Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Friday, December 9, 2016

FNESC workshops

Registration is now open for the following Learning First Peoples workshops for teachers, offered by the First Nations Education Steering Committee and First Nations Schools Association, and facilitated by FNESC Curriculum Coordinator, Jo-Anne Chrona.

We would be very appreciative if you would forward this notice to contacts within your district.

Science First Peoples, Gr. 5-9, January 23, 2017Vancouver, Coast Coal Harbour
Science First Peoples, Gr. 5-9, January 30, 2017Prince George, Sandman Signature Hotel (registration for this workshop opens soon)
English First Peoples, Gr. 10-12 (based on the new draft EFP Guides), February 3, 2017Vancouver, Coast Coal Harbour
Indian Residential Schools and Reconciliation (elementary and secondary, combined) February 10, 2017Vancouver, Coast Coal Harbour

Find the event details and registration at www.fnesc.ca/events-lfp

·         The capacity for each workshop is just 40 people, so if you are interested in registering please do so very soon. We anticipate filling to capacity early.   

·         There is $30 registration fee that is payable by credit card or cheque.  It needs to be paid to our registration service provider, CivicInfo, in advance of the event.   

·         The hotel booking deadline is January 10, 2017

·         The event contact is Riannon Nahanee riannonn@fnesc.ca 1-877-422-3672.


Jennifer White
Senior Communications Officer

First Nations Education Steering Committee &
First Nations Schools Association
#113 - 100 Park Royal South, West Vancouver, BC  V7T 1A2
www.fnesc.ca     www.fnsa.ca   

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Thursday, November 24, 2016

New Indigenous Colouring Books

The countdown is on ...

Mark your calendars and set your alarms ... tell your cousin, tell your sister, tell your auntie ... 7AM - Friday -  November 25th ... its the official launch of our brand new Indigenous coloring books ... (if you missed downloading your free pdf review copies, simply CLICK HERE) ...


  • NAPI: A Coloring Experience

  • UNeducation: A Coloring Experience

  • The Completely Capricious Coloring Collection

Jam-packed with authentically Indigenous images and stories, they each offer a coloring experience unlike any you've seen before. With such a huge multi-book launch looming, I've been getting endless questions. Over the next few days I'm gonna give you an exclusive behind the scenes ... creating the books, sneak peeks inside and even a little glimpse into my life as an Indigenous author and artist.

So kick back and get comfy, I'm about to school you ...

NAPI: A Coloring Experience

It all starts with an idea ...

I grew up with NAPI legends ... my late grandpa, Glen EagleSpeaker, told me countless stories during our many cross country drives in his green and wood-paneled station wagon.

Whenever I had a problem, he always had a NAPI story as the answer. With some stories, the lesson was obvious. With others, it took awhile to understand, but made perfect sense as I grew older.

Who is NAPI?

Pronounced "NAW-PEA", he is a Blackfoot trickster ... a trouble maker ... a foolish being ... he teaches us what not to do. Blackfoot people have been using NAPI as an educational and motivational tool for thousands of years. Countless generations have survived, and thrived, from the priceless knowledge that NAPI introduces.

It is said that NAPI could talk with all living things--the animals, plants, rocks, everything. He teased, pulled pranks, many times on himself. His actions began a cycle of existence.

Every Blackfoot family has their own interpretation of the various NAPI stories, but each has a common moral in the ending. One story might teach a lesson or prove a point; another story may tell of how a certain part of nature came to be. All Blackfoot people know of NAPI, from the serious side of his creation to his foolish and spiteful deeds.

Based on my graphic novel/self help series, "NAPI: The Trixster", this new coloring experience came about when an anonymous reviewer left an amazing quote:

"Several of my students expressed a desire to color the illustrations. To me the act of coloring is a metaphor for what I found myself doing, placing my life stories in the context of the NAPI short stories."

UNeducation: A Coloring Experience

My entire family attended residential schools ...

