2019-2020 primary teachers study group: session three

Posted on: June 16th, 2020 by jnovakowski

For our third session of our primary teachers study group, we came together at Spul’u’kwuks Elementary to think together about land-based art and the connection to language.

We chose to intersect creating land-based art with the idea of exploring landscape – sky, land, water. January is also often a tumultuous time of year for weather, so we extended the idea of landscape to connect to ideas of weather through the language of place. Jess created weather word cards using vocabulary from the Online Musqueam Teaching Kit.

The weather word cards can be downloaded here:

We walked from the school down to the edge of the river, where the river meets the ocean. Small groups of teachers created landscapes with materials they found on the land and some added the weather word cards to their landscapes.

Some of the resources shared during our session:

Musqueam Place Name Map
https://www.musqueam.bc.ca/our-story/musqueam-territory/place-names-map/
The Origin of the Name Musqueam http://www2.moa.ubc.ca/musqueamteachingkit/video22.php

Musqueam Language and Culture Department Online Book Collection

http://www2.moa.ubc.ca/musqueamteachingkit/stories.php
Teacher resource guide below virtual books

Virtual hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ Alphabet Cards

http://www2.moa.ubc.ca/musqueamteachingkit/alphabet.php

Teacher resource guide below virtual books

Water Words (2014) Public Art
By: Joanne Arnott and Spul’u’kwuks Elementary School

https://www.richmond.ca/culture/publicart/collection/PublicArt.aspx?ID=443

Online Musqueam Teacher’s Kit: Musqueam: giving information about our teachings

http://www2.moa.ubc.ca/musqueamteachingkit/teachers.php
The kit can be booked through the Museum of Anthropology or through our SD38 District Resource Center 

Our current Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement:
https://www.sd38.bc.ca/programs/secondary/Documents/SD38-AEEA-2017-2022.pdf

Many teachers were interested in further development of their understanding of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ language. If you are a SD38 teacher and would like the keyboard for the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ language, you need to fill in a tech work order and ask for the North American Phonetic Alphabet keyboard to be installed.

Thank you to the teachers at Spul’u’kwuks for hosting us for this inspiring session.

~Janice

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