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Challenging Assumptions in Aboriginal Education

Suzanne  -  May 10, 2012  -  , ,  -  Comments Off on Challenging Assumptions in Aboriginal Education
Trustees for the Vancouver School Board voted 7-2 at a recent meeting to create an Aboriginal-focused school. The school, located on the city’s east side (where there is a high proportion of Aboriginal families), aims to reduce the 25 percent dropout rate in later years by offering Aboriginal students a culture-based program. The school will […]

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June 20, 2012 – Solstice Circle – Coronation Park, Toronto – 8 pm

Suzanne  -  May 10, 2012  -  ,  -  Comments Off on June 20, 2012 – Solstice Circle – Coronation Park, Toronto – 8 pm
Cultures worldwide celebrate the summer solstice. Join Suzanne at Coronation Park on June 20 for a Cree-style solstice circle on the longest day of the year. We’ll meet at 8 pm at the west entrance to Coronation Park, near the park sign (across from the CNE Princes’ Gate, where Strachan Avenue crosses Lakeshore to become […]

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CRRP Versus Education Funding Models

Suzanne  -  May 04, 2012  -  ,  -  Comments Off on CRRP Versus Education Funding Models
There are no secondary schools on most reserves in Canada, so First Nations students must leave their reserve if they want to achieve a high-school diploma. Rather than attend public schools in Thunder Bay – where students say they have to deal with racism and stereotyping – many students from Northwestern Ontario choose to attend […]

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Restorative Practice: The Importance of Circles

Suzanne  -  May 03, 2012  -   -  Comments Off on Restorative Practice: The Importance of Circles
As Dragonfly writes in the Resources section of this website, circles are a potent symbol in both practical and symbolic terms within Aboriginal cultures. When participants in any process are seated in a circle, the gathering takes on a sense of connection, inclusion, and fairness. People can converse, instead of being lectured to. Everyone’s voice […]

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More Than Just Beads and Feathers

Suzanne  -  Apr 19, 2012  -  , ,  -  Comments Off on More Than Just Beads and Feathers
Graphic artist Jason Eagle Speaker calls himself “half buffalo ndn and half salmon ndn.” Let Dragonfly translate that for you: Jason is half Blackfoot and half Duwamish, with ties to the Muckleshoot Nation. The Blackfoot live on the Plains and, before the animals were exterminated, were renowned buffalo hunters. The Duwamish live in the area […]

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Power to the Little People!

Suzanne  -  Apr 19, 2012  -   -  Comments Off on Power to the Little People!
Writer Janet R. Wilson wrote a sharp little opinion piece in the Ottawa Citizen recently, speaking about Canada’s “newest revolutionaries” – aka elementary-school students. Wilson says today’s students remind her of the young activists of the 1960s Civil Rights era, who rallied to address historical injustices and create a more inclusive society. Because provincial curricula […]

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June 4, 2012 – Full-Moon Ceremony – Coronation Park, Toronto – 9 pm

Suzanne  -  Apr 12, 2012  -   -  Comments Off on June 4, 2012 – Full-Moon Ceremony – Coronation Park, Toronto – 9 pm
Join Suzanne at Coronation Park on June 4 for a Cree-style full-moon ceremony! We’ll meet at 9 pm at the west entrance to Coronation Park, near the park sign (where Strachan Avenue crosses Lakeshore to become the pedestrian/bike path called Remembrance Drive), and we’ll begin the full-moon ceremony inside the park, under the trees, at […]

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