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 at
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 (, 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.