Co-Curricular Making Honouring Indigenous Connection to
Land, Culture and The Relational Self | January 2023

Way' SSHRC Project Educators, Community Partners, Research Partners, and Research Assistants,

We hope that this January newsletter finds you as well. We are looking forward to the Working the Ideas Forum, Thursday March 2, and Friday March 3. This multi-day forum will be an opportunity to learn with, from, and through others’ curricular experiences. We have invited our local partners as well as research partners/collaborators from the University of Ottawa, University of Alberta, and the University of Toronto to join us, and hope that you will be able to join us as well. Please see our tentative plans for the forum below.

As shared previously, our aim this year is to invest in educators’ curricular efforts to create the needed learning spaces to engage with their students in the complicated curricular conversations that ensue. Let us know how we can contribute to your co-planning and co-curricular-making, please contact us ( or

Margaret, Jody, Des, and Danielle
SSHRC Facilitation Team

Upcoming Opportunities

Working the Ideas | Thursday March 2, and Friday March 3
Hosted by the SSHRC facilitation team

This multi-day forum, Working the Ideas, will be an opportunity to learn with, from, and through others’ curricular experiences. Please click the link to RSVP for the experience(s).

  • Round Table Conversations (Thursday, March 2 at the Laurel Packing House 10 am-3 pm)
    This will be an opportunity to engage in shared sense-making experiences with Elders, educators, community partners, and researchers. The round table forum will be participant-led. This is an opportunity to share your curricular efforts.
  • Sharing a Meal and our Learnings (Thursday, March 2 at the Laurel Packing House 5-7 pm)
    A panel of local and national scholars comprising Indigenous educators and curricular theorists will attend closely to the varied conversations and documented cocurricular-making experiences, gathering ideas that each sees, hears, and feels, and bringing their reflections to this panel discussion concerning education. This is an opportunity to listen and learn.
  • Reflections Across Turtle Island (Friday, March 3 at UBC Okanagan 4-6 pm)
    It is intended that these reflections will act as provocations for continued mobilization and, in particular, draw important attention to the role of local traditions, perspectives, and concerns, revealing reconciliation tied to particular relationships in particular. This is an opportunity to listen, learn, and plan for action.

Syilx Language Component

smuqʷəqʷtan | time of the snowfall

See the ta’tupa –Spirit Bear Moon Calendar on the Okanagan Nation Alliance Resource Page

More Opportunities and Resources

Nsyilxcən for Everyone | Tuesday, January 17, 24, 31 and February 7 (6:30-7:30 pm)
Hosted by the Kelowna Museum Society
This workshop will give participants a start on pronunciation, greetings and language meaning.

Why Land & Place Matter | Tuesday, January 31, February 7, 14, 21 (1-3:30 pm)
Hosted by IndigenEYEZ / KinShift
Explore Indigenous perspectives on land, including the concepts of belonging, interdependence, and relationship.

captikʷł lunch group on Tuesdays | next session Tuesday, January 17 (via zoom from 11:10-11:50 am)
Hosted by the Instructional Leadership Team, Central Okanagan School District
See more information and the dates of the lunch zooms here. Access more information about these sessions here.If you would like to join the captikʷɬ lunch group (with lunch time sessions once a month on Tuesdays) please email

On the Land on Thursdays | next session Thursday, January 19 (4-6 pm)
Hosted by the Instructional Leadership Team, Central Okanagan School District
This will include nsyilxcən Language Lessons with Jasmine Peone & Elder Pamela Barnes based on the syilx 13 moon calendar. Here are some of the resources from the land based learning and nsyilxcən language lessons with Jasmine Peone on the ILT webpage here.

na̓ʔk̓ʷulamən: How Turtle Set the Animals Free | January 29 (2-3:30 pm)
Hosted by the Kelowna Museum Society

Winter is a time for storytelling. This family-friendly event is a great way to hear a captíkwł (traditional teaching) and learn more about syilx storytelling culture

Kelowna Art Gallery (KAG) | School Tours Available
KAG offers programing for students and teachers. Check out this video to learn more about opportunities there are at KAG and how to book a session.

Syilx & Settler Pedagogy Circle (POSTPONED)
Facilitated by Kelly Terbasket (IndigenEyez), Kelly Hanson, & Jody Dlouhy-Nelson
Grappling "in the co-" with questions of co-curriculum makers on Syilx Okanagan Territory.
We are postponing the January 17 Circle as we understand teachers in Central Okanagan Public Schools have an opportunity to attend another speaker who has been rescheduled to January 17. Because we would like to provide all participants with the best possible chance of participating in the Syilx & Settler Pedagogy Circle, we will host it instead in February. More info to come.

For more information about our community partners please visit their sites: Okanagan Nation Alliance, IndigenEYEZ, Kelowna Art Gallery, and Kelowna Museums. Do you have an event that you would like to share? Please email the SSHRC PG facilitation team.

Co-Curricular Making Resources

The purpose of these curricular resources is to enhance educators’ professional knowledge and capacities toward curricular Indigenization. All materials and resources included on this site are publicly available.

Co-Curricular Resource Site

Meet one of our Research Assistants (RAs)

Jody Dlouhy-Nelson

Jody Dlouhy-Nelson is an educator-researcher of white prairie settler ancestry. She works and studies at UBC Okanagan, on the beautiful, unceded and traditional land of the Syilx Okanagan People. A doctoral candidate and research assistant, Jody works closely with supervisor & mentor, Dr. Macintyre Latta, and mentor, Dr. Bill Cohen. Jody spent her early career in public education in Saskatchewan, followed by several years in Central Okanagan Public Schools, and Sea to Sky School District. Throughout this time, she was a French Immersion, literacy, and humanities teacher in K-12; principal; and district international education administrator of recruitment and marketing. Her current primary study interest is in illuminating how beginning teachers create decolonizing and Indigenizing spaces for their students in this Place of the Syilx People, with a mind to a hopeful future. Now in her fourth year with the SSHRC Partnership Grant team, Jody finds this important and engaging work integral to her own studies and relational development in Truth and Reconciliation. To learn more about Jody and the other RAs, click the link below.

Meet the RAs

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