culturally relevant and responsive programming

Coming Soon – New Non-Fiction Book

Suzanne  -  Jul 05, 2016  -  , , , , , , , ,  -  Comments Off on Coming Soon – New Non-Fiction Book
Suzanne Methot has received a $12,000 Ontario Arts Council Works-In-Progress grant to complete a non-fiction book on intergenerational trauma in Indigenous peoples and communities. Legacy: Trauma, Story, and Indigenous Healing (the new working title) discusses intergenerational trauma at the individual, family, and community levels, with a focus on mechanisms of transmission and approaches to healing. […]

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Five Symptoms of a Culturally Unconscious Educator

Suzanne  -  Jul 06, 2015  -  , , , , , ,  -  Comments Off on Five Symptoms of a Culturally Unconscious Educator
Dragonfly recently came across an interesting post in the Educator’s Lounge group on LinkedIn. Co-authored by Kimberly McLeod, Academic Dean and Executive Director at Texas Southern University, and Wendy Mackey, School Administration Supervisor for the Halifax Regional School Board and adjunct faculty member for St. Francis Xavier University, the article discusses what happens when teachers […]

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Language Matters – Part 2

Suzanne  -  Jan 30, 2015  -  , , , ,  -  Comments Off on Language Matters – Part 2
In December 2013, the Canadian Museum of Civilization was renamed the Canadian Museum of History. This is important for several reasons, none of them good, and all of them related to the way Aboriginal peoples are positioned and understood in Canada. The Canadian Museum of Civilization has had several incarnations: it was first known as […]

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The Reading List

Suzanne  -  Feb 25, 2014  -  , , , ,  -  Comments Off on The Reading List
Dragonfly often gets asked for book recommendations or a reading list. People want to know what book they should read to learn about Aboriginal peoples and cultures, what book will give them details on certain Aboriginal experiences (such as residential schools), or what book will lay out Aboriginal perspectives on an issue or subject. There […]

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Female Indigenous Firsts

Suzanne  -  Jan 31, 2014  -  , , , , , ,  -  Comments Off on Female Indigenous Firsts
Wilfred Laurier University student Sally Simpson has updated her list of Aboriginal women trailblazers. First released last year as part of her scholarly research, Simpson continues to add to and revise the list. It now contains 92 entries detailing the accomplishments of Aboriginal women in all walks of life, from academia, justice, policing, arts, and […]

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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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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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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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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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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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