Reconciliation + Design Dialogue Series

The reconciliation + design series is co-designed and led by UBC Civil Engineering Assistant Professor of Teaching Pam Wolf and Civil Engineering graduate student Danilo Caron.

The series is supported by Applied Science Dean James Olson, and Associate Dean of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Professor Dr. Sheryl Staub-French.

These dialogues are a scaled Indigenization complement to decolonization curriculum. We invite anyone who reflects on reconciling their design processes to join the conversation. This is an interdisciplinary conversation on reconciliation and design.

Participants include UBC Applied Science students from the faculties of Engineering, School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, and School of Community and Regional Planning, as well as external guests.

The speakers are Indigenous change-makers. We amplify their voices and listen to understand. Students and faculty practice authentic, experiential learning in dialogue circles, learning to weave together these Indigenous perspectives, ways of knowing, and ways of being, with our own as designers.

The breakout room facilitators are students. They will be practicing their skills leading dialogue circles.

The annual cycle of four topics spoken to by Indigenous leaders and elders is listed below:

Dialogue #1: Truth, with Kyle Monkman

January 26, 2023 | 4:30-5:50pm PST

Dialogue #2: Synthesis, with Colleen O’Toole

February 9, 2023 | 4:30-5:50pm PST 

Dialogue #3: Indigenous ways of knowing and being, with Wanda Rockthunder

February 23, 2023 | 4:30-5:50pm PST 

Dialogue #4: Community values and goals in technical specifications, with Miriam Berndt

March 16, 2023 | 4:30-5:50pm PST