Building cross-cultural connections
Transforming the lives of children, youth, and educators
Dragonfly Consulting Services Canada works with educators, resource publishers, non-profit organizations, arts and culture institutions, and community groups to build understanding and awareness of Indigenous histories, perspectives, and experiences.
Who Will Benefit From Dragonfly’s Services?
Dragonfly helps you build capacity in equity and inclusion by helping you implement Indigenous perspectives and pedagogy into your program or classroom.
Dragonfly helps you build staff, board, and volunteer capacity in equity, diversity, and anti-oppression; improve cross-cultural communication; work in collaboration with Indigenous peoples and communities; and develop culturally relevant and responsive programs and services.
Dragonfly helps you Indigenize programs and services; create an inclusive atmosphere for clients and volunteers; improve cross-cultural communication; and work in collaboration with Indigenous peoples and communities.
Dragonfly helps you break down myths and stereotypes; understand Indigenous cultures and traditions; improve cross-cultural communication; embed Indigenous restorative processes into your meetings and activities to reduce conflict, prevent burnout, and increase trust among members and community; and work in collaboration with Indigenous peoples and communities.
Institutions & Policy Makers
Dragonfly helps you bridge the gap between policy and practice through stakeholder analysis, needs assessments, and community consultations and ongoing program evaluation.
Dragonfly helps you incorporate Indigenous perspectives into your textbooks and classroom resources.
Suzanne Methot has worked as an adult literacy and skills training practitioner since 1991, and as an elementary school educator since 2007. For over a decade, she was principal editor for Ningwakwe Learning Press, creating Indigenous culture-based literacy resources and practitioner manuals. She was also an Education Officer for school programs at the Art Gallery of Ontario, where she facilitated gallery and studio activities for students from K-12. Over the past 25 years, Suzanne has also worked in advocacy and direct–service positions at Indigenous community-based organizations. She has a B.A. in literature and history and a B.Ed. specializing in equity and social justice education.
Suzanne’s fiction, non-fiction, and poetry has been published in various anthologies, and her feature articles, guest columns, profiles, and book reviews have appeared in the Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, Quill & Quire, Windspeaker, and Canadian Geographic. She is co-author of the Grade 11 textbook Aboriginal Beliefs, Values, and Aspirations (Goodminds/Pearson Education Canada), and is also a contributor to Scholastic Canada’s Take Action series of classroom resource books for grades 4–6 (which provide Indigenous perspectives on social justice, sustainability, and ethical citizenship) and Scholastic’s Take Action for Reconciliation series for grades 3–8 (which engage students in inquiry about Indigenous histories, cultures, and worldviews). In 2016, Suzanne was featured in a documentary on CBC Radio One.
It took 130 years to create this problem.Justice Murray Sinclair, Chairperson, Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, Winnipeg Free Press, Feb. 18, 2012
It’s probably going to take us 130 years to undo it.
Everyone has the right to education. … Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance, and friendship among all nations [and] racial or religious groups.United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948
[K]nowledge is something human beings createBarbara J. Thayer-Bacon, “What Is Constructivism?” Key Questions for Educators, Hare & Portelli, eds. (2005)
in a dialogical relationship with others.
Book a half-day consultation (3 hours) or a full-day consultation (6 hours) for professional development workshops and classroom visits. Contact us for policy and program work, including community consultations, and for research and writing.
- Teacher Professional Development
- Classroom/School Visits
- Staff and Volunteer Team Workshops
- Community Consultation
- Program Development
- Research & Writing
- This is one of the best workshops I have had. I feel inspired to learn more, but also confident to start integrating some elements into my classroom practice. The Best Practices checklist is a fantastic tool that has immediate applicability for my class.(Participant, ETFO Summer Academy)
- Very interactive activities, and good at bringing ancient teachings into the students' lives in a way that is relevant today.(Teacher, Dokis First Nation)