Pulling Together Series: Teachers and Instructors

Pulling Together: A Guide for Indigenization of Post-Secondary Institutions — Teachers and Instructors is part of a set of open professional learning guides that are the result of collaboration between BCcampus, the Ministry of Post Secondary Education and Future Skills, and a steering committee of Indigenous education leaders. The content in these guides is authored by teams of Indigenous and ally writers from across B.C.

This series is intended to support systemic change in the Trades Education and Training sectors, although you need not be a Trades instructor to attend. We all have a role to play in strengthening our educational practices to contribute positively toward improving the lives and learners within the Trades community.

This is a multi-day event with one synchronous session each Thursday from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., April 28 to June 2.


Priscilla Taipale (she/her) has been a visitor on Coast Salish territory since 2001 and lives and works on the traditional, unceded territory of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples. She is Cree and a member of Taykwa Tagamou Nation in Treaty 9 territory (Northeastern Ontario), and she also has Finnish and English settler ancestry. For the past several years, Priscilla has been working in Indigenous health and cultural safety at Vancouver Coastal Health, the University of British Columbia (UBC), and the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), where she has facilitated cultural safety training for health authority staff (physicians, nurses, allied health, and administration) and for health science students at UBC. She is currently contract faculty in the BCIT School of Nursing Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. Along with teaching the Indigenous health course, she is also involved in curriculum work focused on Indigenization. Priscilla holds a PhD in nursing from UBC. Her career in healthcare spans over 20 years in clinical care, research, education, and leadership.

Tami Pierce (she/her) is the associate director, Indigenous Initiatives and Partnerships at BCIT, an Indigenous education consultant, and a Simon Fraser University alum. She is of Tsm’syen and Japanese descent and grew up on the northwest coast of B.C. She currently lives and works on the traditional, unceded territory of the Coast Salish Nations, including the homelands of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples.

Tami has over 27 years in the post-secondary system and has held various roles. While administration and management have been her key areas of focus, she also enjoys teaching. Recent highlights of her work include co-writing Indigenous curriculum, facilitating cultural awareness and cultural sensitivity training, teaching office administration, developing and facilitating workshops, and, for fun, writing about her own lived experiences. One of her essays was published in the 2018 edition of The Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada, where she shares a heartfelt story about her personal experience with racism.


This event is free. To ensure we have an inclusive and welcoming environment for all, we’ve added registration to all our sessions.

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This notice is to inform you that this session will be recorded, archived, and made available publicly on BCcampus.ca. By participating in this session, you acknowledge that your participation in this session will be recorded and the recording will be made available openly.