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We Haven’t Even Begun the Conversation: Establishing Meaningful Relationships

On Monday, September 25th, 12:30-1:30pm, we are honoured to have the opportunity to speak with UBC Faculty of Medicine’s Director of Indigenous Engagement, Derek Thompson – Thlaapkiituup, from the diitiidʔaaʔtx̣ – Ditidaht First Nation. Thlaapkiituup is one of four recognized Ha’wiih – Hereditary Chiefs in Ditidaht, and has previously served as the Health Director for the Ts’ewulhtun Health Centre at Cowichan Tribes in Duncan. This webinar will be held alongside our other Truth & Reconciliation events listed here.

About the Webinar

The webinar, We Haven’t Even Begun the Conversation: Establishing Meaningful Relationships, will consider the importance of creating meaningful conversations about the historical and current context of the processes involving Truth and Reconciliation and Canadians. It’s appropriate to consider – why should we bring ourselves into this story? This story, this narrative, this chapter in our current history that we’ve labeled truth, reconciliation, and redress. During this webinar, attendees will learn about how to best approach the work of telling the truth and reconciling for the future with compassion and purpose. 

About Derek Thompson – Thlaapkiituup

Derek Thompson – Thlaapkiituup is from the Ditidaht First Nation, one of 14 Nuuchahnulth communities along the west coast of Vancouver Island. The seas for miles of shoreline and all of the land on the western side of our Vancouver Island home, from Point No Point in the south to Brooks Peninsula in the north, is Nuuchahnulth territory – our haahuulthii.

Derek is the Director of Indigenous Engagement for the UBC Faculty of Medicine, and in 2021 he was the first Indigenous Advisor in the Office of Respectful Environments, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion. Thlaapkiituup brings over 30 years of experience working with First Nations organizations and communities across the province and country to achieve wellness through health and related services. 

His mission is to foster trust and mutual respect amongst students, staff, and faculty in an effort to create an understanding of the commitments made by the Faculty of Medicine to redress and strengthen the relationship with Indigenous peoples and communities. 

Registrations Are Open to All

Interested in joining us on September 25th for We Haven’t Even Begun the Conversation: Establishing Meaningful Relationships? This webinar is open to all who are interested, for free, as part of Sprott Shaw College’s series of Truth & Reconciliation events in honour of National Truth and Reconciliation Day on September 30th. Be sure to check out our other events taking place this month and register for this webinar by clicking the register button below.

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