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Guidebook For Reporting on Indigenous Peoples

Suzanne  -  Jun 19, 2017  -  , , , , ,  -  Comments Off on Guidebook For Reporting on Indigenous Peoples
The Strategic Alliance of Broadcasters for Aboriginal Reflection (SABAR) has compiled a key terminology guidebook for reporting on Indigenous peoples, communities, and topics. Dragonfly was given a hard copy from our friends at Durham College in Oshawa, Ontario, but we’d recommend the online version, which is constantly being updated. It’s available on the SABAR website. […]

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Bee Nation Education Package

Suzanne  -  May 07, 2017  -  , , , , ,  -  Comments Off on Bee Nation Education Package
Bee Nation was the opening feature at the 2017 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival. The film, directed by Lana Slezic, traces the journeys of several Indigenous children and teens as they compete in the first-ever First Nations Provincial Spelling Bee in Saskatchewan and the national championships of the Spelling Bee of Canada. Dragonfly […]

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Lessons In the Real World

Suzanne  -  Oct 20, 2016  -  , , , , , , ,  -  Comments Off on Lessons In the Real World
Here we are, Halloween time again – and retail stores are once again trading in racism and appropriation by selling Halloween costumes that allow people to dress up like “Indians.” However, as we saw with this fall’s national conversation about the Cleveland Indians name and logo, the tide is beginning to shift, as non-Indigenous allies […]

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Cree Student Named Rhodes Scholar

Suzanne  -  Jan 12, 2016  -  , , , , ,  -  Comments Off on Cree Student Named Rhodes Scholar
The news went national in November 2015: Billy-Ray Belcourt, a 21-year-old Comparative Literature student at the University of Alberta, has been named a 2016 Rhodes Scholar, one of 11 Canadian students to receive the prestigious scholarship for post-graduate studies at Oxford University. What makes Belcourt’s award notable is that he is the first First Nations […]

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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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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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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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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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