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Art, Education & Social Change

Suzanne  -  Nov 26, 2012  -  , ,  -  Comments Off on Art, Education & Social Change
Dragonfly moderated a panel session at last week’s ArtsSmarts 2012 Knowledge Exchange, held at the University of Calgary’s new downtown campus in Calgary, Alberta. Panelists Fran Alley, head teacher at Spectrum Alternative School in Vancouver, and Marcel Petit, an independent filmmaker and youth worker based in Saskatoon, discussed how they use arts education with at-risk […]

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Circle on Education & Youth Leadership – December 13-14, 2012 – Ottawa

Suzanne  -  Nov 26, 2012  -  Comments Off on Circle on Education & Youth Leadership – December 13-14, 2012 – Ottawa
Dragonfly has been invited to the launch of the Collaborative Circle on Education and Youth Leadership on December 13-14 at the Lord Elgin Hotel in Ottawa. The Collaborative Circle is organized by the Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada, an open network that aims to nurture conversations, connections, and relationships among Aboriginal communities […]

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School With No Grades

Suzanne  -  Oct 15, 2012  -  , ,  -  Comments Off on School With No Grades
Chief Matthews Elementary School in Masset, B.C., is going above and beyond the cultures-and-traditions approach to Aboriginal education. The band-operated school, which is on the main island of Haida Gwaii in Haida Nation territory, has done away with grades. Chief Matthews, which serves students from Kindergarten to Grade 4, offers clam digging, berry picking, deer […]

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ArtsSmarts Knowledge Exchange – November 15-16, 2012 – University of Calgary

Suzanne  -  Aug 27, 2012  -  , ,  -  Comments Off on ArtsSmarts Knowledge Exchange – November 15-16, 2012 – University of Calgary
Dragonfly is moderating a panel discussion at the Cultivating Creative Communities: Arts, Education and Spaces for Successful 21st Century Learning conference in Calgary, focusing on how arts education can factor in Aboriginal community development (urban, reserve, rural, remote). Listen as expert panelists – including educators, community-based service providers, and artists from a variety of disciplines – […]

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‘Toronto’ Is An Iroquois Word

Suzanne  -  Aug 20, 2012  -  , ,  -  Comments Off on ‘Toronto’ Is An Iroquois Word
At many gatherings in Toronto, people acknowledge that they are on “Mississauga territory.” That didn’t happen 20 years ago, and that makes it a good thing – non-Aboriginal people are beginning to understand the history of Canada from another perspective, and Aboriginal peoples are regaining a sense of their own history, as well as the […]

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Chemicals and Their Effect on Children

Suzanne  -  Jul 31, 2012  -  ,  -  Comments Off on Chemicals and Their Effect on Children
The headline on a recent article in The Globe and Mail says it all: “Detergent Pods Have Poison-Control World on Edge.” The article details how detergent pods – concentrated laundry products packaged in single-use packets that can be thrown directly into the washing machine – have caused numerous poisonings among children in Canada and the […]

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Looking, Listening, and Learning

Suzanne  -  Jul 04, 2012  -  , ,  -  Comments Off on Looking, Listening, and Learning
Dragonfly recently attended a town hall event sponsored by a federal political party. During the event – which was organized to gather ideas on urban Aboriginal policy – the sponsor MP said, “We need to get back to ‘doing.’ We know that Aboriginal children learn by doing.” Dragonfly hears this a lot, and unfortunately, it […]

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Significance of the Summer Solstice

Suzanne  -  Jun 14, 2012  -  , ,  -  Comments Off on Significance of the Summer Solstice
The summer solstice is the longest day of the year, and the shortest night. It’s a transformational point in the Earth’s journey: after the solstice, the days get shorter, and the nights longer. But this change doesn’t happen instantaneously: for several days before and after each solstice, the sun’s noontime elevation does not seem to change, […]

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Why Celebrate the Full Moon?

Suzanne  -  May 28, 2012  -   -  Comments Off on Why Celebrate the Full Moon?
The universe exists in a state of balance, and we are surrounded by those energetic counterparts – light and dark, male and female, increase and decrease, passive and active, cold and hot, matter and spirit. Because the moon and the sun embody many of these dualities – and show the interplay between them – they […]

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Sagkeeng’s Finest Win Canada’s Got Talent

Suzanne  -  May 15, 2012  -  ,  -  Comments Off on Sagkeeng’s Finest Win Canada’s Got Talent
Three Anishinabe teens from the Sagkeeng First Nation in southern Manitoba won the inaugural season of Canada’s Got Talent (CGT) this week. Dallas Courchene, 16, Brandon Courchene, 18, and Vince O’Laney, 17, won a $100,000 cash prize, a sports car worth more than $100,000 (that only one of them has a licence to drive), an […]

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