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Thursday, February 20
 

9:00am

Finding our way in Indigenous Education
Fostering and developing a braided approach in the Indigenous focused competencies and indicators continues to be a challenge for many. The following are common statements from teachers and school leaders across the province; “I don’t know what I don’t know”, “I’m afraid to say and do something offensive” and “I just don’t know where to begin”. Come and learn resources and strategies to deepen understanding of Indigenous-focused competencies in the new Teaching & Leadership Quality Standard.

Speakers
avatar for Terry Lynn Cook

Terry Lynn Cook

Indigenous Education PD Facilitator, ATA
Terry Lynn Cook is a long-time resident Métis of Northern Alberta. She has been an advocate of FNMI Education from her own educational experiences as well as from teaching with the Driftpile First Nations, working as a Lead Administrator of an Outreach School in Slave Lake and completing... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 9:00am - 10:15am
2901 B

9:00am

What can I contribute to meaningful reconciliation?
“Education is what got us into this mess. Education will be what leads us out.” Senator Murray Sinclair’s words continue to ring true as educators examine how pedagogy and curriculum might support reconciliation. This session examines how critical thinking and historical thinking can more effectively engage students in learning about what led us to this point in time, and about how we might make individual and collective contributions to meaningful reconciliation. Participants in this session will also explore lessons that might be learned from the development of What Can I Contribute to Meaningful Reconciliation?, a customizable learning resource collaboratively developed by The Critical Thinking Consortium and the Grand Erie District School Board. This session will feature ideas valuable for all teachers and instructional leaders.

Speakers
avatar for Warren Woytuck

Warren Woytuck

The Critical Thinking Consortium
As well as his roles as a facilitator, senior editor and writer, Warren contributes to TC² as a project consultant. He has been a K-12 teacher and elementary principal for more than 20 years. Warren has leadership experience in government and not-for-profit organizations and co-led... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 9:00am - 10:15am
GWH 177

9:00am

Winter is a Time for Stories
Storytelling.Learning Through Story: Bridging Literacy for All Students.When the snow covers the ground it is a time for stories. Why is it important to tell stories while the snow is on the ground? Learn about all the ways we can tell stories. Think about how you can bring the power of storytelling into your classroom. Join in this session as we learn about traditional oral storytelling, exploring the use of Indigenous literature in elementary and secondary, stories of resilience, and information that supports foundational knowledge of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit.

Speakers
avatar for Phillip Campiou

Phillip Campiou

Knowledge Keeper, Grassland Tipi
Phillip Campiou is a Traditional Woodland Cree who is originally from Driftpile First Nation, Alberta. He now resides in the Enoch area. As a young man, his father taught Phillip how to be self-sufficient and live off the land. Inherent in these teachings was an unwavering respect... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 9:00am - 10:15am
AC 148-Studio C

10:45am

The History & Legacy of Residential Schools
Participants will discover how their personal contribution of time and expertise can impact our work with teachers and students internationally. Specific attention during part of the presentation will be focused on the application process for the 2020-21 CTF Project Overseas initiative.

Speakers
avatar for Brian St Germain

Brian St Germain

Indigenous PD Facilitator, ATA
Brian St.Germain is Cree and a member of the Metis Nation of Alberta. He is currently an Indigenous PD Facilitator for the ATA. He has recently retired from Red Deer School District after teaching for thirty nine years. The last ten years as a teacher with the First Nations, Metis... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 10:45am - 12:00pm
2304

10:45am

Smudging Circles
Participants will be introduced to a smudging circle. They will learn about the different smudges that are utilized in the different nations of Turtle Island. Each smudge utilized is also a medicine. Participants will learn more about these plants as medicines. To smudge is to bring balance of mind, body and spirit and to make a connection to the Creator. Smudging circles are a way to start a talking/sharing circle.

Speakers
avatar for Phillip Campiou

Phillip Campiou

Knowledge Keeper, Grassland Tipi
Phillip Campiou is a Traditional Woodland Cree who is originally from Driftpile First Nation, Alberta. He now resides in the Enoch area. As a young man, his father taught Phillip how to be self-sufficient and live off the land. Inherent in these teachings was an unwavering respect... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 10:45am - 12:00pm
AC 148-Studio C

10:45am

Moose and Meat and Marmalade-a behind the scenes look at Culutural Reconciliation
In this workshop Art shares stories behind the scenes of the hit international food show Moosemeat and Marmalade. How a First Nation outdoor bush cook and English classically trained chef and their multi-racial TV crew have bridged cross cultural divides and found common ground through food.

