Wednesday, October 16, 2019


 Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education MOOC from Oct 15 - Nov 19 

Reconciliation through Indigenous Education MOOC is a 6-week non-credit online course that helps envision how Indigenous histories, perspectives, worldviews, and approaches to learning can be made part of the classroom, organizations, communities, and everyday experiences 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.

Register here. 

Film Screening

Revisiting Indigenous Articulations: a film screening and discussion with Anita Chang - Nov 22, 2019 6:30-8:30PM at SFU Habour Centre 

"What is at stake in generating and representing Indigenous articulations in Asia and the Pacific? ... This film represents in at-times unexpected ways efforts at Indigenous language revitalization, responses to settler colonial education policies, and the impact of extreme climate variability on Indigenous communities." 

Join filmmaker, educator, and writer Anita Chang for a screening and discussion on Tongues of Heaven, a collaboratively directed experimental documentary film that brings together the work of four Indigenous female filmmakers: An-Chi Chen and Shin-Lan You from Taiwan and Leivallyn Kainoa Kaupu and Monica Hau'oli Waiau from Hawai'i.

Register here

Exhibition at Bill Reid Gallery

 Royal Portrait Exhibition at the Bill Reid Gallery 

Royal Portrait exhibition is happening from October 2, 2019 - January 19, 2020 at the Bill Reid Gallery. The exhibition is featuring a collection of carvings, jewelry, and portraits by Morgan Asoyuf honouring the Indigenous matriarchs in her life.

"Royal Portraits highlights the true meaning of royalty for Indigenous peoples which is linked to how well we take care of others and the environment." -- Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art

For further details and to buy tickets. 


Using maps as a weapon to resist extractive industries on Indigenous territories 

MappingBack, a project created by a collective of Indigenous and non-Indigenous activists, researchers, communities and cartographers is an online space where Indigenous communities and allies can share their experiences and expertise related to mapping and resource conflicts. It is used to show Indigenous perspectives and relationships with the land.

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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Truth and Reconciliation Webinar

It is critical to understand how to facilitate and engage in meaningful conversations about Truth and Reconciliation within the classroom setting in order to respond to the Calls to Action. Nelson has recognized this need by designing a K-12 webinar series. Learn about practical strategies you can take towards building a reconciliation relationship in your school from award-winning leading Indigenous educator, Dr. Pamela Rose Toulouse, a proud Anishinabek woman originally from the Sagamok First Nation.

Register for this webinar series and join other K-12 educators along this important journey on Wednesday, September 25 beginning at 6:30 pm EST.

Truth & Reconciliation: Beginning the Journey

  • What is Truth and Reconciliation?
  • What is it not?
  • How can Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples work towards healing and building communities of difference?
  • Why is Truth and Reconciliation critical to conversations in the classroom today?

Grouse Mountain Field Trip Opportunities

Jumpstart Your 2019/20 School Year with Outdoor Education

Fall days are made for outdoor adventures!

Bring your students for an unforgettable field trip at Grouse Mountain, and explore the wonders of our local wildlife, history, ecology, and more. Our specially designed guided programs complement the BC curriculum and provide students with fun hands-on learning.

Fall field trip activities are a hit with students of all ages: 
  • Bears of North America: Learn about the bears of North America, and visit the Grizzly bear habitat before Grinder & Coola begin their winter hibernation. 
  • hiwus Cultural Program: Step into the authentic Pacific Northwest Longhouse and take a journey with a Squamish First Nation Elder to discover the traditional way of life of coastal First Nations people. 
  • Teen Team Building: Experience a unique day of experiential training and development activities, teamwork, and leadership exercises in a spectacular outdoor learning environment. 
  • Mountain Ropes Adventure™ course (New): Add-on a visit to the Mountain’s latest activity featuring an aerial ropes course with a special kids zone. 
  • And many more! 

BC Field Trips Fair

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Take learning on the road with BC Field Trips

Join us!

17th Annual Field Trip Fair for Teachers

Hosted by
Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver Civic Theatres
601 Smithe St., Vancouver

Tuesday, September 17, 2019
3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (arrive when you can)

If you have already registered, please share this email with your colleagues.
- Preview programs from more than 50 field trip sites
- Win one of 50+ free field trips for your class
- Draws to support your field trips
- Door prizes
- Explore the magnificent Orpheum Theatre
- Refreshments - adults only due to liquor licensing. 

Getting to the Fair

Please enter at 601 Smithe St.

Public Transportation
The Orpheum Theatre is a short walk from Skytrain’s Canada Line (City Centre). Use the Translink Trip Planner to plan your trip.

Parking is available around the Orpheum Theatre. Find your best parking option here.
Learning is more fun with a friend - please share this email with colleagues.
Registration for teachers is FREE but required. This is an adult only event due to liquor licensing. Please do not bring minors. Please drink responsibly at this professional development event.