My mother, my aunts, my uncles, my grandparents, my great uncles, my great aunts, my great grandparents - all the way back to the late 1800s - they were all students in the mandatory residential school system.


That's right, up until just recently, Indigenous families had no choice but to send their children to residential schools - it was a federal law that was rigorously enforced. Many parents were even required to sign over guardianship to the head of the school - IMAGINE THAT !!!

You may be asking yourself:

"How could this be? How come I never learned about this? Why wasn't this in my history class?"

I wish I had an easy answer for you, perhaps the facts weren't readily available back then. Look at it this way - in today's era of technology, ignorance is a choice. Only recently, has authentic information been made easily and instantly accessible. Now,anyone anywhere anytime can simply google "residential school system" and limitless links pop up.

This coloring book came about through a myriad of requests from schools (and other impactful people) asking for coloring resources related to the residential school era.

As a companion to the best selling "UNeducation: A Residential School Graphic Novel"series, think of "UNeducation: A Coloring Experience" as exactly that - an experience. A necessary introduction to very difficult subject matter.

The Completely Capricious Coloring Collection

Even amazing images can go unused ...

Amid sketchbooks overflowing with astounding never-before-seen content, these illustrations have always begged for a proper home. That's what "The Completely Capricious Coloring Collection" is all about - random requests, odd designs, incidental images, accidental doodles, whimsical characters, alternate comics, custom commissions and arbitrary art. I crammed everything I could find in there.

No rhyme or reason ?

Exactly, so leave your expectations at the door and simply let acceptance guide you.

Once again, if you missed downloading your free pdf review copies, CLICK HERE

Feel free to forward this email to anyone you feel may benefit by clicking the FORWARD button below, or simply mention www.eaglespeaker.com
Thats it for now ...
Until next time ...

Pride, Peace
& Frybread Grease

- Jason EagleSpeaker

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Gord Downie's "The Secret Path" aired on CBC

Check it out, along with a panel on reconcilation on this link:

Here's a Maclean's article on the real story of Chanie Wenjack.

Here's another interesting article.

UBC Courses in Indigenous Education

UBC Faculty of Education has announced three professional learning courses in Indigenous Education that will take place in 2017. The MOOC Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education is open registration for anyone; it is a free course delivered entirely online.
• Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education | Online MOOC Download Poster
• Aboriginal Education in Canada | UBC Vancouver Download Poster
• Ecology, Technology, and Indigeneity in the High Amazon Summer Institute | Lamas, Peru Download Poster
January 24 - March 7 | 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.
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.
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.
COURSE DETAILS: This online course is delivered using the edX platform.
• DATES: January 24 - March 7, 2017 • LOCATION: Online (asynchronous)
• REGISTRATION: Register by January 23
LEARN MORE: Visit the website for more detailed information, and program contacts:pdce.educ.ubc.ca/MOOC
January - April, 2017 | 8 evening classes + 4 online modules
The educational landscape in BC is undergoing exciting developments, and this course responds to new curriculum developments.
In this course, educators will build their knowledge and deepen their understanding of Aboriginal/Indigenous people¹s worldviews, approaches to learning, and their histories and contemporary realities. Through the frameworks of reconciliation, decolonization, and self-determination, we will explore how Indigenous histories, perspectives, content, worldviews and pedagogies can be respectfully and meaningfully integrated in the curriculum, teaching, and programming of classrooms, schools, and community contexts.
This course responds to new curriculum development in British Columbia and Canada¹s Truth and Reconciliation Commission¹s Calls to Action (2015), whereby educators are prepared to advance Aboriginal history and worldviews in the curriculum of schools.
Delivered through blended learning, the class will meet 8 weeks face-to-face at UBC Vancouver and include four 3-hour online modules.
COURSE DETAILS: Registration is available for credit (3 credits, EDUC 440) or for non-credit participation to meet the needs of working professionals. We anticipate this course will fill quickly, early registration is recommended.
• DATES: January 3 - April 7, 2017 • TIMES: Tuesdays, 4:30-7:30pm • LOCATION: UBC Vancouver + Online modules
• REGISTRATION: Register by November 22
LEARN MORE: Visit the website for more detailed information, and program contacts:pdce.educ.ubc.ca/Aboriginal-Ed
July 4-24, 2017 | Lamas, Peru
Join UBC at the Sachamama Center for BioCultural Regeneration in Lamas, Peru. The Center is a non-profit organization whose mission is to work collaboratively with the local Kichwa-Lamista communities in their bio-cultural regeneration with the goal of nurturing intercultural dialogue.
This six (6) credit Peru Summer Institute: Ecology, Technology & Indigeneity in the High Amazon offers an intensive three-week program of study consisting of two integrated courses: Ecology, Technology, and Indigeneity in the High Amazon, and Narrativity, Indigenous Ecoliteracies and Ecopedagogies in the High Amazon.
Through a combination of seminars at Sachamama and immersion learning in a local Kichwa-Lamista community, students will engage mind, body, heart and spirit as they experience worldviews, knowings, and community practices that value other than global capital and geopolitical systems. Students will reciprocate by doing hands-on service work at Sachamama and in the Kichwa-Lamista community as part of their coursework. It is anticipated that the exchanges with the Kichwa-Lamista continue beyond the Peru Summer Institute enacting sustained intercultural solidarity-building toward a more just and sustainable world.
COURSE DETAILS: Registration is available for credit (6 credits), therefore participants would need to be a UBC student or apply for admission in order to register. Go Global at UBC International House supports this program.
• DATES: July 4-24, 2017 • LOCATION: Lamas, Peru
• REGISTRATION: Register by January 19
LEARN MORE: Visit the website for more detailed information, and program contacts:pdce.educ.ubc.ca/Peru2017

Saturday, October 29, 2016

NOII/AESN grant applications

TO: Networks of Inquiry and Innovation and Aboriginal Enhancement Schools Network
Please find attached the NOII AESN Fall Newsletter...
Re: 2016-17 NOII AESN Inquiry Proposal Template attachments - the timeline for submission is November 25, 2016.
1) AESN-NOII Inquiry Proposal Submission Form
2) 4 Key Questions
3) SOI -A Guide to the Phases of the Spiral of Inquiry
The template can be accessed on the NOII website

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Infusing Aboriginal Content, Professional Dialogue

We've recorded the webinar on video!
In case you missed the webinar session, or in case you'd like to watch it again, here's the link to the replay video:
Title: Infusing Aboriginal Content, Professional Dialogue
Description: Aboriginal Infusion Professional Dialogue - BCTF webinar Aboriginal Understandings and the Revised BC Curriculum
Host: Chris Stewart, Gail Stromquist, Shanee Prasad, Liz Krieg, Chas Desjarlais, Greg Sutherland
Date: Tuesday, 25 October 2016
Time: 03:30 pm Pacific Time (US and Canada), GMT -7
Enjoy the replay!

Monday, October 24, 2016

UBC Event

Reconciling Difficult Colonial Truths:  Literature for Children and Youth
4:00-6:00 pm.  Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Irving K. Barber Center, Chilcotin Board Room, Rm 256 
Given the legacy of 500 years of colonization, sharing and telling stories for children and young adults about difficult truths is important in moving forward towards reconciliation.  As part of the journey,  increased sensibilities and approaches are needed and give rise to many questions. How can children’s literature be decolonized and made appropriate for 21st century learners? What role do writers, illustrators, teachers, teacher-librarians and children’s librarians play in the process? What ethical and respectful approaches are employed to decolonize the creation, dissemination and use of literature, especially about issues that readers find stressful and upsetting? Who should tell the stories? What are the risks and benefits of appropriation and commodification of cultural heritage?  And what critical analysis skills are essential when promoting and sharing literature that is both historic and an ongoing expression of colonization? Join our School Library Day conversation, to hear from our panelists. 

Maggie De Vries will talk as a writer and editor.  She edited Fatty Legs and A Stranger at Home and wrote the teen novel, Rabbit Ears.
Gordon Powell will provide insights as a teacher, teacher-librarian and district principal for Aboriginal Education in Surrey about First Nations collections and integrating aboriginal content. 
Julie Flett will speak about her work as a Cree-Metis Canadian author and illustrator and how she indigenizes picture books for children.
Arushi Raina will comment about apartheid and growing up as a teenager in South Africa and how that influenced her debut young adult novel, When Morning Comes

Free event, featuring light food and refreshments.
Videopodcasts of past National School Library Day Events are available athttp://www.ikebarberlearningcentre.ubc.ca/category/webcasts/library-and-information-science/
2010 Video Games and Youth Eric Meyers and Kathy Sanford
2011 Project Information Literacy Michael Eisenberg
2012 Engaging Youth with Indigenous Materials   Debra Martel and Allison Taylor-McBryde
2013 BC’s New Education Plan School Libraries at the Centre of Learning   Gino Bondi, Patricia Finlay
2014 Connecting Authors and Readers   Vivian Howard
2015 The Place and Space for Canadian Children’s Literature in Our Lives and Libraries Maggie de Vries,  Jan Hare, Judith Saltman and Yukiko Tosa  

Jo-Anne Naslund
Education Library
2125 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4

All Our Father's Relations

Sunday, November 6: World Premiere of "All Our Father’s Relations" Documentary Film

All Our Father's Relations is documentary film featuring the family of Musqueam Elder Larry Grant, Elder-in-Residence at the First Nations House of Learning. It will premiere at the 20th Annual Vancouver Asian Film Festival and has been nominated for the Best Canadian Feature Award. It tells the story of the Grant siblings’ journey from Vancouver to China in an attempt to rediscover their father's roots and better understand his fractured relationship with their Musqueam mother. The Grant family and their story reveals the shared struggles of migrants and Aboriginal peoples in the past and today.
Sun, Nov 6, 4:30pm
Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas
Purchase tickets (available on a first-come, first-serve basis).

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Indigenous Curriculum Resources

Here is a message from publisher, Theytus Books (http://www.theytus.com/), a First Nations-owned and operated and a leading North American publisher of indigenous voices:

We understand this can be a daunting task to find authentic First Nations stories and
materials to use in your class. Theytus Books has been publishing Indigenous stories
for more than 33 years and in the following pages we will highlight some of the
incredible selections of books that can help Indigenize the classroom. We have also
included a fact sheet and links to websites that can be used in collaboration to create
more Indigenous materials and curriculum in your classroom.
Using the three core competencies we identified the books that may be of service to the
area, they are marked as follows:



Personal and Social

We are thankful you have chosen to indigenize your classroom and commit to the
healing and reconciliation between Indigenous people and non-Indigenous people in

We hope our books can be of service in this area.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Orange Shirt Day Video


Phyllis Webstad talks about Orange Shirt Day--why the day originated, and what it means to her.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Pole Raising

Monday, October 3: Traditional Naming and Pole Raising Ceremony @ UBC Farm

The Indigenous Research Partnerships in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems invites everyone to attend a Pole Raising and Traditional Naming Ceremony of the Indigenous Health Research and Education Garden at UBC Farm.
Mon, Oct 3, 12-3pm
UBC Farm, 3461 Ross Drive, Vancouver
For more information, contact Dr. Eduardo Jovel.

Interactive Medicine Walk

Thursday, September 29: Interactive Medicine Walk with Indigenous Plant Diva

Immerse yourself in a healthy balance and join Cease Wyss, the Indigenous Plant Diva, in alliance with the Indigenous Research Partnerships in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems. In this session, Cease will introduce participants to a variety of medicines and some fresh medicines collected over the summer and fall in Coast Salish lands and waterways. She will also be sharing knowledge on plants including preservation for tea making and a few other fun ways of creating remedies.
Thurs, Sept 29, 10-11:30am
Live videoconference or computer webinar

