Aboriginal Education

Noreen Pankewich, Aboriginal Resource Teacher

Roxane Letterlough, Primary Aboriginal Resource Teacher

Professional Development Opportunities

KTTA Pro-D Day

April 24

Curricular Based Aboriginal Offerings

(12:50 – 3:00)

Title: An Introduction to Science First Peoples Teacher Resource Guide (FNESC/FNSA)

Facilitator: Jo-Anne Chrona

Jo is currently the Curriculum Coordinator for the First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC). She is passionate about helping create systemic change in the K-12 education system to help create a truly inclusive, strength-based education experience for all learners. Her professional experience includes 16 years teaching in both the K-12 and post-secondary systems in BC, working as a Policy Analyst with FNESC and Advisor to the BC Ministry of Education, and serving as a Faculty Associate in SFU's Teacher Education program. Over the past two decades, she has also been actively involved in the areas of curriculum and resource development and writing, professional learning through inquiry networks, literacy development, and Indigenous education. Recently, she was also actively involved in curriculum revision for the BC education system, and worked with school districts in the development of the Core Competencies. Jo-Anne is a member of the Kitsumkalum Band of the Ts'msyen Nation on the northwest coast of British Columbia. She is of the Ganhada clan.

More educators are now recognizing the need to incorporate First Peoples' perspectives and content into science courses and are looking for resources to help them do this authentically and respectfully. This session will introduce participants to the FNESC/FNSA Science First Peoples Teacher Resource Guide which helps educators see how First Peoples' perspectives in science can be recognized and included in science inquiry. The guide contains fully developed units that correspond with the Big Ideas and Learning Standards in the BC Provincial Science Curriculum for grades 5-9.

** Although this guide is targeted for grades 5-9, the guide contains information that is applicable to any educator interested in infusing classrooms with authentic and relevant Aboriginal perspectives and content.


(10:30 – 3:00)

Title: Toward a Better Understanding of Indian Residential School History- getting more comfortable with this topic in your classroom

Facilitators: Judy Dunn & Barb Dubois-Paynter

Judy is Metis and has taught in School District #73 and currently works for the Aboriginal Education Council. Barb is Metis and works for the Aboriginal Education Council as an Aboriginal Family Counsellor is SD #73 schools.

This session will provide you with information that is both local and national, on the history of the Residential Schools. It will extend your knowledge base as a teacher and will be in a forum that invites and encourages questions, so you may move ahead with growing confidence on the topic. The session begins with a viewing of the locally filmed documentary of Fallen Feather, followed by a debriefing with Barb and Judy. Following the lunch break, there will be a guided tour at the Kamloops Residential School customized for teachers with extended time for questions with a guide Sabrina Thomas. The purpose of this in-service session is to provide district staff with an opportunity to learn about residential schools and gain understanding about the impact they has on Aboriginal families and communities. While not a happy or comfortable story, it is key to understanding Aboriginal perspectives and therefore can help us as a system to support Aboriginal students. Please come with an open mind and ready to look at Canadian history through a lens that may be significantly different from what you've experienced before.


(10:30 – noon)

Title: Aboriginal Art in the Classroom

Facilitator: Leeann Eustache

Leeann is a member of the Simpcw First Nation and is a long time Aboriginal Education Worker in SD 73. She is currently working at Barriere Elementary School and has a massive collection of amazing art work in her personal collection. This collection boasts dozens of creative projects that she has completed with students of all ages, and ranges of abilities. She is a highly skilled and innovative individual who utilizes available materials (often found in the recycling bin, and at an accessible cost), and transforms them into beautiful, authentic art projects!

As well as sharing a great deal of authentic Aboriginal information and protocols on Art, Leeann will provide you with a lesson on how to keep it simple when trying to decide on how to fit Aboriginal art into a lesson. She will guide you through the process of making one of your own painted art projects (possibly two- if time permits) and provide you with ideas to create others on your own. Materials will be provided, as well as links and an outline of the activity.


