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Tea & Bannock Conversation Series - Overview of TRC, History and Legacy of Residential Schools

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Facilitator(s): Sherri Johnston
Jessica Daniels
Date:May 14, 2018
Time:9:00 am – 3:30 pm
(includes lunch, which is not prepared in a nut/gluten-free environment)
Location: St. Albert (Little White School)
2 Madonna Drive
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Course code: 18-AB-257

Target Audience

Teachers, Administrators, Instructional Leaders and District Staff

About this learning opportunity

This three-part series is designed to develop First Nations, Métis and Inuit Foundational Knowledge in support of Reconciliation through an interplay of learning activities, rich discussions, tea & bannock, texts (including our newly developed Conversation Guides), and critical reflection.

These sessions provide time to slow down, learn, ask important questions, deconstruct myths and stereotypes, explore implications and build new understandings in a safe, supportive, culturally grounded environment.

Following the session, you will be given time to visit two EXHIBITS at the Musée Héritage Museum: 
Exhibit 1: Witness Blanket Project: “Strewn in the wake of the Indian Residential Schools are an immeasurable number of broken or damaged pieces. These fragmented cultures, crumbling buildings, segments of language, and grains of diminished pride are often connected only by the common experience that created them. Imagine those pieces, symbolic and tangible, woven together in the form of a blanket. A blanket made from pieces of residential schools, churches, government buildings, and cultural structures.
Exhibit 2: Forget-Me-Not, Métis Rose: Through the eyes of their Métis ancestor, Suzette (Chalifoux) Swift, two artists interpret the endemic flora and fauna of their ancestral lands in northern Alberta - one through beading, the other through painting.
For more details on these exhibits, visit
You can choose to attend any or all of the series.
Part 3 - Examining Myths & Stereotypes, Historical and Contemporary Contributions, Advancing Reconciliation on May 29, 2018. Register here.

This learning opportunity is being provided through funding from Alberta Education.

About the facilitator(s)

Sherri Johnston has been a teacher for over 20 years. She has her M.Ed. in Elementary Literacy and is passionate about reading. She served as a district literacy consultant in Elk Island Public Schools for ten years where she supported both English and French Language Arts teachers. Sherri has taught all subjects, Grades 4 – 9, including three years as a teacher-librarian. She is currently on secondment with the Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium and is pleased to support K-12 Literacy. 

Jessica Daniels is from Edmonton, Alberta and has studied political science and philosophy at the University of Alberta, as well as Business Administration at NAIT. She has developed workshops and presentations on harm reduction, implementing program science, Métis research methodology and identity, and has developed curriculum at the post-secondary level on colonialism, and its impact on health. She has been involved in Aboriginal women’s organizations since 1990 when she was the youth representative on the Women of the Métis Nation Board, one of the first Métis women’s groups to ever be established. She is the current president of the Aboriginal Women’s Justice Foundation, an organization dedicated to policy and social change to improve outcomes for Aboriginal women.  

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