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Hoops and Berries - A Cultural Experience

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Facilitator(s): Jerry Saddleback
Jo-Ann Saddleback
Date:October 06, 2017
Time:9:00 am – 3:30 pm
$50.00 (CAD)
(includes lunch, which is not prepared in a nut/gluten-free environment)
Location: Edmonton (Alfred Savage Building)
13204 Fox Dr NW
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Course code: 18-AB-135

Target Audience

Grades K-9 Teachers, Lead Teachers, Administrators

Please dress comfortably for the weather and plan for active participation throughout the day.

About this learning opportunity

This session will highlight a number of experiential activities that can be implemented in classrooms to highlight First Nations and Métis culture and traditions. From learning about the significance of strawberries, how to honour children taking first steps, and facilitating a guided nature walk and learning what to point out to students, this will be a rich day of learning.
To top it off, you will learn the basic techniques of hoop dancing! Jerry Saddleback, an award winning hoop dancer, will guide you through a number of steps that can be duplicated with your students. A great addition to Social Studies, PE or DPA programs! 

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

About the facilitator(s)

Elder Jerry Saddleback Sr. is from Samson Cree Nation in Maskwacîs, AB. He is one of a handful of people who can recite the History of Creation Story and one of fewer people who knows the true history of the Origins of Cree Syllabics. His profound knowledge about Cree history and traditions conveys a powerful sense of intellectual and Spiritual insights into Cree Culture. Elder Jerry Saddleback is in high demand as a speaker and travels all over North America as requested by communities, educational institutions and other organizations such as Truth and Reconciliation. He is a dynamic Storyteller and compassionate Teacher. Mr. Saddleback is currently the Elder-In-Residence and Dean of Cultural Studies at the Maskwacis Cultural College in Maskwacis.

Jo-Ann Saddleback is a passionate advocate of Aboriginal cultural. She worked as a Policy Analyst/Researcher for women’s organizations and Executive Director for Metis Settlements General Council heading up Legal and Governmental Affairs. She also worked as a community developer for several years, travelling across North America developing and delivering workshops on Culture, Health, Roles and Rights of Aboriginal Women and cross-cultural workshops for RCMP, Corrections Canada, Alberta Health, Healthcare workers, Alberta Justice judges and crown prosecutors. She spent years visiting Old People in the First Nations and Métis communities in which she was delivering workshops and remains grateful they have entrusted her to continue to work in communities sharing their wisdom. She taught Cree Studies 101 and 121 about Culture, traditions and Family and Identity at Maskwacis Cultural College while Coordinator of Student Services.