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Resources for Social Justice Education

Suzanne  -  Dec 21, 2016  -  , , , , , ,  -  Comments Off on Resources for Social Justice Education
Scholastic Canada has just released a new series of classroom resources for grades 4–6. These inquiry-based, magazine-style books focus on ethical citizenship, social justice, and sustainability in Canadian society. Each book in the series is bundled with a teacher’s guide and an accompanying website featuring videos and other resources. The Take Action series is based […]

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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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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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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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Sagkeeng’s Finest Win Canada’s Got Talent

Suzanne  -  May 15, 2012  -  ,  -  Comments Off on Sagkeeng’s Finest Win Canada’s Got Talent
Three Anishinabe teens from the Sagkeeng First Nation in southern Manitoba won the inaugural season of Canada’s Got Talent (CGT) this week. Dallas Courchene, 16, Brandon Courchene, 18, and Vince O’Laney, 17, won a $100,000 cash prize, a sports car worth more than $100,000 (that only one of them has a licence to drive), an […]

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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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