Speakers
avatar for Art Napoleon

Art Napoleon

Art Napoleon is host and co-producer of APTN’s popular show Moosemeat & Marmalade, an internationalfood series that showcases Indigenous foods, traditional knowledge and outdoor cooking techniques. Thisformer chief is as comfortable on a big city stage or boardroom as he is skinning... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 10:45am - 12:00pm
GWH 208

12:30pm

The "Sixties Scoop": Understanding Implications and Contributing Towards Reconciliation
From the 1950s to the 1990s, thousands of Indigenous children across Canada were apprehended by provincial governments and places with non-Indigenous families, isolating many from Indigenous culture, language and identity. This session will provide educators with an overview of historical and current insights into the “Sixties Scoop”, as well as increased understanding of its legacy, and arguable continues into present day. You will leave this session with an increased understanding of the complexities of the “Sixties Scoop”, including resources and strategies to contribute towards reconciliation.

Speakers
avatar for Terry Lynn Cook

Terry Lynn Cook

Indigenous Education PD Facilitator, ATA
Terry Lynn Cook is a long-time resident Métis of Northern Alberta. She has been an advocate of FNMI Education from her own educational experiences as well as from teaching with the Driftpile First Nations, working as a Lead Administrator of an Outreach School in Slave Lake and completing... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 12:30pm - 1:45pm
2901 B

12:30pm

Wahkohtowin -Cree Natural Law
Exploring the idea of Wahkohtowin. Wahkohtowin is a Cree word which denotes the interconnected nature of relationships, communities, and natural systems. Its literal meaning is "kinship", but it is often used to refer to Cree law, or Cree codes of conduct. Participants will explore this idea of wahkohtowin in a sharing circle format and have the opportunity to discuss and ask questions. Learn how this Indigenous world view can be reflected in your classroom and supports your foundational knowledge.

Speakers
avatar for Phillip Campiou

Phillip Campiou

Knowledge Keeper, Grassland Tipi
Phillip Campiou is a Traditional Woodland Cree who is originally from Driftpile First Nation, Alberta. He now resides in the Enoch area. As a young man, his father taught Phillip how to be self-sufficient and live off the land. Inherent in these teachings was an unwavering respect... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 12:30pm - 1:45pm
AC 148-Studio C

12:30pm

ArtShare Program
The program fosters the awareness, understanding, and commitment to work with Indigenous communities. To work towards ensuring that Truth is told, is heard and understood, and that Reconciliation ensues. The guidance and wisdom of an Indigenous Elder is available to program teachers and facilitators. Students spend time on the land and in class to learn about Indigenous history, cultural traditions and about ethical research. Students then choose a topic from their learnings and create an art piece to illustrate their understanding of that topic. A show of their art is held at the end of the school year.

Speakers
PD

Pamela Dos Ramos

Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre
Pamela Dos Ramos, M.A. Ph.D., a Human Rights Educator for the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre does presentations at schools and creates resources for the Centre. She is a Board Member of the Alberta Association for Multicultural Education. She also teaches Culture and Diversity... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 12:30pm - 1:45pm
2901 A

2:15pm

Indigenous Education Resources: Where Do I start?
This session will support educators in using resources that accurately reflect and demonstrate the strength and diversity of First Nations, Métis and Inuit. They will learn about culturally responsive resources to increase their capacity in foundational knowledge about First Nations, Métis and Inuit. In addition, they will leave with tools to consider for critically reviewing First Nations, Métis and Inuit resources for classroom and professional use.

Speakers
avatar for Brian St Germain

Brian St Germain

Indigenous PD Facilitator, ATA
Brian St.Germain is Cree and a member of the Metis Nation of Alberta. He is currently an Indigenous PD Facilitator for the ATA. He has recently retired from Red Deer School District after teaching for thirty nine years. The last ten years as a teacher with the First Nations, Metis... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 2:15pm - 3:30pm
2304

2:15pm

What can I contribute to meaningful reconciliation?
“Education is what got us into this mess. Education will be what leads us out.” Senator Murray Sinclair’s words continue to ring true as educators examine how pedagogy and curriculum might support reconciliation. This session examines how critical thinking and historical thinking can more effectively engage students in learning about what led us to this point in time, and about how we might make individual and collective contributions to meaningful reconciliation. Participants in this session will also explore lessons that might be learned from the development of What Can I Contribute to Meaningful Reconciliation?, a customizable learning resource collaboratively developed by The Critical Thinking Consortium and the Grand Erie District School Board. This session will feature ideas valuable for all teachers and instructional leaders.