(10:30 – noon)

Title: Archaeology of the Secwepemc World

Facilitator: Joanne Hammond

Joanne is an archaeologist and anthropologist in Kamloops, where she has recently been appointed to the city's Heritage Commission. She works with local First Nations to support the management and preservation of heritage resources. She is also a graduate program adviser and course developer with SFU's Department of Archaeology. She is active in archaeological outreach in classrooms, with community organizations, and in the media. She writes about archaeology and life in the business at http://republicofarchaeology.ca/ and on Twitter @KamloopsArchaeo.

How long have people been in BC, and what were they doing here before Canada arrived?

This session will be GREAT professional learning for all teachers! In this workshop Joanne will give a tour of the Secwepemc world prior to contact, as understood by archaeologists interpreting the material culture of BC's ancient Indigenous occupants. She will provide a brief overview of the past 10,000 years of history in our region, and then focus on some aspects of material culture that make stories about the past come alive. She'll discuss ancient Secwepemc technologies, food preparation and procurement, travel and trade, traditional ecological knowledge, and more. Joanne will give you a chance to get hands-on with local artifacts, and share a few of her favourite archaeology resources to use in the classroom.


(10:30 – noon)

Title: The Blanket Exercise: Exploring Historical Relationships between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Peoples

Facilitator: Denise Hendry

Denise is an Aboriginal teacher from the T'simpshian Nation in northern BC. Denise teaches in Merritt and lives in Kamloops. Denise has been teaching for 26 years and working in Aboriginal Education for 10 years.

This experiential workshop will help participants understand how colonization of the land we now know as BC and Canada has impacted the people who lived here long before settlers arrived. We look at how the relationship has been damaged and how we can work toward reconciliation.


(10:30 – noon)

Title: Flint Knapping with Ed Jensen: Glass Arrowheads

Facilitator: Ed Jensen

Ed is a leading Secwepemc artist of a generation that emerged after the wake of Residential school and from the resulting cultural resurgence of the Secwepemc people. Based on traditional knowledge and oral history, his art forms mimic tools and implements used for countless generations within the valleys surrounding Kamloops and area and that were instrumental in the survival of its first inhabitants. These include bows, arrows, spears, fishing equipment, drums, clothing and anything else that can be fabricated from land-based bounties. Ed is a self taught artisan who gets his inspiration from the legacies left behind by the ancestors of today's Secwepemc and that can be found in the archaeological record. He has spent numerous hours in museums studying stone tools and piecing together the mysteries of the past in order to achieve a level of accuracy within his projects. Ed's work can be found in private art collections in Canada, the United States and abroad, and was juried into the prestigious Sante Fe Indian Market Show and Sale in August of 2015. He currently lives and works in Kamloops and can be seen at various events throughout Canada and the United States.

Participants will learn hands on, the basics of the ancient art of flint knapping with Master Knapper, Ed Jensen. Utilizing a very common and available material (glass) and tools that mimic ancient First Nations technology, participants will also learn basic terminology, importance, history of local tool and implement evolution. This beginner level workshop is perfect for anyone interested in ancient local culture and an eye for art!


(10:30 – noon) Secondary School Focus

Title: Aboriginal Art & Textiles: A look at Fashion- designing and handweaving your own mini-purse

Facilitator: Ayla Joe-Brady

Ayla is a member of the Lower Nicola Band and Navajo First Nation and is a long time Aboriginal Education worker in SD 73. She obtained her Fine Arts degree from TRU in 2013. She has curated and co-curated several Aboriginal art shows and taught some outstanding Secondary art projects in our schools. She is currently working at AE Perry Elementary as an Aboriginal Education worker. Ayla will also have on hand some of her own personal projects and materials to share with you.

Ayla has selected a unique project: weaving of a small purse to share with teachers. This session will be of interest not only to Art teachers, but also textiles teachers. Teachers will begin on their small weaving project as Ayla walks them through a rich presentation on Aboriginal art in the mainstream fashion industry. Teachers will have the opportunity to leave with their own completed project, and the full lesson to teach it (and possibly a few extras), following this session. As well as sharing a great deal of authentic Aboriginal information and protocols on Art- this is Ayla's specialty, you will move ahead with confidence in your teaching. Materials and resources will be provided, as well as links and an outline of the activity.

