Building cross-cultural connections
Transforming the lives of children and youth
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 Aboriginal histories, perspectives, and experiences.
Who Will Benefit From Dragonfly’s Services?
Dragonfly helps you build capacity in diversity and inclusion by helping you implement Aboriginal education into your program or classroom. We help your students break down myths and stereotypes by exploring Aboriginal experiences, histories, and perspectives.
Dragonfly helps you implement equity and Aboriginal education policy; build relationships with community; fulfill staff professional development requirements; and build capacity in culturally relevant and responsive pedagogy.
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 create culturally relevant and responsive programs and services; plan inclusive seminars and workshops for both 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 Aboriginal cultures and traditions; improve cross-cultural communication; embed Indigenous restorative processes into your meetings and activities, reducing conflict, preventing burnout, and increasing 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 by conducting stakeholder analysis, needs assessments, and community consultations; creating implementation frameworks and timelines; and conducting ongoing evaluation.
By calling upon our national network of contacts, proven research capabilities, and writing skills, Dragonfly helps you incorporate Indigenous perspectives into your textbooks and classroom resources, to ensure your catalogue reflects Canada’s diverse society.
Dragonflies begin their lives in water. As they mature, they transform into winged creatures of the air. This is a powerful reminder of how we all must grow and change. We must be open to transformation in order to create the strong sense of self that comes with maturity and enlightenment.
Dragonflies are nimble flyers, able to twist, turn, and change direction. They fly in six directions, including up, down, and backwards. This agility is key to their survival, and it represents balance and flexibility.
Sameness is not synonymous with excellence. I believe our biggest issue isn’t underachievement –Chris Spence, Former Education Director, Toronto District School Board, The Globe and Mail, January 17, 2012
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
- Policy Implementation
- 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)