Turning the Indigenous Land Stewardship program into a multi-access program

TitleTurning the Indigenous Land Stewardship program into a multi-access program
Faculty/College/UnitForestry
StatusActive
Duration2 Year
Initiation04/01/2023
Project Summary

*Special Call: Hybrid and Multi-Access Course Redesign Project*

The Bachelor of Indigenous Land Stewardship (ILS) is a new four-year undergraduate credit program offered by the Faculty of Forestry that aims to prepare both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students for careers working with and for Indigenous governments on land stewardship. The program combines Indigenous and Western knowledge, with an experienced team of Indigenous and non-Indigenous professionals and educators co-creating and co-delivering the courses. Following extensive consultation with Indigenous communities, we are redesigning the BILS program courses for multi-access, to support learners and knowledge holders on both the Point Grey campus and in more remote communities. For many students limited in their ability to attend in-person classes because of remoteness or commitment to self-governance, this redesign will enhance their interest in, access to, and participation in the courses. We are improving accessibility with live streaming and recording options for all lecture-focused courses.

Funding Details
Year 1: Project YearYear 1
Year 1: Funding Year2023/2024
Year 1: Project TypeLarge TLEF
Year 1: Principal InvestigatorJohn Innes
Year 1: Funded Amount116,759
Year 1: Team Members

John Innes, Professor, Forest Resources Management, Faculty of Forestry
William Nikolakis, Assistant Professor, Forest Resources Management, Faculty of Forestry
Michelle Zeng, Sr. Manager, Educational Strategies, Faculty of Forestry
Carlos Ormond, Director, Haida Gwaii Institute / Director, Indigenous and Intercultural Initiatives, Faculty of Forestry

Advisory Team:

Garry Merkel, Reconciliation Consultant and Treaty Negotiator, Tahltan Nation
Gordon Prest, Elder and knowledge-keeper, Sto:lo First Nation
Matt Wealick, First Nations Strategic Advisor, Tzeachten Band
Chris Derrickson, Former Chief, Westbank First Nation
Leonard Joe, CEO, BC First Nations Forestry Council, Nlaka’pamux First Nation
Dave Gill, General Manager, Ntityix Resources LP
Marianne Ignace, Distinguished SFU Professor, Simon Fraser University / Secwepemc Nation

Year 2: Project YearYear 2
Year 2: Funding Year2024/2025
Year 2: Project TypeLarge TLEF
Year 2: Principal InvestigatorJohn Innes
Year 2: Funded Amount82,628
Year 2: Team Members

John Innes, Professor, Forest Resources Management, Faculty of Forestry
Carlos Ormond, Director, Indigenous and Intercultural Initiatives, Faculty of Forestry
Michelle Zeng, Sr. Manager, Educational Strategies, Faculty of Forestry
William Nikolakis, Assistant Professor, Indigenous Land and Natural Resources Governance, Faculty of Forestry
Jennifer Grenz, Assistant Professor, Faculties of Forestry and Land and Food Systems / Program Director, Bachelor of Indigenous Land Stewardship
Shandin Pete, Assistant Professor of Teaching, Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, Faculty of Science
Lindsay Cuff, Assistant Professor of Teaching, Faculties of Forestry and Land and Food Systems

Advisory Team:

Garry Merkel, Reconciliation Consultant and Treaty Negotiator, Tahltan Nation
Gordon Prest, Elder and knowledge-keeper, Sto:lo First Nation
Matt Wealick, First Nations Strategic Advisor, Tzeachten Band
Chris Derrickson, Former Chief, Westbank First Nation
Leonard Joe, CEO, BC First Nations Forestry Council, Nlaka’pamux First Nation
Dave Gill, General Manager, Ntityix Resources LP