Tuesday, October 25, 2016

“The Feather”, our AbEd memo

​Links from our Tuesday AbEd memo "The Feather"

Featured Five
Our Aboriginal Resource Centre (ARC) is seeing more interest recently with the addition of the weekly "Featured Five" email that goes out to Teacher-Librarians and helping teachers. We are encouraging teachers to contact Cathy Norton to borrow titles. Our catalog can be viewed online at :

First Voices
"First Voices" offers word lists and phrase books for a number of BC First Languages. Follow this link to access Halq'eméylem phrasebooks:


Halloween book displays and respectful representation.

Trick or Treat!

As October 31st draws near, the conversation often turns to the question of appropriate costumes, which includes issues of cultural appropriation and misrepresentation. This is especially true of “Aboriginal costumes.”

As you select books for your Halloween display, you might want to consider if those books have respectful images of Indigenous people.

Typically, these costumes take elements from various Nations (i.e. Native designs or symbols, head dresses, medicine bags, etc.) and weave them together in a mishmash meant to be “Indian.” However, regalia has specific and often spiritual significance. Wearing it in a haphazard or inappropriate way trivializes its meaning. In addition, because Indigenous culture has a history of being eroded and repressed in mainstream society, treating identity as a “costume” is simply another form of that erosion. Just as wearing a grab-bag of liturgical vestments from a variety of religions would be seen as bad taste, so too is wearing an “Aboriginal” costume.

--  Food for thought as we get ready for the Trick-or-treaters.


Thursday, October 20, 2016

First Nations Innovation and Decolonization using ICT - Rob McMahon

​Lecture Series on Aboriginal Issues​


Across Canada, expressions of Indigenous resurgence are taking place in a range of fields, including culture and language revitalization, economic development, and education. My postdoctoral research with the First Nations Innovation project at the University of New Brunswick studies these initiatives in the area of information and communication technology (ICT). Partnering with regional non-profit First Nations broadband organizations in Quebec, Ontario and Atlantic Canada, we are researching how First Nations people are shaping and using ICT. Many people reading this will know about Idle No More, which is one example of how Indigenous peoples use digital ICT. The First Mile website showcases other ways that First Nations are appropriating these tools. In this presentation, we provide an introduction to some of this work.

Other resources: 


Aboriginal-Canadian Veterans Day

Remembering those who served

Elders and Aboriginal soldiers in the uniform of the
Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War. 

(Photo: Library and Archives Canada PA-041366)

November 8th is recognized by Aboriginal groups across the country as "Aboriginal Veterans' Day." While schools would not likely choose to observe this day separately, Socials teachers may want to highlight some of the information provided below in the lead up to Remembrance Day observances in their school. Some of the sites are available in French and English and are indicated with a (FR).

Aboriginal-Canadian Veterans
Anciens combattants canadiens autochtones (FR)

Learn about Indigenous Veterans
http://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/fra/1303129235933/1303130595693 (FR)

Aboriginal Veterans' Day

Indigenous Inquiry Kit on Aboriginal veteran​s​

Aboriginal People in the Canadian Military
http://www.cmp-cpm.forces.gc.ca/dhh-dhp/pub/boo-bro/abo-aut/chapter-chapitre-05-fra.asp (FR)

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Grade 7 Métis Cross-Curricular Teacher Guide

essons that focus on the Métis people 

The Grade 7 Métis Cross-Curricular Teacher Guide was created to assist teachers in delivering lessons that focus on the Métis people of British Columbia. There are almost 70,000 Métis people in British Columbia and of that over 21,000 are of elementary school age. Métis people settled in B.C. over the last two hundred years and are a large part of the Aboriginal population in British Columbia.