“If Not Here, Then Where? Indigenous Education in Canada,” a free webinar for K-16 educators, kicked off a fall series of workshops designed for U.S.-based educators interested in teaching and researching Canadian topics. Over 90 people registered for the event, held on September 28.
In response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Calls to Action and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), Indigenous education consultant Jo Chrona focused on: how Indigenous education has positively impacted education for all learners in British Columbia through the framework of the First Peoples Principles of Learning (FPPL), why Indigenous education is not a part of a multicultural framework, why it is important to use authentic Indigenous resources to learn both about and from Indigenous peoples, and what this means across the country, and what authentic Indigenous teacher resources are available for use.
The free series, The Canadian Mosaic: Materials and Methods for Teaching Multicultural Canada, gives educators a historic context of elements of the Canadian mosaic, including Indigenous education, Canadian parliamentary democracy, and education and art. Teachers receive practical tools and resources to incorporate directly into their classrooms.
Hosted by the Pacific Northwest and the Northeast National Resource Centers on Canada (Canadian Studies Center, University of Washington and Center for Canadian-American Studies, Western Washington University; Canadian-American Center, University of Maine and Center for the Study for Canada & Institute on Quebec Studies, State University of New York College at Plattsburgh).
This series is organized by Kyla Sweet, K-12 Education and Curriculum Specialist, Center for Canadian-American Studies, Western Washington University; Betsy Arntzen, Canadian-American Center, University of Maine; and Amy Sotherden, Center for the Study for Canada & Institute on Quebec Studies, State University of New York College at Plattsburgh.