Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Completing the Circle - (ONLC - Ontario Native Literacy Coalition)

T
​he Medicine Wheel as an organizing principle

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The Completing the Circle: Teaching Our First Teachers program is a flexible course designed for Aboriginal adults who want to help their children's literacy development and who are interested in talking about their parenting strategies. The program consists of eight sessions which include detailed Facilitator's Notes and a full set of handouts that can be copied and used with the participants.
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Monday, April 9, 2018

Coast Salish Transformation Stories

​Geographical features and their connection to Transformer stories.

​To find out more about the role of Transformers, take a look at the
 Sto:lo-Coast Salish Historical Atlas
​: there are ​
 a couple of pages that
​explain more
 about transformation sites. (p6, p8)
​ 



As well, here are some articles with background
​ info​
​to
 explore:


  *   http://www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/spirits-stolo-ancestors-live-fraser-valley-landmarks-1.4074785
  *   http://digitalsqewlets.ca/sxwoxwiyam/mtcheam-eng.php
  *   http://www.srrmcentre.com/StoneTxwelatse/13MtCheam.html
  *   http://www.sfu.museum/time/en/panoramas/long-back/transformer-sites/
  *   https://belowbc.wordpress.com/2014/10/16/xaytem-historical-site-and-the-hatzic-rock/
  *   https://books.google.ca/books?id=qaoOImioW08C&lpg=PA246&ots=5soCq63gvS&dq=map%20of%20salish%20transformation%20sites&pg=PA246#v=onepage&q=map%20of%20salish%20transformation%20sites&f=false

See also: (Especially Chapter 7. Transformer Stories, Flood Stories, Travel, and Viewscapes: )
http://www.clearairbc.ca/visibility/Documents/Aboriginalperspectives.pdf

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

SFU Academic Summer Day Camp for Aboriginal Students 2018

​Provide
 a solid foundation in Math, Science
​&
 English in preparation for success in post
​-​
secondary

http://www.sfu.ca/mathcatcher/math-camp/2018_camp.html



This year's camp is taking place at SFU Burnaby Campus between July 3rd - 27th, 2018. The camp is organized and supported by the SFU Office for Aboriginal Peoples, the Pacific Institute for Mathematical Sciences, the SFU Indigenous Student Centre, and the SFU Department of Mathematics. 

(read testimonials here: http://www.sfu.ca/mathcatcher/math-camp/2018_camp/testimonials.html )


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Bannock: A brief history

"Bannock and fry bread are often seen as quintessential Indigenous foods on Turtle Island - they find their way onto "Indigenous" menus all around the country at food trucks, at pow wows, and even fine dining restaurants. … So how did bannock/fry bread become so ubiquitous among Indigenous cultures here?"



​For more: ​

http://www.cbc.ca/radio/unreserved/bannock-wild-meat-and-indigenous-food-sovereignty-1.3424436/bannock-a-brief-history-1.3425549
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Friday, March 2, 2018

First Peoples - Perspectives on Urban Belonging

​Surrey's Vital Signs 2018​
http://www.surreycares.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/2018-SurreyCares-First-Peoples-VitalSigns-For-Publish.pdf


F
​rom the preface to the report:

At SurreyCares, we believe that greater awareness is the
​ ​
first step toward improving connections and relationships
​ ​
in our community. These links are the foundation of every
​ ​
cohesive, inclusive community, small or large.
​ ​
This report aims to help residents of Surrey better understand
​ ​
the lived experience of our Aboriginal neighbours. It opens
​ ​
the door to more dialogue and learning. And it provides
​ ​
local planners, service providers, policy-makers, funders,
​ ​
fund holders, and philanthropists with information and
​ ​
insights. We trust this knowledge will translate into policies,
​ ​
programs, and grants addressing the needs expressed by
​ ​
First Peoples.

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Taking Your Seat at the Fire - ERAC

​Culturally
 responsive resources


​ 
"Taking Your Seat at the Fire" continues the conversation around culturally responsive resources. Leona Prince, Professional Learning Team Member, shares with us ways in which we embed Aboriginal perspectives into all parts of the curriculum in a meaningful and authentic manner.
​View the video on the ERAC site for
 a quick tour of ERAC resources that can be used to support Aboriginal perspectives.

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Metis: The Flower Beadwork People from Surrey Museum

Surrey Museum comes to class!​
https://www.surrey.ca/culture-recreation/25854.aspx

​Book a presentation to come to your class:​

​"​
Explore the Métis culture and how this distinct nation joins European and Indigenous traditions to create a unique set of values, language, music, dance and art. Students will handle artifacts, recreate a buffalo hunt, and dance a Métis jig. To register, call 604-592-6956 and press "0" or read the full registration details. If you would like more information on programs, please email us at heritageschools@surrey.ca.=

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

#Next150 Challenge -> "On Whose Land"

​"​
We all have a role to play in Reconciliation
​"​

https://next150.indianhorse.ca/challenges/on-whose-land
​"​
The #Next150 challenge is all about setting a different tone in 2018 than what we've seen in the first 150 years of our country. Throughout 2018, we will be releasing new challenges for you to take part in that we hope will push your thinking and your understanding of Indigenous issues forward. Whether you're Indigenous or non-Indigenous, educated on the subject or new on this journey, we welcome you to the #Next150 challenge and we believe you will gain something through participating. Our challenges will be issued by respected community leaders and activists in Canada. We hope that you find value in taking on each challenge and if you do, we ask that you share your learning with your friends and your network.
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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Excerpts by Drew Hayden Taylor

A
​ man with a few things to say
​Drew Hayden Taylor opines on the topic of identity, culture and authenticity...read from these four articles...

"​
An Ojibway
​ man​
from the Curve Lake First Nations in Ontario, DHT has a way with the written word. ​
He
​ ​
is
​ ​
an award-winning playwright, a journalist/columnist, short-story writer, novelist,
​ ​
TV
​ ​
scriptwriter, and documentary writer. ​Most recently, Douglas & McIntyre published a collection of his Native themed science fiction short stories, titled
​"Take us to your Chief and other stories".
 

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Richard Wagamese Quotes to Ponder

"We are story. All of us.
"
https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/321537.Richard_Wagamese


One of my favourite authors, with so much to say. Here is a link to some of his great quotes - although when you read his work, almost every page is quotable!

"All that we are is story. From the moment we are born to the time we continue on our spirit journey, we are involved in the creation of the story of our time here. It is what we arrive with. It is all we leave behind. We are not the things we accumulate. We are not the things we deem important. We are story. All of us. What comes to matter then is the creation of the best possible story we can while we're here; you, me, us, together. When we can do that and we take the time to share those stories with each other, we get bigger inside, we see each other, we recognize our kinship – we change the world, one story at a time…" 

― Richard Wagamese

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