Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Friday, October 30, 2015
Aboriginal Education Resources
HISTORICAL BACKGROUND INFORMATION:
A UBC resource on the histories, politics, and cultures of the Aboriginal peoples of Canada. This website provides instructors, researchers and the public with a place to begin exploring topics that relate to Aboriginal peoples, cultures, and histories.
FIRST PEOPLES PRINCIPLES OF LEARNING BACKGROUNDER:
A closer look at the First Peoples Principles of Learning (FPPL).
CLASSROOM RESOURCES ACROSS MULTIPLE CURRICULA:
A UBC resource that focuses on Indigenous perspectives, curricular resources (e.g. links, texts, children’s literature), multimedia, and literature that links theory to practice.
The BC Ministry of Education Aboriginal Education portal has key documents and links archived, including BC maps, and the cross-curricular document, Shared Learnings K-10 (find under Learning Resources on this page).
The First Nations Education Steering Committee. Go to the Learning First Peoples classroom tab to see the curricula for English First Peoples (gr.10-12) and Math First Peoples (gr. 8-9), as well as Authentic Resources K-7, to access a list of authentic First Peoples texts, and Primary Resources K-3, which contains a document called, “In Our Own Words: Bringing Authentic First Peoples Content to the K-3 Classroom”.
The Canadian government website for Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development/Indian and Northern Affairs Canada. Go to All topics, then Aboriginal Arts, Culture and Heritage tab, kids’ stop tab, classroom resources tab to access Learning Circle resources with lesson ideas and stories for students ages 4-16.
Teaches elementary mathematics through Aboriginal storytelling. Series of videos can be viewed under stories/movies tab.
A BC resource for Aboriginal knowledge about local plants and their uses as food and medicines.
Resources on anti-discrimination education, including video resources.
CBC series about contemporary Aboriginal issues, with teacher guide.
Residential Schools Websites:
Project of heart is an inquiry-based project about the history of Aboriginal people in Canada. http://www.trc.ca
This is the website of the truth and reconciliation commission of Canada. Under resources
tab, click on They Came for the Children for a teacher’s guide.
Residential Schools Videos:
We Were Children. 2012 National Film Board film on Canadian Residential Schools available for booking from the DRC.
Savage. http://lisajackson.ca/Savage6 minute film by Canadian Anishinaabe filmmaker Lisa Jackson.
District blog of professional learning opportunities, district and community initiatives and events.
District blog for teachers sharing out their lived classroom experiences teaching with an Aboriginal focus.
Richmond’s District Resource Centre (DRC). On Richnet, go to the DRC Media Manager Catalog and search “Aboriginal Content” or “Aboriginal Kits”.
UBC library for the First Nations House of Learning. Alumni can borrow for free with an Alumni Card.
TO PURCHASE RESOURCES:
A local company that sells authentic Indigenous resources, and provides lesson plans for some titles.
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RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL RESOURCES:
BCTF interactive ebook with clickable links on the tiles to other resources such as videos, documents, and activities.
Three downloadable resources developed by FNESC for Grades 5, 10/11, and 12 to help students of all cultural backgrounds gain an understanding of the history of the relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people over Canada’s history, with a focus on the BC experience.
List of the top storytelling resources, as compiled by participants of UBC’s Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education (2015).
Virtual bonfire to add ambience to oral storytelling.
Lesson plans for Grades 4 and 9 using an animated and unfinished Bill Reid story to explore identity.
ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY:
Inter-disciplinary resource based on David Suzuki’s film, Force of Nature, for grades 9-12. This guide focuses on different worldviews, concerning stewardship of our planet, especially those held by Aboriginal people.
A documentary film, educational curriculum for Grade 5/6, and a public policy research article that explores how reconciling the relationship between Aboriginal people and the rest of Canada can lead to healthier water.
Allows free download of lesson plans, activities and background information related to the ecosystems, cultures and industries connected to the Fraser River, with recommendations for connections to the new curricula for Grades 1-9.
An online resource centre for teachers, offering cross-curricular lesson plans to engage students and facilitate their understandings of Coast Salish culture and art.
First Nations Journeys of Justice honours oral history and teaches concepts and practices of justice from the perspective of First Nations ways of knowing. Contains modules for grades 1-7.
SEVEN SACRED TEACHINGS:
Lesson ideas for sharing the seven sacred teachings to elementary school students through puppetry.
An interactive website called A Journey Into Time Immemorial that gives entrance into the lives of the Sto:lo people hundreds of years ago. Includes educator connections for science, social studies, and language arts, as well as audio and video resources.
ABORIGINAL BOOK RESOURCES:
PRODUCTS FOR PURCHASE :
Local Vancouver store that sells Aboriginal products.
