|Date:||September 12, 2022|
|Time:||4:15 pm to 5:15 pm MTN|
|Focus:||First Nations, Métis, Inuit (FNMI)|
Teachers K-12, Administrators
About this Learning Opportunity
Advancing Métis Education for All Learners
Rupertsland Institute - A Métis Centre of Excellence
On June 11, 2008, Canada's Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, publicly apologized to Indigenous Peoples for the Indian Residential School system, admitting that residential schools were part of a Canadian policy on forced Indigenous assimilation.
Educators are tasked to learn and educate all children on this dark chapter in Canadian history. Participants will have an opportunity to have meaningful discussions about Métis experiences in residential schools while learning how to navigate resources, practice self-care, and move forward with purpose.
This session addresses the LQS competencies
- #2: Modeling Commitment to Professional Learning
- #4: Leading a Learning Community
- #5: Supporting the Application of Foundational Knowledge about First Nations, Metis and Inuit
This session addresses the TQS competencies
- #2: Engaging in Career-Long Learning
- #3: Demonstrating a Professional Body of Knowledge
- #5: Applying Foundational Knowledge about First Nations, Metis and Inuit
This learning opportunity is being subsidized through funding from Alberta Education.
About the Facilitator
Billie-Jo Grant is a proud citizen of the Métis Nation of Alberta and an award-winning educator with over 20 years of classroom experience teaching K-9 students in both public and Catholic school classrooms. Billie-Jo was the recipient of a 2017 Indspire National Award in the role model category for Indigenous education and she also received a 2018 International Women's Award for her work in Indigenous education with her local community. Billie-Jo completed a Master's degree in 2018 and stepped out of the classroom into leadership to develop authentic, meaningful, and creative Métis resources with Rupertsland Institute, a Metis Centre of Excellence. As an inspirational educator, she encourages others to be curious, hold tough conversations, and learn more in order to do better for ALL students. Billie-Jo aspires to have Métis education omnipresent in our education system where Métis people will no longer be regarded as the “forgotten people.”