October 5, Book Presentation

 Wednesday, October 5: Book Presentation: The Colonial Problem: An Indigenous Perspective on Crime and Injustice in Canada

Dr. Lisa Monchalin, from Kwantlen Polytechnic University, will be presenting her book 'The Colonial Problem: An Indigenous Perspective on Crime and Injustice in Canada' at the Longhouse. In her book, Dr. Monchalin, who is the first Indigenous woman to hold a PhD in Criminology in Canada, inverts the notion that the over-representation of Aboriginal people in the Canadian justice system is an 'Indian problem' (thus putting the blame on Indigenous people) but rather is a result of a 'colonial problem.'
This event is being hosted by the Aboriginal Health Initiative.
Wed, Oct 5, 6:30-8pm
Sty-Wet-Tan Great Hall, The Longhouse
For further inquiries, contact Paula Chanyungco.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Culture Days in Richmond, September 30 - October 2

Over 80 Culture Days events happening in Richmond

Richmond, BC – Culture Days, the annual free celebration of Canadian culture, will return to Richmond this fall with over 80 hands-on activities and behind-the-scenes experiences. Richmond artists, organizations and community groups open their doors for three full days – Friday, September 30 to Sunday, October 2 – for people to discover the world of artists, creators, historians, creative businesses and designers living and working in their community.

For months, members of Richmond’s cultural community have been planning a variety of demonstrations, tours, workshops and other special events. The Richmond Cultural Centre will be the hub of the weekend’s festivities with many more activities taking place throughout the City. Culture Days visitors can expect a wide range of things to do in Richmond, including:

·        Live First Nations Drum painting with Brandon Gabriel: Visit with well-known Kwantlen First Nations artist, Brandon Gabriel, as he designs and paints a drum at the Richmond Cultural Centre on Saturday, October 1, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

History of Aboriginals in Canada Video


This video, called Roots of Racism, is about a sister that takes her brother back through time to show him how racist polices towards Aboriginal people developed in Canada.  Starting from first contact, it explores the topics such as colonialism, the Indian Act, and Residential Schools.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Secret Path by Gord Downie

Ogoki Post, Ontario
September 9, 2016

Mike Downie introduced me to Chanie Wenjack; he gave me the story from Ian Adam’s Maclean’s magazine story dating back to February 6, 1967, “The Lonely Death of Charlie Wenjack.”
Chanie was a young boy who died on October 22, 1966, walking the railroad tracks, trying to escape from the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School to walk home. Chanie’s home was 400 miles away. He didn’t know that. He didn’t know where it was, nor know how to find it, but, like so many kids – more than anyone will be able to imagine – he tried. I never knew Chanie, the child his teachers misnamed Charlie, but I will always love him.

Chanie haunts me. His story is Canada’s story. This is about Canada. We are not the country we thought we were. History will be re-written. We are all accountable, but this begins in the late 1800s and goes to 1996. “White” Canada knew – on somebody’s purpose – nothing about this. We weren’t taught it; it was hardly ever mentioned.

All of those Governments, and all of those Churches, for all of those years, misused themselves. They hurt many children. They broke up many families. They erased entire communities. It will take seven generations to fix this. Seven. Seven is not arbitrary. This is far from over. Things up north have never been harder. Canada is not Canada. We are not the country we think we are.

I am trying in this small way to help spread what Murray Sinclair said, “This is not an aboriginal problem. This is a Canadian problem. Because at the same time that aboriginal people were being demeaned in the schools and their culture and language were being taken away from them and they were being told that they were inferior, they were pagans, that they were heathens and savages and that they were unworthy of being respected — that very same message was being given to the non-aboriginal children in the public schools as well…They need to know that history includes them.” (Murray Sinclair, Ottawa Citizen, May 24, 2015)

I have always wondered why, even as a kid, I never thought of Canada as a country – It’s not a popular thought; you keep it to yourself – I never wrote of it as so. The next hundred years are going to be painful as we come to know Chanie Wenjack and thousands like him – as we find out about ourselves, about all of us – but only when we do can we truly call ourselves, “Canada.”
“Do we want to live in a haunted house the rest of our lives?” - Joseph Boyden

Proceeds from the sale of Secret Path will go to The Gord Downie Secret Path Fund for Truth and Reconciliation via The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at The University of Manitoba.
The Secret Path will be broadcast by CBC in an hour-long commercial-free television special on Sunday, October 23, 2016, at 9pm (9:30 NT).

