Breakout Sessions

Session One:  Building Student Engagement
Students will engage participants in a discussion about students and their engagement/volunteer work, social justice and social change.
Hosts:  Antoine Gendron - General Science (Co-op) Student; Nicholas Canning - Management Student (Co-op) and uVolunteer Coordinator for 2020/21

Session Two:  A Moccasin and a Shoe; Balancing worldviews while navigating Academia
Host:  Abby Morning Bull (Piikani Nation Member of the Blackfoot Confederacy, signatory of 7)

Session Three:  Conducting research with West African music producers
Our research aims to contribute solutions to the near absence of audio education in Bamako due to severe economic challenges since the 2012 political and security crisis in Mali.  We also want to extent the ethnography methods that we developed in Bamako to other cities of West Africa in order to design a comparative approach of digital studio practices within a non-Western context.  Based on cultural exchanges and cocreation of knowledge, this project includes the participation of West African music producers in the Audio Recording Engineer Practicumat Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.
Host:  Amandine Pras - Faculty of Fine Arts, James Clemens-Seely - Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, and Leonard Menon - U of L DAA undergraduate student

Session Four:  Media Portrayal of Racial Profiling in Alberta
Recent research work has identified seven discursive strategies emerging in the articles that form the corpus of this project on media portrayal of racial profiling in Alberta, and examines what this systematic use of language is doing to the discourse on this topic.  My analysis suggests the practices that constitute racial profiling continued to be either outright denied or justified in Alberta.
Host:  Ibrahim Turay - PhD student in CSPT Program

Session Five:  Parenting as Students & Professors
Two professors and two graduate students will host a discussion on parenting in academia.
Hosts:  Mary Siever (BA '19) - MA student in Women and Gender Studies; Luc Roberts (BSc '12) -  PhD student in Biochemistry; Ute Kothe - Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry; H.J. Weiden - Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Session Six:  Disrupting the Commons: Indigenizing and Decolonizing in the Library's White Space 
In this session, participants will be presented with examples of Indigenization and decolonization from the traditionally White world of academic libraries, and asked to discuss these concepts, cocreating ideas for a way forward in reimagining the larger university-commons.  A list of resources will be provided.
Hosts:  Danielle Heavy Head and Mary Greenshields (BA '01, MA '11) - University of Lethbridge Library

Session Seven:  Labours of Listening
Hearing and listening are important to nearly all fields of academic inquiry. These are acts that we're also engaged in constantly – but often don't give much thought to. In Blackfoot thought, all sounds are important whether inside or outside, and the world of hearing and listening is sacred to the Blackfoot people, throughout the journey of life. Sounds are not only the words we hear from other human beings, but a world in which we are all immersed. This presentation will not be of a typical colonial or academic perspective, but will seek to explore and understand the rewards of knowing sound. After briefly introducing some key concepts regarding the physics of hearing, philosophy of listening, and the ethics of witnessing, participants will be encouraged to discuss how the world of sound relates to their own research and work in their particular fields of study. 
Hosts:  Mike Bruised Head (BASc (BA) '80, MSc '10) - PhD student in CSPT and Tyler Stewart (BFA '11) - MA student in CSPT Program

Session Eight:  Home Health Care Aides with Chronic Physical Pain
The emphasis on aging in place and caring for people in the comfort of their homes and communities draws attention to frontline workers like home health care aides (HHCAs), who provide the bulk of direct home support and personal care services to individuals who are ill, elderly, or have a disability.  However, the nature of home care work and unpredictable home workplace environments that are not primarily designed for the delivery of health services suggest continued exposure to occupational hazards and risks that cause injury and pain among these workers, which could affect job retention.  This presentation is based on a study about the experiences of chronic physical pain (CPP) among HHCAs working in private residential homes in Alberta which shows the intersecting vulnerabilities experienced in the workplace setting.  The results of this study highlight the importance of workplace protections aimed at improving the conditions for safe employment of these vulnerable but essential group of healthcare workers.  Improved policy interventions, empowerment, equitable practices, and continued research involving HHCAs are important to maintain better health outcomes and service delivery.
Host:  Czarina Bonifacio (BN '13) - Masters of Nursing student

Session Nine:  Universal Basic Income: social justice and social healing
This session will provide particpants with a conceptual overview of UBI policy, and outline the key points and tensions in the UBI debates in Canada.  We will discuss the potential for UBI as a form of 'social medicine', particularly as a pathway to social justice, which is a foundational social determinant of health.  Participants will be encouraged to share how they use UBI in alignment with other movements for justice in Canada.  This presentation is suitable for all, regardless of prior knowledge of the topic.
Host:  Kelsey Berg - PhD candidate - Faculty of Health Sciences, Population studies in health

Session Ten:  The Prairie to Pharmacy Program: The connections between cell biology, prairie plants, and First Nation communities
The Prairie to Pharmacy Program studies the connections between human cell biology, prairie plants, and traditional knowledge.  This research and outreach project have taken us from meetings with First Nation communities to the laboratory where we investigate how plant chemicals affect human cell biology.
Hosts:  Haley Allard - MSc student, Department of Biological Sciences and Haley Shade - 4th year Department of Biological Sciences student

Session Eleven:  What is Canada doing to stop species from going extinct, and how can we do better?
This session will start with a brief introduction to the Species at Risk Act, Canada's main law for protecting and recovering species at risk.  Then we will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the process, and how it could be improved
Host:  Jenny McCune - Department of Biological Sciences

Session Twelve:  Play for Success: It is all fun and games
Enough time has passed since the "bad old days" of thinking play is a waste of time.  A new understanding of the benefits of play for learning has drawn playful activities back to center stage where they belong.  No matter the age of the child, from babies to adolescents, using playful activities to train executive function (EF) skills (working memory, cognitive flexibility, and behavioural inhibition) is a surefire way to build relationships and improve learning outcomes of our young people in order to improve their academic and life successes.  We will discuss how the brain develops and why positive experiences like play have the ability to shape the developing brain for improved behavioural outcomes.  The Building Brains Together project uses a curriculum of games shared with adults (educators, parents, caregivers) to enhance EF skills in preschool children and to improve adult-child relationships.
Host:  Robbin Gibb (BASc (BSc) '77, MSc '01, PhD '04) - Department of Neuroscience and Allonna Harker (BA '13, MSc '15) - School of Liberal Education

Session Thirteen:  Migrant labour in precarious times: How has COVID-19 exacerbated existing challenges with Canada's temporary foreign worker programs?
Many Canadian industries rely on migrant labourers - from agriculture and meat packing to fast food and care work.  All of these industries have also experienced particular and often disproportionate challenges under the COVID-19 pandemic.  In this session, we'll discuss some of the key structural issues at play in these working relationships, examine the impacts of the pandemic, and consider ways to address the challenges.
Hosts:  Julie Young - Department of Geography and Jon Doan (PhD '06) - Department of Kinesiology