Kwey Kakina, Tansi, Tawnshi, Bonjour, Hello,
The Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa in collaboration with the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada (Caring Society), are hosting Spirit Bear’s Virtual Teacher Professional Learning Retreat which is a SSHRC funded opportunity for all!
Event description: Spirit Bear is a proud mem”bear” of the Carrier- Sekani Tribal Council and a “bear”rister who works with children to stand up for fairness for First Nations children and youth! That is why our retreat is central to the four stages of reconciliation: truth-telling, acknowledging, restoring, and relating. This work can support Métis and Inuit children, youth, and families too.
This learning retreat will expose educators to real life examples of how teachers and students have actively learned about colonialism and engaged in implementing the TRC Calls to Action. We also hope that the retreat will help administrators, educators, researchers, and future teachers better understand the lived experiences of First Nations, Metis, and Inuit children, youth, and families and are able to prepare learners to uphold their reconciliation responsibilities.
Date: Wednesday, August 18 and Thursday, August 19, 2021
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST
There is no cost to attend this retreat, and all sessions will be translated simultaneously (English-to-French and French-to-English).
Larry Audlaluk, Inuk author and Order of Canada receipient
Wilson Bearhead, Nakota Elder, Wabamun Lake First Nation community member, author, and educator from Treaty 6 territory
Charlene Bearhead, author and educator on Treaty 6 territory
Cindy Blackstock, PhD, Gitxsan First Nation member, Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada and professor at McGill University
Christian Coocoo, Atikamekw Cultural Services and Guidance Coordinator for the Atikamekw Nation
Dwayne Donald, PhD, Nêhiyaw Papaschase scholar and teacher educator at the University of Alberta on and also from Treaty 6 territory
Geneviève Ethier, Métis educational consultant
Joannie Gill, Inuk educational consultant
Cedar Iahtail, Attawapiskat and Peawanuck First Nations member and student at the University of Ottawa on unsurrendered Algonquin territory
Reeta Koostachin, Attawapiskat and Fort Albany First Nations member and student at the University of Ottawa on unsurrendered Algonquin territory
Etienna Moostoos-Lafferty, Nêhiyaw scholar and teacher from Treaty 8 territory
Dale Saddleback, Nêhiyaw Traditional Knowledge Keeper, scholar, and teacher from Treaty 6 territory
Anita Tenasco, Algonquin educator from Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg
Jenny Tenasco, Algonquin educator from Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg
Spirit Bear, mem”bear” of Carrier-Sekani Tribal Council: Honorary degree holder and Bearrister of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada
Resources to be reviewed are:
- Temporary Website for Spirit Bear’s Virtual School for Teachers
- Spirit Bear’s Beary Caring Curriculum
- ‘I am a witness’ learning guide
- Spirit Bear Digital School Planner
We sincerely hope that you can join us. Please register for this retreat and share with your communities. We have important work to do!
Miigwetch, Hiy Hiy, Maarsii, Thank you, Merci
Lisa Howell, PhD Candidate at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Education on unsurrendered Algonquin territory
Nicholas Ng-A-Fook, PhD, Professor at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Education on unsurrendered Algonquin territory
Madelaine McCracken, Red River Métis PhD Graduate Student at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Education, and Education and Public Outreach Coordinator at the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada on Treaty 7 territory and NW Métis Homeland
Special gratitude to:
Mélissa Villella, PhD Candidate at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Education on unsurrendered Algonquin territory
Melisa Brittain, PhD, Research Associate for the First Nations Children's Action Research and Education Service (FNCARES) at the University of Alberta on Treaty 6 territory