Anti-Racist Reading group for trainees w/ Dr. Kim TallBear


This summer and fall EDIT Zoology (Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion for Trainees)  will be hosting a series of discussions about the book NATIVE AMERICAN DNA: TRIBAL BELONGING AND THE FALSE PROMISE OF GENETIC SCIENCE by Dr. Kim TallBear. This will be followed by a virtual discussion with Dr. TallBear herself!

Dr. TallBear is a Professor in the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta and a CRC in Indigenous Peoples, Technoscience & Environment. In her book, Dr. TallBear addresses tribal membership, the use of DNA to identify biological relatives, and the issues that arise when these intersect. She also discusses modern racial science and its implications.

These discussions will be part of our ongoing trainee led and attended ANTI-RACIST READING GROUP (ARRG). We currently host biweekly discussions around books, online learning modules, and podcasts that cover topics related to anti-racism in science and beyond. Discussions about this book will be held biweekly on WEDNESDAYS AT 4PM, beginning with a discussion of the INTRODUCTION ON JULY 7, followed by a discussion of CHAPTER ONE ON JULY 21.

All trainees (students + post docs) from all departments are welcome and encouraged to participate in these discussions! Once we have read and discussed the book in ARRG, Dr. TallBear will visit virtually on Thursday, Sept 16 to discuss her book with us. A wider audience, including faculty and staff, will be welcome to attend this discussion.

More information about the book is available here:

To register for the ARRG discussions, please fill out the form here:

Details about how to attend the discussion with Dr. TallBear will be provided at a later date.

The book is available from the UBC library as an ebook or physical book.

Your local public library may also have ebook or physical book copies.

If you would like to purchase a physical book or audio book, we encourage you to do so from Massy Books or Iron Dog Books – two local Indigenous-owned bookstores. If you require an audio or physical book and have financial or other difficulties acquiring one, please reach out to us at this email ( and we will get you a copy.


Please see the poster [1] and  attached flyer for more information.




Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion for Trainees Department of Zoology | Faculty of Science Traditional xʷməθkʷəy̓əm territory | University of British Columbia


Academic & Wellness Check-In’s


Friendly reminder 

On Behalf of the LFS Graduate & Postdoctoral Office

To:  LFS Graduate Students

We hope this email finds you well, safe and healthy!

The LFS Graduate & Postdoctoral Office is offering mandatory annual Academic & Wellness Check-in’s with all research-based students (these check-in’s are also available for all professional program students as well, on a voluntary basis).  These individual zoom meetings will cover several topics including academic progress, funding, and wellbeing.

As access to our office has been restricted due to COVID,  it’s important that you feel supported by us and that you are aware of resources and services available to you, even if most of you still aren’t on campus.

You can book your appointment through Canvas (instructions attached).  The available appointments for July are now posted. Additional appointments will be scheduled as needed.

We hope you will find these meetings valuable.  Please don’t ever hesitate to contact us if you need anything.  We are here to help you.


Sean, Shelley, Lia and Iris

The LFS Graduate & Postdoctoral Office

BEWELL booking instructions

(newly added links)

Student Health – this link includes an online navigation tool that can help you find the most appropriate resource/service based on your location and symptoms

Getting through Grad School with Grace and Grit Online Support Group – led by Dr. Karen Flood (RPsych) from UBC Counselling Services

2021-2022 LFS Major Awards competition – CALL FOR APPLICATIONS


The 2021-2022 LFS Major Awards competition is open

2021-2022 Major Awards Application

2021-2022 Major Awards INSTRUCTIONS

Please note the following deadlines:

June 30th – deadline to inform the LFS G&PS Office of your intent to submit an application (please don’t worry if you change your mind after this deadline and don’t submit an application.  The intent of this deadline is to help us get a general idea of the number of applications we can expect to receive and also to start preparing your files and transcripts).

Noon July 7th – deadline to submit a complete application (your reference letter must also be received by this date).

Please read the instructions carefully before starting the application.  If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me.


Shelley Small
Administrative Manager, Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies
The University of British Columbia
Faculty of Land and Food Systems
Room 293 MacMillan Building
2357 Main Mall Vancouver BC  V6T 1Z4
Phone:  604-822-4593       Fax:  604-822-4400

I gratefully acknowledge that I live, work and play on the unceded and traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples Squamish,  Tsleil-Waututh, and Musqueam nations. 

MFRE News post: Port of Vancouver and Indigenous Relations


The MFRE has just published a new post staring an MFRE Graduating Project last year. Yuki Zhang worked with the Port of Vancouver developing strategical benchmarks to inform long-range sustainability goals for the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. Click bellow to read the interview.

Please share as you see appropriate!

Port of Vancouver and Indigenous Relations

MFRE alumna, Yuki Zhang, completed her graduating project with the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority (VFPA) under the UBC Sustainability Initiative, scanning strategic benchmarks concerning Indigenous relations and developed measures to assess the port’s current performance.

Thank you!

Paulina Gonzalez Miranda  MFRE
Educational Researcher
Faculty of Land and Food Systems
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus| Musqueam Traditional Territory