Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Talking Stick Festival


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: 

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

• 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

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.


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

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education


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 people’s 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.


This online course is delivered using the edX platform, learn about how to register here.


Visit the website for more detailed information, and program contacts:pdce.educ.ubc.ca/MOOC