Category — Events

Pegasus Conference: Peace, Global Health and Sustainability

Date: May 2 – 4, 2014

Time: Pegasus Conference Program

Place: Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel & Conference Centre
801 Dixon Road, Toronto, Ontario M9W 1J5 Canada

A conference to find the way forward on issues such as peace through health, ecohealth, advocacy and turning marginalized communities into healthy ones.

Pegasus is a thought stimulating conference, convening leaders, change-makers, and participants from multiple disciplines to engage in discourse about actions and policies to improve unacceptable levels of poor health.

The conference will engage stakeholders by providing a dynamic, interactive forum to share their expertise in research, education, field experiences, advocacy and policy to reduce disparities, inequities and social injustices across our three major themes: peace, global health and sustainable solutions.

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March 10, 2014   No Comments

What is happening to Canada’s International Reputation?

Date: Thursday, February 13, 2014

Time: 4:30 – 6:00 pm

Place: School of Population and Public Health, Room B151, 2206 East Mall, UBC

UBC’s Global Health Research Program and the Global Health Research Network at the Liu Institute for Global Issues at the University of British Columbia are pleased to invite you to a talk by Canadian writer and political activist Yves Engler, author of The Ugly Canadian – Stephen Harper’s Foreign Policy. Why Canada’s reputation has deteriorated, what this means for Canadians and what is needed to turn this around will be discussed.

For more information and to register click here.

January 31, 2014   No Comments

The Tumaini Project – Jan 22, 2014

Date: Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Time: 6:00 -8:00 pm

Place: Multipurpose Room, Liu Institute for Global Issues

History is always in the process of being created. It is a Story that implicates us all, and is shaped by the hands, wills, and ideas of those who dare to believe it. Through the Tumaini we aim to bring in the future and/or current and movers and shapers of the continent to inspire, share ideas, and celebrate the brilliance that exists in and from Africa, in an interactive and engaging environment. The Tumaini Project, presented by Africa Awareness Initiative, is an opportunity to explore this notion in a pragmatic way, as key leaders share their experiences in ‘Re-Writing the Story’ with students. It will focus specifically on the Story of the African continent and its young people who will be central actors and writers in this ever emerging story. It is designed to build the practical skills, knowledge, and understandings to propel the African Dream, to forge connections and build networks, and to continually show just how much Africa has to give to the world.

This event is brought to you by the African Awareness Initiative, in partnership with the Liu Institute for Global Issues, as part of the Conference Week, Re-Writing the Story — January 20-24th 2014.

November 27, 2013   No Comments

Is it fair? What constitutes a socially accountable response to the health care crisis in Nepal?

Date: Thursday, November 7, 2013

Time: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Place: Department of Family Practice Boardroom, 3rd Floor David Strangway Building
5950 University Blvd, Vancouver BC V6T 1Z3

Dr. Katrina Butterworth is a family physician at Patan Hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal. She has lived and practiced in Nepal for 17 years, and is currently among the leadership for the development of curricula in family practice, professionalism, and distributed training in rural Nepal. Her novel Red Dawn Rising is a graphic description of the experience of rural families during the recent civil war. She has published in the area of retention of general practitioners in rural Nepal. She is a key member of faculty in a new medical school, established in 2008 and focused on attracting, training, and deploying health care workers in service to rural and lower caste citizens of Nepal.

There are now 19 medical schools in Nepal, producing more than 1000 medical graduates per year. Recent studies have shown that many of these doctors try to leave Nepal immediately after graduation, the most popular destinations being the USA, Canada and Australia. Dr. Butterworth will talk about the root causes of these health human resource challenges, focusing specifically on the results of data gathered from Nepal – one of the poorest countries in the world, ranking 157th in the UNDP Human Development Index.

November 4, 2013   No Comments

How Far is Too Far: Are Edwards Snowden’s Activities Justified? Nov 28, 2013

The Liu Debates: Hosted by the Global Health Network

Place: The Liu Institute for Global Issues

Date: November 28th, 2013, 6PM-8PM

In Spring 2013, Edward Snowden, an American, leaked details of several top-secret US and British Government mass surveillance programs to the press. Snowden was a technical contractor for the United States National Security Agency (NSA) and an employee of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) before his decision to leak the information.

