December 4 – 5, 2008 at Sty-Wet-Tan, UBC First Nations Longhouse
Conference Report: Coming together to share, listen, and learn
The aim of this report is to feature highlights of the Inaugural Collaborative Canadian Prison- Academic-Community Health and Education conference which was held at Sty-Wet-Tan, the UBC First Nations Longhouse, on December 4th and 5th, 2008. The conference was organized by the Collaborating Centre (Division) for Prison Health and Education of the University of British Columbia (UBC), Simon Fraser University (SFU) & Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (NVIT). The 2008 conference vision, ‘Coming together to share, listen and learn’, served to promote the exchange of knowledge and learning between policy makers, researchers, prison members and community members on promising practices and initiatives aimed to improve prison health and education. The conference mission, consistent with a mandate of social accountability, fostered collaborative partnerships between academics and community. Approximately 150 delegates attended, Canadian and international, with a broad scope of interest and experience in prison health and education.
The conference was hosted by the UBC First Nations Longhouse – ‘a unique building that reflects the architectural traditions of the Northwest Coast and enables Aboriginal people to share their knowledge and culture with one another, with the university community and with the wider community as a whole.’ The Longhouse served as a distinctive environment that greatly enriched the experience of the event.