Joey Farnsworth is well known in Grande Prairie as an Elder and Knowledge Keeper. She shares her perspective on how all education starts with our relationships and how we are all role models all of the time. She speaks about how people are truly seeking and needing encouragement and acceptance about who they are.
Darlene Horseman is a professor at the Grande Prairie Regional College. She shares her perspective of the post secondary education system and process from her experience as a student to a professor. She speaks of what was taught in Indigenous studies and how it has changed from very vague information to very concise.
Our Cree language and culture are inseparable because language is the basis of our culture. If culture is to be considered in Indigenous Education in any real way the specific region and language of that region must always be the basis of the content being incorporated and taught. Over the years she has gathered and […]
Traditional Paths Society is a grassroots, non-profit organization that encourages the traditional and creative expression of First Peoples culture in the community. They have pipe ceremonies and solstice ceremonies, and they offer a number of activities, including traditional dance, men’s drumming group, a women’s group, and other activities on a monthly and seasonal basis. It […]
Program to dispel myths about Indigenous peoples and to educate non-Indigenous peoples about Indigenous peoples. To bring access to culture back to urban areas (cities) through ceremony and other initiatives. Community based program to reduce alcohol and drug use.
The Blanket Exercise is a two hour interactive re-enactment of Canadian history from an Indigenous perspective. Participants have the opportunity to role play and interact with events from Indigenous history to help them gain an understanding from a Indigenous perspective.
Building community relationships and highlighting local resources to help support the inclusion of Indigenous knowledge in Grande Prairie’s pre-K to grade 12 public classrooms. A critical component of this happens outside of the classroom via FNMI Family Outreach Workers by being available to help address possible barriers to education. This success in this piece of […]
Traditional Knowledge Holder uses her experience in the classrooms of the Grande Prairie Public School system with an aim to help students know who they are and where they belong. This Traditional Knowledge Holder teaches directly in the public school system classrooms of Grande Prairie. She works to share cultural teachings to students and to […]
By understanding that Indigenous Education is rooted in the cultural traditions of Indigenous people GPRC provides numerous supports to help Indigenous students succeed. Fostering the only on-campus Friendship Centre in Canada with a full time Elder in Residence are clear indicators of that GPRC’s commitment to acting on this understanding to support its Indigenous students. […]