This month, young people from Kashechewan First Nation arrived in Ottawa to ask that a proper elementary school be built in their community. Located on James Bay, students have been out of school this month as the portables where classes have been held for the past ten years have been declared moldy and unhealthy.Read More
On August 22, 2018, I was joined by my colleague Dr. John Doran for a free webinar called Selecting Resources with Indigenous Content. It was amazing to see the engagement from educators across the country!
Thank you to all those who attended. If you didn't get a chance, here is the link to the webinar. Scroll down the page to download the handout of resources that we created. All future webinars will now be posted under the webinar tab on my website.
Thank you to Dr. Doran for joining me! Special thanks also goes to Dr. Jean-Paul Restoule and Erika Finestone at the University of Victoria, and Christopher Lawley of Staffroom Wellness, for their support in getting this webinar off the ground! Stay tuned for more webinars in the 2018-2019 year!
I am VERY excited to announce that I will be hosting a free, 1-hour webinar called Selecting Resources with Indigenous Content on August 22nd. Sign up here to watch live at 7pm EST or to receive a link to the recording to view after!
I am excited to discuss how I vet resources from my perspective as a non-Indigenous person in this work, themes I look for, red flags I avoid, and to share my resource recommendations for all grade levels.
Thanks to the generosity of our friends at Natural Curiosity all who sign up will be entered to win a copy of their new resource which includes a focus on Indigenous perspectives on environmental inquiry in the classroom. You can see my review of the 2nd Edition of Natural Curiosity here.
Feel free to send the webinar sign up page to any of your colleagues and contact me here if you have any questions! See you on August 22nd!
Update: Please consider contacting Lisa Thompson, MPP, to share your thoughts on this.
I am concerned to hear about the cancellation of meetings on Friday at 4pm, due to start tomorrow, to bring Indigenous perspectives further into the Ontario curriculum. My understanding is that educators, including knowledge keepers and Elders set aside time to do this work and heard about this cancellation last minute. This is not the treatment that they deserve, after agreeing to come to the table.
This does not feel positive for building relationships.
We cannot go backwards in this work. I am thankful for all the educators out there who are dedicated to Indigenous education, and incorporating Indigenous perspectives. We cannot, we will not, forget about all the gains that have been made.
From 2011 to 2016 Dr. John Doran (Mi'kmaq - Shubenacadie) and I gave workshops to over 6000 teacher candidates at at OISE about Indigenous histories, current events, and pedagogies. Their interest and passion was palpable. You can't close those floodgates.
Textbook companies are on board. Good publishers are on board. Teacher education programs are taking steps. Educators, unions, admins can make the choices to keep this work in the spotlight. To hire Indigenous colleagues and knowledge keepers.
There are amazing resources out there by groundbreaking Indigenous authors. There are booksellers, like Goodminds.com.