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Tea & Bannock Conversation Series - Examining Myths & Stereotypes, Historical and Contemporary Contributions, Advancing Reconciliation

Facilitator(s): Sherri Johnston
Jessica Daniels
Date:May 29, 2018
Time:9:00 am – 3:30 pm
(includes lunch, which is not prepared in a nut/gluten-free environment)
Location: St. Albert (Nechi Institute: Centre of Indigenous Learning)
25108 Poundmaker Rd.
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Course code: 18-AB-258

Target Audience

Teachers, Administrators, Instructional Leaders and District Staff

About this learning opportunity

In Part Three of a three-part series designed to develop First Nations, Métis and Inuit Foundational Knowledge in support of Reconciliation, we will examine Myths and Stereotypes and meaningful ways to Advance Reconciliation.

This session will take place at the Nechi Institute and will provide an opportunity for land-based learning, participation in ceremony, visiting the site of the former Edmonton Industrial school (a former Residential School), and experiencing first hand the transformation of that space into an Indigenous learning and healing place. The session will include an interplay of rich learning activities, deep discussions, texts (including our Conversation Guides), critical reflection, and of course, tea & bannock!

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.

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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