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Foundational Knowledge – Residential Schools and Their Legacy

Presented by Charlene Bearhead

Throughout the year workshops will be offered in various zones throughout the province. ( e.g., First Nations, Métis and Inuit learning opportunities, Getting Ready for Implementation – Nurturing a Focused Direction for building capacity). CASS weekly updates will announce new learning opportunities with details posted here.

Round #1 (Spruce Grove - Feb. 16, 2018) (Grande Prairie - Mar. 13, 2018)

Dates/Locations

  • February 16, 2018: Spruce Grove
  • March 13, 2018: Grande Prairie – Morning Session (9:00 am – 12:00 pm)

About this learning opportunity

The College of Alberta School Superintendents (CASS) is pleased to have Charlene Bearhead, the first Education Lead at National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR)  facilitate a full day education session on the history and legacy of residential schools and strategies for moving forward:  the work of reconciliation education. The session will include the history of residential schools in Canada / Alberta as well as the history of the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement leading to the Alberta Joint Commitment to Action. There will be a focus on resources and learning opportunities for system and school leaders. This session is designed to increase awareness and understanding of the legacy of residential schools today in our school systems and potential system/school based strategies/practices that have been proven to effectively address this legacy.

This session will lead to the identification of next steps in the learning of foundational knowledge in support of leading the implementation of the three professional standards in school districts.

Reference Materials

Throughout the year workshops will be offered in various zones throughout the province. ( e.g., First Nations, Métis and Inuit learning opportunities, Getting Ready for Implementation – Nurturing a Focused Direction for building capacity). CASS weekly updates will announce new learning opportunities with details posted here.

Round #2 (Red Deer/Grande Prairie/Taber)

Dates/Locations

  • January 26, 2018: Red Deer Postponed
  • March 13, 2018: Grande Prairie Afternoon Session (12:00 pm – 3:00 pm)
  • April 11, 2018: Taber

About this Learning Opportunity

The College of Alberta School Superintendents is once again pleased to have Charlene Bearhead , the first Education Lead at the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) facilitate a full day of learning focusing on the next steps for Reconciliation in Educational Leadership:

This second foundational knowledge session invites Superintendents and CASS members who have taken initial steps to personal and professional learning about Indian Residential Schools and our collective history in Canada to the next level. Based on an earlier learning session participants will consider questions like:

Where do we go in our own education systems now that we know about the damage of residential schools?

What does our new awareness and learning mean for our teachers?… for our Indigenous students? … for our non-Indigenous students?… for our parents and school communities?

Who do we need to walk on the  path of reconciliation with? Where do we go to seek direction, guidance and collaborative partnerships for reconciliation in education?

How do we build relationships with Elders, knowledge keepers, parents, community members and our own Indigenous students in our schools and school systems?

How do we inspire and support our teachers and all school system staff members to pursue their own learning and movement on the path to reconciliation?

How do we model relationships, respect and reconciliation to our Indigenous and non-Indigenous students and support them in reconciling their own relationships within their classrooms, schools and communities?

If you are ready to move from information to action in your school division this session is for you.

Reference Materials

Throughout the year workshops will be offered in various zones throughout the province. ( e.g., First Nations, Métis and Inuit learning opportunities, Getting Ready for Implementation – Nurturing a Focused Direction for building capacity). CASS weekly updates will announce new learning opportunities with details posted here.

About the Facilitator

Charlene Bearhead is a mother, grandmother, community member, experienced educator and education innovator with 30 years of regional, national and international experience in the field.  Most recently Charlene served as the first Education Lead for the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at the University of Manitoba. Currently Charlene serves as the Education Coordinator for the National Inquiry in to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, the Coordinator – First Nations, Métis and Inuit Relations for the Alberta School Boards Association and an Education Consultant for CASS as well as the co-chair of the Downie-Wenjack Fund Board of Directors and is a member of the Pathways to Education Canada Indigenous Education Advisory Circle.

Charlene previously served as the National Coordinator for Project of Heart, the primary focus of which is the education of Canadians on the history and legacy of Indian Residential Schools in Canada, and for the National Day of Healing and Reconciliation, the primary goal of which is to educate Canadians on the legacy of federal government policy on various ethnic groups throughout Canada’s history and to promote respect and reconciliation. Ms. Bearhead coordinated the Education Days within the TRC National Events for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, which focused on inspiring teachers and students to further educate themselves around the history and legacy of Indian Residential Schools as well as to support and facilitate the building of positive and respectful relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in Canada.

Online Registration Closed

Note: Use invite code FNMICASS to register for Grande Prairie session

Date(s):

January 26 Postponed
February 16
March 13
April 11

Location:

Red Deer – January 26

Spruce Grove – February 16

Grande Prairie – March 13

Taber – April 11