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Art Petahtegoose – Thinking in Our Language and Our Role in Creation

An Elder, who is preparing Anishinaabe people to be responsible, knowledgeable about their culture, creation and to show us our own personal role in Creation.

An Elder, who is preparing Anishinaabe people to be responsible, knowledgeable about their culture, creation and to show us our own personal role in Creation.

Dr. Brock Pitawanakwat – Nation-specific models of education

Developing models for nation-specific education through language revitalization and community engagement.

Developing models for nation-specific education through language revitalization and community engagement.

Manitoba First Nations School System

Manitoba First Nations School System (MFNSS) has been empowered to engage in Indigenous led education within the province.

Manitoba First Nations School System (MFNSS) has been empowered to engage in Indigenous led education within the province.

Jocelyn Formsma – Student of Life

Examples of formal and informal Indigenous Education from a ‘student of life’ who describes the importance of language and land-based learning.

Examples of formal and informal Indigenous Education from a ‘student of life’ who describes the importance of language and land-based learning.

Se’t A’newey Kina’matino’Kuom – Angela Christmas

Angela Christmas, who teaches grades 1-9 at Se’t A’newey Kina’matino’Kuom, on Miawpukek First Nation, describes the advantages of teaching Mi’kmaw and sign language simultaneously. She also discusses her home reading program, which enables children to teach other family members Mi’kmaw.  

Angela Christmas, who teaches grades 1-9 at Se’t A’newey Kina’matino’Kuom, on Miawpukek First Nation, describes the advantages of teaching Mi’kmaw and sign language simultaneously. She also discusses her home reading program, which enables children to teach other family members Mi’kmaw.  

Stó:lō Nation Early Childhood Development Centre

Stó:lō Nation Early Childhood Development Centre Interview

A:lmélháwtxw “ Caring for our children” Early Education Centre provides programming in which offers a quality, holistic, traditional and safe environment for children birth to six years of age. Our programs are designed to offer children opportunities to explore the Stó:lō (people of the river) culture, language and traditions. Our environment fosters individual learning styles, exploration and self-acceptance. We provide early learning activities, which allow the children to learn through play. Our program environment blends the teachings of the Stó:lō people, the Halq’eméylem language and early education concepts. Our inclusive environment provides a harmonious balance in which fosters our Children’s natural ways of learning. For more information see: http://www.stolonation.bc.ca/

“Siyamtelot and Swelimeltexw” Hearing from our Elders

Siyamtelot is Okanagan and registered Stó:lō by marriage. Swelimeltexw is Stó:lō from Stsálles are Elders from Okanagan. They share their educational experience along with stories and teachings.

Siyamtelot is Okanagan and registered Stó:lō by marriage. Swelimeltexw is Stó:lō from Stsálles are Elders from Okanagan. They share their educational experience along with stories and teachings.

Long ago Peoples Place

Yukon First Nation History and knowledge

Harold Johnson talks about the Long Ago Peoples Place near Champagne Village, Yukon. The Long Ago peoples Place is a living museum of how Yukon First Nations people used to live and survive in the Yukon. The walk through meseum facility highlights a time line of what life was like back in the early years all the way to present times. Such as what those early Yukon First Nation people used to live in and their means of hunting with tools and weapons. The walk through museum facility is a way to learn, engage, heal, pass on, and revitalize Yukon First Nation ways of life culture and traditions.

Tłı̨chǫ Government

John B Zoe, Senior Advisor with the Tłı̨chǫ Government, talks about the importance of Tłı̨chǫ traditional knowledge, Land, Language and Culture. John also sits as the Chairperson of Dedats’eetsaa: the Tłı̨chǫ Research & Training Institute.

John B Zoe, Senior Advisor with the Tłı̨chǫ Government, talks about the importance of Tłı̨chǫ traditional knowledge, Land, Language and Culture. John also sits as the Chairperson of Dedats’eetsaa: the Tłı̨chǫ Research & Training Institute.

Executive Director of Niagara Regional Native Centre (NRNC) – Walking in Two Worlds

Chris Shawanoo speaks about the role of the Niagara Regional Native Centre (NRNC) in providing holistic educational opportunities to the Niagara Region urban Indigenous community. He also speaks about NRNC’s partnership with the Catholic District School Board to start up Soaring Eagles Indigenous school as a response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s “Calls to Action”. Chris uses personal stories and teachings throughout this talk to illustrate the wholistic education model of NRNC’s womb to grave services and to answer questions about Indigenous education.

Chris Shawanoo speaks about the wholistic programming provided by NRNC to urban Indigenous community members as well as the start of the Indigenous school Soaring Eagles. Chris uses personal stories and passes down teachings given to him to illustrate the importance of a wholistic education and a western education. Walking in two worlds involves cultural revitalization to ground an individual to a strong identity while providing culturally sensitive educational opportunities to combat systemic oppression, colonization, and poverty. Recognition is given to the importance of a non-western education as well as the importance of language revitalization.