Snowden leaked the information primarily to The Guardian, UK, which in turn published a series of exposes in the summer of 2013. The exposes revealed programs such as the interception of US and European telephone metadata and the PRISM and Tempora Internet surveillance programs. On June 14th, 2013, US federal prosecutors charged Snowden with espionage and theft of government property.

The leaks have been a subject of great controversy. Some call Snowden a hero and a whistle blower, while others a traitor to his country. Either way, the media disclosures have fueled debates in the United States and elsewhere over mass surveillance, government secrecy, and the balance between national security and information privacy.

We are currently gathering input on topics of discussion to be covered during the debate.

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August 2, 2013   No Comments

She Speaks: Indigenous Women Speak Out Against Tar Sands – Sep 21

When: Friday September 21, 2012
Doors at 5:30 pm, event will start shortly after (by 5:40’ish), ends at
8:30 pm

Where: Aboriginal Friendship Center
1607 East Hastings St (corner Commercial)
Vancouver, Unceded Coast Salish Territories

Childcare & Feast (sponsored by the International Woman’s Climate Caucus). This is a free event.


Indigenous communities are taking the lead to stop the largest industrial project, the Tar Sands Gigaproject. Northern Alberta is ground zero with over 20 corporations operating in the tar sands sacrifice zone, with expanded developments being planned. The cultural heritage, land, ecosystems and human health of Indigenous communities including the Mikisew Cree First Nation, Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, Fort McMurray First Nation, Fort McKay Cree Nation, Beaver Lake Cree First Nation Chipewyan Prairie First Nation, and the Metis, are being sacrificed for oil money in what has been termed a “slow industrial genocide”. Infrastructure projects linked to the tar sands expansion such as the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline, Kinder Morgan pipeline, Ontario Line 9 reversal, and the Keystone XL pipeline threaten Indigenous communities across Turtle Island.

Join us to hear from Indigenous women at the front line of defending the land and communities from tar sands development and expansion.

* Territorial opening by Ta’ah, Rachelle George & Kayah George from the Tsliel-Waututh Nation who are taking a strong stand against the expansion of Kinder Morgan tar sands pipelines and tankers in their lands and waters.

* Territorial opening by Amanda Nahanee, whose ancestral name is Shamantsut, is a cultural ambassador of the Squamish Nation who have been active in opposing tar sands oil through their territories.

* Territorial opening by Cease Wyss: T’Uy’Tanat-Cease Wyss is Skwxw’u7mesh ethnobotanist, media artist, educator, and food security activist. She has stood up with other Indigenous Peoples to fight for native peoples’ rights to hunt, gather, and fish in their traditional territories.

* Crystal Lameman is a Beaver Lake Cree First Nation activist and the Peace River tar sands campaigner for the Indigenous Environmental Network in Alberta. Crystal is committed to restoring Native treaty rights and stopping the exploitation of the tar sands.

* Freda Huson is the spokesperson of the Unist’ot’en clan of the Wet’suwet’en Nation, who oppose all pipelines and mining projects in their territory. The Unist’ot’en have built a resistance camp to protect the land from the Northern Gateway, Kitimat Summit Lake Looping Project, Pacific Trails, Pembina, and Kinder Morgan proposed pipelines.

* Ta’Kaiya Blaney is a Sliammon Nation youth who made headlines when she wrote a song to speak up against the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline. Since then, she has been a strong Indigenous youth voice locally and internationally advocating to protect the coast and the land against big

* Eriel Tchekwie Deranger is a Dene from the Athbasca Chipewyan First Nation of Northern Alberta, Canada. She is currently the Communications Coordinator for Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, who have recently filed a suit against oil giant Shell Oil Canada for their open-pit mining projects.

* Suzanne Dhaliwal is the co-founder of the UK Tar Sands Network, which works in solidarity with the Indigenous Environmental network to campaign against UK corporations and financial institutions invested in the Alberta Tar Sands.

