Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Haida and Coast Salish Art - side-by-side

Haida Art

“Haida art is recognized around the world for its monumental totem poles and sculptures; fine carving in wood, metal and slate; and weaving. Through countless generations, Haida artists have developed a system of design, which they apply to both sculptural forms and two-dimensional art. It is this system, including the treatment of line and the use of recurring design elements that distinguishes Haida art.” VirtualMuseum.ca

Haida style: formline:

Coast Salish Art

The Coast Salish style present at this time is characterized by the use of concentric circles and ovals, negative crescents (shaped like parentheses) and negative trigons (three-pointed convex triangles).

A video project that covers a basic overview of Coast Salish art styles.

Monday, February 27, 2017

National Aboriginal Role Model Program

"Lead Your Way": ​Colour Posters for download​

Visit the site to download posters and read about these individuals.

The National Aboriginal Role Model Program celebrates the accomplishments of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis youth aged 13 to 30. Lead Your Way! inspires Aboriginal youth to strive to reach their goals.

Each year, 12 Aboriginal role models are selected for their achievements, leadership, and innovation, who are nominated by their peers. Throughout the year, the role models will attend celebrations, school functions, workshops, and conferences to share their stories with other Aboriginal youth.


Beyond Words: Racism-free schools for Aboriginal Learners

Vision of the BCTF Task Force on First Nations Education
Each child has a gift. Look for that gift

BCTF Task Force on First Nations Education

Each child has a gift. Look for that gift, and nurture it. Strengthen the spirit of the child and help him/her to find balance and ways of being that are rooted in land, community, and culture. Help the child to succeed in education and career, as well as choice of lifestyle, grounded in language and culture. Provide an opportunity for the child to have a choice of how and where to live and work. What is success? The mandate of the task force was to make recommendations that contribute to the success of Aboriginal students. "What is success?" was a question widely discussed in the many meetings held by task force members.

​Follow the link for the entire document.​

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Ressources numériques autochtones pour bibliothécaires

This is the slide deck from a presentation I did for French Immersion teacher librarians.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Musqueam artist Susan Point opens show at VAG

contribution to Coast Salish culture

​"Susan ​
Point's career has been one of not only rediscovering what had been lost, but also making her own contemporary contribution to Coast Salish culture.
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Ian Thom, the VAG's senior curator—historical and co-curator of the exhibition with Audain curator of B.C. art Grant Arnold, said that before Point, no one else was producing modern Coast Salish art.
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"This is a fundamentally important point in the history of modern Coast Salish art movement," he said referring to the print Salmon during a media preview Thursday.
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"Not only (is she) a great pioneer. She's doing work that in traditional First Nations culture is reserved for men, not women."

Monday, February 20, 2017

Community Event - Aboriginal Understandings Presentation

This is the slide deck from the Community Event help at REC.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

History of the Métis Jig and basic lessons

​Learn the origins of Métis Dance​

Combining ​First Nations, Scottish, Irish and French Canadian forms, this dance style is a key element of Métis cultural identity.

More on how to dance here: