This three day Summer Institute focuses on the traditional concept of - All My Relations (Kakina ni dodem). Adolescence is the time of vision in most First Nations’ world views. It is a time of huge changes for our learners: physically, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually. Everything we do in life, if we walk in a good way, is about how we are connected to our family and our ancestors, our community and our nation, and to the natural world. Indigenous Peoples of North America traditionally lived in a connected way where responsibility for the wellbeing of all was a priority. The gifts we have as humans are something that we start to understand as young adults. This is a key concept through which the revised Geography & History and Physical Education & Health, Social Science, Humanities, Canadian & World Studies curriculum can be taught as well as Secondary First Nations, Métis and Inuit Studies. This workshop is also suited to Student Success and Guidance teachers as it addresses key aspects of Student Success for Indigenous adolescent learners.
In this summer institute, participants will learn from Elders from the territory on which the workshop is held. Teachers will learn about teachings of balance including topics such as how traditional practises such as child rearing, gender roles, and Clans. We will look at how First Nations, Métis, and Inuit families are revitalizing their languages and cultures. How teachers can embed Indigenous knowledge in their teaching practise will be modelled. Topics will include the intergenerational impacts of systemic racism such as: the ban on ceremonies, residential schooling, the Indian Act, dislocation from traditional territories, urbanization and the Sixties Scoop. All of these factors still have a legacy in many Indigenous communities. We will look at how we can encourage youth to consider how communities can heal and how our relationships can be strengthened. This facet of the workshop will help all teachers understand how reconciliation can create real change in the school system to introduce very difficult topics in a proactive way. Our teens need to find ways to utilize their own strengths and come up with solutions that can work towards healing relations between Indigenous Nations and Canada as a whole.
The activities will model best practises in Indigenous pedagogy such as: experiential learning, applying medicine wheel teachings to lessons, supporting the revitalization of Indigenous languages and seeing how role models who are healthy can influence young adults to be proactive leaders in their own communities. Participants will share ideas and learn in diverse ways.
- To introduce teachers to culturally responsive Indigenous Education
- To explore how traditional knowledge of First Nations, Métis and Inuit Nations can be introduced in the intermediate and secondary classroom to support the recently revised curriculum documents
- To model practices that support the student success of First Nations, Métis and Inuit learners
- To encourage teachers to reflect on how adolescent learners can be supported in the transition to adult responsibilities
- To consider how reconciliation can be a classroom practice that deals with relationships amongst nations
- To provide opportunities for networking and sharing of resources, and ideas