Today, we would like to give our warmest wishes and gratitude to Dr. Patricia Shaw, who retired on June 30th from an extensive and inspiring career at the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies. Dr. Shaw is the Founding Chair (1996-2014) of the FNEL program (known for many years as FNLG) and for several decades has worked in close collaboration with many communities through capacity-building in research skills, pedagogical practices, archiving methodologies, and more, in order to support their commitments to language reclamation. Of significant note is her partnership with Musqueam (1996-present), which began with the development of a formal Protocol Agreement governing UBC-Musqueam community research engagement for the documentation and revitalization of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ (Central Coast Salish) language. This has laid the foundation for the unique UBC-Musqueam collaborative teaching and research relationship with the Musqueam community through the Musqueam Language Program (MLP), which offers UBC and Musqueam students the opportunity to learn hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ with post-secondary credit.
We thank Dr. Patricia Shaw for the dedication she has brought not only to CIS and UBC, but also to the wider communities she has served over the years.
We wish you the very best.
Pictures by Marny Point of xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam)