POSSIBLE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES / EVENTS

MAY 2017

ROYAL ROADS UNIVERSITY 

Wild Teas: A Field Trip – Facilitator: Jay Rastogi – May 28, 2016

Spend an afternoon walking the field and woods, observing and gathering wild plants which can be used to make tea (technically herbal infusions). The diversity and abundance of plants for herbal teas is great and, other than some wild berries, perhaps the easiest of wild plants to incorporate into your food habits. Learn plant identification plus wild foraging ethics and skills. Bring a cup and drink in the wild!

secure.royalroads.ca/cscourses/wild-teas-a-field-trip

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UNIVERSITY OF VICTORIA PROGRAMS

Indigenous Language I – Introduction to SENCOTEN Water and Land – Taught Dr. Nick Claxton, Lekwungen, & SENCOTEN knowledge keepers. IED 159 – A01, 31444

Contact Janna Wilson Program Coordinator, Cultural Management Programs, Division of Continuing Studies for course outline and dates.  Running throughout May, mostly Friday evenings and Saturdays (& one Sunday) to accommodate working professionals. T: 250-721-8504 E: calr@uvic.ca  W: continuingstudies.uvic.ca/CALR

www.uvic.ca/BAN1P/bwckctlg.p_disp_listcrse?term_in=201705&subj_in=IED&crse_in=159&schd_in=

Special Studies: Alenenec LTE – 31416 – IED 299 – A01

www.uvic.ca/BAN1P/bwckctlg.p_disp_listcrse?term_in=201705&subj_in=IED&crse_in=299&schd_in=

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JUNE 2017

ROYAL ROADS UNIVERSITY 

The Apothecary Garden Facilitator: Wendy Morton – Jun 17, 2017 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Long time gardening enthusiast Wendy Morton is keen to share her unique garden and vast knowledge in this creative, enjoyable lesson. In the span of the afternoon, she will show you how to concoct some fragrant oils and floral waters (e.g. rose water, rose hip seed oil, calendula oil, lavender oil) as well as safe cleaning solutions. All of these items are made from what she grows in her garden. This is hands-on, so please bring an apron. Location:  Sooke, BC $30.00 + GST

secure.royalroads.ca/cscourses/the-apothecary-garden

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DR. BROKENLEG SOCIAL & EMOTIONAL LEARNING SERIES

Based on traditional Indigenous practices, Dr. Brokenleg demonstrates how to raise happy, secure, capable, and giving individuals. This free workshop is designed for educators, support staff, parents, and community to live with purpose and to model these teachings, which reflect the BC Ministry of Education’s Core Competencies.

Belmont Secondary at June 5, 2017 5:30 at 7:30pm

Clairmont Secondary at June 8, 2017 7:00 at 8:30pm

Dr. Brokenleg suggested a few resources, including the 40 developmental assets of successful youth. 

martinbrokenleg.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/May-2017-LARGE-CIRCLE-PLUS-copy-1.pd

martinbrokenleg.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/2015-40-DEVELOPMENTAL-ASSETS.pdf

If interested, here is the link to sign up for his bi-weekly journal article.  cflearning.org/journal

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UNIVERSITY OF VICTORIA PROGRAMS

Indigenous Language III – 31454 – IED 359 – A01

www.uvic.ca/BAN1P/bwckctlg.p_disp_listcrse?term_in=201705&subj_in=IED&crse_in=359&schd_in=

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GREATER VICTORIA PUBLIC LIBRARY

June is National Aboriginal History Month and GVPL invites you to take part in free programs to learn about Aboriginal culture and how Canadians can work toward reconciliation and inclusiveness.

Indigenous Plant Medicine – June 1, 6:00-7:30, Central Branch

Traditional medicines have been used for generations to assist with treating diabetes, regulating blood pressure, ameliorating digestion and improving overall health. Sarah Underdown, a Cree/Saulteaux from the Cowessess Nation in Saskatchewan, who has lived on the territories of the Lekwungen peoples for more than 30 years, will share plant medicine teachings passed on from Elders and family in the community.

Indigenous Stories Book ClubJune 5 and 19, 2:30-3:30, Nellie McClung Branch  Register now

Join Carmen Rodriquez de France, assistant professor of Indigenous education at the University of Victoria, for a book club focused on the works of Canadian Indigenous peoples. Explore the history, culture and ways of being, as expressed through their writings. Materials for discussion will be emailed prior to the book club meetings.

City of Victoria: The Year of Reconciliation and Canada’s 150th BirthdayJune 13, 7:00-8:30pm, Central Branch Register now

Councillor Marianne Alto will review the city responses to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action and provide a preview of the rest of the year commemorative actions and events.

Building Bridges Through Understanding the VillageSaturday, June 10, 12-4pm, Wawadit Mungo Martin House in Thunderbird Park at the Royal BC Museum  Register now

In this experiential workshop, participants will gain deeper insight into the impact of residential schools and explore how each of us can help revive the values that guided Indigenous villages for generations. Audience participation is a component of this workshop and is used to create an emotional understanding of the experiences of Aboriginal people in Canadian history. This event is part of a four-part speaker series presented by GVPL and the Victoria Native Friendship Centre.

The National Thought Table on Reconciliation

On Wednesday, May 10, thought leaders from across Canada gathered for a roundtable discussion on reconciliation within a Canadian multicultural context. We are pleased to offer this conversation as a download for our patrons.  Watch now (Near the bottom  you’ll see “Electronic Access: Click to access video”.)

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NATIONAL ABORIGINAL DAY EVENTS

Victoria Aboriginal Cultural Festival, June 16 to 18

Join the Songhees and Esquimalt Nation in celebrating National Aboriginal Day weekend with music, dance, food, and the arts!  For more event details and performance schedules click on the following link: www.aboriginalbc.com/victoria-aboriginal-festival/

West Shore Parks & Recreation Aboriginal Day Festival – June 21 10:00 -2:00

A celebration for everyone with traditional singing, drumming and dancing, Indigenous foods and fun activities for all! See you at 1767 Island Highway Lower Level near the Picnic Shelter and Playgrounds

For more information on National Aboriginal Day, visit the Government of Canada website

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JULY 2017

UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA

Inquiry & Innovation Summer Institute, July 7-8

A two-day intensive working session for teachers, principals, Aboriginal cultural workers, district leaders and others interested in making inquiry-informed and innovative practices a way of life in your school and district settings.

Flyer 2017InquirySI.pdf

For more details and to register visit: www.pdce.educ.ubc.ca/inquiry&innovation

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UNIVERSITY OF VICTORIA

Indigenous Education Summer Courses

EL TELNIWT and Indigenous Education – 31325 – IED 373 – A01

Indigenous Research Methods – 31561 – IED 530 – A01

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19th ANNUAL GATHERING of BC FOOD SYSTEMS NETWORK

July 14-16

Taking place at UBC Farm and on the University of BC campus, located on unceded ancestral Musqueam territory. We are excited to be partnering with the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm and the Faculty of Land and Food Systems to help make this possible.  We look forward to seeing you at the Gathering this year, register today!

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FIRST NATIONS LANGUAGES Conference – July 20 & 21, Vancouver

The First Nations Education Steering Committee is pleased to present the a major networking and professional development opportunity for BC school and community-based First Nations language educators and advocates. Together, we will explore the conference theme, Language Learning on the Land, and engage in workshops about First Nations languages teaching methods, assessment tools, advocacy, and technology.

Registration Guide for the schedule and workshop descriptions.

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GREATER VICTORIA PUBLIC LIBRARY

Design a Dreamcatcher

Make a dreamcatcher with Kwakiutl artist Jennifer Johnson. The design will send beautiful, peaceful dreams your way.

For ages 10-12:

July 7, 2017 10:30 am – 12:30 pm Central Branch

For ages 6-9:

Tuesday, July 19, 1:30-3:30 pm  Esquimalt Branch

Thursday, July 21, 1:30-3:30 pm  Saanich Centennial Branch

Register at www.gvpl.ca or call 250-940-GVPL (4875) for more information.

Moccasin-making Workshop

Learn how to make moccasins with Kwakuitl artist and designer Jennifer Johnson at a three-day afternoon workshop. For ages 7-12.

Monday through Thursday, July 25 – 27, 1:30-3:30 pm Nellie McClung Branch

Register at www.gvpl.ca or call 250-940-GVPL (4875) for more information.

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CF LEARNING 24TH ANNUAL BLACK HILLS SEMINARS – THE MODEL OF LEADERSHIP & SERVICE 

July 26 & 31, Rapid City, South Dakota

Network with leading-edge presenters and like-minded colleagues who are strengthening families and the overall development of children. Beneficial for all who work in prevention, treatment, and education with challenging children and youth. Gain practical strategies and proven techniques to transform the way you work with youth. Graduate credits are available.

Black Hills Seminars

 

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AUGUST 2017

LEARNING FIRST PEOPLES Summer Institute for Teachers 

Aug 21-24, 2017

Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel

7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond, BC

The Learning First Peoples Summer Institute is designed to support educators to bring quality, authentic First Peoples teaching and learning into BC classrooms.  Comprised of three different sessions, which can be selected individually, the sessions will introduce resources that focus on themes, issues and topics of importance to First Peoples learning and informed by the First Peoples Principles of Learning. Each session will include print resources, activities and opportunities for professional dialogue and networking.

For questions, please contact Riannon Nahanee toll-free 1-877-422-3672 riannonn@fnesc.ca

Event Flyer

REGISTRATION

English First Peoples, Grades 10-12, Aug 21-22, 2017 (two days) $30

Residential Schools & Reconciliation Teacher Resource Guide (E/Sec), Aug 23, 2017 $30

Science First Peoples Grades 5-9 First Peoples, Aug 24, 2017 $30

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SEPTEMBER 2017

UNIVERSITY OF VICTORIA – SPEAKERS BUREAU

A great way to support aboriginal education in your schools is by accessing speakers through the UVIC Speakers Bureau.  The Bureau includes experts & knowledgeable individuals from UVIC who make themselves available to speak to community groups, schools, clubs and other organizations throughout Greater Victoria and southern Vancouver Island. The service is free although travel expenses may be requested to some locations.

There are over 25 UVIC Speakers Series topics including plants, culture, the environment, land-based learning, treaties, FPPOL, art, history, governance, reconciliation, residential school, and more!  (E= elementary, M= middle, S= secondary.)

For more information about each topic in the guide:

www.uvic.ca/communications/speakersbureau/topics/index.php

To book a speaker:
www.uvic.ca/communications/speakersbureau/booking/bookingform/index.php

 

ROYAL ROADS UNIVERSITY

Online Ecological Plant Programs: 

Ecological Plant Knowledge 1: Natives – ONLINE Sep 11, 2017 to Dec 17, 2017

This course provides an overview of plant and ecosystem relationships, through a brief review of ecosystem ecology, botany, and plant physiology as it relates to choosing and planting a variety of native plants. The plant identification component emphasizes native landscape plants including annuals, perennials, shrubs, deciduous and evergreen trees which are commonly used in the ornamental landscape for the temperate

Instructor: Gaia College Delivery: 14 weeks, $695.00 Part of Royal Roads University Diploma in Organic Land Care

secure.royalroads.ca/cscourses/ecological-plant-knowledge-1-natives-online

Ecological Plant Knowledge 2: Ornamentals – ONLINE Sep 11, 2017 to Dec 17, 2017

Plants are a product of their native environment, having adapted to specific soil, water and climate conditions. These are complex relationships, and to create thriving landscapes we need understand the growing conditions in the plants’ native range. Learn plant identification emphasizing ornamental landscape plants including annuals, perennials, shrubs, deciduous and evergreen trees, commonly used in the ornamental landscape of the temperate and cooler northern hemisphere. Weed identification and practices such as pruning will also be covered.

Instructor: Gaia College Delivery: 14 weeks, $695.00 Part of Royal Roads University Diploma in Organic Land Care

secure.royalroads.ca/cscourses/ecological-plant-knowledge-2-ornamentals-online

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LEGACY ART GALLERY – September 23, 2017 to January 6, 2018
Downtown – 630 Yates St.

There is Truth Here – Creativity & Resilience in Children’s Art from Indian Residential & Day Schools

Through paintings, drawings, sewing, beading, drumming, and singing, and drama produced by children and youth who attended them in British Columbia and Manitoba the exhibition seeks to contribute in vital and new ways to dialogues and initiative about true telling, reconciliation, and redress in Canada.