Speakers
avatar for Warren Woytuck

Warren Woytuck

The Critical Thinking Consortium
As well as his roles as a facilitator, senior editor and writer, Warren contributes to TC² as a project consultant. He has been a K-12 teacher and elementary principal for more than 20 years. Warren has leadership experience in government and not-for-profit organizations and co-led... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 2:15pm - 3:30pm
GWH 177

2:15pm

Moose and Meat and Marmalade-a behind the scenes look at Culutural Reconciliation
In this workshop Art shares stories behind the scenes of the hit international food show Moosemeat and Marmalade. How a First Nation outdoor bush cook and English classically trained chef and their multi-racial TV crew have bridged cross cultural divides and found common ground through food.

Speakers
avatar for Art Napoleon

Art Napoleon

Art Napoleon is host and co-producer of APTN’s popular show Moosemeat & Marmalade, an internationalfood series that showcases Indigenous foods, traditional knowledge and outdoor cooking techniques. Thisformer chief is as comfortable on a big city stage or boardroom as he is skinning... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 2:15pm - 3:30pm
MP Theatre-1400
 
Friday, February 21
 

9:00am

Full Circle: Understanding Social Implications of Indigenous Realities
This workshop will examine core causes of intergenerational trauma; challenge common myths and misconceptions; and explore activities to foster effective relationships with First Nations, Métis and Inuit students, families and community. Participants will explore assimilation strategies that have contributed to many current realities of Indigenous students, families and community. They will gain an increased understanding of physical, mental, social and spiritual impacts and strength-based initiatives to contribute to the advancement of the reconciliation process.

Speakers
CS

Cindy Sogge-Schurek

Indigenous Education PD Facilitator -Walking Together, Alberta Teachers Association


Friday February 21, 2020 9:00am - 10:15am
2901 A

9:00am

Where in the World - Incorporating Global Voices in Your Classroom
In this workshop, participants will be introduced to the Centre for Global Education’s educational approach through hands-on learning experiences. Educators will explore integration of Global Connections, and the importance of global conversations in the classroom, school, and society. The approach used by the Centre for Global Education (CGE) is an inquiry-based and collaboratively-focused process for building background knowledge on significant global issues. Through online activities and expert-led video conference connections, CGE uses a knowledge-to-action approach to learning and student engagement to arrive at understandings of and solutions to local, national, and global issues. CGE’s suite of resources will be shared with participants, as they frame student learning experiences. Opportunities for reflection, debrief, and open exchange of ideas and practices will occur.

Speakers
SF

Sarah Flynn

Sarah Flynn is the Program Director for the Centre for Global Education. She has a BSc in Molecular Genetics, an MA in Sociology, and is currently completing a PhD in Sociology at the University of Alberta. Sarah has worked in both biomedical and clinical research with the Department... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 9:00am - 10:15am
1435

9:00am

Tipi Teachings and Balanced Living
Join an interactive cultural learning experience that will support your understanding of the traditional use and teachings of the Tipi. Join Elder Phillip Campiou, from Treaty 8, as we share in the setting up of a full size tipi. We will share stories of the past and understand how these stories provide insight for us in the present moment. Learn some history of the tipi, both Cree and Blackfoot, and how you can incorporate this learning into your classroom and your daily life.

Speakers
avatar for Phillip Campiou

Phillip Campiou

Knowledge Keeper, Grassland Tipi
Phillip Campiou is a Traditional Woodland Cree who is originally from Driftpile First Nation, Alberta. He now resides in the Enoch area. As a young man, his father taught Phillip how to be self-sufficient and live off the land. Inherent in these teachings was an unwavering respect... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 9:00am - 12:00pm
1303

10:45am

Indigenous Ways of Knowing
This workshop introduces some basic First Nations, Métis and Inuit world views, cultural beliefs and values. It is neither a comprehensive nor an exhaustive exploration of Indigenous ways of knowing but, rather, a series of focused conversation starters for groups of educators engaged in reconciliation. World views and ways of knowing are like stones thrown into the water from which other circles grow. Participants will gain an understanding and appreciation of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples by learning about diverse, traditional and contemporary experiences unique to them.

