Two of our Kununurra Girls Academy students, Halejah Storey and Simahli Dryden have been accepted into the ASSETS program. This is a program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who are interested in going onto further study and/or into careers in science, technology, engineering, or Maths (STEM). The nine-day residential summer school is for students who have completed Year 10, which is then followed by a leadership and support program.
Halejah will be heading to Townsville during the school holidays to work with the Australian Institute of Marine Science. She will be concentrating on fire and ecology with CSIRO. Simahli will be heading to Adelaide in January with CSIRO Food and Nutrition and the South Australian Museum for an environmental assessment. It has been the girls’ genuine interest in science that has led to them being given such fantastic opportunities. #girlsacademy#summerschool#furthereducation#aboriginaleducation#indigenouseducation#STEM#science
A powerful discussion this afternoon in Ottawa. Thank you to our partner, @univcan, to all of our panelists and a special thank you to all of the students who participated in our survey. #IndigenousEducation
We’re in Ottawa for the #IndigenousEducation Roundtable with @universitiesincanada Featuring a panel of youth and @uwinnipeg President, moderated by our President & CEO, Roberta Jamieson. #LeadersoftheFuture
At school today, we began a little project we’re calling Random Acts of Reconciliation. The idea is to intentionally engage our students in learning about residential schools, truth & reconciliation, treaties, our responsibilities to one another and creation... and to all sort of things that might fall into the spaces in between. We then plan to share our work by returning what we borrowed from the earth back to creation and welcoming those who may come across our work to engage in learning of their own.
My friend and artist, @jigger18 , began this journey with us today. He gently guided students through our shared Canadian history of a system that tried to erase Indigenous identity, introduced Phyllis Webstad’s experience with her orange shirt and offered us a place to enter the healing with some tools to move forward in a good way together.
There were so many heart sparks witnessed today❤️ Thank you, Moses... your gifts humble and inspire me to keep stepping into the gaps. #OrangeShirtDay#EveryChildMatters#truthandreconciliation#canada#medicinewheel#circlekeeper#indigenouseducation#firstnationsart#idlenomore#treaty29#teacherlife#lifelonglearning
Our KCLC community retreat was simple and beautiful. Moving forward in Unity, Love, and Faith with our Language as our guide for the sake of our children, people, and ancestors. Dr. Shelly Valdez and her newly college graduated sons’ consensus building skills are uh-mazing! iiwaskatrutsini #indigenouseducation
On Tuesday the 4th of September, our Dubbo South girls reassessed their career pathway plans. These plans are designed to help guide our girls through years 10, 11 and 12. Our Post-School Options staff assist the girls with subject selections, discussions on what they want to pursue post-school and the best subjects to choose to reach their goals. The session included discussions surrounding setting goals and how to achieve them, work experience, University pathways and trade skills opportunities.
Many of our girls also attended the Dubbo Jobs Expo today. Over 50 community agencies were in attendance and job opportunities were made available to the girls at the expo.
We strongly encourage our girls to reach for the stars. Anything is possible, and with a good education your opportunities are endless.
Week 38: Kandice Baptiste (@kandicebaptiste), Director. She played basketball her entire life and played for @wluathletics! She is now an integral leader for Indigenous students at Queen’s University (@fourdirectionsqueensu). She encourages young athletes to have fun and push themselves. “Athletic careers are short but the relationships and memories that you build will carry you a lifetime.”
Read her full bio on our site: leadthrusport.ca/52strong
When I was teaching at university (UBC & UAS) I did alI I could to get my students out of the classroom and into learning environments throughout the city. I fill my syllabi with assignments that required them to go to museums, parks, Indigenous performing art events, speaking engagements, & exhibition openings. I loved the work of sharpening their critically while expanding upon their experience of place. It amazed and saddens me how many students never left campus, especially at UBC, before my class. It was awesome to witness their transformation by the end of the course. Now that I am the Sm’algya̱x language and Ts’msyen Culture Coordinator @nagk_school, I’ve been able to take my approach to experiential learning into land pedagogy where my students learn the ways of our people and Sm’algya̱x through harvesting and processing our people’s foods as well as becoming stronger in our songs, dances, and ceremony. This is what a draft of my seasonal course planning looks like. I write it in dry-erase and move it all around depending on what is ready to be harvested, processed etc. Last year @mikedangeli and I were in awe of transformative power of this approach and the deeper relationship to ancestral place (lineage, land, and waterways) that it has on our students. Having them for a full school year, rather than a term or semester, also allows for an incredibly high level of learning! This is year 2 for both of Mike and I. We primarily have the same students, just a few new ones at each grade level, and of course all new Kindergartens. We see our students as elder-in-training and believe they will lead our people in culturally-grounded and impactful ways. We couldn’t be more excited and hopefully for this school year!
‘If you want to eat kangaroo tail, you gotta learn to cook it!’ Went on a ‘bush trip’ today and Nakamarra taught us how to cook kangaroo tail, listened to Jangala tell a story about his first encounter with white fella and had a splash around in the water with the kids! 😍✌🏼 #livinlaj
There is a new art installation at the First Nations University titled, kêhtê-ayak.
It features 14 art pieces inside 14 tipis in the front lawn of the university along with buffalo sculptures.
The art was created by 7 artists and the art pieces portray stories of creation, traditional Indigenous knowledge, languages, first contact, MMIWG and residential schools.
An elders council guided the students in creating the art and FNUniv. associate professor Lionel Peyachew and artist Peter Brass also helped the students.
CTV spoke to Larissa Kitchemonia and Shayla McNabb about their art piece portraying multiple creation stories.
Make sure to watch our Indigenous Circle segment this Sunday at 6pm to see the story and also go view the art installation at the First Nations University.
It's quite a thing to see 14 tipis with 14 different artworks inside. Reminds me of listening to elders tell stories inside a tipi when I was in high school. 🙌🏽 The art will be there for the next couple of weeks. 😃
Absolutely love this! The revolution will be Indigenized 💪
There are days where I have wanted to throw that textbook across the room, smash my laptop or ugly cry during a lecture but then I remember how much suffering my ancestors had to endure for me to be here, today. My education will always be for the greater good of my people. I will ALWAYS advocate on behalf of Indigenous Education. ❤ #buildingnations#buildingalegacy#indigenouseducation
This summer we had the privilege of interviewing some of our amazing adult education learners on the day they graduated with their secondary school diplomas. They spoke about their experiences, what led them to our program, and how the KPDSB & SGEI Adult Education partnership provided a unique learning opportunity.
To hear what they had to say, head to our Facebook page.