Public Presentations

UNBC Northwest Public Presentation

These events are free and open to the public; you are welcome to bring your lunch. Some events may be webcast and/or recorded, with permission of the speaker.

Location: UNBC Terrace Campus (4837 Keith Avenue), Room 103/104
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Streamed live (if permitted by the presenter) via the UNBC NW Livestream Page on the dates listed below.

Spring/Summer 2018 Lineup
  • May 9, 2018: Mel Bevan - From Clearing Trees to Modern-day Treaty Negotiations: Kitselas First Nations Governance over the Last Half Century
    This public address by UNBC Northwest Elder in Residence, Mel Bevan, provides an overview of more than 50 years of evolution in Kitselas First Nations governance. The presentation begins with a review of the Indian Act and how it has shaped all subsequent efforts at First Nations governance and self-government. The history of the establishment of the Kitselas reserve(s) is discussed along with a summary of the changes in the community(s). Mel will provide an overview of his participation from more than a half-century of involvement in first nation’s governance including roles as a councillor, chief councillor, band manager and inter-nation liaison. The goals, process and changing nature of treaty negotiations will be discussed with a particular emphasis on the lessons for contemporary First Nations governance. Finally, a summary of the role of the modern-day councillor will follow including input from current councillors; as Mel’s daughter Sue expands on the next-generation of Kitselas governance.
  • June 13, 2018: Anika Brookhart - The New Graduate Rural Nurse Transition to Practice: The Good, Bad and Ugly
    In this presentation, we will explore the experiences of new graduate nurses working in rural and remote areas. Rural nursing is gaining more recognition as a complex and challenging area to work. Various challenges exist for new nursing graduates; however, less is known about the rural new graduate nurse experience. This presentation scratches the surface of the novice graduate experience with three meta-themes identified: professional, organizational, and personal realities. The hope is that once these experiences are further understood, we can then identify areas in which we can support these nurses to be successful and thrive in rural communities; thereby, improving recruitment and retention. Our northern communities are ideally positioned to explore this phenomenon.
  • June 27, 2018: Flo Sheppard & Rebecca Hasell - Where you live, what you eat: Results of the FRESH-IT study in Northwest BC
    Access to nutritious and culturally appropriate food is a key contributor to community health, and retail food environments (stores and restaurants) are an important component of food access. This talk will report on results from the ‘Food Retail Environments Shaping Health – Intervention Toolkit’ (FRESH-IT) project. We will discuss geographic access to food stores across the Northern region, as well as the cost, availability and quality of common food items in the Northwest corridor of Houston to Terrace. A key focus of the presentation will be on locally-driven responses to improve food access shared by store-owners, community groups and municipal and health planners in response to food environment assessment data.
    Flo Sheppard is the Chief Population Health Dietitian with Northern Health Authority. Rebecca Hasdell is a PhD candidate at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health (University of Toronto), and project co-lead for FRESH-IT.
Winter 2018 Lineup
Epidemiology has a long and turbulent history with Indigenous health. Findings from numerous studies have had adverse repercussions for Indigenous communities, however, epidemiology can also be a helpful tool for supporting health and health services. The objective of this talk is to begin a discussion of the ways we may be able to reconcile the field of epidemiology with the needs of Indigenous communities. It will present and seek community input into the beginnings of an Allied Research Paradigm to guide non-Indigenous researchers working collaboratively with Indigenous communities.
The glaciers at the head of our watersheds are receding as the climate warms. As this icy reservoir dwindles, downstream impacts in the form of warmer stream temperatures and lower flow volumes may have detrimental impacts on salmon. This presentation discusses the big picture of this challenge and recent research on the Kitsumkalum River watershed as a case study. For the past two summers a research partnership that includes Kitsumkalum, UNBC and NWCC has investigated the stream temperatures, glaciers and seasonal snowpack of the Kitsumkalum River watershed. Please join us to hear about this ongoing effort.

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