***Ayla requests that each participant bring along a piece of clothing or accessory from his/her own culture with a brief explanation.


(12:50 – 1:50 and same session repeated 2:00 - 3:00)

Title: Secwepemc Ethnobotany for Your Classroom

Facilitator: Jackie Jules

Jackie is a former cultural presenter in our district who is now pursuing her post-secondary dreams of becoming a Secwepemc Language Teacher. She holds an exceptional depth and breadth of knowledge of traditional foods, plants, fishing, winter/summer homes, transportation, tools, technology and much more. She recognizes the importance of traditional language, song and dance as a holistic transfer of knowledge and skills.

Jackie is excited to share her vast Ethnobotany knowledge of the local area. She is an active food and medicine collector and has a vast understanding of plant technology having gratefully received her teachings from her local Elders. She will have plethora of plant, medicine and tool samples on hand and share online resources and classroom ideas with you.


(10:30 – noon)

Title: Aboriginal Storytelling for Your Classroom- Middle and Secondary School

Facilitator: Roxane Letterlough

Roxanne is the District Primary Aboriginal Resource teacher for SD73. She is St'at'imc from the Ts'ala'h Band. Roxanne has taught oral traditions at TRU that focus on the local Secwepemc people.

This workshop will focus on Aboriginal storytelling at a middle and secondary school level. You will explore different ways to incorporate Aboriginal storytelling across the curriculum. Participants will walk away with tools to use in their classrooms. Participants will explore online resources to use in the classroom. Aboriginal storytelling can be used in any, if not all, subjects. Elementary teachers are welcome to attend as well.


(10:30 – noon)

Title: Aboriginal Resources Website Orientation

Facilitators: Noreen Pankewich & Andrea Wallin

Noreen is of Sto:lo ancestry from Hope and is currently the K-12 Aboriginal Resource Teacher in Kamloops. She is particularly excited about how the revised BCEd plan has embraced Aboriginal knowledge. Noreen has always enjoyed integrating Aboriginal content across the curriculum and has received accolades on this website that she has managed for the past 5 years. Helping teachers help themselves!

Andrea Wallin is the SD 73 District Librarian. Noreen and Andrea have worked collaboratively for 15+ years developing kits, infusing SD 73 collections with Aboriginal materials/content, and guiding teachers -the entire time.

SD 73 has an amazing Aboriginal website chalk full of some of the best online resources available. The materials loaded on this website are pertinent to the revised curriculum and provide both entry level teachers and seasoned subject area teachers with resources for the classroom. As well, forms for booking Aboriginal guests, and ALL Aboriginal programming, services, and scholarship info are on this same website.

Andrea will demonstrate HGEC Library search tools and help you become more familiar with the plethora of resources in our District.

Come join us, learn how to better navigate this useful resource and leave with many ideas and links to some exciting new areas.


Secwepemc Author school tour

Willie Sellars

& Illustrator Kevin Easthope

"Dipnetting With Dad"

We are thrilled to offer schools a local author and illustrator tour with Dipnetting with Dad creators Willie Sellers and Kevin Easthope. "Williams Lake Indian Band member Willie Sellars captures family values, the importance of storytelling, community living and coming of age in one of BC’s oldest cultures. Debut artist Kevin Easthope’s contemporary and dynamic illustrations bring the characters to life as they jump off the page and pull you into their world." http://caitlin-press.com/our-books/dipnetting-with-dad/

This interactive presentation includes a read-a-loud; sharing of story props such as dipnets, sage bundles and fish sacks; and learning about the book creation process. Students will also have ample time to ask questions.

