Learning about Relationality through Literacy
The activities in this workshop examine the implications and complexities of using literacy- and arts-based activities, (including music, drama, and picture books), as a means to build student capacity for intercultural understanding, empathy, and mutual respect. Participants will be provided with practical examples of how Indigenous worldviews can be infused into their English/Language Arts curriculum, in a respectful and responsible manner, which is an essential step towards Reconciliation. Examples of recent student work from our Primary and Secondary classrooms will be showcased. The session will ensure some opportunities for interactive and meaningful engagement using activities that speak to identity and relationship-building. Participants leave with ready-to-use ideas applicable to all grades/levels.
Joining the Circle Resource (COPA)
Come and learn about COPA’s new resource, Joining the Circle, created through a grassroots approach in collaboration with First Nations, Métis and Inuit educators, families and community leaders. This resource is one part of our collective efforts on the journey of reconciliation. This is a journey that involves what COPA terms the positive cycle of change: the unlearning, learning, respecting and understanding of the historical and contemporary realities for First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples in Ontario. Joining the Circle is designed to help ensure Indigenous students and their families feel that they belong and are able realize their greatest potential.
Together we will watch/discuss a few of the 10 animated short films in 6 Indigenous languages among many other components of the resource - all based upon COPA’s empowerment approach to children’s rights and human rights. The tools will help jumpstart reflection, discussion, dialogue, create partnerships and positive action. Participants will receive a free copy of the new toolkit (with DVD films, Information Guide, bookmarks and more).
A Conversation with Melissa Larkin and Sarah Evis on Social Studies and Histories
Educators with experience in very different contexts talk and share about their approaches, practices, and examples of their work teaching Indigenous knowledges. Melissa and Sarah have very different approaches to teaching--one's very tech savvy, the other not so much, Melissa goes all over teaching for short periods of time, Sarah's taught in the same classroom for the past 14 years--her entire career. Join this workshop for a conversation between the two experienced educators, discussing how they came to teach what they teach, share some examples of what and how they teach, than leave room for questions from attendees.
Indigenous PD Conference - April 20, 2017
In the afternoon everyone will be given the opportunity to participate in two workshop sessions with experienced educators from a variety of areas. Workshops include:
Confronting Our Resistance
Shame, (self)-blame, guilt, fear and anger are emotions that arise for some teachers as they approach and deepen their inclusion of Indigenous perspectives and content into their classroom practice. Through personal reflection, work-in-pairs, and a closing wisdom circle, Dr. Angela Nardozi will lead us through strategies to surface and begin to heal these experiences so that we do not bring these emotions into our classrooms. Please bring your willingness to listen and hold space for yourself and others.