Society for Intercultural
Education, Training And Research


The Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research (SIETAR) BC chapter seeks to advance cultural competency and racial literacy. The former refers to the skills that promote positive and inclusive cross-cultural relationships, and the latter refers to the capacity to see, understand, and respond to racism and build racial equity

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Honouring National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

SIETAR BC is committed to continuous learning about the atrocities perpetrated towards Indigenous people and communities throughout Canada’s colonial history to the present day.  It is only through the widening and deepening of awareness of past and present  injustices that we as a nation will be able to move forward on our path to truth and reconciliation. To support in this journey,  SIETAR BC board members have selected the following learning resources to review:

1. Lisa Jackson’s 6 minute short, “Savage” artistically, effectively and impactfully demonstrates the impact on children and families of the residential school system. 

2. A free short course available through BCIT called: Indigenous Awareness  

3. Nahanee Creative is offering some mini-courses to “Support Your Decolonizing Journey”.   There are many session topics including:  “Etiquette for Allies” and “Decolonizing Identity 101”. 

4. Presentation by author Bob Joseph about his book 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act

5. They Came for the Children (pdf) 

6. During the mid-1800’s, James Douglas managed the treaty process on Vancouver Island, which facilitated the ceding of land to the new colony. In most cases, large tracts of land were signed over for negligible sums of money. To view the treaties and their terms, visit

7. If you have time, read the summary of the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, called “Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future”.   .Even the summary  is a large tome, a full 535 pages, but the chapter on history, page 40-132 is a comprehensive overview of the story of residential schools.  A full list of the reports can be found on the NCTR web site:

8. This resource is not just for educators. It is a site with a large list of Indigenous films and is great for all.

9. Indigenous Canada, a free course offered through the University of Alberta through Coursera. Indigenous Canada is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) from the Faculty of Native Studies that explores Indigenous histories and contemporary issues in Canada. From an Indigenous perspective, this course explores key issues facing Indigenous peoples today from a historical and critical perspective highlighting national and local Indigenous-settler relations. Indigenous Canada is for students from faculties outside the Faculty of Native Studies with an interest in acquiring a basic familiarity with Indigenous/non-Indigenous relationships.

10. Orange Shirt Day: Every Child Matters

11. Dialogues for Decolonization (3 Part Video Series)


  • Self-studies - Language and Pedagogy
    Fri, Oct 29
    Online Webinar
    Oct 29, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    Online Webinar
    Join us on Oct. 29th 12 noon-1:00 as we discuss the book Teaching to Transgress by bell hooks. Chapter one this month!
  • SIETAR BC Book Club Meeting
    Wed, Sep 01
    Online Webinar
    Sep 01, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Online Webinar
    The SIETAR Book Club meets on Wednesday, June 2 from 7:00-8:00 pm. Join us for a lively conversation about the book: Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada from Slavery to the Present by Robyn Maynard.
  • Self-studies - Language and Pedagogy
    Jun 25, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    Join us on June 25th 12 noon-1:00 as we continue the discussion of the book "Becoming a Critically Reflective Teacher" by Stephen Brookfield
  • Culture Wednesday - Introducing Trinidad and Tobago
    Jun 23, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
    Join Camille Mc Millan Rambharat & her husband Clarence Rambharat as they describe the twin islands of Trinidad & Tobago.
  • Jun 15, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
    An online interactive conversation centering Asian voices and focusing on the various experiences people of Asian descent face to this day.
  • What does anti-Asian racism look like?
    Jun 03, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
    Online Webinar
    Mother and Daughter Duo in Conversation.

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