Wednesday, November 27, 2013

A Sense of Place Workshop

Join us on Wednesday, December 1, 2013, at 3:30 - 5:00 pm at the District Resource Centre (Rideau Park Elementary, 8560 Demorest Drive, Richmond) for a special afternoon with our guest speaker and Musqueam Elder, Larry Grant, and our facilitators, Lynn Wainwright and Gordon Powell.  We will hear from Larry Grant on his personal "sense of place".  We will also explore resources and ideas of how to include Aboriginal content and inquiry into teaching, and examine the First People's Principles of Learning.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Richard Wagamese Reading at UBC

On Thursday, October 31, Richard Wagamese gave a reading from his book Indian Horse, at UBC's Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.  Inspired by W.P. Kinsella's book Shoeless Joe, Indian Horse was a marriage of two great Canadian motifs: hockey, and Aboriginal people.  In his talk, Wagamese described how Residential Schools inflicted a bruise on the psyche of all Canadians, and how his hope is that in response to Indian Horse, Canadians will answer yes, let us move forward together.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

UBC Faculty of Education Community Book Club Event

Join the UBC Community Book Club in reading, The Absolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie. This novel is “heartbreaking, funny and beautifully written”. It chronicles the contemporary adolescent experience of one young Native American boy who is living and learning in worlds that are far apart yet so connected. Sherman Alexie challenges readers to (re)define their understandings of Aboriginal/Native American realities.

This book club event focuses a prominent theme within the novel. This event will begin with a guest speaker followed by a discussion of the book. This event takes place at a local area high school.

Gender, Bullying and Harassment in Schools
Speaker: Dr. Elizabeth Meyer (California Polytechnical State Univ.)
Thursday November 14th   6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Point Grey Secondary School (5350 East Blvd off Kerrisdale)

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Provincial Pro-d Day Opportunity at UBC

Teacher Pro-D Day at UBC Friday October 25, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Engage: Teaching the history and legacy of Indian Residential Schools
The First Nations House of Learning, the Indian Residential School Survivors Society, the Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery and Museum of Anthropology are working in collaboration to host a teacher’s professional development day at UBC on October 25.
The Pro-D day will provide an opportunity for teachers to engage, reflect, and develop the tools, strategies and resources they may need to teach the history of residential schools in Canada and to move towards reconciliation.
The day includes a visit to:
Speaking to Memory: Images and Voices from St. Michael’s Indian Residential School
at Museum of Anthropology
Witnesses: Art and Canada’s Indian Residential Schools
at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery
The First Nations House of Learning
for a discussion and resource sharing &
Coffee, lunch and take away resources.
To register, please go to
Cost $30 - pre-registration required

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The Year of Truth and Reconciliation for Vancouver

September was an exciting month with the week-long Truth and Reconciliation Event held at the PNE grounds, and all the workshops and panels that both led up to, and followed the event.  Richmond sent a busload of students to Education Day, which offered students a chance to engage with the topic of Residential Schools.  Two of our own students from McRoberts were invited to sit on a student panel to discuss the intergenerational effects of Residential Schools.  Minister of Education, Peter Fassbender was so impressed with our students' heartfelt remarks that he extended personal invitations for them to visit him in Victoria, and even gave Nathan MacDonald a necktie as a remembrance of the day.