Conference program

The conference will offer a variety of keynote speakers, workshops, teaching circles and poster sessions. In addition to academic programming, there will field trips, networking receptions and a gala evening celebration.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

9:00 am - 5:00 pm Arts of Engagement - Pre-conference workshop for emerging scholars
9:00 am - 12:00 pm Engaged Practice Learning Exchange
12:30 - 1:30 pm Community Based Research Canada Luncheon Meeting
2:00-7:00pm Registration desk open
(Note: The registration desk is located in the foyer of the Bob Wright building at the University of Victoria.)

Community Celebration - Keynote Speaker - Bob Rae
Presentation of the Witness Blanket (Details below)
Musical interludes by Gettin' Higher Choir

Note: For a detailed scheduled of the presentations during breakout sessions, please refer to the schedule page.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014


Conference opening & keynote presentation - Dr. Nancy Turner

10:00–11:15am Breakouts - Session 1
11:30am-12:45pm Breakouts - Session 2
12:45pm-1:45pm Box lunch and Poster Party
1:45-3:00pm Breakouts - Session 3
3:15-4:30pm Breakouts - Session 4
6:30-10:00pm Gala celebration at the Royal BC Museum (Guests welcome)

Thursday, May 22, 2014

8:30–9:00am Elder's teaching
9:15–10:30am Breakouts - Session 5
10:45am-11:45pm Poster Party and Marketplace

Lunch (Plated)
Presentation of Engaged Scholar Awards
Keynote speaker - Paul Lacerte

1:45-3:00pm Breakouts - Session 6
3:15-4:30pm Conference closing

Engaged Practice Learning Exchange

May 20th, 2014 9:00 – 12:00
Cadboro Commons Building
University of Victoria
Do you programme or facilitate public engagement or other forms of community - university activity (research, teaching, learning, action projects) in a community or academic role ?  That makes you an engaged practitioner! The Engaged Practice Learning Exchange is designed to offer a space, some input and ideas and an exciting international network within which to meet some of these questions.

Community Based Research Canada (CBRC) Luncheon Meeting

Tuesday, May 20th – 12:30 – 1:30 pm
Cadboro Commons, University of Victoria
No Cost - Registration required

Come and learn about CBRC’s work and vision from CBRC Co-Chairs Joanna Ochocka from the Centre for Community Based Research in Ontario and Sylvie deGrosBois Directrice, Service aux collectivités  at the Université du Québec à Montréal. This is an exciting opportunity to build a strong Canadian network that  champions community-university engagement and community based research. Lunch is included.


The Witness Blanket, an art installation created by Kwagiulth artist and Master Carver Carey Newman (Ha-yalth-kingeme) and inspired by the traditional woven blanket as a symbol of protection and comfort, evokes the atrocities of Indian Residential Schools and a national journey toward reconciliation. The blanket is comprised of hundreds of objects and artifacts collected on gathering trips over the past year to residential school sites, churches, courthouses, government buildings, and traditional and cultural structures across our country. 

The Witness Blanket is part of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Commemoration Initiative. It will be displayed at the University of Victoria until June 8 and later this year will embark on a cross-country tour.