Tour dates: Tuesday April 25-Friday April 28th

Grade range:K-7


SFU ABoriginal

Math catcher tour

April 25-27

Dr. Veselin Jungic

SFU professor, Dr. Veselin Jungic, will visit several schools in our district to introduce students to activities/studies/careers in math. A group of Aboriginal SFU students, currently studying in the field, partake in this presentation. They speak to students about how they became involved with "dr. J" at SFU, and the support they have received, which has nurtured their interest of math in their chosen careers. Classes will hear of some real-life math challenges that these post-secondary students have encountered. They will also hear of how they endured the hurdles to become confident presenters, determined to succeed in their area of interest by building their math skills.

These are exciting, interactive session for students (K-12).

More information on these presentations can be found at:



Dr. Lee Brown

Emotional Competency: Supporting Students Exploring emotional skills that provide optimum support to achieve success and health in life.

May 15th, 2017

8:30 to 3:00 Sagebrush Theatre -Free

Dr. Brown has developed a theory of holistic emotional education that is predicated upon six principles of emotional competency that arise out of his research in the area of affective education and learning. Former Director of the Institute of Aboriginal Health in the College of Health Disciplines and Indigenous Doctoral Program in the Department of Educational Studies at UBC Co-author of The Sacred Tree, an educational curriculum based in Aboriginal values and epistemology.

(lunch and snacks provided) Please register by May 1st, 2017 at https://goo.gl/Zd18OQ

Sponsored by SD 73, Aboriginal Education Council, and School Completion


Young Artists

May 4, 2017

Aboriginal Art Sessions Offered

Mini Rawhide Drum Ornaments – Ms. Leeann Eustache, Aboriginal Education Worker SD 73

Students will work with rawhide, lacing and feathers to make a mini drum ornament. There will be information on the traditional ways of making rawhide, examples of other projects that it can be used for and a full size hand drum.

Button Blankets – Mr. Anthony Michel & Ms. Wendy Leonard, Aboriginal Education Worker SD 73

Students will have an authentic experience making Button Blankets, and learn the history of the art in the process. After deciding on a design for the project, the sewing of the design, background and buttons will be done. Finally, hangers will be attached to complete your own Button Blanket.

-offered to students who are attending the Young Artists event at TRU


Young Authors

May 5, 2017

Aboriginal Sessions Offered

**Nicola Campbell**

Author of: Shi-shi-etko (2005), Shin-chi's Canoe (2008), and Grandpa's Girls (2011)

Author Nicola Campbell is Nle7kepmx, Nsilx and Métis and is named after her home, BC’s Nicola Valley. She has a BFA and a MFA in Creative Writing and is currently working towards an Interdisciplinary Indigenous Graduate Studies degree focusing on contemporary Aboriginal Storytelling at UBC Okanagan in Kelowna, BC. Her most recent children’s book, Grandpa’s Girls, was a finalist for the 2012 Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize. Shin-chi’s Canoe received the 2009 TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award and is on the 2009 USBBY Outstanding International Books List. Shin-chi’s Canoe is the sequel to Shi-shi-etko and was a finalist for the 2009 Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award and a 2008 Governor Generals award for illustration. Shi-shi-etko was a finalist for the 2006 Ruth Schwartz Children’s Book Award, the 2006 TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award and the 2006 Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. It was the co-winner of the 2006 Anskohk Aboriginal Children’s Book of the Year Award.

**Willie Sellars**

Author of: Dipnetting With Dad

Workshop: Living to Write

Historically the art of storytelling has been used to pass down the knowledge and teachings and experiences of life. With this workshop, participants will walk through a writing process. Based on life experiences, they will tell their own story. Come prepared to live your story and leave with a hard copy to share with family and friends, or keep for yourself.

Willie was born and raised in Williams Lake, BC, and is a Member of the Williams Lake Indian Band ("WLIB" or "T’exelc") of the Secwepemc Nation. Elected onto WLIB council at the age of 24 in 2008, Willie was one of the youngest councillors in WLIB history. He is now serving his third term on WLIB Council. He is an accomplished author, who released his first children's book Dipnetting with Dad in the spring of 2014. The book describes a personal account of a young Secwepemc boy and his fishing adventures with his Dad and Grandpa. Willie currently lives on the WLIB's Sugar Cane Reserve with his wife and three children.

-offered to students who are attending the Young Authors event at TRU