About Us

We are four volunteers who strongly believe that field trips provide unique and significant learning opportunities and that by providing our services we can promote field trip opportunities and help teachers utilize a variety of community-based informal learning resources.  More about us.
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Tuesday, March 19, 2019


Deadline Monday, April 1: Reconciliation through Indigenous Education MOOC
The Reconciliation through Indigenous Education MOOC (massive open online course) is a 6-week 100% online course designed to help you envision how Indigenous histories, perspectives, worldviews, and approaches to learning can be made part of the work you do in classrooms, organizations, communities, and everyday experiences in ways that are thoughtful and respectful. It is offered by Professional Development & Community Engagement in the Faculty of Education. Register by Monday, April 1st.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Coast Salish Cedar Dyeing Workshop

Coast Salish Cedar Dyeing Workshop with Jessica Silvey
SATURDAY APRIL 13, 2019 | 10 AM – 4 PM
Join master weaver and dyer Jessica Silvey for a one-day cedar dyeing workshop.
Using the plants and minerals that were harvested and prepared by Jessica Silvey herself, participants will learn how to make natural plant dyes and earth pigments. Participants will gain hands-on experience working with these dyes to paint onto cedar bark.
Jessica is a self-taught weaver and dyer of Coast Salish and Portuguese descent of the Silvey family in Egmont, BC. Many of her childhood hours were spent with her paternal grandmother in the forest where she learned many of the techniques she will be sharing. Combined with her natural curiosity for experimentation, she has mastered the delicate science of dyeing.
Workshop fee includes all materials and light lunch.
MOA • General $140 | UBC Students, Staff, Faculty/MOA Members/Indigenous peoples $125   

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Edge of the Knife screening

Talking Stick Festival

Reel Reservations: Edge of the Knife
 High School Screening

Wednesday, February 27th - 1pm
Thursday, February 28th - 1pm
VIFF Vancity Theatre
1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver

Full Circle's Talking Stick Festival, now in its 18th year, began as a way to showcase and celebrate Indigenous art and performance to a wider audience. From its humble beginnings, this unique and exciting event has grown into a full 2-week Festival held annually in February at locations across Vancouver.

This year's #TSF2019 theme is "hən̓əm̓stəmxw tə syəθ" (pronounced huh-num-stoh teh see-yahl), which translates to "using tradition".

We welcome you to join in the Talking Stick festivities with a special high school screening of Haida language feature, Edge of the Knife (Sgaawaay K'uuna).

EDGE OF THE KNIFE (Sgaawaay K'uuna)
Gwaai Edenshaw, Helen Haig-Brown, Canada, 2018

100 mins.
In Haida with English subtitles. 
Classification: 14A - Violence 
Curriculum Interest: BC First peoples 12, Social Studies 10 & 11, English First Peoples

Filmed on stunning Haida Gwaii, Gwaai Edenshaw and Helen Haig-Brown's 19th-century epic is a nod to the grand storytelling traditions that lure us to the big screen. The fact that it's the first narrative scripted and shot in two dialects of the endangered Haida language-which has only 20-odd fluent speakers left-also certifies it as a landmark work of cinema.

Guilt-ridden after a tragic accident at sea, Adiits'ii (Tyler York) retreats into the wilderness where he's plagued by spirits and transformed into Gaagiixiid/Gaagiid, the Haida Wildman. As his loved ones, including best friend Kwa (William Russ), set out to capture and cure him, Adiits'ii grows increasingly feral.

Working in collaboration with Isuma, the team responsible for Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner, Edenshaw and Haig-Brown harness raging elements and swirling emotions to craft a riveting dramatization of this classic Haida tale of survival, forgiveness and community.

Best BC Film, VIFF 2018, Best Canadian Film, VIFF 2018
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Wednesday, February 27 - 1pm
Thursday, February 28 - 1pm

Where: VIFF Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver

Up to 50 students - $400
Over 50 students - $7/student
Over 75 students - $600

 Email with your school name and the number of students and supervisors you would like to book for.

We hope you can join us!

Ellyn Hadley
VIFF Education Coordinator
T: 604.685.0260 ext.866

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Indigenous Art and the Classroom Pro-D Opportunity

Indigenous Art and the Classroom
1-3pm, Friday January 25th
Join First Nation artists Cease and Senaqwila Wyss to learn more about Indigenous art, history and culture in Vancouver and how to incorporate it into your teaching. Explore how inquiry based, object led learning outside the classroom can support your delivery of the curriculum through engaging with Indigenous and Vancouver Biennale art works.
Meet at the Museum of Vancouver for this hands on, artist led session. A resource list compiled by the artists will be provided for you to take away.
The session will include walking through Vanier Park and spending time outside looking at the Welcome Figure and Paradise Has Many Gates so please wear warm and waterproof clothing and appropriate footwear. 
$20 (100% of this fee goes to the artists)
After the workshop, admission to the Museum of Vancouver and their Haida Now exhibition is also offered at a discounted rate of $11.55 to workshop participants (usually Adult: $20.50). This exhibition is on until April 2020 and the museum offers a range of related school programming which could accompany a visit. Tickets must be purchased in advance via this page to take advantage of this price. 
(If the weather is too wet then the session will happen mostly indoors at the Museum of Vancouver)

Monday, January 14, 2019

Talking Stick Festival (February 19 - March 2)

The Talking Stick Festival provides workshops in schools.  
The series 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
Workshops in Schools is a series of workshops designed under the guidelines of the Aboriginal Enhancement Agreement.
Stories and art practices of Aboriginal culture have enormous depth and richness with teachings as relevant today as they were so many years ago. The purpose of this program is to preserve the language, culture and art forms of Aboriginal people.
All of our interactive cultural workshops are specially designed for either children and youth of all ages to learn and discover aboriginal culture in a lively and creative environment.
Our workshops include: Storytelling, Métis Jigging, Hip Hop, Powwow Dancing, Coast Salish Dancing & Singing. 
All workshops are subject to availability. For more information, please see our Workshops in Schools Brochure.
Registration to be completed by February 6, 2019.
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