Tuesday, May 23, 2017

FNESC Summer Institute

Learning First Peoples Summer Institute for Teachers

August 21-24, 2017
Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel
7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond, BC
The Learning First Peoples Summer Institute is designed to support educators to bring quality, authentic First Peoples teaching and learning into BC classrooms.
Comprised of three different sessions, which can be selected individually, the sessions will introduce resources that focus on themes, issues and topics of importance to First Peoples learning and informed by the First Peoples Principles of Learning. Each session will include print resources, activities and opportunities for professional dialogue and networking.
For questions, please contact Riannon Nahanee toll-free 1-877-422-3672 riannonn@fnesc.ca
  • English First Peoples, Grades 10-12, August 21-22, 2017 (two days) $30
  • Residential Schools and Reconciliation Teacher Resource Guide (Elem/Sec), August 23, 2017 $30
  • Science First Peoples Grades 5-9 First Peoples, August 24, 2017  $30
If your preferred session/s fills to capacity, email the event administrator to be waitlisted.
Eligibility to Attend
First Nations school, public school and independent school teachers are invited to attend.
Registration Fees
Credit card and cheque are accepted. All registration fees must be paid by August 1st or the registration will be cancelled.
Cheques: If paying by cheque please send the cheque with a copy of the registration confirmation payable to First Nations Education Steering Committee c/o CivicInfo Mail to: CivicInfo BC, #203 – 4475 Viewmont Avenue, Victoria BC, V8Z 6L8.
Daily Schedule
Breakfast 8:30 am; Session 9:00 am to 3:00 pm (breakfast and lunch provided)
Venue and Accommodation
Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, 7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond. Reservations: (604) 273-7878
Book by July 20, 2017 quoting FNESC Workshop Summer Institute for the negotiated rate of $209+tx. Space is limited – please book early!
Travel Reimbursement
Travel/hotel reimbursement is available only to teachers from BC First Nations schools, maximum 3 per school, per session.
Please mail your travel claim to FNESC post-marked within 30 days of the event to be eligible for reimbursement. You must include original receipts for hotel, ferry, airplane, taxi, bus and parking.
A travel claim form will be provided at the event a sample Travel Claim Form – April 2017 is available for reference (rates subject to change). A summary of FNESC policies is on the reverse of the form.
When you register online, you will receive an automatic email confirming your registration.
You will only be reimbursed for “most economical” mode of travel.
Individuals eligible for travel reimbursement living more than one hour or 90 km from the event location can apply for hotel reimbursed at the negotiated rate.
Please do not claim breakfasts or lunches on the meeting day because they are provided.
Have a safe trip and thank you for your participation!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

National Aboriginal Day


NAISA Conference, June, 2017

From June 22 to 24, 2017, the University of British Columbia and its co-hosts will welcome NAISA, the largest scholarly organization devoted to Indigenous issues and research, to UBC’s Vancouver campus on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam Nation.

To get a feel for UBC, Vancouver, and the rich local history of Indigenous activism and arts, watch our conference trailer. Follow the tabs above for logistics and other information, and watch this space for regular updates as the conference approaches. We look forward to seeing you in Vancouver in June!
In this place and territory, we honour our commitments to ethical relationships and rigorous exchange of ideas that further the aims and sovereignties of Indigenous individuals, communities, and nations and the goals of NAISA as a scholarly organization. As the host committee, we are seeking to create a space that is free from harassment and violence, physical or otherwise. We ask for your support in this, and we take our direction from the First Nations House of Learning’s mandate which follows the Longhouse Teachings of Respect, Relationships, Responsibility, and Reverence. All of this is in keeping with longstanding protocols, relationships, and commitments established here. We hope attendees come with a generous spirit, a deep sense of ethics, and a genuine enthusiasm for the work we will all be doing together.
To register:
http://naisa2017.arts.ubc.ca/registration/

