Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Handbook for Aboriginal Mentoring: what. why. how. who?

​Helping Youth survive
 and flourish

​his handbook, prepared by Alberta Children's Services, offers perspectives and strategies for supporting Aboriginal youth using mentoring.
Aboriginal wisdom suggests that there are certain things without which young people cannot survive and flourish. Mentoring is one of them (Weinberger, 1999). Although the term mentor is uncommon in Aboriginal communities, the concept of mentoring is not. Mentoring preserves a way of life based on spirituality, sacredness, reciprocity, education and social responsibility by helping to integrate cultural factors that preserve and protect the health and well-being of the young (Weinberger, 1999). Mentoring is a primary intervention to prevent or address many of the problems that youth face today. By supporting and redirecting young people, mentoring focuses attention on successful behaviours and encourages the attainment of potential, provides direct assistance to young people, promotes school achievement and helps youth to avoid violence and abstain from drugs and alcohol.


Plans to rename National Aboriginal Day to National Indigenous Peoples Day

A ​
milestone in building the nation-to-nation relationship.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau marked National Aboriginal Day by promising to strip the name of a residential schools proponent from a federal building and to rename the annual occasion as National Indigenous Peoples Day.

Trudeau also formally announced that 100 Wellington St. in Ottawa, a heritage building and former U.S. embassy, will become a space dedicated to Inuit, Métis and First Nations communities. 

During an event outside the building located across from Parliament Hill, Trudeau said there has never been a space dedicated to Indigenous peoples.


Friday, June 16, 2017

Indspire hosted Webinars on Indigenous Education

how to integrate Aboriginal culture

​Multiple archived webinars on a range of topics of interest to those working to integrate Indigenous content and perspectives into their instruction.

Topics are wide ranging:
  1. Supporting Métis content
  2. Cree language revitalization
  3. Aboriginal literature
  4. Lifeskills
  5. Medicine Wheel teachings
  6. Canoe as a teaching tool


"Indigenous Canada" free course @ University of Alberta

plore key issues facing Indigenous peoples today

Build your understanding
​ and deepen your knowledge about Aboriginal issues:​

Indigenous Canada is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) that explores Indigenous histories and contemporary issues in Canada. 

From an Indigenous perspective, this course explores key issues facing Indigenous peoples today from a historical and critical perspective highlighting national and local Indigenous-settler relations.

Indigenous Canada is for students from faculties outside the Faculty of Native Studies with an interest in acquiring a basic familiarity with Aboriginal/non-Aboriginal relationships.


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

KAIROS Blanket Exercise Resource Centre

n interactive learning experience
​that is often misunderstood

​Find out more about this powerful activity that helps participants understand the impact of contact on ​Indigenous peoples. (There is also an intro video on the site.)

Blanket Exercise participants take on the roles of Indigenous peoples in Canada. Standing on blankets that represent the land, they walk through pre-contact, treaty-making, colonization and resistance. They are directed by facilitators representing a narrator (or narrators) and the European colonizers. Participants are drawn into the experience by reading scrolls and carrying cards which ultimately determine their outcomes. By engaging on an emotional and intellectual level, the Blanket Exercise effectively educates and increases empathy. Ideally, the exercise is followed by a debriefing session in which participants have the opportunity to discuss the experience as a group.


Thursday, May 25, 2017

Indigenous Music Awards 2017

​And the winners are...​

​on't know what ​musicians to follow? This page reviews the winners and the categories so you can be "in the know."

Hosted by country artists Kimberley Dawn and Jerry Sereda, the event kicked off with an exclusive red carpet entrance and treated the audience of 1,400 to performances by Crystal Shawanda, Northern Cree, Fred Penner, Mariame, Felipe Gomez, Christa Couture, and Chante Assiniboine and the Spirit Horse Singers. All told, 15 awards were handed out, including a much-deserved lifetime achievement honour for traditional powwow group Northern Cree.


Thursday, April 13, 2017

Shared Understanding - a Presentation for Leading the Learning

"Why Aboriginal Education? and why now?"

(Use the "cog" to open the speaker notes for links and further information.)

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

REDPATCH - the story of an Aboriginal soldier in WWI

Inspired by the thousands of Aboriginal and First Nations soldiers

​A playlist of video shorts about this play:

REDPATCH is a historical drama that tells the story of a young Metis soldier from the Nuu-chah-nulth nation of Vancouver Island who volunteers to fight for Canada in the Great War. Set in both Canada and the battlefields of France, REDPATCH follows the experiences of this young Canadian soldier as he endures the First World War.
​ ​
Inspired by the thousands of Aboriginal and First Nations soldiers who fought for Canada during the Great War, Hardline Productions' dynamic new show is graciously supported by the Department of Canadian Heritage's World War Commemorations Community Fund.

Produced by Hardline Productions
With the generous support of Presentation House Theatre
Co-Written by Raes Calvert and Sean Harris Oliver


Senator Lillian Dyck comes to Surrey

Senator Lillian Dyck will be coming to speak at two of our secondary schools on Wednesday April 26th.

In the past, she has spoken about issues such as her own experience as a bi-cultural woman (Aboriginal and Chinese), residential schools, the work of a senator and other relevant topics.

Here are some links about her life and work:


14,000-year-old ice age village discovered

​lder than the Pyramids

A coastal village dating back to the last ice age has been discovered by researchers in western Canada.