First Voices Lecture Series

Sponsored by:
Department of Sociology

The aim of the First Voices Lecture Series is to provide a supportive, multicentric, scholarly, and community based space for Elders, intellectuals, cultural workers, researchers, and service providers to present and to share their worldviews, analyses, and interpretations of various topics, issues, and themes pertaining to First Peoples and other marginalized groups both locally and globally.

Our goal is to highlight the histories, cultural practices, environmental worldviews, and epistemological contributions of First Peoples and other marginalized groups in Canada and British Columbia. We promote dialogue and reconciliation through critical introspection and debunking of past/present injustices and dehumanizing structures of power.

First Voices Lecture Series is a free public forum that strives to provide culturally and politically safe learning spaces in order to engage and to involve various elements of civil society in the processes of decolonizing knowledge and promoting justice and equality. We believe in collective and multiple approaches to education.

Our goal is to produce and develop unique, innovative, inclusive, relevant, and holistic educational resources for various disciplines and to disseminate inexpensive curriculum and pedagogical materials that are critical, de-colonizing, and anti-oppressive.

We invite graduate, undergraduate, and high school students, teachers, youth, Elders, poets and writers to submit their proposals for inclusion in next year’s lecture series to or to Dr. Amir Mirfakhraie at You can also submit your proposal online.

We would like to thank the Dean of Social Sciences, Dr. Robert Adamoski, and the Office of Indigenous Services for Students for their generous financial support for lectures One, Two, and Three. We would also like to thank Dr. Marilynne Waithman (EDST, UBC) for her contributions and support in initiating and organizing the First Voices Lecture Series, and Melinda Bige for inviting Kevin Annett to present his research on genocide and the truth commission in Canada. 

New Events


The Collision of Power and Protest in the Farmer’s Movement in India

Dr. Satwinder Kaur Bains
University of the Fraser Valley

Thursday, June 17, 2021, 1:00 – 2:30 pm

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Farmer’s Protest & Why This Discussion is Important

Dupinder Saran

Tuesday, June 22, 2021, 1:00 – 2:30 pm

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Past Events