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The Last Discovery Day? An Engaging Day of Conversation and Activities for Staff

  • Tenth Street Campus, Nelson
  • Tuesday, February 21, 2023


  • 8:00 am-8:30 am Arrive & Enjoy a Hot Beverage
  • 8:30 am-9:15 am Welcome & Feature Conversation: Why Not Discovery Day?
  • 9:30 am-11:00 am Session 1 Workshops
  • 11:15 am-12:15 pm Session 2 Workshops
  • 12:15 pm-1:00 pm Lunch
  • 1:00 pm-2:30 pm Session 3 Workshops
  • 2:30 pm-3:00 pm Closing


Register and select your workshops here!

Workshop Options

Session 1 Options - 9:30 am - 11:00 am


Leveraging the Power of Constructive Alignment with Dr. Peter Arthur

Effective student learning begins with well-designed courses. Careful attention to constructive alignment in courses clearly enhances the understanding of links between learning outcomes, learning activities, and assessment. Through gamification of constructive alignment, we will investigate and develop principles for making constructive alignment choices. 

Cultural Connections with Ann Marie Smith

Come and create an Indigenous-inspired craft, share some stories, and make cultural connections. Ann-Marie Smith brings a wide variety of artistic experience and knowledge to her work with students of all ages. 

The Art of Improvisation with Michelle Hart

Are you interested in the art of improvisation? This beginner workshop will teach you the basics of improv comedy. Enjoy a fun, friendly, supportive environment to learn the magic and hilarity of following your impulses! 

Selkirk Sleuthing with Kerri Webb

Escape from Selkirk! Investigate puzzles, analyze riddles, and attempt to crack codes. Along the way, we will consider how our problem-solving strategies are the same as those used by mathematical giants. As a bonus, we will learn a simple-to-state problem that has stumped mathematicians for centuries. 

Beginner Fly Fishing with Kim Verigin

Best suited for those who have never picked up a fly rod or are just starting out. Learn some basic techniques for casting, setting up your fly line/reel and key knots. All equipment and supplies are provided but you can also bring your own if preferred. Full disclaimer: there are many styles and different ways to fly fish, I will simply show some of what I have learned to be effective. 

Acrylic Painting with Clancy Moonbeam

Participants will be guided through an uplifting step by step acrylic painting.  A chance to uncover your own unique and innate creativity, with the emphasis not on skill but on the joy in the process, and the therapeutic nature of creating.  No experience necessary. 

Session 2 Options - 11:15 am - 12:15 pm


Outdoor Safety & Preparedness with Milane Kutcher

Get Informed and Go Outdoors! We rarely head out for an outdoor adventure with the expectation that something will go wrong, and, most times, everything will go right. However, that one time that the unexpected happens…your investment in Trip Safety can mean the difference between a successful outcome and becoming a statistic. Though Canada’s scenery is breathtakingly beautiful, it also plays host to unpredictable and potentially dangerous terrain, weather and wildlife. 

Moodle Tips & Tricks with Chantal Lortie

This Teaching and Learning Center workshop will focus on "Tips and Tricks" instructors can use in Moodle. Topics covered may include course layout, enrollment, quizzes, groups, accessibility and more! 

Restorative Circle with Donna Wright

In this session, led by an ‘older one’, Donna Wright, you will spend time restoring with drumming. Donna Wright is a Métis Elder who identifies as Nehiyawak (Cree)/ Métis on her father’s side and Norwegian on her mother’s side. Connecting with community members and supporting families inspires her and brings her the greatest joy. Donna has volunteered and worked for a long-time with commitment to community and service. Donna offers a warm and welcoming presence with a good dose of humour.  

Neurodiversity in the College with Lisa Gates

Are you curious about the term 'neurodiversity'? Wondering how you can respond to and better understand the needs of folks who are identified as or self-identify as neurodivergent? Curious about terms like 'masking', or 'stim/ming'? Join us for an hour's exploration of terminology and come away with some practical things you can do to help people feel welcome. 

All Levels Yoga with Leah Jackson

This class will include movement through various yoga postures in a gentle flow. The first portion of the class will involve standing poses, with the second half moving into deeper stretches with longer holds. Accessible to all levels. 

Hocus Pocus with Rob Macrae

Join Rob Macrae for a look at the overlap between magic, teaching, and critical thinking. Audience participation expected. Bring a pencil and ruler. Rob retired as an instructor in the IEPT program last September and has been honing his magic skills for his grandkids' entertainment and for a future busking career. 

Session 3 Options - 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm


Forest Therapy: A Talk & A Walk with Carol Andrews

Forest Therapy, also known as Forest Bathing and Shinrin-Yoku, is a therapeutic practice that guides people to an inner state of relaxation and sensory restoration.  This session will introduce the participants to the benefits of this practice through a short indoor discussion, followed by a gentle, physically undemanding walk on a forest trail near the campus. Please wear appropriate footwear, and outdoor clothing. If you have ice and snow cleats or grips, please bring them along.  

Moving from Climate Anxiety to Transformative Action with Carmen Proctor & Cecelia Jaques from City of Nelson Climate Action Team 

Climate change is a complex, collective, and dynamic challenge that affects all aspects of community life, and there are many actions people can take to encourage sustainability.  The trouble is that different actions work differently to facilitate change, and some “climate solutions” end up falling short or resulting in unintentional consequences. In this interactive workshop, participants will learn about climate solutions available today, the importance of hopeful climate stories, and how to work smarter to create systems change for transformative climate action. 

Framing Our Place

Description to come. Bring walking shoes.

Transforming Ecological Grief to Action with Malin Christensson

Welcome to an experiential workshop based on The Work That Reconnects by Joanna Macy, PhD. We will create a trauma-informed safe space and try tools for self-regulation and co-regulation to gradually allows us to express the discomfortable feelings about climate change. The Work that Reconnects helps people transform despair and overwhelm into inspired, collaborative action. Malin Christensson has been teaching since she was director of studies at the Centre for Environment and Development Studies at Uppsala University, Sweden. She runs the outdoor school The Forest Path and has facilitated many ecological grief workshops in the tradition of Joanna Macy.  


Make Your Plans to Attend

On Tuesday, February 21, 2023, student and campus services may be reduced to support all employees to attend the Last Discovery Day. Employees are encouraged to discuss work plans for that day with their supervisor.


Every year, Discovery Day at Selkirk College features opportunities for staff learning and engagement through workshops and activities. That tradition continues, but this year’s event puts the very term “discovery” under the microscope, joining a national conversation about the Doctrine of Discovery and its repercussions.

Keynote speaker Sasha Mark will help us unveil the darker side of discovery and question whether Discovery Day is the best name for our annual professional development day. “Selkirk College is dedicated to promoting staff engagement—that won’t change—but we do want to examine whether we can and should choose a different name for this important day,” says Teaching & Learning Centre Department Head Theresa Southam.

Sasha Mark

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Sasha Mark (he/him/they/them) is a Cree-Métis stand-up comedian born and raised in Treaty 1 Territory now residing in so called “Vancouver.” He has done work with The Winnipeg Comedy Festival, Just For Laughs Vancouver, has two televised comedy docu-series coming out shortly and is most known for their work on APTN. 

Further Resources on the Doctrine of Discovery

Jeanette Armstrong speaking at Thompson Rivers University as part of the International Seminar on the Doctrine of Discovery. 

An overview from the Canadian Museum of Human Rights.