Guest curated by Dr. Andrea N. Walsh, Anthropology, University of Victoria

Panel Discussion & Public Celebration September 30, 2017
Panel 2:30 – 4pm | Celebration 4 – 5pm

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ORANGE SHIRT DAY Sept. 30, 2017

Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake in the spring of 2013.  It grew out of Phyllis’ account of losing her shiny new orange shirt on her first day of school at the Mission, and it has become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually.  The date was chosen because children are back in school and teachers have time to plan, and because it is an opportunity to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the year.  Orange Shirt Day is also an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and community agencies to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.

For RESOURCES & IDEAS: information to assist with understanding & planning Orange Shirt Day click here:

www.orangeshirtday.org/resources–ideas.html

Resources

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OCTOBER 2017

MOOSE HIDE CAMPAIGN – October 5, 2017

Take Action, Make the pledge, and Stand up to end violence towards women and children.

moosehidecampaign.ca/

For Resources: http://moosehidecampaign.ca/index.php/resources-and-links

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RECONCILIATION THROUGH INDIGENOUS EDUCATION

UBC – Starts October 16, 2017 (6 week course)

This course will help you envision how Indigenous histories, perspectives, worldviews, and approaches to learning can be made part of the work we do in classrooms, organizations, communities, and our everyday experiences in ways that are thoughtful and respectful. In this course, reconciliation emphasizes changing institutional structures, practices, and policies, as well as personal and professional ideologies to create environments that are committed to strengthening our relationships with Indigenous peoples.

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UNIVERSITY OF VICTORIA – Oct. 20, 2017 – 1:00 – 3:30

Words for the Soul: Indigenous Literature in the Classroom

This workshop will expose participants to diverse literary genres by Indigenous authors presented in various formats and will propose ways in which such works can be used in the classroom to develop awareness of Indigenous ways of being and knowing.

Location:  On campus  Cost:  $55.00 plus tax
Instructor(s):  Dr. Carmen Rodriguez de France
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PROVINCIAL SPECIALIST ASSOCIATION SUPERCONFERENCE

Oct 20 & 21, 2017 Vancouver

Two full days overflowing with interactive, inspirational and highly applicable professional learning opportunities created by 25 BC PSAs including the following sessions on Indigenous Education:

  • Children: The Best Reconciliation Changemakers
  • Shannen’s Dream
  • We Are All Connected: Deepening Understanding of Self, Family, The Land & The World
  • Aboriginal Perspectives in the Visual Arts
  • Authentic Indigenous Resources
  • BC Blanket Exercise: Exploring Historical Relationships Between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Peoples
  • Beyond the Poster on The Wall: Authentically Integrating First Peoples Principles Of Learning Into Our Classrooms
  • Deconstructing Myths
  • Discover an Indigenous Garden
  • Exploring Northwest Coast Aboriginal Culture
  • Food Security for All: Availability of Culturally Important Foods
  • Gladys: The Life of a Child in a BC Indian Residential School
  • Indigenizing the Library Learning Commons
  • Infusing Aboriginal Content
  • Integrating Maker Culture into Your School or Classroom with An Indigenous Worldview
  • Integrating Movement with Children’s Literature
  • Le Projet du Coeur: faire la lumi¨re sur l’histoire cache des pensionnats indiens en Colombie-Britannique
  • Lets Celebrate Languages and Cultures!
  • Navigating the Core French Journey on Indigenous Ground
  • Place-Based Education in The New Curriculum
  • Pow Wow Dance Workout
  • Project of Heart
  • Science First Peoples 5-9
  • Teaching and Learning Through a Global Decolonizing Lens
  • The Math Catcher Outreach Program Workshop: Hands-On and No-Fear Math
  • Traditional Stories: A Lifeline to Our Cultural Roots and Teachings
  • Weaving Aboriginal Perspectives into Collaborative Classroom Communities
  • WEDESIGN Thinking and Ethnographic Empathy
www.psasuperconference.ca/index.php?area=Workshops&do=search#start

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LEGACY ART GALLERY – September 23, 2017 to January 6, 2018
Downtown – 630 Yates St.

There is Truth Here – Creativity & Resilience in Children’s Art from Indian Residential & Day Schools

Through paintings, drawings, sewing, beading, drumming, and singing, and drama produced by children and youth who attended them in British Columbia and Manitoba the exhibition seeks to contribute in vital and new ways to dialogues and initiative about true telling, reconciliation, and redress in Canada.

