Professional Learning

All sessions listed below require registration through the Professional Development Registration website.  Staff must register themselves for their own sessions.  *If you need support while registering, please call 780-429-8230.

First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Education Professional Learning Sessions 2018/19

Registration available through PDR

Teaching Secret Path:  Exploring Residential School Education in the Jr. High Classroom

Secret Path is an album recorded by Gord Downie of the Tragically Hip released in 2016. The album was accompanied by a graphic novel and an animated television movie illustrated by Jeff Lemire. The project is a concept album about Chanie Wenjack, a young Anishinaabe boy from the Marten Falls First Nation who died in 1966 while trying to return home after escaping from an Indian Residential School.  Gord Downie’s work and involvement with the Wenjack family has become an inspiring story of reconciliation.  Secret Path can be used in the Jr. High School classroom to help teach students about the Residential School System and the concept of reconciliation in present day Canada.  In this session, participants will explore a series of lesson plans to accompany Secret Paths, including additional resources, videos and assessments.  A Residential School Survivor will be joining the session to provide deeper understanding and awareness of a Residential School experience.    

Facilitators: Adam Ambrozy

Date:  October 22, 2018, (8:30 am - 4:00 pm), lunch and snacks provided

Location:  Woodcroft (13750 Woodcroft Avenue)


Weaving Indigenous Knowledge and Literary Texts in the High School English Language Arts Classroom

Weaving indigenous knowledge, culture, history, and perspective into the English curriculum is an important practice and will soon become part of regular practice for many teachers.  In this session, teachers will be presented with current resources and a variety of texts that can be used to help weave First Nations, Métis, and Inuit content and curricular outcomes.  Participants will explore resources to accompany Dreaming in Indian, Secret Path, and much more!

Facilitators: Adam Ambrozy

Date:  February 14, 2019 (8:30 am - 4:00 pm)

Location:  Woodcroft (13750 Woodcroft Avenue)  

Learn How to Facilitate the Blanket Exercise:  Exploring Canada’s History

This session is designed to engage educators in a highly interactive process that builds understanding of how the history of treaty making and colonization of Canada impacted indigenous peoples throughout the years and continues to impact them today. Participants reflect on how this exercise will increase their understanding of historical and contemporary realities of indigenous students, families and community members. In addition, participants explore how this exercise can be used within a social studies classroom from Grade 4 onward.  Participants will learn how to facilitate the Blanket Exercise.  

Facilitator:  Adam Ambrozy

Date: November 21st, 2018 (8:30am - 4:00pm), lunch and snacks provided

Location: Woodcroft (13750 Woodcroft Avenue)

Lead Teacher Session for Newly Identified Lead Teachers (full-day)

This session is intended for newly identified First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Lead Teachers and principals

Session Date: September 26, 2018

Location:  Woodcroft (13750 Woodcroft Avenue)

Time:  8:00 am - 4:00 pm (morning refreshments and lunch will be provided)

2018/19 Lead Teacher Sessions  (two full-days) - These sessions are intended for returning First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Lead Teachers, those that have attended the session for newly identified lead teachers and principals.  Principals are invited to join the sessions from 8:30 am - 12:00 pm.  Further information on session topics will be provided.

Location:  Woodcroft (13750 Woodcroft Avenue)

Time:  8:30 am - 4:00 pm (morning refreshments and lunch will be provided)

Session Dates (fall):

October 2, Ron MacNeil's Leadership Group

October 3, Leona Morrison’s Leadership Group

October 4, Kathy Muhlethaler’s Leadership Group

October 9, Kent Pharis' Leadership Group

October 11, Mike Suderman's Leadership Group

October 12, Liz Yule’s Leadership Group

Session Dates (spring):

April 1, Ron MacNeil's Leadership Group

April 2, Leona Morrison’s Leadership Group

April 4, Kathy Muhlethaler's Leadership Group

April 11, Kent Pharis' Leadership Group

April 18, Mike Suderman's Leadership Group

April 25, Liz Yule’s Leadership Group

Moose Hide Campaign Teaching Resource In this session participants will learn about the national Moose Hide Campaign aimed at raising awareness and stopping violence against Indigenous women and children. Participants will be given a copy of the 5 lesson plan series and accompanying resources that were created by the Edmonton Public Schools First Nations, Metis, and Inuit Education Unit. Adam Ambrozy will explain how the resource was developed and how it uses traditional Indigenous teachings to educate all students about this important social issue. Participants will see how traditional oral teachings from Elders and Knowledge Keepers have been weaved together with multimedia resources to teach junior high students about gender, culture, self-worth, and healthy relationships.Participants will learn how teachers can use a current pressing social issue in Canada to educate their students about wellness and social justice through an Indigenous lens. All students can learn from traditional Indigenous oral teachings that helps them better understand their history, society and own personal relationships.