Education supply store based in Winnipeg. A beautiful Seven Teachings kids carpet is available for purchase.
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
FNESC has Residential School Teacher Resources for Grade 5/10/11/12.
They are free to download, or hard copies can be ordered for $20.
Monday, September 14, 2015
September 30th is Orange Shirt Day which, in the spirit of reconciliation, honours the survivors of Indian Residential Schools, and remembers the thousands of children who did not survive. Attached is a poster to display in schools and classrooms.
Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in the spring of 2013. It grew out of Phyllis Webstad’s account of having her shiny new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school at the Mission School and it has become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually. The date was chosen because it is the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to residential schools, and because it is an opportunity to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the coming school year. Orange Shirt Day is also an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.
For more information see:
Friday, June 19, 2015
UBC Faculty of Education delivering a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) titled, Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education. This is a free 6-week online course that begins on September 29, 2015.
Participants will learn about Indigenous Education through the lens of reconciliation, and will engage with educational leaders and resources that provide direction for how education programs and teaching practices can be modified in order to meaningfully integrate Indigenous knowledge worldviews and pedagogies in classrooms, schools and communities.
We'd like to invite you and your colleagues and associates in Richmond School District to join us in an online information session on June 24. Learn more about this professional development opportunity and creating Communities of Practice engaged with the subject matter.
Please help us spread the word about this widely accessible learning opportunity with your colleagues and networks.
Professional Development & Community Engagement
Faculty of Education
The University of British Columbia
1304 2125 Main Mall | Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z4
Delta has kindly reserved 10 spots for Richmond teachers. Pick up and drop off will be in Richmond. If interested, please respond by Friday, June 19 by 3 pm to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, June 11, 2015
- Hear Our Stories: Celebrating FNMI Literature
- "The Canadian Children's Book Centre is offering a free online theme guide that focuses on books written by and about members of Canada's First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities. It also provides activities for using these books in the classroom, library or at home. View it online or download."
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Registration is now open for the FNESC First Nations Languages Conference, In the Spirit of Sharing, happening in Vancouver on July 16 and 17, 2015 at the Coast Plaza Hotel. Held every two years, this conference brings together Elders, teachers, linguists, administrators and others to learn and share, in order to promote quality First Nations languages education in BC.
We are pleased that Jessie Little Doe Baird, project founder of the Wôpanâak Language Reclamation Project, will be our keynote speaker. Jessie has been instrumental in the continued reclamation of the Wampanoag language and she is featured in a documentary that aired on PBS called, "We Still Live Here – Âs Nutayuneân.”
Haida Language Boot Camp: How to Host an Intensive Language Program
Getting Learners to Talk, Speak & Dialogue
Action-Based Story, Craft & Traditional Foods: Immersion Techniques for Engaging New Adult Learners
Developing Usable Curriculum for the Classroom
Creating Quality Audio Recordings on a Budget
First Nations Languages Essential Learning Outcomes: Moving to Implementation
StoloShxweli.org and the Daily Halq’emeylem
Dah Dzahge Nodeside – Getting Our Talk Back: Sharing our Journey of Tahltan Language Revitalization
Language Immersion in Practice and Play
Implementing First Nations Language Curriculum Frameworks and Curricular Design
Coast Salish Woven Bag
Using CFR and Portfolio – an Alberta Example
Teaching JUMP Math in Ucwalmicts – Promoting Immersion Education
Community Language Education Planning Workbook
(subject to change)
Nominate an individual for one of the four BC First Nations Language Champion awards: Lifetime Achievement Award, School Education Award, Community Education Award, Youth Award (18-30 yrs). One champion will be selected in each of the four categories and celebrated at a recognition event at the conference on July 17th. See the information/nomination details on our event webpage. Nominations due May 28, 2015.
For online registration, registration guide and details, visit http://www.fnesc.ca/languages-conference Register early to avoid disappointment! (Note that this is not a FNESC reimbursable event.)
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Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Friday, May 15, 2015
Today, 190 Richmond teachers and support staff were welcomed onto the Musqueam Reserve, for a great day of learning. The day was opened by Musqueam Cultural Interpreter Alec Dan, followed by a keynote from Spirals of Inquiry authors, Judy Halbert and Linda Kaser. Groups then broke into 3 sessions, a Residential School Simulation with Brad Marsden, and an inquiry workshop, and a Musqueam Walking and Cultural Centre Tour. We were treated to a delicious lunch from Salishan Catering. Our day closed with remarks from Alec Dan, and his wife and son, and an amazing Honour song by a group of our Musqueam hosts, that will be remembered by all.