Guest curated by Dr. Andrea N. Walsh, Anthropology, University of Victoria

Panel Discussion & Public Celebration September 30, 2017
Panel 2:30 – 4pm | Celebration 4 – 5pm

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NOVEMBER 2017

GREATER VICTORIA PUBLIC LIBRARY
Speaking our Truth: A Journey of Reconciliation with Monique Gray Smith

Through readings and personal stories, author Monique will share her journey toward truth and reconciliation and how that journey led her to write three new books. Her inspiring and thought-provoking words will explore the role each of us can play in healing and repairing the relationship between Canada and Indigenous people, how each of us can be medicine as we lead our nation toward Truth and Reconciliation.  Her latest book is Speaking Our Truth: A Journey of Reconciliation.

Date: Tuesday, November 7, 6:30-8:00 pm, doors open at 6:00 pm

Location: Victoria Native Friendship Centre gymnasium, 231 Regina Ave., Victoria, BC V8Z 1J6

 

FNESC CONFERENCE – Nov 30 – Dec 2, Vancouver

For further information

www.fnesc.ca/conference/

Showcasing innovative curriculum, inspiring people and excellent networking opportunities, the First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) Annual Aboriginal Education Conference draws over 800 educators each year.

The theme, Renewing Our Relationship, will explore of the role of education in reconciliation, as part of the ongoing conversations about Canada’s 150th celebrations and planning for the future of First Nations education in British Columbia.  This will include examining how we can work together to transform our relationships in order to advance quality First Nations education.

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NATIONAL GATHERING FOR INDIGENOUS EDUCATION: INDSPIRE
Nov 29 – Dec 1, 2017 Montreal, Quebec

The National Gathering is a place where educators and partners can share their experiences and work together to improve the educational outcomes of K- 12 Indigenous students. This conference is another step towards reconciliation and presents workshops within four categories: knowing, feeling, doing, being. Education and Reconciliation: Moving forward together – Canada’s 150th is a time to celebrate, renew and rebuild our relationships. Indigenous education is a reciprocal process that includes cultures, traditions, and histories and engages students, staff, parents, and community partners to collaborate for student success. Closing the gap in Indigenous education is critical for the future of Canada.

Celebrating and exploring our rich Indigenous cultures, traditions, and histories; this conference engages educators, and community partners to collaborate for student success.

REGISTER at: indspire.ca/for-educators/national-gathering/

WORKSHOPS:  indspire.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/NG-Workshops-Web-V2.pdf

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LEGACY ART GALLERY - September 23, 2017 to January 6, 2018
Downtown – 630 Yates St.

There is Truth Here – Creativity & Resilience in Children’s Art from Indian Residential & Day Schools

Through paintings, drawings, sewing, beading, drumming, and singing, and drama produced by children and youth who attended them in British Columbia and Manitoba the exhibition seeks to contribute in vital and new ways to dialogues and initiative about true telling, reconciliation, and redress in Canada.

Guest curated by Dr. Andrea N. Walsh, Anthropology, University of Victoria

Panel Discussion & Public Celebration September 30, 2017
Panel 2:30 – 4pm | Celebration 4 – 5pm

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DECEMBER 2017

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UNIVERSITY OF VICTORIA:2016/17 SPEAKERS BUREAU

The UVic Speakers Bureau is a community service provided by volunteer speakers from among the faculty, staff, graduate students and retirees who teach, conduct research, study and work at the University of Victoria. Through the bureau, experts and knowledgeable individuals from UVic make themselves available to speak to community groups, schools, clubs and other organizations throughout Greater Victoria and southern Vancouver Island. The service is free (although travel expenses may be requested to some locations).

See link for ALL speakers: www.uvic.ca/communications/speakersbureau/assets/docs/SpeakersBureauGuidetoTopics.pdf

INDIGENOUS RELATED TOPICS & SPEAKERS:

Leaders as Indigenous Allies: Working for Positive Change in Schools (S) – McGregor, Dr. Catherine

Allyship is a critical leadership tool that non-Aboriginal leaders can use in their work with Indigenous communities to support the creation of inclusive learning spaces. The Aboriginal Enhancement Schools Network (AESN) was founded five years ago and has built a network of teachers and teacher-leaders who put Aboriginal student success at the center of their work. This presentation draws from a recently completed study of this network making evident key strategies for successful inclusion that make a difference for all learners.

