Monday, July 18, 2016

CMEC Aboriginal Education Symposium (June 2015)

Discussing relevant issues and sharing information on successful practices

    "The CMEC Aboriginal Education Symposium brought together new and experienced educators and Elders of Aboriginal ancestry from across Canada to discuss:
  •         how best to attract more people to teaching careers;
  •         how to encourage existing educators to remain in the profession;
  •         how to support students entering the field of education; and
  •         how to support all educators in their training and career development.

    For two full days, participants discussed their challenges and successes in relation to education, teacher training, and professional development. They also provided innovative advice on how to support Aboriginal post secondary students entering the field of education and ongoing support for experienced Aboriginal educators.

    Each province and territory was invited to send a delegation of six new or experienced educators of Aboriginal descent, as well as one Elder, to discuss relevant issues and share information on successful practices. On the final day, delegates met with education ministers and CMEC officials to participate in culminating activities, share innovative ideas, and listen to final thoughts.


Friday, July 15, 2016

Métis dancer Graham Kotowich

From jigging to ballet

Listen to this interview from CBC Radio:

"Graham Kotowich is a Métis ballet dancer who has enjoyed success on European stages and is now back in Canada to attend an Indigenous dance residency at Banff Centre. He started dancing at age seven and hasn't taken more than two weeks off since then. While he is classically trained, he's also taking the time to explore his love of Metis jigging. For him, the experience is about more than dancing: he's grateful he's been given an opportunity to express his personal creativity."


Monday, July 11, 2016

"All Our Relations" - Study

Phase 1 of the Surrey Urban Aboriginal Social Innovation Strategy


"The title of this report - All Our Relations - emphasizes a relational worldview shared by many Indigenous peoples and points to the many relationships that need to be created, strengthened or expanded in Surrey. The objective of the Surrey Urban Aboriginal Social Innovation Strategy is to build and strengthen relationships at all levels of the community so as to improve the economic participation, educational attainment, and health outcomes for the Aboriginal population in Surrey. Phase I of the project has helped to shine a light on the urban Aboriginal community in Surrey and some of the barriers or challenges that impede a positive experience of city life. Phase II of the project will be an opportunity to build on the findings and conclusions contained in this report in two significant ways."