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National Aboriginal Day

Posted on: June 5th, 2017 by lmccoll No Comments

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What is National Aboriginal Day?

June 21 is National Aboriginal Day. This is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First NationsInuit and Métis peoples. The Canadian Constitution recognizes these three groups as Aboriginal peoples, also known as Indigenous Peoples.

Although these groups share many similarities, they each have their own distinct heritage, language, cultural practices and spiritual beliefs.

In cooperation with Indigenous organizations, the Government of Canada chose June 21, the summer solstice, for National Aboriginal Day. For generations, many Indigenous Peoples and communities have celebrated their culture and heritage on or near this day due to the significance of the summer solstice as the longest day of the year.

What led to the creation of National Aboriginal Day?

National Aboriginal Day was announced in 1996 by then Governor General of Canada, Roméo LeBlanc, through the Proclamation Declaring June 21 of Each Year as National Aboriginal Day. National Aboriginal Day was the result of consultations and statements of support for such a day made by various Indigenous groups.

  • in 1995, the Sacred Assembly, a national conference of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people chaired by Elijah Harper, called for a national holiday to celebrate the contributions of Indigenous Peoples
  • also in 1995, the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples recommended the designation of a National First Peoples Day
  • in 1982, the National Indian Brotherhood (now the Assembly of First Nations) called for the creation of National Aboriginal Solidarity Day

How does the Government of Canada support National Aboriginal Day?

National Aboriginal Day is part of the Celebrate Canada program, which also includes Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day (June 24), Canadian Multiculturalism Day (June 27) and Canada Day (July 1).

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FNESC Summer Institute

Posted on: May 23rd, 2017 by lmccoll No Comments

Learning First Peoples Summer Institute for Teachers

August 21-24, 2017

Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel

7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond, BC

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The Learning First Peoples Summer Institute is designed to support educators to bring quality, authentic First Peoples teaching and learning into BC classrooms.

Comprised of three different sessions, which can be selected individually, the sessions will introduce resources that focus on themes, issues and topics of importance to First Peoples learning and informed by the First Peoples Principles of Learning. Each session will include print resources, activities and opportunities for professional dialogue and networking.

For questions, please contact Riannon Nahanee toll-free 1-877-422-3672

Event Flyer


  • English First Peoples, Grades 10-12, August 21-22, 2017 (two days) $30
  • Residential Schools and Reconciliation Teacher Resource Guide (Elem/Sec), August 23, 2017 $30
  • Science First Peoples Grades 5-9 First Peoples, August 24, 2017  $30

If your preferred session/s fills to capacity, email the event administrator to be waitlisted.

Eligibility to Attend

First Nations school, public school and independent school teachers are invited to attend.

Registration Fees

Credit card and cheque are accepted. All registration fees must be paid by August 1st or the registration will be cancelled.

Cheques: If paying by cheque please send the cheque with a copy of the registration confirmation payable to First Nations Education Steering Committee c/o CivicInfo Mail to: CivicInfo BC, #203 – 4475 Viewmont Avenue, Victoria BC, V8Z 6L8.

Daily Schedule

Breakfast 8:30 am; Session 9:00 am to 3:00 pm (breakfast and lunch provided)

Venue and Accommodation

Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, 7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond. Reservations: (604) 273-7878

Book by July 20, 2017 quoting FNESC Workshop Summer Institute for the negotiated rate of $209+tx. Space is limited – please book early!

Travel Reimbursement

Travel/hotel reimbursement is available only to teachers from BC First Nations schools, maximum 3 per school, per session.

Please mail your travel claim to FNESC post-marked within 30 days of the event to be eligible for reimbursement. You must include original receipts for hotel, ferry, airplane, taxi, bus and parking.

A travel claim form will be provided at the event a sample Travel Claim Form – April 2017 is available for reference (rates subject to change). A summary of FNESC policies is on the reverse of the form.

When you register online, you will receive an automatic email confirming your registration.

You will only be reimbursed for “most economical” mode of travel.

Individuals eligible for travel reimbursement living more than one hour or 90 km from the event location can apply for hotel reimbursed at the negotiated rate.

Please do not claim breakfasts or lunches on the meeting day because they are provided.

Have a safe trip and thank you for your participation!


Rivers Day School Program

Posted on: May 8th, 2017 by lmccoll No Comments

To whom it may concern,


I would like to tell you about an exciting opportunity the Fraser River Discovery Centre, Port of Vancouver and New Westminster Museum and Archives are offering for free to 6 grade 5/6 classes as part of Riverfest 2017.


Attached is information about our Rivers Day School program, taking place on September 20th. Also attached is an application booking form which can be completed and e-mailed to If this opportunity is not applicable to your class group please forward this message to the relevant grade teacher in your school.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me,

Kind regards,


Siobhán Power Education Assistant



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Essential Questions for Social Studies

Posted on: April 29th, 2017 by lmccoll No Comments

The Gladys We Never Knew, Residential School Resource

Posted on: April 21st, 2017 by lmccoll No Comments

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The Gladys We Never Knew (The life of a child in a BC Indian Residential School)  ebook is now online!



Historical Thinking Summer Institute

Posted on: March 4th, 2017 by lmccoll No Comments

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Free primary resource kit from the Canada War Museum

Posted on: March 4th, 2017 by lmccoll No Comments

Supply Line

Supply Line is a travelling, hands-on education tool available for free to schools across Canada.

