Thursday, October 19, 2017

"Culture is not a costume."

​Halloween is a teaching opportunity ​[2].pdf

The VSB offers some tips for addressing cultural appropriation and costuming ideas:

The autumn season is upon us, and soon it will be Halloween. This time of year brings with it decisions on costume
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choice. While dressing up is meant to be fun and exciting, it also runs the risk of offending others with costumes
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that are offensive to other cultures. Halloween offers the
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opportunity to discuss costume choices with both
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colleagues and students We need to encourage others not to mimic cultural,
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racial or
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ethnic groups.


Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Coiled, Twined and Woven: Weavings of the Coast Salish People

he relationship between environment, natural resources and tradition

​From the Glenbow Museum ​lesson plan archive:

At the end of this lesson, students will be able to:
 Look critically at artifacts to compare and contrast various ways of weaving.
 Understand that the relationship between environment, natural resources and tradition in the Coast Salish culture.
 Experiment with various materials to create a woven artwork


Monday, October 2, 2017

Significant and richly informative archaeological studies

Archaeology of the Lower Fraser River Region
(PDF - SFU Library Digital Publishing)

Synopsis:  a number of significant and richly informative archaeological studies have been conducted within the Lower Fraser River Region of southwestern British Columbia. As a result, a great deal has been revealed and learned about pre-contact period and early post-contact period human occupation, settlement, and use of natural resources.  These have been consolidated in an ebook (PDF) from SFU digital publishing. Read the book online, or download the PDF.


Thursday, September 28, 2017

Orange Shirt Day, Every Child Matters

Show your Support on Friday, September 29

Show support for those who attended residential schools across Canada. As September 30th falls on a Saturday this year, organizations are encouraged to show their support on Friday, September 29th. I encourage everyone who wishes to participate to wear orange next Friday and show your support! 
For more information visit
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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Artist Talk with Marianne Nicolson | City of Surrey

Artist Talk with Marianne Nicolson - October 26, 2017


Marianne Nicolson will talk about her practice in relation to her new work developed for UrbanScreen, The Way In Which It Was Given to Us. She will be joined in conversation by writer Siku Allooloo. The event will open with Semiahmoo welcoming remarks by Roxanne Charles.


Surrey Art Gallery, 13750 88 Avenue

Date & Time:
October 26, 2017 
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM




Monday, September 25, 2017

First Nations Research Guide

​Accessing the BC Archives ​

This guide is intended to help researchers locate material on British Columbia First Nations at​ ​the BC Archives as well as to provide referrals​ ​to related resources available elsewhere. It is not​ ​meant to be a general research guide on the subject, which is both broad in scope and complex
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in terms of the records available. Some introductory works and general​ ​guides are listed
​ ​as well as some useful internet resources. Call numbers have been provided for items in our​ ​collection. The urls for linked items can be found in Appendix 2.


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Phyllis Webstad speaks about Orange Shirt Day

of Residential school

Orange Shirt day is an annual event held each September 30th in remembrance of the Canadian Residential School system and the impact of this government policy on First Nations. Phyllis Webstad presents her memories of Residential schools and the meaning of Orange Shirt Day.


Friday, September 15, 2017

Michif Language Project 2013

An early childhood Michif immersion project

"An educational concept which began in the fall of 2012 has now turned into reality and with its launch an imaginative learning tool for young Michif learners. The Michif Language Learning Project began with the concept that the younger you are the easier it is to learn language. Repetition is required and access to Michif speakers can be problematic in many communities. It was this lack of early learning resource that prompted Marilyn Bean and Jan Ovans of the Cowichan Valley Métis Association, to apply for a Canadian Heritage grant, to develop an early childhood Michif immersion project.​" 


Digital Resource for Teachers - "It's Our Time"

First Nations Education Toolkit on iTunes U

The Assembly of First Nations' digital education resource It's Our Time First Nations Education Toolkit is now on iTunes U. The free, downloadable package for iPad is a resource for teachers, providing culturally relevant, accessible, hands-on educational tools on First Nation culture and history.

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There are 21 modules available through the Toolkit's iTunes U Course. AFN has currently worked with education technology company Ebou Learning to enhance each module with six interactive textbooks:

    • Cultural Competency
    • First Nations Holistic Lifelong learning Model
    • First Nations Performance Indicators Checklist
    • The KAIROS Blanket Exercise
    • Residential School
    • Role Models

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Meet the "People of the River"

Sq'éwlets - A Stó:lō-Coast Salish Community

Visit this multimedia-rich site about the Sq'éwlets Nation and their traditions.
he ancient home of our Sq'éwlets community is where the Harrison River rounds the bend and flows into the Fraser River. Sq'éwlets, in earlier times and documents, was spelled 'Scowlitz'. At the heart of this website is our Sq'éwlets history. We tell both our sxwōxwiyám and our sqwélqwel. These are our origin stories and the true stories that tell our history.

These stories were once passed from grandparents to grandchildren in our language, Halq'eméylem. They were shared beside the fire in the longhouse. They were shared at our fishing rocks as we stood side by side with our lines and nets. Now they are passed in these ways and by other modern means. They are shared through books, video, audio, and the internet.
​ (This site is also available in French.)​