Gord Downie began Secret Path as ten poems incited by the story of Chanie Wenjack, a twelve year-old boy who died fifty years ago on October 22, 1966, in flight from the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School near Kenora, Ontario, walking home to the family he was taken from over 400 miles away. Gord was introduced to Chanie Wenjack (miscalled “Charlie” by his teachers) by Mike Downie, his brother, who shared with him Ian Adams’ Maclean’s story from February 6, 1967, “The Lonely Death of Charlie Wenjack.”

The stories Gord’s poems tell were fleshed into the ten songs of Secret Path with producers Kevin Drew and Dave Hamelin. Recording took place over two sessions at the Bathouse in Bath, Ontario, November and December 2013. The music features Downie on vocals and guitars, with Drew and Hamelin playing all other instruments, except guest contributions by Charles Spearin (bass), Ohad Benchetrit (lap steel/guitar), Kevin Hearn (piano), and Dave “Billy Ray” Koster (drums).

In winter 2014, Gord and Mike brought the recently finished music to comic artist Jeff Lemire for his help illustrating Chanie’s story, bringing him and the many children like him to life.
Secret Path acknowledges a dark part of Canada’s history – the long-supressed mistreatment of Indigenous children and families by the residential school system – with the hope of starting our country on a road to reconciliation.

The ten song album will be released by Arts & Crafts accompanied by Lemire’s eighty-eight page graphic novel published by Simon & Schuster Canada. Secret Path will arrive on October 18, 2016, in a deluxe vinyl and book edition, and as a book with album download.

Downie’s music and Lemire’s illustrations have inspired The Secret Path, an animated film to be broadcast by CBC in an hour-long commercial-free television special on Sunday, October 23, 2016, at 9pm (9:30 NT).http://secretpath.ca/

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Artist Talk with Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun

Thursday, September 8: Unceded Territories: Artist Talk with Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun

Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, an artist of Coast Salish and Okanagan descent, is known for his bold and political approach to Northwest Coast Native art. Join him as he speaks about the Unceded Territories exhibition at MOA, his artistic practice, and his quest for social change. Then stay and see his remarkable solo exhibition at the museum he has often called the "Indian morgue."
Thursday, September 8, 7pm
Museum of Anthropology, UBC

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Orange Shirt Day

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:
  • http://orangeshirtday.weebly.com/about.html

  • If you are interested in purchasing an orange shirt, limited quantities (including both adult and children's sizes) are available for purchase at:Native Northwest - Garfinkel Publications - 1640 W. 75th Ave., Vancouver B.C. Canada V6P 6G2
  • sales@nativenorthwest.com - p: 604-266-9044 - f: 604-266-9058

Friday, April 29, 2016


Strong Nations launch newest series of books, Strong Stories, by three authors from across Canada.

To the east, 8 Kanyen’kehà:ka Stories from Michelle Corneau, author. Monica Wysotski, illustrator.
To the west, 8 Coast Salish Stories from Celestine Aleck. Cole Good and Joel Good, illustrators.
To the north, 8 Tlingit Stories from Bill Helin. Bill Helin, illustrator.

These stories reflect the belief that our stories are the roots of our people, our lands and our cultures. It is from our stories that we grow and become strong and proud.

Please see the attached for more information:
Strong Stories Order Form April-2016.pdf

Strong Nations "We bring Indigenous Books into your lives…"
- link to the resources on Strong Nations website


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

UBC Summer Institute for Teachers

The UBC Faculty of Education is offering a number of summer institutes this year, below is a list programs with a focus on Indigenous Education.



