Thursday, May 25, 2017

Indigenous Music Awards 2017

​And the winners are...​

​on't know what ​musicians to follow? This page reviews the winners and the categories so you can be "in the know."

Hosted by country artists Kimberley Dawn and Jerry Sereda, the event kicked off with an exclusive red carpet entrance and treated the audience of 1,400 to performances by Crystal Shawanda, Northern Cree, Fred Penner, Mariame, Felipe Gomez, Christa Couture, and Chante Assiniboine and the Spirit Horse Singers. All told, 15 awards were handed out, including a much-deserved lifetime achievement honour for traditional powwow group Northern Cree.


Thursday, April 13, 2017

Shared Understanding - a Presentation for Leading the Learning

"Why Aboriginal Education? and why now?"

(Use the "cog" to open the speaker notes for links and further information.)

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

REDPATCH - the story of an Aboriginal soldier in WWI

Inspired by the thousands of Aboriginal and First Nations soldiers

​A playlist of video shorts about this play:

REDPATCH is a historical drama that tells the story of a young Metis soldier from the Nuu-chah-nulth nation of Vancouver Island who volunteers to fight for Canada in the Great War. Set in both Canada and the battlefields of France, REDPATCH follows the experiences of this young Canadian soldier as he endures the First World War.
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Inspired by the thousands of Aboriginal and First Nations soldiers who fought for Canada during the Great War, Hardline Productions' dynamic new show is graciously supported by the Department of Canadian Heritage's World War Commemorations Community Fund.

Produced by Hardline Productions
With the generous support of Presentation House Theatre
Co-Written by Raes Calvert and Sean Harris Oliver


Senator Lillian Dyck comes to Surrey

Senator Lillian Dyck will be coming to speak at two of our secondary schools on Wednesday April 26th.

In the past, she has spoken about issues such as her own experience as a bi-cultural woman (Aboriginal and Chinese), residential schools, the work of a senator and other relevant topics.

Here are some links about her life and work:


14,000-year-old ice age village discovered

​lder than the Pyramids

A coastal village dating back to the last ice age has been discovered by researchers in western Canada.


Thursday, April 6, 2017

N'we Jinan - ‘We Live Here, We belong Here’

​Music video production comes to Surrey BC.​
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​n March of 2017, N'we Jinan came to Surrey and worked with high school and elementary school aged students to produce two remarkable music videos. The students themselves found the process to be life-changing, and the final product speaks volumes about the realities of living out Aboriginal identity in an urban setting.
The N'we Jinan Tour Is A Music Initiative
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that brings a mobile recording studio and a video production team into schools and youth centres across First Nation and Native American communities. The program offers youth the chance to create an original song and music video that explores relevant issues and topics while promoting positive messaging, community engagement and collective voice.


Monday, April 3, 2017

EMS & Semiahmoo Pow-Wow

A great opportunity to experience culture.

If you didn't have a chance to go to the Pow Wow at Earl Marriott this year, visit this link to watch the archived video of the morning activities from last Friday. Many good teachings and explanations from the MC, Francis James.

Looking for a book on Pow-Wow? Many school libraries have these two titles:

  • The song within my heart -  David Bouchard
  • The drum calls softly -  David Bouchard

Some additional online resources:

  1. My summer on the Pow Wow Trail (PDF)
  2. Canadian Encyclopedia
  3. Welcome to Pow-Wow Country
  4. Native Drums site

Monday, March 27, 2017

What is a Métis sash? Can I use one to teach in my class?

Bringing Métis culture into your classroom.

I've been asked about the appropriateness of using a Métis sash in the classroom, especially if the teacher is not sure about the provenance. My response is that any finger woven ceinture fléchée can be used to explain what the sash looks like. If you purchased it from a recognized Métis organization, then it is authentic, otherwise it can still help students understand what you are talking about.  (You can read my more complete take on the issue here).


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

March is Aboriginal Reads Month at Fraser Heights

​ aboriginal literature in school​.​

​Read the complete blogpost on "fhlearn" to ​find out more: (with links to handouts and materials.)

Fraser Heights applied and received an Aboriginal Enhancement Schools Network (AESN) Spiral of Inquiry grant to promote aboriginal literature in our school. The aboriginal support teacher Brenda Sampson and I chose to do this partly by way of a reading contest. For the past 3 years, we have run a contest called "Aboriginal Reads Month at Fraser Heights". 

During this month all of our aboriginal resources are on display everywhere for quick easy access. We include everything from novels, picture books and graphic novels to non-fiction books about First Nations art, traditions, experiences and  issues. We also create posters and bookmarks promoting our aboriginal collection.


My Seasonal Round - Unit of study

Integrating​ Social Studies and Science

Integrating ​
Studies and Science​,​ ​this resource ​looks at
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seasonal rounds in the four geographic regions of BC, through the perspective of Aboriginal groups​ ​(past and present) who live in these regions. 
(Includes ​blackline masters, tools, rubrics and this website which​ ​both teachers and students can use.​)

Downloadable PDF: