Monday, November 20, 2017

Indigenous Knowledge for a Changing Climate

Thursday, November 30: Indigenous Knowledge for a Changing Climate: A presentation with Dr. Nancy TurnerUBC Botanical Garden, the First Nations House of Learning, and the UBC Faculty of Science are pleased to present Indigenous Knowledge for a Changing Climate with ethnobotonist Nancy Turner. Dr. Turner has been invited to share her stories about the intersection between traditional knowledge systems and climate change solutions. This talk will explore Indigenous knowledge, innovation for climate change, biodiversity and food security strategies at local and global levels.
Thurs, Nov 30, 2:30 - 4 pm
Sty-Wet-Tan Great Hall
This is a free event, to RSVP visit the UBC Botanical Garden.  

Thursday, November 16, 2017

The Fabric of Our Land

Sunday, November 19: Exhibit Opening Party for The Fabric of Our Land: Salish Weaving at the Museum of AnthropologyJoin the Musqueam people and the Museum of Anthropology to celebrate the opening of The Fabric of Our Land, an exhibit that will take visitors on a journey of over 200 years of Salish weaving. This a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see some of the earliest Salish hand-woven blankets in existence and will inspire visitors to learn more about the rich histories of this cultural practice. 
Sun, Nov 19, 12 - 5 pm
Remarks and presentations @ 1:15 pm
Museum of Anthropology - map
This is a free event, no RSVP required. For more event information visit the Museum of Anthropology website.  

FNESC Residential Schools Workshop

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.
Register at the FNESC website:

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Saturday, October 21, 2017

FNESC Workshop

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.

Friday, October 6, 2017

NOII Network

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Hello Educators!
You are invited to the Fall Network gathering on November 7th from 4-6pm!
This will be a good time to take a breath, connect with other thinking educators, and gather ideas from the best research and stories from around BC and beyond. Join us for some light refreshments and inspiring conversations - bring a friend!
Print the attached flyer or share it out on Facebook, Twitter and other networking spaces. This group is open to all curious minds and educators.
Date: November 7th, 2017
Time: 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Location: Templeton Secondary School, 727 Templeton Drive, Vancouver BC V5L 4N8
Please RSVP to
If you forget to RSVP and still want to come, please do. The RSVP simply helps us with catering numbers.
Thank you and see you soon!
PS: Next meeting dates: January 29, 2018 and June 7, 2018 (locations TBA)
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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

UBC MOOC: Reconciliation Through Education


Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education course is about the need to disrupt and rethink personal and professional assumptions that we hold about Indigenous histories, cultures, and realities that very well may play out in classrooms and schools. Further, we need to reconcile the fundamental educational promise of equality of opportunity that has not yet been met for many of our Indigenous students.
Choosing reconciliation as a lens for rethinking policy and the practices of schooling acknowledges that there are contradictions in the current curriculum of schooling that impact the success of Indigenous leaners. Reconciliation in this course emphasizes changing structures and ideologies that create unequal educational outcomes for Indigenous learners in comparison to their non-Indigenous counterparts.
As educators, we need to be able to respond to educational reforms that prioritize improved educational outcomes for Indigenous children and youth. Further, all students should have opportunities to learn from Indigenous histories, traditions, and knowledges as part of a social justice education.
This course will enable educators to envision how Indigenous ways of knowing, content, perspectives, and pedagogies can be made part of classrooms, schools, and communities in ways that are thoughtful and respectful. This is an approach that more and more educators see as far more likely to ensure the success of Indigenous learners, which is important to their families and communities, but also to the future of Canada.

Course begins on October 17, 2017.

Register through edX.