Facilitator: Adam Ambrozy Date: November 1, 2018 (8:30 a.m. - 4:00 pm), lunch and snacks provided Location: Woodcroft (13750 Woodcroft Avenue)

First Nations Traditional Games: Engaging and Motivating Physical Activities

Participants will have the opportunity to learn and experience traditional First Nations games and will learn about the protocol for gathering the required materials and respectful teaching practices for sharing the games with their students. Traditional games were often played to increase endurance, hand-eye coordination as well as promote cooperation. In addition, participants will learn and experience simple games designed to increase physical activity through fundamental movement skills designed for students of all ages and skill levels.

Facilitator:  Leaha Atcheynum

Date: January 30, 2019 (8:30 a.m. - Noon)

Location:  Woodcroft (13750 Woodcroft Avenue)

Exploring Indigenous Lullabies and Traditional Parenting Practices to enhance teaching and learning in Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Classrooms

Spend the day learning from different Elders and Knowledge Keepers.  In this session, participants will be introduced to traditional parenting practices and teachings from an Indigenous perspective.  This session will also introduce participants to the history of Indigenous lullabies and Indigenous Swing Therapy to emphasize the importance of language and culture going hand in hand.  Participants will engage in all activities and will have a toolkit of resources to use in their classrooms.

Facilitator: Clarice Anderson

Date: Thursday, December 18, 2018, (8:30 am - 4:00 pm), lunch and snacks provided

Location:  Woodcroft (13750 Woodcroft Avenue)


Fostering Culturally Responsive Schools:  First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Protocol

This sessions will assist participants to feel better prepared to engage with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Elder, Knowledge Keepers, and Cultural Advisors.  Cultural and District formation will be shared on offering tobacco, gift-giving and honourariums.  The intent of this session is to foster your confidence when inviting and hosting First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Elders, Knowledge Keepers and Cultural Advisors to your classroom or school.    

Facilitators: Kerrie Gladue

Date:  January 18, 2019 (1:00 - 4:00 pm)

Location:  Woodcroft (13750 Woodcroft Avenue)

Looking Forward and Back: Explore Art Techniques and Indigenous Land, History and People

Using a combination of art techniques and circle discussions, educators will explore the history, land, and lived experience of Indigenous peoples. Participants will learn how to use inkjet photographs to create gel transfers on wood. By applying drawing and painting techniques over top of the transfer, participants will create a unique, multi-layered piece of art reflecting the theme of the workshop. Teachers can immediately transfer this guided experiential learning to the division 3 and 4 classroom.

Facilitators: Rebecca Pickard

Date:  November 16, 2018 (9:00 - 3:00 pm), lunch and snacks provided

Location:  amiskwaciy Academy

Under one Sun: K-9 Treaty Education Resource

Learn about, and learn from, Indigenous experiences, culture, and perspectives through contemporary content offered in a blended format to support balanced literacy learning.

Facilitators: Jeremy Albert

Date:  January 16, 2019 (8:30 - 4:00 pm), lunch and snacks provided

Location:  Woodcroft (13750 Woodcroft Avenue - Room 7)

Canadian Geographic Indigenous People's Atlas of Canada - Giant Floor Map

This session will focus on exploring and experiencing Canadian Geographic's newest resources. The Indigenous People's Atlas of Canada includes historic and contemporary maps and explores themes of language, demographics, economy and culture. Important topics such as treaties and residential schools are covered in-depth, as well as the contributions of Indigenous Peoples, their oral traditions and land-based knowledge. Lessons from the included Teacher's Guide will be used to model how this resource could be used by a school community.

Facilitators: Jeremy Albert

Date:  February 20, 2019 (8:30 - 4:00 pm), lunch and snacks provided

Location:  Woodcroft (13750 Woodcroft Avenue)

amiskwaciy wâskahikan: Exploring Edmonton's Indigenous History Through Place Based Ed

In this session, participants will be introduced to a recently created Edu-Site resource that explores the history of the Edmonton area from an Indigenous perspective.  The session will also include a river valley walk as a way to connect with and explore some of these areas.  In the morning participants will explore this history from a variety of sources which include visual maps, place names and the Edu-Site resource. The afternoon will involve a walk throughout the river valley where participants will be able to learn about specific areas which are related to the Edu-Site resource.

Facilitators: Jeremy Albert

Date:  May 15, 2019 (8:30 - 4:00 pm), lunch and snacks provided

Location:  Woodcroft (13750 Woodcroft Avenue)

Tipi Teachings

This PL opportunity is a hands on learning experience, where an Elder has been given protocol to come in and teach you about the tipi. There are different styles of setting up a tipi but we will be discussing the Cree style, with the traditional story of how the tipi came to be and the meaning behind each pole will also be the focus. There will be a few handouts as well. 

Facilitators: Leaha Atcheynum

Date:  May 30, 2019 (11:30 - 4:30 pm),

Location:  Woodcroft (13750 Woodcroft Avenue)