NIC takes part in International Development Week 2022

Theme for this year is #GoForTheGoals

Join NIC's Office of Global Engagement for International Development Week, a series of virtual events happening from Feb. 7-10, 2022.

What is International Development Week #IDW2022?

Held annually since 1988, IDW is an initiative that has become a tradition in celebrating and acknowledging Canadian contributions to international development work. Post-secondary institutions across Canada, along with many other institutions, organizations and individuals, come together during the second week of February of each year to mark this important work.

The theme for #IDW2022 is #GoForTheGoals.

What is Happening at NIC during IDW 2022?

NIC is recognizing IDW for the first time by highlighting some of the international work and collaborations initiated by NIC faculty and staff. Check out the schedule of events below to take part in a mix of online events, podcasts and more.

Feb. 7, 2022

Video: Virtual Field School: Pacific Rim Connections

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Presenter: Ryan Blaak, Faculty, Humanities & Social Sciences

Description: This term, NIC students enrolled in HIS-225 will use technology to connect with Japanese students and faculty in a Virtual Field School. Through these connections, students will learn about Mio, Wakayama where so many Japanese Canadians originate from and which has such great impact on BC’s history. Students at NIC will also reciprocate this knowledge by helping students in Japan to understand the history of BC with an emphasis on the stories and lives of Japanese Canadians who settled here.

Feb. 8, 2022

Video: Interweaving Indigenous Teachings with Costa Rica

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Presenter: Laura Johnston, Faculty, Aboriginal Education, English

Description: Three weeks of ENG-096: First Peoples Literature and Composition will be taught in collaboration with an instructor and a class of students at Instituto Tecnologico de Costa Rica. This virtual project will explore Indigenous teachings of relationality and community building. NIC and TEC students from Latin America/Canada will share traditional origin stories while working with the Elders as we incorporate oral literature into the post-secondary classroom.

Featured virtual presentation from VIU — Alaska and British Columbia Cultural Exchange: Perspectives on Relationships with the Land

Time: 10-11:30 am
Presenter: Maria Williams
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VIU Visiting Fulbright Scholar Maria Williams brings her UAlaska students to join in a discussion on the relationship of Indigenous peoples to their respective lands in British Columbia and Alaska. Speakers include Dr. Georgina Martin (Secwepemc), Dr. Laura Cranmer (Kwakwala/Haida), Dr. Maria Williams (Tlingit), Dr. Sharon Lind (Unangax), and Dr. Rosita Worl (Tlingit), and the event will feature drumming and singing.

Hosted by Indigenous/Xwulmuxw Studies, VIU.

Virtual presentation: WUSC Leave for Change Opportunities 2022

Time: 12-1 pm
Presenter: Katia Major, Senior Program Officer, WUSC Leave For Change Program
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You are invited to attend a public info session about opportunities offered by the Leave for Change program, offered through the World University Service of Canada (WUSC).

Under the Leave for Change program, participating NIC employees use their vacation time to volunteer abroad. Canadian volunteers are assigned overseas for two to four weeks.

Feb. 9, 2022

Video: Str@tvsion Plus Project

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Presenter: Norma Pelletier, Faculty, Business Administration

Description: As part of BUS 418, students will be able to join students around the world in a business game, Str@tvision Plus, to participate in a virtual finance and accounting competition between enterprises. Students will be able to work in culturally diverse teams, improve their intercultural communication skills and experience culturally diverse work environments.

Virtual presentation: Global NIC – a conversation on how to engage in international collaboration

Time: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Presenter: NIC faculty
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Learn more about the various international collaborations initiated at NIC. Join NIC faculty in a discussion about engaging in virtual mobility and collaboration with colleagues and students from around the world.

Featured panellists:

Laura Johnston, Faculty, Aboriginal Education, English
Ryan Blaak, Faculty, Humanities & Social Sciences
Jennifer Botica, Faculty, Humanities & Social Sciences

Feb. 10, 2022

VIDEO: The journey from an idea to a Field school development: Town of Nebo Archaeological Project in Jordan

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Presenter: Jennifer Botica, Faculty, Humanities & Social Sciences

Description: This project is a joint venture between NIC and Wilfred Laurier University (WLU) based on a long-lasting collaboration between two instructors. Students at WLU have participated in this archaeological field school for over 15 years and NIC students can now join them.