Wet’suwet’en Nation & the Unist'ot'en camp

Last month I was overcome with feelings of sadness and anger as I watched armed RCMP confront the Unist'ot'en camp, in order to enforce a court order on behalf of an oil and gas company. As the images spread across social media and the news, many Indigenous folks on Twitter and who have a public platform like Jesse Wenteand Tanya Talaga (in a piece now removed from The Toronto Star's website) declared Reconciliation to be over. Some argued Recompilation never began. 

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New FREE Webinar: Indigenous Perspectives Through Art Across the Curriculum

I am excited to announce the third installment of the Kikinoo’amaagoowin Webinar Series: Indigenous Perspectives Through Art Across the Curriculum

Click here to join us for FREE on Thursday January 31st at 7pm EST OR sign up to receive the recording for free.


Are you looking for meaningful ways to bring Indigenous understandings of art into your teaching practice?  Are you interested in Indigenous art, but have questions and concerns about appropriation and how to avoid it? Are you looking for resources that can assist you in sharing these concepts with your students?

This month Becky Greenhow from School District 79 Cowichan on Vancouver Island will be sharing her experience with including Indigenous perspectives in classrooms through Coast Salish art. She will share concrete examples from an ongoing Pilot Project in Kindergarten all the way through to Grade 12, and across diverse subject areas like Science, Social Science, Writing, Math, and Fine Arts. She will also discuss ways to make this work accessible to students who hold a variety of skills and who experience different accessibility barriers. 

Becky Greenhow Bio:

Becky Greenhow is a guest in Coast Salish territory, who lives on the lands of the Malahat, learns on that of Cowichan Tribes, and works in view of the Halalt nation. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree and Graduate Diploma in Education from Simon Fraser University, and is currently employed in School District 79 Cowichan Valley as a Grade 5/6 classroom teacher.

For 19 years, she has been a highly motivated teacher, dedicated to create an inquiry-based environment for her students, to support them in their learning, and to encourage their strengths and passions. 

In collaboration with the Salish Weave Collection in Victoria and a small team of educators in the Cowichan Valley, Becky is currently working on a pilot project aimed at developing resources to enable teachers to integrate Indigenous perspectives across the curricula and at all grade levels through the use of contemporary Coast Salish works of art.

Teaching Treaties Webinar Available to view! (FREE!)

Last month, Alan Ojiig Corbiere, Bne doodem (Ruffed Grouse Clan) joined us to speak about Pre-Confederation Treaties in Ontario associated with the Anishnaabe.  The video is now available for you and your students to view for free! I hope you find it as eye opening as I did. 

Alan has extensive knowledge of these treaties, and he shared information which goes beyond any school-aged resource that I have encountered so far. He emphasized the importance of teaching the perspectives of both Nations involved in any particular treaty and spoke about Anishnaabe ways of remembering, recording, decoding, and reciting treaties. He also covered a number of different agreements including the Dish with One Spoon. I hope this recording will be helpful to you and possibly your students as you deepen your knowledge about treaties.

Looking for more information on teaching about Treaties?
See my past posts:
How do I teach about treaties?
Under One Sun - Teaching Treaties in Kindergarten
Kayak Magazine's "We Are All Treaty People" Issue

Upcoming Webinars
Coming in January and February, Dr. Restoule and I are planning two new webinars:

- Integrating Indigenous ways of knowing into Mathematics Teaching
- Focusing on Indigenous Art in the Classroom

Stay tuned for the announcement about dates and times! 

Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada

This fall, Canadian Geographic released the Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada, four volumes of maps, articles, timelines, and images which were compiled in partnership with the Assembly of First Nations, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, Métis National Council, the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, and Indspire. I have spent the last four weeks pouring over them and I still have not read right through, a testament to the large amount of compelling and up-to-date information contained in each.

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