Monday, May 8, 2017

BCTF Reconciliation Activities

Just a reminder of Spring Reconciliation activities coming up for you to participate in.  Please see below for some ideas and see First Nations Child & Family Caring Society link https://fncaringsociety.com/events-make-difference for more information.
Bear Witness Day, to take place May 10, encourages individuals of all ages to honour Jordan’s Principle implementation by bringing their teddy bears to daycare, school or work. This year marks 10 years since Jordan’s Principle was unanimously passed in the House of Commons, and last year the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ordered the federal government to fully implement Jordan's Principle by May 10th, 2016. With another year passed, First Nations children continue to face discrimination in accessing government services on the same terms as other kids. Anyone can show their support and “Bear Witness” to Jordan’s Principle by hosting a “bear birthday party”, coffee break or lunch to learn more about Jordan’s Principle and to honour Jordan River Anderson. Photos of Bear Witness events can be shared on social media, including the Bear Witness Facebook event page (https://www.facebook.com/events/1272485976133090/) using the hashtag #JordansPrinciple.
Honouring Memories, Planting Dreams (HMPD), which is celebrated annually in May and June, invites people of all ages to join in reconciliation by planting heart gardens in their communities. Heart gardens honour residential school Survivors and their families, as well as the legacy of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Heart gardens can be indoors or outdoors; they can include decorated paper hearts and/or real flowers and medicines. Each heart that is planted represents the memory of a child lost to the residential school system, and the act of planting represents that individual’s commitment to finding their place in reconciliation. You can find out more and register your event at honouringmemoriesplantingdreams.ca.
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Our Dreams Matter Too (ODMT) is an annual walk and letter writing event that takes place in June to support culturally based equity for First Nations children. First Nations children get less funding than other children for services like education, health and child welfare and this makes it hard for them to achieve their dreams and grow up proud of who they are. ODMT is an opportunity to encourage children, youth, families, schools and organizations to write letters to their MP and the Prime Minister supporting culturally based equity for First Nations children, and to organize a walk to a mail box in their community. ODMT highlights the importance of reconciliation and that every child matters no matter where they come from! You can find out more and register your event at ourdreamsmattertoo.ca.
At the Caring Society, we believe that meaningful reconciliation engages people of all ages in learning about Indigenous child rights in Canada. Our spring reconciliation activities provide individuals and organizations with the opportunities they need to make a difference, in fun and creative ways. We hope that you can join us by taking part this spring!
If you have any questions or require any resources, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Gail Stromquist
Assistant Director, Aboriginal Education
Professional and Social Issues Department BCTF
100-550 West 6th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Z 4P2
gstromquist@bctf.ca
604-871-1854
cid:86AAAE56-9C02-4B00-893C-1669DBCFA251@bctfmain.priv

Thursday, April 20, 2017

BCTF Residential School Resource, The Gladys We Never Knew

The Gladys We Never Knew (The life of a child in a BC Indian Residential School)  ebook is now online!
Please see the link below and click on the “What’s New?” tile to access the Gladys ebook.



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Miranda Light, Administrative Assistant
Professional & Social Issues Division
Aboriginal Education & Peer Support Services
BC Teachers’ Federation 100-550 West 6th Ave.,
Vancouver, BC  V5Z 4P2
e: mlight@bctf.ca, web: www.bctf.ca
d: 604-871-1807, TF: 1-800-663-9163, (1807)
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Friday, April 7, 2017

FNESC workshops

Science First Peoples and Indian Residential Schools and Reconciliation

REGISTRATION is now open for two more workshops in our Learning First Peoples Series.
  1. Science First Peoples Workshop (Grades 5-9), MAY 5, 2017, Vancouver
  2. Indian Residential Schools and Reconciliation Workshop (Elementary and Secondary), MAY 26, 2017, Vancouver
These full-day workshops are designed for BC teachers to support them to teach about First Peoples in informed and appropriate ways.
Representatives from BC First Nations schools may claim travel reimbursement.
For online registration and full details, please visit http://www.fnesc.ca/events-lfp/

Monday, February 20, 2017

REEL Canada

Hi Teachers,

I'm writing because REEL CANADA has a special FREE opportunity for schools in the Vancouver area next month:

A screening of the award-winning documentary film Angry Inuk (dir. Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, 2016) followed by a presentation and in-person Q & A session with special guest and director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril!