Moving Forward through the Rearview Mirror: Future, Change and Indigenous Education (E M S) – Price, Dr. Jason M.C.

Aboriginal perspectives on special education practice, including alternatives.

The First Treaties: Exploring the Roots of Indigenous-Settler Relations in Canada (in English or French) (M S) – Cook, Dr. Peter

The First Treaties: Exploring the Roots of Indigenous-Settler Relations in Canada. This talk examines the history of treaty making between Aboriginal peoples and colonizers since the sixteenth century, underlining the centrality of intercultural alliances and negotiation in the making of modern Canada.

Beyond the Shadow of the Residential School: Understanding the On-reserve Day School in the History of Indigenous Education – Raptis, Dr. Helen

The history of Indian day schools has been eclipsed by the vast scholarship on residential schooling. This talk presents the experiences of students who attended Port Essington Indian Day School during the 1930s and 1940s. It illustrates how pupils successfully negotiated through two educational worlds: formal schooling where they were “Anglicized” and traditional learning taught by their elders. The day school was less benign than previously thought, contributing to the loss of ancestral language and culture.

Exploring Indigenous Ways of Being through Photography (in English or Spanish) (E M S) – Rodriguez de France, Dr. Carmen

Hands-on “discovery” of Indigenous ways of being through the lens of a camera, paying attention to immediate surroundings such as land, imagery, cultural representations, language, etc.

Indigenous Education: What have we learned in 50 years? (in English or Spanish) (E M S) – Rodriguez de France, Dr. Carmen

Explores the history of Indigenous Education in BC through policy and curriculum.

Indigenous Arts in the Classroom (in English or Spanish) (E M S) – Rodriguez de France, Dr. Carmen

Indigenous Arts in the classroom- hand-on presentation using diverse art forms.

Teaching Pronunciation in the Context of Indigenous Language Revitalization (in English or French) (M S) – Bird, Dr. Sonya

This talk addresses: a) normal variation in the way people pronounce things, b) how pronunciation can differ between generations and between speakers with different fluency levels, c) how pronunciation might be affected by learning through literacy (rather than strictly orally), and d) what teachers and learners of a second language can expect in terms pronunciation challenges.

Sea Rituals, Climate Change and Applied Theatre: Indigenous Elders’ Perspectives on Traditional and Sustainable Ecology (S) – Gupa, Mr. Dennis

People living in Southeast Asian island-nations like the Philippines are exposed yearly to various coastal-related disasters and storm-related activities.

Reconciliation, Restitution and Resurgence: Indigenous Politics after The Truth & Reconciliation Commission Report (M S) – Warburton, Dr. Rennie

Drawing on the work of Indigenous scholars Taiaiake Alfred, John Borrows, Leanne Simpson and others, and non-Indigenous political theorist James Tully, we will consider what it would take for Indigenous Canadians to become fully-fledged partners with non-Indigenous people in a more just, more democratic, decolonized Canada.

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LEGACY ART GALLERY - September 23, 2017 to January 6, 2018
Downtown – 630 Yates St.

There is Truth Here – Creativity & Resilience in Children’s Art from Indian Residential & Day Schools

Through paintings, drawings, sewing, beading, drumming, and singing, and drama produced by children and youth who attended them in British Columbia and Manitoba the exhibition seeks to contribute in vital and new ways to dialogues and initiative about true telling, reconciliation, and redress in Canada.

Guest curated by Dr. Andrea N. Walsh, Anthropology, University of Victoria

Panel Discussion & Public Celebration September 30, 2017
Panel 2:30 – 4pm | Celebration 4 – 5pm

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IN 2018 ……

ROYAL ROADS UNIVERSITY 

Ecological Plant Knowledge for Organic Gardeners Feb 24 – Sep 15, 2018 (Sat 9:00- 12:00pm & Mon, 6:30 – 9:30pm)

Over three seasons you will learn to identify approximately 300 plants. For each one you will explore its ecosystem of origin, and under which conditions it thrives best, or just marginally survives, how it adapts to our environment, and how you can provide it with optimal care. Learn about non-ornamental uses, such as food, medicine, fiber, etc. View plants in garden settings, focusing on ecologically sound and successful combinations. No prior knowledge required.

