December – February

Cold Earth Season

JANUARY 2018

ROYAL BC MUSEUM:

Wonder Sunday: Local Land  Victoria is situated in Lekwungen territory, and many of us are newcomers to this land. Come learn more about our city’s surroundings as we make connections with the First Peoples gallery and Our Living Languages exhibition.

January 7, 14, 21, 28 | 1:00–3:00 pm
Included with admission or membership

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ART GALLERY OF GREATER VICTORIA

1. Point of Contact: On Place and the West Coast Imaginary – This exhibition takes the site of Nootka, in the traditional territories of the Nuu-chah-nulth peoples on the Pacific coast of Vancouver Island, as a case study to consider how artists have contributed to shaping the idea of place on the West Coast. Nootka was the site of first contact between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, and as such has been a subject in art since the 18th Century. Juxtaposing works by Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists, this exhibition features works by artists including Patrick Amos, Emily Carr, Stan Douglas, Jock McDonald, Tim Paul, Takao Tanabe, Art Thompson, John Webber and Hjalmer Wenstob. It considers how the idea of place is culturally produced and exists as part of the social imaginary.

aggv.ca/exhibits/current/point-of-contact/

Running through to April 1, 2018

2.  Form as Meaning: First Nations Prints from the Pacific Northwest

aggv.ca
Explore the language, history and current state of First Nations prints with our team of co-curators: Marcia Crosby, lessLIE, Lou-ann Neel, and Alana Sayers. With a wealth of personal, cultural and art historical knowledge the co-curators have selected works from our permanent collection to discuss how these prints function as a form of communication similar to spoken or written language.

The Lekwungen Traditional Dancers will be performing and sharing stories starting at noon during the Public Open House on Jan 20.  Free admission.

January 20 to April 29, 2018

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CURRICULUM IMPLEMENTATION DAY – Belmont High School

January 15, 2018 – http://www.sooketeachers.org/ci-day.html

  • Territory Acknowledgement & Words of Wisdom
  • Traditional Tea
  • Scia’new Nation Drum Group

Aboriginal Education Sessions:

  1.  Bus Trip to Strong Nations Bookstore in Nanaimo
  2.  Coast Salish Drumming
  3.  Salish Weave Print Collection
  4.  BCTF Project of Heart – cancelled
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University of Victoria:

Legacy Maltwood (at the Mearns Centre – McPherson Library)

Landmarks – The Art of The Malahat ReviewThe Malahat Review one of Canada’s most iconic and long-standing literary journals. In its fifty-year run, its pages have featured the work of established writers, emerging talent and critical essays on both literature and the visual arts. The synergy between art and literature is particularly evident in the cover art and essays of the journal’s first decade, which presented new work by internationally acclaimed artists such as Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Andy Warhol, and Roy Lichtenstein. These prestigious contributors were followed by the gradual introduction of west coast Canadian artists who at the time were making their mark on the emerging modern art scene of Victoria and Vancouver in the 60s and 70s. Thereafter, Canadian artists were equated with the visual identity of the magazine.  This exhibition pays tribute to the role of art in the journal – selected from 200 cover images over the past 50 years- and focuses in particular on works from the journal’s home institution, the collection of the University of Victoria. Featured artists include Maxwell Bates, Robert De Castro, Glenn Howarth, P.K. Irwin, Davidee Kavik, Jack Kidder, Tony Hunt Sr., Elza Mayhew, Eric Metcalfe, Myfanwy Pavelic, Margaret Peterson, Bill Reid, and Gordon A. Smith.

January 25 to May 13, 2018

Curated by Caroline Riedel, Legacy Art Galleries, UVic.

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FNESC English First Peoples Grade 10-12 Teacher Resource Guide Workshop

January 29, 2018 –  Vancouver

Founded upon the First Peoples Principles of Learning, English First Peoples courses for Grades 10-12 offer students of all backgrounds the opportunity to explore First Peoples’ worldviews through literature. The courses were developed through the collaboration of First Nations educators with the BC Ministry of Education and it is notable that English First Peoples (EFP) 12 is fully equivalent to English 12 for BC post-secondary entrance requirements.

Originally published in 2008, the EFP Teacher Resource Guides have been revised to reflect the changing curriculum and incorporate recently-published First Peoples literature.  At this workshop, teachers will receive a copy of the new guide, discuss its use, participate in activities from the draft guide, and see our display of First Peoples literature resources.

Event Flyer

Register

Accommodation
A room block is available at the event venue, the Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront, 1133 W. Hastings, Vancouver. All participants are responsible for booking their own accommodation.
Book by Jan. 5, 2018 for the negotiated rate of $129 + tx.
Reservations: 1-844-337-3118 quoting “FNESC English First Peoples Workshop.”