This free Indigenous themed event, presented by REEL CANADA as part of the Beyond 150 Years: An Acknowledgement of Cinematic Territory film festival in partnership with Vancouver International Film Festival, is being offered to high school schools on Monday, March 6th, 2017

We also offer free lesson plans about the film for teachers to use before and/or after the film screenings.

I've attached a formal invitation to this email for you to read more about this exciting opportunity.

Please let me know ASAP, as spaces are limited, if your school is interested in participating in this exciting day: 1-855-733-5709 ext. 203

Thanks and I look forward to hearing back from you!

Cheers,
Stephanie


Stephanie Turenko, B.Ed
Production Coordinator
REEL CANADA

Ask Me About:
April 19, 2017
@canfilmday #CanFilmDay 

504-720 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON M5S 2R4
416-642-5796 | Toll-free: 1-855-733-5709 

VIFF Aboriginal Films

Join us for two upcoming high school screenings of the following Aboriginal films:
COLONIZATION ROAD (February 23, 2017 at 10am)
Michelle St. John, 2016, Canada, 49 mins
$8/student 
Email Cecelia Cheung at education@viff.org to book 

In towns throughout Ontario, there are startling reminders of the colonization of Indigenous territories and the displacement of First Nations people. Anishinaabe comedian and activist Ryan McMahon takes us to his hometown of Fort Frances and down its main drag, which is called Colonization Road. Similar streets have similar names in towns and cities across the province, direct reminders of the Public Lands Act of 1853 and its severe impact on First Nations, their treaties and their land in the name of "Canadian settlement." On his journey through Ontario, McMahon explores the history of these roads, meets with settlers in solidarity and raises significant questions about "reconciliation" and what it means to "decolonize."

ANGRY INUK (March 6, 2017 at 9am)
Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, 2016, Canada, 85 mins
FREE screening
Email Stephanie Turenko at stephanie@reelcanada.ca to reserve seats

Seal hunting, a critical part of Inuit life, has been controversial for a long time. Now, a new generation of Inuit, armed with social media and their own sense of humour and justice, are challenging the anti-sealing groups and bringing their own voices into the conversation. Director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril joins her fellow Inuit activists as they challenge outdated perceptions of Inuit and present themselves to the world as a modern people in dire need of a sustainable economy. 
We look forward to having your class with us!

Cecelia Cheung
VIFF Education Coordinator

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Stanley Park Ecology

Indigenous Plant Use

February 25 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Walk through the forest with an experienced guide of Coast Salish descent and learn about the traditional and present-day indigenous relationships with local flora and fauna. While there will be no collecting on these tours, Stanley Park offers a perfect setting to learn about sustainable harvesting. Join us on this walking tour to nurture yourself with nature and harmonize your well-being with the natural world.
We meet at the Stanley Park Nature House and will begin promptly!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Nominations for P.H. Bryce Award

REMINDER: Less than one week left to nominate a young person (or group) in your circle for the 2017 PH Bryce Award! We know that children and youth across Canada are doing amazing things to make this country better place, and we want to honour their efforts. Nomination deadline is February 15, 2017. Visit our website for more details: https://fncaringsociety.com/peter-bryce-award

A big thank you to our friends at United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) for the amazing graphic!


In recognition of Canada's 150th anniversary, we are pleased to announce a special 2017 call for nominations for the PH Bryce Award for Children and Youth. As Canada approaches its 150 birthday, we still have a long way to go to ensure for equity for First Nations kids and their families. We know that children and youth are doing amazing things to make Canada a better place, and their efforts inspire and uplift us all.
Award nominees must show how they have overcame challenges to stand up for the rights of First Nations, Métis and Inuit children, for example, speaking in public about the rights of Indigenous children even when you are a bit scared of talking in front of groups. Although the nominee(s) might be working to help one child or one community, it is important to show how these efforts could help other First Nations, Métis and Inuit children. 

