Thursday, April 13, 2017

Shared Understanding - a Presentation for Leading the Learning

"Why Aboriginal Education? and why now?"

(Use the "cog" to open the speaker notes for links and further information.)

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

REDPATCH - the story of an Aboriginal soldier in WWI

Inspired by the thousands of Aboriginal and First Nations soldiers

​A playlist of video shorts about this play:

REDPATCH is a historical drama that tells the story of a young Metis soldier from the Nuu-chah-nulth nation of Vancouver Island who volunteers to fight for Canada in the Great War. Set in both Canada and the battlefields of France, REDPATCH follows the experiences of this young Canadian soldier as he endures the First World War.
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Inspired by the thousands of Aboriginal and First Nations soldiers who fought for Canada during the Great War, Hardline Productions' dynamic new show is graciously supported by the Department of Canadian Heritage's World War Commemorations Community Fund.

Produced by Hardline Productions
With the generous support of Presentation House Theatre
Co-Written by Raes Calvert and Sean Harris Oliver


Senator Lillian Dyck comes to Surrey

Senator Lillian Dyck will be coming to speak at two of our secondary schools on Wednesday April 26th.

In the past, she has spoken about issues such as her own experience as a bi-cultural woman (Aboriginal and Chinese), residential schools, the work of a senator and other relevant topics.

Here are some links about her life and work:


14,000-year-old ice age village discovered

​lder than the Pyramids

A coastal village dating back to the last ice age has been discovered by researchers in western Canada.


Thursday, April 6, 2017

N'we Jinan - ‘We Live Here, We belong Here’

​Music video production comes to Surrey BC.​
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​n March of 2017, N'we Jinan came to Surrey and worked with high school and elementary school aged students to produce two remarkable music videos. The students themselves found the process to be life-changing, and the final product speaks volumes about the realities of living out Aboriginal identity in an urban setting.
The N'we Jinan Tour Is A Music Initiative
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that brings a mobile recording studio and a video production team into schools and youth centres across First Nation and Native American communities. The program offers youth the chance to create an original song and music video that explores relevant issues and topics while promoting positive messaging, community engagement and collective voice.


Monday, April 3, 2017

EMS & Semiahmoo Pow-Wow

A great opportunity to experience culture.

If you didn't have a chance to go to the Pow Wow at Earl Marriott this year, visit this link to watch the archived video of the morning activities from last Friday. Many good teachings and explanations from the MC, Francis James.

Looking for a book on Pow-Wow? Many school libraries have these two titles:

  • The song within my heart -  David Bouchard
  • The drum calls softly -  David Bouchard

Some additional online resources:

  1. My summer on the Pow Wow Trail (PDF)
  2. Canadian Encyclopedia
  3. Welcome to Pow-Wow Country
  4. Native Drums site