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RECONCILIATION THROUGH INDIGENOUS EDUCATION
January 30 – March 13, 2018 | MOOC – a free Massive Open Online Course

Engage with Indigenous knowledge keepers, educational leaders, and resources to enhance your understanding and knowledge of practices that advance reconciliation in the places where you live, learn, and work

COURSE DESCRIPTIONThis 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.

For educators, this means responding to educational reforms that prioritize improved educational outcomes for Indigenous learners. In addition, educators must support all learners to develop their knowledge and understanding of Indigenous people¹s worldviews and cultures as a basis for creating equitable and inclusive learning spaces. To support these goals, teachers, administrators, young people, school staff, and researchers will learn from Indigenous Elders, educational leaders, and culturally relevant learning resources as part of their experiences in this MOOC.

For others who want to build their own competence and the capacity of those around them to engage in relationships with Indigenous peoples based on intercultural understanding, empathy, and respect, this course will help get you started in this process

Visit the website for more detailed information, and program contacts:
pdce.educ.ubc.ca/Reconciliation

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FEBRUARY 2018

Promising Practices in Indigenous Teacher Education Book Launch
February 1, 2018 – UVIC FIRST PEOPLES HOUSE

The book, Promising Practices in Indigenous Teacher education, makes a significant contribution to the work of teacher educators, and in particular to the field of Indigenous teacher education. Our faculty members— Drs. Paul Whitinui, Onowa McIvor & Carmen Rodriguez de France have created what will, we believe, become a seminal resources for educators across Canada and around the world. Please join us in launching this important contribution; there will be a short ceremony and an opportunity to hear from the authors while enjoying some light snacks in the First Peoples Ceremonial Hall.

Please RSVP to Susan Chambers and let us know about any food sensitivities (adasst@uvic.ca).

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FNESC Indian Residential Schools and Reconciliation Resource Guides Workshop (Elementary & Secondary)
February 23, 2018 – Vancouver

This workshop is designed to support educators to teach about residential schools in well-informed, respectful and appropriate ways. Participants will explore the Residential Schools and Reconciliation Teacher Resource Guides published by the First Nations Education Steering Committee and First Nations Schools Association, which introduce students to the historical context of residential schools and the principles of reconciliation. These materials engage students with age-appropriate literature, archival documents, and video resources. The materials were piloted throughout BC and are consistent with BC curriculum learning standards.

Both the elementary (Grade 5) and secondary (Grades 10-12) resources will be introduced.  Over the course of the event, educators will engage in discussions with colleagues and participate in hands-on activities that they can use in the classroom. Participants will receive a hardcopy of the resources, which are also available as free downloads. Related literature resources will also be on display.

Event Flyer

Registration

Accommodation
A room block is available at the event venue, the Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront, 1133 W. Hastings, Vancouver. All participants are responsible for booking their own accommodation.
Book by Jan. 26, 2018 for the negotiated rate of $129 + tx.
Reservations: 1-844-337-3118 or 604-689-9211 quoting “FNESC Indian Residential Schools Resources Workshop.

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DECEMBER 2017

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GREATER VICTORIA PUBLIC LIBRARY 
In recognition of Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week, GVPL presents an exploration of HIV in today’s world, featuring HIV positive speakers, Elders, art and activities. Presented by AIDS Vancouver Island. Refreshments provided.December 1, 3:00 pm5:00 pmAdmission to drop-in programs is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Indigenous Story Book Club with Carmen Rodriguez de France

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 their history, culture and ways of being, as expressed through their writings. Reading will be emailed in advance of the program. This is a biweekly program from September to December.

Date: Wednesday, December 6 & 20 between 1:30–2:30 pm

Location:  Nellie McClung Branch

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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

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ART GALLERY OF GREATER VICTORIA 

Point of contact: On Place and the West Coast Imaginary

Running through to April 1, 2018

This exhibition takes the site of Nootka, in the traditional territories of the  Nuu-chah-nulth peoples on the Pacific coast of Vancouver Island, as a case study to consider how artists have contributed to shaping the idea of place on the West Coast. Nootka was the site of first contact between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, and as such has been a subject in art since the 18th Century. Juxtaposing works by Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists, this exhibition features works by artists including Patrick Amos, Emily Carr, Stan Douglas, Jock McDonald, Tim Paul, Takao Tanabe, Art Thompson, John Webber and Hjalmer Wenstob. It considers how the idea of place is culturally produced and exists as part of the social imaginary.

Drop in Tour:  Dec 16 | 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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Royal BC Museum First Nations Exhibitions:

Cultural Precinct

First Peoples Galleries

Our Living Languages

royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/first-nations/exhibitions

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