Bring the Canadian War Museum into your classroom with a Supply Line Discovery Box. This learning kit contains authentic and reproduction artifacts related to Canadian military history, along with everything you need to lead engaging hands-on activities and lessons with your students.

The Supply Line Discovery Box can be borrowed for 2 weeks by any school in Canada – free of charge! Requests will be processed on a first come, first served basis.

To find out more about how to book a Supply Line Discovery Box, go here.

Please note: Booking for the fall session begins on August 15, 2016. Booking for the winter/spring session begins on November 21, 2016. Requests for Discovery Boxes are processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

To preview the First World War Discovery Box, go here.


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REEL Canada

Posted on: February 20th, 2017 by lmccoll No Comments
Hi Teachers,
I’m writing because REEL CANADA has a special FREE opportunity for schools in the Vancouver area next month:
A screening of the award-winning documentary film Angry Inuk (dir. Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, 2016) followed by a presentation and in-person Q & A session with special guest and director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril!


This free Indigenous themed event, presented by REEL CANADA as part of the Beyond 150 Years: An Acknowledgement of Cinematic Territory film festival in partnership with Vancouver International Film Festival, is being offered to high school schools on Monday, March 6th, 2017.


We also offer free lesson plans about the film for teachers to use before and/or after the film screenings.


I’ve attached a formal invitation to this email for you to read more about this exciting opportunity.
Please let me know ASAP, as spaces are limited, if your school is interested in participating in this exciting day: 1-855-733-5709 ext. 203.
Thanks and I look forward to hearing back from you!


Stephanie Turenko, B.Ed
Production Coordinator



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National Canadian Film Day 150

April 19, 2017

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VIFF Aboriginal Films

Posted on: February 20th, 2017 by lmccoll No Comments
Join us for two upcoming high school screenings of the following Aboriginal films:

COLONIZATION ROAD (February 23, 2017 at 10am)
Michelle St. John, 2016, Canada, 49 mins
Email Cecelia Cheung at to book 
In towns throughout Ontario, there are startling reminders of the colonization of Indigenous territories and the displacement of First Nations people. Anishinaabe comedian and activist Ryan McMahon takes us to his hometown of Fort Frances and down its main drag, which is called Colonization Road. Similar streets have similar names in towns and cities across the province, direct reminders of the Public Lands Act of 1853 and its severe impact on First Nations, their treaties and their land in the name of “Canadian settlement.” On his journey through Ontario, McMahon explores the history of these roads, meets with settlers in solidarity and raises significant questions about “reconciliation” and what it means to “decolonize.”
ANGRY INUK (March 6, 2017 at 9am)
Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, 2016, Canada, 85 mins
FREE screening
Email Stephanie Turenko at to reserve seats
Seal hunting, a critical part of Inuit life, has been controversial for a long time. Now, a new generation of Inuit, armed with social media and their own sense of humour and justice, are challenging the anti-sealing groups and bringing their own voices into the conversation. Director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril joins her fellow Inuit activists as they challenge outdated perceptions of Inuit and present themselves to the world as a modern people in dire need of a sustainable economy.
We look forward to having your class with us!
Cecelia Cheung
VIFF Education Coordinator

Talking Stick Festival

Posted on: January 31st, 2017 by lmccoll No Comments

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The series consist of storytelling, performing
and visual arts workshops and classes
programmed directly into schools and
community centres in areas where many
members of the Aboriginal community reside.
Each session is designed to emphasize
interaction, participation, dialogue and
education in a lively, creative environment.
The bottom line is fun!

We offer this program to students in order
to preserve the language, culture and art
forms of the First Nations people, to encourage
creativity, to build self-esteem and to share!
The stories and art practices of First Nations
culture have enormous depth, they are rich
with teachings, and they are as relevant today
as they were in the past.

We conduct workshops in your classroom,
school gymnasium or in your local community
centre! You choose what works best for you!

All workshops and classes are facilitated by
leading professional artists who have worked
nationally and internationally.

How Much
All workshops are offered at a suggested
donation of $150. No school will be turned
away due to  nancial restrictions.

Full Circle currently offers the following:
• Storytelling
• Métis Jigging
• Powwow Dancing
• West Coast Singing and Dancing
• Hip-Hop Beat Making
• TSF Colouring Contest
Subject to change.
• Hip-Hop Beat Making/ DJ Mixing
• Master Class Slam Poetry (8 weeks)
• Slam Poetry Introduction
• Vocal Lessons
• Visual Arts
• TSF Poster Design Contest
For complete Workshops in Schools Guide,

To register, contact us with the following
• The name of your school
• Your name and time of the workshop you
will be attending
• The total number of students that will be
or phone: 604-683-0497

Registration Deadline
Last day to register is Monday, Feb 6, 2017.
Workshops have a limited capacity and early
registration is highly recommended. Due to
safety, we regret we are unable to accommodate
any requests for increased session size. Please
see our Workshops in Schools Guide online
at for session capacity and

Questions or Further Information?
Please call 604-683-0497, or email us

The Workshops in School Series is part of the
programming of The Talking Stick Festival and
designed under the guidelines of the Aboriginal
Enhancement Agreement.