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Education for Reconciliation [clear filter]
Thursday, February 22
 

10:30

Indigenous Alberta: The Footsteps of Our Ancestors
This workshop will introduce participants to the rich Indigenous cultural and linguistic diversity of Alberta. Topics will include: terminology related to identity, recognition of treaty territory, significant ancestral landscapes related to locations of celebrations and annual ceremonies that come to life through song and dance.

Speakers

Thursday February 22, 2018 10:30 - 12:00
L 1170 University Library, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

12:30

The Blanket Exercise
The Blanket Exercise is a participatory workshop in which educators will experience over 500 years of history by taking on the roles of Indigenous peoples in Canada. Standing on blankets that represent the land, they will walk through time and explore the impacts of colonization, treaty-making, and modern legislation. By engaging participants on an emotional and intellectual level, this workshop is a powerful tool for increasing empathy and understanding.


Thursday February 22, 2018 12:30 - 16:00
L 1170A University Library, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

14:30

Truth and Reconciliation: ArtShare Project
Art Project between Tatsikiisaapo'p Middle School, Kainai Board of Education and Sir John Franklin Middle School, Calgary Board of Education evolves into other collaborations.

The key purpose of this project is to support the Blackfoot Indigenous youth involved who face and have overcome adversity in their young lives through their resiliency-through arts based learning and collaboration with their non-Indigenous peers. Thus the Truth and Reconciliation piece is a key component to supporting, guiding and sustaining this project. Collaboration between the two groups has created opportunities for the students to gain foundational knowledge of Blackfoot culture, through the voices and the lens of the youth. It also provides a safe space for both groups to inquire, learn together and increase the knowledge and awareness of who the Blackfoot people are and how the historical relationship between Canada and the First Nations people has impacted all generations - inter-generationally -including the group we are working with. The hope is that by addressing and exploring past, and present issues between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada with these two groups - we will help to break down any barriers, stereo types and open up a space for respect and understanding. Information on past and present collaborations will be presented.

Speakers
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Andrea Fox

Andrea Fox is the Principal of FNMI education with Lethbridge School District #51. Andrea has worked for many years to advance health and wellness as priorities for school communities and has been a feature speaker at past Ever Active Schools events for teachers and students.


Thursday February 22, 2018 14:30 - 16:00
TH 373 Turcotte Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4
 
Friday, February 23
 

10:30

Exploring Canadian Educators’ Responsibilities Regarding International and National Commitments to Indigenous Peoples
With the conclusion of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the release of the TRC Calls to Action, there is increased awareness that Indigenous education needs to be front and centre. This interactive workshop will unpack the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and discuss the role of educators in meeting the commitment made by the Canadian government to the Indigenous peoples of Canada and the world. This workshop will also connect the objectives of UNDRIP with the TRC Calls to Action in order to ensure schools acknowledge their responsibilities towards FNMI students and communities.

Speakers
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Michelle Hawks

Michelle Hawks is a doctoral student in Educational Policy Studies at the University of Alberta, and the Global Education Team (GET) Coordinator for the Centre for Global Citizenship Education and Research (CGCER).


Friday February 23, 2018 10:30 - 12:00
M 1030 Markin Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

10:30

Indigenous Ways of Knowing
This workshop is designed to be an introduction to some basic First Nations, Métis and Inuit worldviews, cultural beliefs and values. It is neither a comprehensive nor exhaustive exploration of Indigenous ways of knowing, but rather a series of focused conversation starters for groups of educators engaged in reconciliation. The foundational knowledge activities are to support educators through the concepts of reconciliation as part of ongoing professional learning. The intent is to build awareness and curiosity in teachers to explore more on their own. Worldviews and Ways of Knowing are like stones thrown into the water from which other circles grow. Learning about the traditional and contemporary experiences unique to First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples helps to gain understanding and appreciation.

Speakers

Friday February 23, 2018 10:30 - 12:00
L 1170B University Library, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

12:30

Making the First Nations, Metis and Inuit Policy Framework work in your classroom.
Topic: This presentation addresses how educators can more effectively use the First Nations, Metis and Inuit Policy Framework in their classrooms.
Summary: This presentation will review my doctoral research in which I examine the effectiveness of the First Nations, Metis and Inuit Policy Framework. A number of the topics that I will be speaking about will include: the introduction to the study, the literature review, how this research differs from previous research, the conclusions, recommendations and practical application ideas for educators to more effectively integrate the policy framework into their classroom. I will use group work in two ways. First, audience members will be asked to share primary or secondary stories that relate back to the presentation topic in order to help the audience better understand the negative realities that Aboriginal People currently face. Second, the audience will be challenged to think of additional ways that my finding and recommendations can be implemented into schools. Last, the audience will share with one another their ideas. Educators will know that they are not alone in finding ways to enact the policy framework in their classrooms. Similar policy frameworks exist throughout Canada, and this presentation can benefit every educator.

Speakers
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Tiffany Prete

Tiffany Prete is a member of the Blood Tribe of the Blackfoot Confederacy. She is a recent graduate from the University of Alberta, where she received her Doctor of Philosophy in Indigenous Peoples Education. Her dissertation examined the First Nations, Metis and Inuit policy fra... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2018 12:30 - 14:00
TH 373 Turcotte Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

12:30

Collective Memories: Braiding Our Stories Through History
This workshop is designed to be an introduction to historical implications of concepts of assimilation through understanding of the policies and legislations between the Crown and Indigenous peoples. By understanding history through an Indigenous lens, short and long term impacts of forced assimilation policies will be revealed. Understanding these historical policies and legislations will contribute to the advancement of reconciliation. This workshop is not intended to be a comprehensive nor exhaustive exploration of Indigenous history in Canada. The intent is to build awareness and curiosity in teachers to explore more on their own.

Speakers

Friday February 23, 2018 12:30 - 14:00
L 1170B University Library, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4