September – November

Earth Cooling Down Season

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:

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

Indigenous Story Book Club with Carmen Rodriguez de France

Date: Wednesday, November 8 & 22, December 6 & 20 between 1:30–2:30 pm

Location:  Nellie McClung Branch

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Rock Your Mocs Campaign – November 12-18

A fun way to get schools involved in celebrating Indigenous cultures.  Be sure to tweet out pics on the many hashtags!

“It’s easy to participate by wearing moccasins to school, to work or wherever your day takes you. Or if a person doesn’t own mocs, can’t wear mocs, they may wear a Turquoise Awareness Ribbon instead.”

www.powwows.com/2017-rock-mocs-november-12-18/

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November 16th is Louis Riel Day

November 16 commemorates the anniversary of his execution on November 16, 1885 and celebrates the contributions of Metis people throughout Canada.

Please see the links below for information put out by the Metis Nation of British Columbia on Louis Riel and for a snapshot of the Metis flag hung at the legislature today.

www.mnbc.ca/app/webroot/uploads/LRD_2017/Info_Sheet_-_Loius_Riel.pdf

www.bclocalnews.com/news/metis-flag-raised-at-b-c-legislature/

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Aboriginal Education in your Classroom – SD62 Locally Grown Workshops

Date: Friday, November 24, 10:00 – 1:45

Location:  Spencer Middle School

Register here:

www.sooketeachers.org/november-24th-pro-d-workshops.html
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FNESC CONFERENCE – Nov 30 – Dec 2, Vancouver

For further information

Annual Aboriginal Education 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

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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.

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ROYAL BC MUSEUM

Have We Got a Story to Tell: Stories from This Land and Its People

Our popular storytelling series continues, presenting stories about this land we live on told in local Indigenous languages. Tales passed down through thousands of years, current stories and open-hearted sharing from Indigenous storytellers of all ages.

November 8 | 7:009:00 pm
$12 per person | 10%

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