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Art and the Art of Making Meaning

Suzanne  -  Sep 27, 2013  -  ,  -  Comments Off on Art and the Art of Making Meaning
The Ontario Native Studies Grade 10 curriculum “Expressing Aboriginal Cultures” was revised in 1999 and has been in use in the Toronto Catholic District School Board and in various Aboriginal secondary schools – such as the Keewaytinook Internet High School – since the early 2000s. This year, having finally received dedicated funding and attention, it’s […]

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Critical Literacy and Media in the Classroom

Suzanne  -  Aug 12, 2013  -  , , , ,  -  Comments Off on Critical Literacy and Media in the Classroom
Canadian media recently covered the story of Adam Shoalts, a McMaster University student who discovered a new waterfall on the Again River, which runs along the border of Ontario and Quebec and flows into Hudson Bay. Dragonfly usually has a problem with the word “discovery” – because it’s usually used to describe instances in which […]

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Female Indigenous Trailblazers

Suzanne  -  Jul 19, 2013  -  , , , , ,  -  Comments Off on Female Indigenous Trailblazers
Over the past few decades, feminist historians have successfully re-read and re-presented history from a female perspective, exploring a female viewpoint on history and demonstrating the significance of women’s actions and choices. The interdisciplinary field of women’s studies has, for its part, explored politics, society, media, and history from women’s perspectives through a lens that […]

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Gender and Sexuality in Aboriginal America

Suzanne  -  Jun 18, 2013  -  , , , ,  -  Comments Off on Gender and Sexuality in Aboriginal America
Prior to colonization, Aboriginal cultures across the Americas understood that there was a gender spectrum, and Aboriginal societies featured at least three and sometimes four genders: men, women, men-women, and women-men. Men-women and women-men often entered into relationships with same-sex partners, which is why “two-spirit” has now become the accepted term for Aboriginal gay, lesbian, […]

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Amanda Berry, the Media, and Her Mother

Suzanne  -  May 22, 2013  -  , ,  -  Comments Off on Amanda Berry, the Media, and Her Mother
By now, you’ve heard about Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight, the three Cleveland, Ohio, women rescued this month after years in captivity. What you haven’t heard is that Amanda Berry is Native American. According to the Native Women’s Association of Canada, there are currently 582 Aboriginal women missing across Canada – and that […]

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We Need To Talk

Suzanne  -  Apr 30, 2013  -  ,  -  Comments Off on We Need To Talk
Negative perceptions of Aboriginal peoples have increased in frequency since 2012, according to a new survey conducted for the Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF) and the Association of Canadian Studies (ACS). Although six in every 10 Canadians have positive opinions about Aboriginal peoples, this number represents a decline from 2012, when 70 percent reported having […]

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Pop Culture, Power, and Privilege

Suzanne  -  Mar 07, 2013  -  , , ,  -  Comments Off on Pop Culture, Power, and Privilege
Dragonfly doesn’t watch a lot of TV, but we were waiting for a nerdy PBS documentary last week and happened to catch the tail end of the sitcom Mike and Molly. There we were, minding our own business, trying to drown out the laugh track, when Molly’s snarky mother-in-law says, “Arizona? Why would I move […]

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Aboriginal Education Resources

Suzanne  -  Feb 05, 2013  -  Comments Off on Aboriginal Education Resources
Watch for Dragonfly’s curriculum-linked literacy resources, lesson-planning resources, and teachers’ guides, all coming soon. These new K-12 resources respond to the diverse needs and learning styles of individual students and give teachers insight into culturally relevant and responsive pedagogy. Upcoming teacher resource titles include: best practices in Aboriginal education holistic approaches to assessment and evaluation […]

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The Urban Aboriginal Reality

Suzanne  -  Jan 15, 2013  -  , , ,  -  Comments Off on The Urban Aboriginal Reality
A few weeks ago, The Globe and Mail published a story about the housing crisis on the Attawapiskat First Nation, with the headline “Why Don’t They Just Leave?” When Dragonfly saw the title, we heaved a sigh and rolled our eyes at the media’s persistent boneheadedness. Truth is, “they” have already left. The majority of […]

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Empower, Educate, Entertain – January 30-February 2, 2013 – Toronto

Suzanne  -  Dec 31, 2012  -  ,  -  Comments Off on Empower, Educate, Entertain – January 30-February 2, 2013 – Toronto
Dragonfly is presenting a session entitled “Libraries and Community Engagement” at the Ontario Library Association’s 2013 Super Conference at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The session will include discussion on the difference between community engagement, community development, and community-led service planning; the principles of community engagement; what community engagement means for libraries and librarians; techniques […]

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