* Melina Laboucan-Massimo is Lubicon Cree from Northern Alberta. She has been working as an advocate for Indigenous rights for the past 10 years. She has worked with organizations like Redwire Native Media Society and Indigenous Media Arts Society. She has joined Greenpeace as a tar sands climate & energy campaigner.

This event is organized by the Indigenous Environmental Network. IEN is an alliance of grassroots Indigenous Peoples whose mission is to protect the sacredness of Mother Earth from contamination and exploitation by strengthening, maintaining, and respecting traditional teachings and natural laws.

This event is supported by Aboriginal Front Door, Alliance for Peoples Health, Council of Canadians, Indigenous Action Movement, Mining Justice Alliance, No One Is Illegal – Vancouver Unceded Coast Salish Territories, Occupy Vancouver Environmental Justice Working Group, Pipe Up Network, Purple Thistle Center,, Streams of Justice, Tanker Free BC, Western Wilderness Committee and the International Woman’s Climate Caucus.

For more information:
Clayton Thomas Muller:
Sheila Muxlow:
Harsha Walia: or 778 885 0040
Maryam Adrangi:

September 21, 2012   No Comments

What Should Come After the Millennium Development Goals? Insights on the Post-2015 Development Agenda – Oct 15, 2012

September 21, 2012   No Comments

GHI Workshop on Acute Disaster Relief – Sep 26, 2012

September 21, 2012   No Comments

Paved with Good Intentions – Canada’s Development NGOs from Idealism to Imperialism – Sep 24, 2012

September 21, 2012   No Comments

Controlling bias, prejudice and stereotyping – Jun 5, 2012

A panel discussion on what the research tells us and what we can do about it.

June 5th, 2012, 3:00-5:00pm
Liu Institute for Global Issues Multipurpose Room

Speaker: Gordon B. Moskowitz, Lehigh University, Psychology Department


  • Blye Frank, Dean, UBC Faculty of Education
  • Cheryl Ward, Provincial Lead, Provincial Health Services Authority Indigenous Cultural Competency Training Program
  • Heather Frost, UBC Centre for Health Education Scholarship (CHES)Sanzida Habib, UBC Centre for Race Autobiography Gender and Age (RAGA)
  • Jennifer Grewing, Norwegian Centre for Minority Health Research (NAKMI), Oslo University Hospital, Ullevål

Moderator: Shafik Dharamsi, Faculty Associate in Residence, Liu Institute for Global Issues



Most people are not trained to stereotype, but naively learn stereotypes through processes of socialization. Why are stereotypes so often used, and why does this happen even when we do not realize we stereotype, indeed even when we are confident we do not and would not? The recent rise of fields such as behavioral economics, social neuroscience, behavioral medicine, and legal psychology each have ties to the 50 year old literature on the psychology of bias and the manner in which judgment, decision making, and behavior is impacted by forces we do not recognize and that operate outside conscious awareness, not open to accurate introspection. While we may be open to accepting there is bias in our financial decisions and perception of physical objects, we resist the extension of this idea to the domain of interpersonal bias and stereotyping. When we do embrace the possibility of prejudice, most people are motivated to counteract or control this bias – they do not wish to stereotype or exhibit prejudice, and strive to compensate for their bias. How accurate are these attempts at control? What strategies of pursuing these goals will create undesired consequences, perhaps ironically increasing bias? The case of stereotyping in the medical context is unusual because stereotypes are not incidentally learned, but aspects of them are explicitly taught – these are base rates that connect social groups with predisposition to disease and cultural competencies taught as part of a practitioner’s training. It is proposed that learning about accurate stereotypes that are useful for one’s work often leads to undesired consequences associated with those stereotypes that contribute to health disparity. And these processes, as with bias outside the medical domain, are not aware to practitioners and are thus difficult to control. Yet control, as with bias outside the medical domain, is possible.

Co-hosted by:
Liu Institute for Global Issues’ Global Health Network, Centre for Relationship Based Care, Faculty of Education, Institute for Aboriginal Health, Centre for Health Education Scholarship, Centre for Intercultural Communication, and the Centre for Race Autobiography Gender and Age.

May 30, 2012   No Comments