EDST 565B | EDUC 490V
Begins May 21 | UBC Vancouver & Kanai Reserve, Alberta
Apply by April 9

EDCP 467A | EDCP 532 | Non-credit
Begins July 25 | Bamfield, B.C.
Apply by June 13

Begins July 13 | UBC Vancouver
Apply by June 1

ECED 480B | ECED 565F | Non-credit
Begins July 4 | UBC Vancouver 
Apply by May 23

The full list of summer learning programs is available at: https://iris.insitesystems.com/user/link/navigate?id=2464&p=51082.

In addition to these Indigenous Education programs, below are some non-credit events may be of interest for your professional learning this summer.
Begins May 2016 | UBC Vancouver (blended in-person & online)
Apply by April 18

Begins July 2016 | UBC Vancouver
Apply by May 30

SRL INQUIRY HUB - Developing Self-Regulating Learners in Inclusive Classrooms
Begins July 2016 | UBC Vancouver
Apply by May 23

Begins July 2016 | UBC Vancouver
Apply by May 26

Begins August 2016 | UBC Vancouver
Apply by July 11

Begins August 22 | UBC Vancouver
Apply by July 11

Begins August 22 | UBC Vancouver
Apply by July 11

July | UBC Vancouver & Robson Square

July 4-15 | UBC Vancouver

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Circle of Courage

  • The Science of Raising Courageous Kids. http://martinbrokenleg.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/12_1_Brokenleg_Van_Bockern.pdf
  • The Circle of Courage is a holistic approach to reclaiming youth, which is grounded in resilience science and in values of deep respect for the dignity of children and youth. This article identifies the core assumptions of the Circle of Courage model and its research foundation in positive youth development. In order to thrive, all children need the opportunity to be reared in schools and communities that cultivate belonging, mastery, independence, and generosity."

Other articles: http://martinbrokenleg.com/articles

A video summary of the first article:

  • Dr. Martin Brokenleg's presentation of the Circle of Courage at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings held May 17 2013 in Williams Lake. Produced for School District 27 Cariboo-Chilcotin. (9 min)

Friday, April 15, 2016

"The Confession"

Hummingbird Ministries Presents "THE CONFESSION" @ Gilmore Park United Church 8060 NO. 1 ROAD, RICHMOND, BC @ 2 PM, SUNDAY, APRIL 24.
The Confession is a dramatic presentation of the 1994 Confession of the Presbyterian Church in Canada, for its part in the harm done to First Nations people through the “Indian Residential School System”. The actors (both Caucasian and First Nations) act out, without words, the acknowledgment made in the Confession, accompanied by music. Narrators read The Confession and the Canadian Apology. An invitation is extended to the audience to join the actors in a celebration dance, symbolic of hope for reconciliation. The Good Samaritan is read followed by a short reflection and healing music.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

New Musqueam Post at UBC


The Musqueam people and the University of British Columbia acknowledged their developing partnership today with the dedication of a striking cedar post installed prominently on the Point Grey campus, which is located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Musqueam people.
Carved by talented Musqueam artist, Brent Sparrow Jr., the post tells an origin story of the Musqueam involving a two-headed serpent.
“We cherish the relationship between the university and the Musqueam,” said Musqueam Chief Wayne Sparrow. “As UBC is on our traditional territory, it’s important that we work together closely to share our culture and look for opportunities to work together.”
The new Musqueam post is now installed, facing east towards the new Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre and the campus entrance, at the foot of a cascading water feature at University Boulevard and East Mall.
“This beautiful post will serve as a permanent welcome to all visitors to these grounds and as a reminder of our relationship with the Musqueam people who were here long before UBC’s history began,” said Interim President Martha Piper. “Its dedication, one of the closing events of UBC’s Centennial year, points towards renewed—and stronger—relationships in the future.”
The land upon which UBC and the post are situated has always been a place of learning for the Musqueam people, where culture, history, and traditions have been passed from one generation to the next.