Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Canada's Residential Schools on Google Earth

​Stories and Places​

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A Google map that allows users to see the number of schools and their distribution across the country, along with quotes from survivors. 

"The residential school system is older than Confederation itself, having lasted from 1831 to 1996, and represents a dark aspect of Canadian history. These government-sponsored, church-run schools aimed to assimilate Indigenous children by taking them away from their families and forcibly eradicating their cultural identity. Residential schools have left a horrible legacy that survivors, communities and families are still struggling to overcome and heal from to this day."


Monday, December 4, 2017

Musqueam Teaching Resource

​Learn more about this local First Nation​

​From the kit:
  • "Learn about Musqueam culture and history from Musqueam people. 
  • "Understand the important role of language and stories in communicating knowledge through exposure to hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ stories and place names. 
  • "Familiarize yourself with Musqueam's ancestral territory, our ancient roots, and the efforts we continue to exert to safeguard our home and our future.​

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Finding Focus: Framing Canadian Métis and First Nations on Film

A Resource Guide for High School Educators

​This is an excellent resource for capturing student interest - the book includes a DVD.​

This book features 15 chapters, each focusing on a short film 30 minutes or less, dealing with Métis and First Nations issues. Topics for discussion are included in Before ViewingDuringViewing and After Viewing sections with a focus on established Curriculum Connections.


Monday, November 6, 2017

Explore traditional Aboriginal sports

 cultural traditions, athleticism, and personal well-being in today's Aboriginal youth


Warrior Games is a youth-oriented television series that explores traditional Aboriginal sports through the eyes of gregarious host and apprentice, Steve Sxwithul'txw. Each week, Steve travels to a new territory and meets with Aboriginal youth who mentor him in their traditional as well as contemporary sports. As Steve trains
, he also discovers a deeper understanding of the culture, history and identity of the youth he eventually competes against. Warrior Games will showcase the extraordinary cultural traditions, athleticism, and personal well-being in today's Aboriginal youth.


Thursday, October 19, 2017

"Culture is not a costume."

​Halloween is a teaching opportunity ​

The VSB offers some tips for addressing cultural appropriation and costuming ideas:

The autumn season is upon us, and soon it will be Halloween. This time of year brings with it decisions on costume
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choice. While dressing up is meant to be fun and exciting, it also runs the risk of offending others with costumes
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that are offensive to other cultures. Halloween offers the
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opportunity to discuss costume choices with both
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colleagues and students We need to encourage others not to mimic cultural,
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racial or
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ethnic groups.


Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Coiled, Twined and Woven: Weavings of the Coast Salish People

he relationship between environment, natural resources and tradition

​From the Glenbow Museum ​lesson plan archive:

At the end of this lesson, students will be able to:
 Look critically at artifacts to compare and contrast various ways of weaving.
 Understand that the relationship between environment, natural resources and tradition in the Coast Salish culture.
 Experiment with various materials to create a woven artwork


Monday, October 2, 2017

Significant and richly informative archaeological studies

Archaeology of the Lower Fraser River Region
(PDF - SFU Library Digital Publishing)

Synopsis:  a number of significant and richly informative archaeological studies have been conducted within the Lower Fraser River Region of southwestern British Columbia. As a result, a great deal has been revealed and learned about pre-contact period and early post-contact period human occupation, settlement, and use of natural resources.  These have been consolidated in an ebook (PDF) from SFU digital publishing. Read the book online, or download the PDF.


Thursday, September 28, 2017

Orange Shirt Day, Every Child Matters

Show your Support on Friday, September 29 

Show support for those who attended residential schools across Canada. As September 30th falls on a Saturday this year, organizations are encouraged to show their support on Friday, September 29th. I encourage everyone who wishes to participate to wear orange next Friday and show your support! 
For more information visit http://www.orangeshirtday.org/about.html
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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Artist Talk with Marianne Nicolson | City of Surrey

Artist Talk with Marianne Nicolson - October 26, 2017 



Marianne Nicolson will talk about her practice in relation to her new work developed for UrbanScreen, The Way In Which It Was Given to Us. She will be joined in conversation by writer Siku Allooloo. The event will open with Semiahmoo welcoming remarks by Roxanne Charles.


Surrey Art Gallery, 13750 88 Avenue

Date & Time:
October 26, 2017 
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM




Monday, September 25, 2017

First Nations Research Guide

​Accessing the BC Archives ​


This guide is intended to help researchers locate material on British Columbia First Nations at​ ​the BC Archives as well as to provide referrals​ ​to related resources available elsewhere. It is not​ ​meant to be a general research guide on the subject, which is both broad in scope and complex
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in terms of the records available. Some introductory works and general​ ​guides are listed
​ ​as well as some useful internet resources. Call numbers have been provided for items in our​ ​collection. The urls for linked items can be found in Appendix 2.