In Cahoots was curated by Efren Quiroz.

Eve Joseph

Eve Joseph is a poet/writer who grew up in North Vancouver and now lives in Victoria. Her recently-released book In the Slender Margin, won the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Award. Her two books of poetry, The Startled Heart (Oolichan, 2004) & The Secret Signature of Things (Brick, 2010) were both nominated for the Dorothy Livesay Award and in 2010 she was awarded the P.K. Page Founder’s Award for poetry.

2016 UVic author celebration


The UVic Libraries and Bookstore hosted the Author Celebration on March 17, 2016. The event took place at the UVic Bookstore and Professor David Leach was the moderator for the author panel.

The event featured over 70 titles published in 2014 and 2015 by UVic and affiliated scholars.

Authors on the panel

  • Karen Hibbard and Eve Joseph – 3 Poems by Eve Jospeh
  • Frances Backhouse – Once They Were Hats: In Search of the Mighty Beaver
  • Troy Wilson – The Duck Says
  • Rob Hancock – The Franz Boas Papers, Volume 1: Franz Boas as Public Intellectual – Theory, Ethnography, Activism

Open Access Week – Tri-Council OA policy on Publications & UVic Resources

Lunchtime Q&A Session

Join us for a free lunchtime Q&A session to learn more about the Tri-Agency Open Access Publication Policy and to discuss UVic resources. Separate sessions will focus on natural sciences and engineering publications (Oct 20), and social sciences, humanities, health, and fine arts (Oct 22). The Q&A sessions will be led by UVic Libraries and the Office of Research Services.
Light refreshments will be provided.
Information about the policy can be found on each of the Tri-Agency sites and Science.gc.ca.

Please RSVP to UVic Office of Research Services resprog3@uvic.ca or 250-472-4986

Natural Sciences and Engineering – Tuesday, October 20, 12-1pm, ASB Boardroom 120

Social Sciences, Humanities, Health and Fine Arts, Thursday, October 22, 12-1pm, ASB Boardroom 120