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February 2023 Newsletter | Office of Respectful Environments, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
REDI February newsletter
The Office of Respectful Environments, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (REDI) shares upcoming events, stories, and links to recordings from previous speakers.
You Are On Indian Land: Crossing the Borders of Truth, Reconciliation and Redress
Join us on Wednesday, March 15, 2023 from 12–1:30 pm for the next session of the Indigenous Speaker Series. We will have a conversation with Grand Chief Mike Kanentakeron Mitchell, Knowledge Keeper, Mohawk Council of Akwesasne and director of You Are On Indian Land (1969). The film underlines many of the outstanding issues we see today in our First Nations communities. It is powerful and unapologetic in showing the white man’s indifference against Indians. It represents the long-standing tension between those who are from here and those who have arrived here as colonial and new settlers. In this session we will learn more about the broader reach of truth, reconciliation and redress.
IBPOC Voices: A Conversation with Dr. Kishore Mulpuri
Join us virtually on Friday, March 17, 2023 from 12–1 pm for a conversation with Dr. Kishore Mulpuri. Dr. Mulpuri is Head of the Department of Orthopaedics, as well as a Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon at BC Children’s Hospital.
The IBPOC Voices series centers IBPOC experiences and knowledge, and highlights how they navigate the different challenges and how they engage with equity, diversity and inclusion. It is also a space where guests talk about their vision of an equitable and just environment.
Black Lives, Black Voices & Black Identities in the Faculty of Medicine
To commemorate Black History Month and as part of REDI’s commitment to amplify IBPOC voices, we invite you to join our panel on Friday, February 17, 2023 from 12–1:30 pm. This panel will provide a space for an important conversation about the experiences of Black members of the Faculty and the challenges they face to find belonging. Panelists will be invited to reflect on their Black identity and how it has shaped their personal narrative — their education journey, work experiences and sense of belonging. Our discussion recognizes that there is no single 'Black Experience' that can explain identity development for all Black men and women.
Faculty and staff are invited to join the Vice-President Finance and Operations Portfolio (VPFO) Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Committee in celebrating Pink Shirt Day on February 22, 2023 at 2 pm, virtually or on Vancouver campus at the Life Sciences West Atrium.
Pink Shirt Day is an annual event that raises awareness about the negative impacts caused by bullying, and the importance of fostering an inclusive and welcoming environment. Through the simple act of wearing a pink shirt, people around the world unite, show their solidarity, and celebrate diversity, inclusion and tolerance.
My Privilege, My Responsibility: A Higher Calling To Do Better in an Era of Truth, Reconciliation & Redress with Sheila North
Watch the recording of our conversation with Sheila North, the creator of the hashtag #MMIW, a movement that advocates for the end of violence against First Nations/Indigenous women and girls. This session of the Indigenous Speaker Series was held in commemoration of February 14, a the national day of action to bring justice to murdered and missing Indigenous women.
Roadmap for Change: Implementing anti-racism commitments at UBC
Watch the recording for this UBC-wide forum to learn about next steps for implementing the recommendations from the Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence Task Force Final Report, and how you can build a more equitable and anti-racist UBC.