Deadline extended! Submissions are due at by 12 noon Eastern Time on February 15th, 2017.

About the Award

The Peter Henderson Bryce Award is awarded every two years on a rotating basis (alternating between the child/youth and adult categories). Named for courageous health advocate Dr. Peter Henderson Bryce, the award recognizes outstanding leadership in promoting the safety, health or well-being of First Nations, Métis and Inuit children and youth. Learn more about Dr. Bryce.
The selection committee comprises members of the Bryce family, as well as representatives from the Canadian Paediatric Society, the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society and experts in the field of child rights and health.

2016 P. H. Bryce Award (Adult)

Renowned Abenaki filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin is the recipient of the 2016 Peter Bryce, M.D. Award for Excellence in Public Health Advocacy for First Nations, Métis and Inuit children and youth. Through her creative lens, Alanis gives Indigenous peoples the chance to share their stories, sheds light on injustices, and calls for redress on issues that impact the health and well-being of children. The P.H. Bryce Award acknowledges her work to improve the lives of Indigenous children and shift the hearts and minds of Canadians from a position of indifference to one of reconciliation. Read Alanis's full profile
Honourable mentions for the 2016 award include Dr. Anna Banerji of the University of Toronto, and Dr. Lola Baydala, pediatrician and associate professor with the University of Alberta. Read Dr. Banerji's and Dr. Baydala's profiles.


Thank you,

Gail Stromquist
Assistant Director, Aboriginal Education
Professional and Social Issues Department BCTF
100-550 West 6th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Z 4P2
gstromquist@bctf.ca
604-871-1854
cid:86AAAE56-9C02-4B00-893C-1669DBCFA251@bctfmain.priv

Free Film Screening

Hi Teachers,

I'm writing because REEL CANADA has a special FREE opportunity for schools in the Vancouver area next month:

A screening of the award-winning documentary film Angry Inuk (dir. Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, 2016) followed by a presentation and in-person Q & A session with special guest and director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril!

This free Indigenous themed event, presented by REEL CANADA as part of the Beyond 150 Years: An Acknowledgement of Cinematic Territory film festival in partnership with Vancouver International Film Festival, is being offered to high school schools on Monday, March 6th, 2017

We also offer free lesson plans about the film for teachers to use before and/or after the film screenings.

I've attached a formal invitation to this email for you to read more about this exciting opportunity.

Please let me know ASAP, as spaces are limited, if your school is interested in participating in this exciting day: 1-855-733-5709 ext. 203

Thanks and I look forward to hearing back from you!

Cheers,
Stephanie


Stephanie Turenko, B.Ed
Production Coordinator
REEL CANADA

Ask Me About:
April 19, 2017
@canfilmday #CanFilmDay 

504-720 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON M5S 2R4
416-642-5796 | Toll-free: 1-855-733-5709 

Monday, February 6, 2017

Coastal First Nations Dance Festival

The Coastal First Nations Dance Festival returns to MOA from March 4-6, 2017. Produced by the Dancers of Damelahamid in partnership with MOA, the tenth anniversary of this event will showcase the diverse and rich cultural traditions practiced by a selection of some of the best artists from coastal British Columbia, the Yukon, as well as national and international guest artists. Throughout the festival, the museum’s Great Hall will be transformed into a celebration of Indigenous cultures and dance traditions.

Signature Evening Performances — Ticketed Events
Friday, March 3 — 7:30 pm
Saturday, March 4 — 7:30 pm
Doors open at 7 pm
$30 adults / $25 students, seniors, MOA members
Buy Tickets

Festival Performances
Saturday, March 4 — 1-4 pm
Sunday, March 5 — 1-4 pm
Free with MOA admission

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Talking Stick Festival

http://fullcircle.ca/outreach/workshops-in-schools/



Workshops in Schools consist of storytelling, performing and visual arts workshops and classes programmed directly into schools and community centres in areas where many members of the Aboriginal community reside. Each workshop session is designed to emphasize interaction, participation, dialogue and education in a lively, creative environment. $150 for workshops.