Part of the Gaia College/Royal Roads University Diploma in Organic Land Care. $695.00

UBC on- line MOOC COURSE

 

 

Gathering Our Voices Indigenous Youth Leadership Training March 20-23, 2018, on Musqueam Traditional Territory in Richmond, BC, at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel.

www.gatheringourvoices.ca

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PAST ROYAL ROADS UNIVERSITY SESSIONS:

Medicine Unbundled: A Journey Through the Minefields of Indigenous Health Care

Join us for a book launch and discussion of segregated Indigenous health care in Canada with author Gary Geddes. Gary will be joined by Elder Joan Morris from the Songhees Nation, a survivor of the Kuper Island Residential School and the Nanaimo Indian Hospital, and prominent spokes person for victims of the segregated hospital system.

Early Autumn Edibles of Southern Vancouver Island

Natures bounty is at its fullest as summer comes to a close and we prepare for winter. This field based course takes to the road as we explore many different habitats that produce fantastic fruits, nuts, mushrooms, and other enticing edibles. Hands-on instruction will focus on techniques for harvesting and processing wild foods while sharing excellent harvest locations and information about traditional plant uses

Ecology and Restoration of Garry Oak Ecosystems

Garry oak ecosystems are among the most endangered habitats in Canada reduced to less than 5% of their original range. Remaining areas are often degraded by invasive species and other stressors. Restoration can aid the recovery of these special places and provide a pathway for positive connections between nature and human communities. This course examines the ecology, plant identification, plants, and natural history of Garry oak ecosystems. You’ll learn field-tested practical techniques for enhancing degraded areas and methods for converting fields and lawns to native meadow. Field trips included.

Enlichenment!

Interested in knowing more about the lifeforms that share your everyday world? Intrigued by lichens and want to know more about what they are and how they grow? We will cover how to identify lichens, how to distinguish them from other organisms, what their place is in local ecologies, and how we can use them as food, medicine and tools. This course is intended for those new to lichens or at a beginner identification level.

Thriving Wild: Rewilding, Wilderness Survival, and the Art of Living with Nature

Learn the art of thriving and what it means to be truly human. Learn to identify, harvest, and prepare wild plants for food and medicine. Make a healing salve. Practise the ancient technique of creating friction fire with a bow and drill. Expand your senses to hear the language of the Earth and join a space where you can speak your empowered truth and listen with your heart. Step into joyful living, while building authentic connections to self, community, and the Earth!

The Moose Hide Campaign – Working to End Violence Against Women and Children: An Evening Talk

This event will provide an opportunity for participants to learn about the Moose Hide Campaign, an Indigenous-led national initiative to end violence against women and children. The founders of the campaign will deliver an interactive presentation which will be followed by a Q&A and dialogue session. The event will conclude with light refreshments and an opportunity to share ideas and inspiration.

Aboriginal Ways of Being and Knowing: Introduction to Coast Salish Culture

Experience a rich day-long interaction with Coast Salish culture, a complex heritage thousands of years old and deeply rooted in the natural world. This gathering will help foster a deeper understanding of traditional Aboriginal culture, as well as an appreciation for the contributions of Aboriginal ways of knowing within our contemporary culture. We will explore art and storytelling in Coast Salish design, male and female roles in traditional society, sustainable living practices, traditional land use, traditional foods and ethnobotany.

Drum Making: Ceremony and Practice

In this course, participants learn how to make a drum, bringing back the voice of the beings that offered their lives for its making. Through this practice, participants will embark on a journey of self-discovery and gratitude for all beings with which we share this Earth. Through collective work and the sharing of experience in relation to the good work conducted, we will acknowledge and create our own ceremony of gratitude to strengthen

Working Effectively and Respectfully with First Nations: Moving Forward Together Pawa Haiyupis

This workshop will introduce individuals, government representatives, business people and representatives of organizations to the complexities of working with First Nations in Canada. By exploring traditional values and protocols in a contemporary context, students are encouraged to broaden their perspective of what is needed to be respectful and successful when working within a First Nation context. Participants will learn the historical struggle of First Nations people, celebrate the accomplishments and seek a better way forward together.

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