Agenda & Speakers

Event Program

We are excited to welcome you to this year’s symposium. The program contains the event’s schedule, presentation abstracts and speaker biographies. 



Event Schedule

4 p.m. to 4:15 p.m Symposium Opening Remarks
4:15 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Keynote Address: Dr. Bill Cohen
4:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Break
5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Session 1
Stress & Wellbeing STEM & Information Technologies
6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Session 2
English as an Additional Language Language Arts
7:00 p.m. to 7:10 p.m. Break
7:10 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Graduate Student Workshops
8:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Closing Remarks
8:15 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Social


Keynote Speaker: Dr. Bill Cohen

Renewing the Indigenizing imagination with Syilx Pedagogy: A report on Coyote’s Transforming Powers and Potential to Make the World Safe for the People-To-Be, Here.

Themes/Projects discussed will include: Syilx Pedagogy; Syilx Women Bringing Nsyilxcn Back to Life” to Syilx Mothers Bringing Nsyilxcn Back to Life; Co-curricular Making: Honoring Indigenous Connections to Land, Culture and the Relational Self; p̓ʔax̌ kl tmixʷ Collective wisdom for a sustaining future here (tmixʷ science), a project about land-based interventions, combining Syilx TEK and Sciences for ecosystems diversity and sustainability; and how will we know transformation is occurring or has happened?

About the Speaker

Dr. Bill Cohen is from the Okanagan Nation with extensive kinship ties throughout BC and Washington. He specializes in the areas of Indigenous knowledge, research, education, and transforming pedagogy. For over twenty-five years, he has engaged in community-driven, transforming projects, as parent, volunteer, advisor, facilitator, and director. He is an educator, artist, story-teller and author. The focus of Bill’s continuing research is to identify, understand and theorize the transforming potential of Indigenous and Okanagan knowledge and pedagogy through organic language and cultural knowledge revitalization. As an educator, he has organized numerous community, school, arts, language, literacy and numeracy projects involving elders, fluent speakers, parents and children.



While the event is free to attend, we ask that you please register by April 7, 2022.

Acknowledgments & Contact

This event is led by a graduate student committee: Karin Wiebe, Camille Rousseau, Fabian Lim and Yuki Ueda.

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