Full Circle currently offers the following: 
PRIMARY & ELEMENTARY SCHOOL


• Storytelling
• Métis Jigging
• Powwow Dancing
• West Coast Singing and Dancing • Hip-Hop Beat Making
• TSF Colouring Contest
Subject to change.

SECONDARY SCHOOL / YOUTH
• Hip-Hop Beat Making/ DJ Mixing
• Master Class Slam Poetry (8 weeks) • Slam Poetry Introduction
• Vocal Lessons
• Visual Arts
• TSF Poster Design Contest
For complete Workshops in Schools Guide, visit www.fullcircle.ca 

How to Register
To register, contact us with the following information:
• The name of your school
• Your name and time of the workshop you

will be attending
• The total number of students that will be

attending
Email: education@fullcircle.ca or phone: 604-683-0497

Registration Deadline
Last day to register is Monday, Feb 6, 2017.
Workshops have a limited capacity and early registration is highly recommended. Due to safety, we regret we are unable to accommodate any requests for increased session size. Please see our Workshops in Schools Guide online
at www.fullcircle.ca for session capacity and requirements.

Questions or Further Information?
Please call 604-683-0497, or email us at: education@fullcircle.ca
The Workshops in School Series is part of the programming of The Talking Stick Festival and designed under the guidelines of the Aboriginal Enhancement Agreement.



Friday, January 27, 2017

Colonization Road

Since Europeans arrived on these shores, roads have been built to bring settlers across the country, connect them with resources to create industry and ultimately to establish a nation. Many of these interconnecting networks are called Colonization Roads. For Indigenous peoples, these roads embody a powerful and ironic reality; colonization is still so powerful, we name our roads after it. Join Anishinaabe comedian, Ryan McMahon as he travels across Ontario learning about Colonization Roads, the ways in which they have dispossessed Indigenous people of land and access to traditional territories while creating space for settlers in the colonial experiment that has become Canada.

With his brand of hard-hitting comedy, Ryan speaks with well respected Indigenous and settler lawyers, historians, researchers and policy makers who provide history, context and solutions for colonization roads and their impact. Ryan will look at the history of the roads, from the first settlers lured by Free Land Grant advertisements to the treaties signed in the name of Indigenous sovereignty and nationhood with the newcomers.

http://www.cbc.ca/firsthand/episodes/colonization-road

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Have a Heart Day


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This year will mark the 6th annual Have a Heart Day! Have a Heart Day is a child and youth-led reconciliation campaign that celebrates love and fairness for First Nations children so they, too, have the services they need to grow up safely at home, get a good education, be healthy, and be proud of who they are.

On February 14, hundreds of children, youth and other caring Canadians will gather on Parliament Hill to ask the Government and all Canadians to have a heart for First Nations children. The event on Parliament Hill will be supported by dozens of other events across the country – and this is where you come in!

You can support Have a Heart Day even if you are not in Ottawa! Choose a day leading up to Valentine’s Day that works for your school or community, and remember to register your participation online to show your support!

There are many ways you can celebrate Have a Heart Day:

Send a Valentine’s Day card or letter supporting Have a Heart Day to the Prime Minister and your   Member of Parliament.
Host a Valentine’s Day party to raise awareness in your school or community.
Bring reconciliation into the classroom. Do Project of Heart, organize a Blanket Exercise workshop, or screen a film. For other great ideas, visit the Shannen's Dream School Resources page
Spread the word through social media like YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook. Use the hashtag #HaveaHeartDay. 
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Visit HaveaHeartDay.ca for more information and to register!           

Gail Stromquist
Assistant Director, Aboriginal Education
Professional and Social Issues Department BCTF
100-550 West 6th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Z 4P2
gstromquist@bctf.ca
604-871-1854
cid:86AAAE56-9C02-4B00-893C-1669DBCFA251@bctfmain.priv