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.

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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
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
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