Speakers
avatar for Brian St Germain

Brian St Germain

Indigenous PD Facilitator, ATA
Brian St.Germain is Cree and a member of the Metis Nation of Alberta. He is currently an Indigenous PD Facilitator for the ATA. He has recently retired from Red Deer School District after teaching for thirty nine years. The last ten years as a teacher with the First Nations, Metis... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 10:45am - 12:00pm
2901 A

10:45am

Challenging Our Story of Canada Timeline
This timeline activity connects educators to the history of Canada through the lens of diverse communities to reflect on colonization and its impacts and legacy today. This activity fosters a deeper understanding of the diverse stories that make up Canadian history and encourages dialogue on the evolution of citizenship and inclusion. It helps to shed light on some of the lesser-known histories of marginalized communities in the formation of Canada and facilitates conversations that help to lay the groundwork for understanding issues of discrimination and exclusion today.

Speakers
CB

Chelsa Burke

Education Coordinator, John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights
Chelsea Burke is an Educational Facilitator with the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights. Chelsea has a degree in education from the University of Alberta with a minor in Social Studies. She is passionate about pursuing social justice and building community through inquiry... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 10:45am - 12:00pm
2303

12:30pm

Indigenous Alberta: The Footsteps of our Ancestors
This workshop will introduce participants to the rich Indigenous cultural and linguistic diversity of Alberta. Topics will include terminology related to identity, recognition of territory, significant ancestral landscapes related to locations of celebrations and traditions that come to life through song and dance. Participants will explore common myths and misconceptions and engage in a brief historical timeline.

Speakers
CS

Cindy Sogge-Schurek

Indigenous Education PD Facilitator -Walking Together, Alberta Teachers Association


Friday February 21, 2020 12:30pm - 1:45pm
2901 A

12:30pm

Introduction to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
This session will introduce teachers to the United Nations Declaration on Indigenous Peoples. We will demonstrate ways that UNDRIP can be used in schools as an educational tool, to explore the injustices of our past and present issues and highlight positive movements that are advancing Indigenous rights and truth and reconciliation efforts in Canada.

Speakers
CB

Chelsa Burke

Education Coordinator, John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights
Chelsea Burke is an Educational Facilitator with the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights. Chelsea has a degree in education from the University of Alberta with a minor in Social Studies. She is passionate about pursuing social justice and building community through inquiry... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 12:30pm - 3:30pm
2303

2:15pm

Indigenous Content in the new Teaching Quality Standard
The new Teaching Quality Standard requires all teachers to demonstrate foundational knowledge about First Nations, Métis and Inuit for the benefit of all students. Where should you start? In this session, participants will be introduced to short, interactive activities designed to enhance their understanding of reconciliation, resources specifically produced to build their competence and confidence, and ideas about the many paths they can pursue on their future professional Indigenous education learning journey.

Speakers
avatar for Brian St Germain

Brian St Germain

Indigenous PD Facilitator, ATA
Brian St.Germain is Cree and a member of the Metis Nation of Alberta. He is currently an Indigenous PD Facilitator for the ATA. He has recently retired from Red Deer School District after teaching for thirty nine years. The last ten years as a teacher with the First Nations, Metis... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 2:15pm - 3:30pm
2503

2:15pm

Make your own Tipi!
Join an interactive cultural learning experience that will support your understanding of the traditional use and teachings of the Tipi. Join Elder Phillip Campiou, from Treaty 8, as we share in learning about the tipi and creating your own miniature tipi. We will share stories of the past and understand how these stories provide insight for us in the present moment. Learn some history of the tipi, both Cree and Blackfoot, and how you can incorporate this learning into your classroom and your daily life.

Speakers
avatar for Phillip Campiou

Phillip Campiou

Knowledge Keeper, Grassland Tipi
Phillip Campiou is a Traditional Woodland Cree who is originally from Driftpile First Nation, Alberta. He now resides in the Enoch area. As a young man, his father taught Phillip how to be self-sufficient and live off the land. Inherent in these teachings was an unwavering respect... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 2:15pm - 3:30pm
1303

2:15pm

Intro to Project Wild and Below Zero
This session is an introduction to the 6-hour certification workshop offered by Canadian Wildlife Federation. It focuses on environmental and conservation education and includes cross curricular lesson plans for all grades. Project Wild and Below Zero are two excellent teacher lesson resources that can be utilized to teach using land-based education. This workshop is active, involving participant interaction and can include both indoor and outdoor activities. Participants will leave with sample copies of activities.

Speakers
BT

Beth Townsend

I am an Executive for the ATA Specialist Council - Global, Environmental and Outdoor Education Council (GEOEC). I would like to present our workshop using two sources that we highly recommend that come from a full day certification workshop from the Canadian Wildlife Federation.


Friday February 21, 2020 2:15pm - 3:30pm
2901 B