Impact of Residential Schools

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Facilitators: Roy Louis Judy Louis
Date:May 14, 2014
Time:9:00 am to 3:30 pm MTN
$45.00 (CAD)
(includes lunch, which is not prepared in a nut/gluten-free environment)
Location: Edmonton (ERLC Office at Elmwood School)
Room 17/18, 16325 - 83 Avenue
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Session Code: 14-AB-245
Focus: First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) Educational Leadership

Target Audience

School Administrators and Leaders

About this Learning Opportunity

In 2010 Alberta First Nations, Métis and Inuit parents, families and communities identified a need for school administrators to increase their understanding of the unique cultural, social and historical circumstances of their experience in education. As an administrator and school leader, you will increase your understanding of the historical events impacting First Nations, Métis and Inuit people in Canada and how these events impact both engagement and achievement for some students in school today. This learning opportunity -  Impacts of Residential Schools  - will provide you with a better understanding of the policies, Acts and intergenerational impacts affecting our FNMI student success. 

Workshop goals include:

  • An understanding of the history of First Nations, Métis and Inuit people so that educators can better relate to FNMI children and youth;
  • An understanding of the influences of missionary religious institutions on FNMI peoples;
  • An understanding that policies and Acts passed by the governments impacting FNMI peoples and their way of life; and
  • An understanding of the intergenerational impacts of Residential Schools and Reconciliation processes.

Alberta is committed to creating a system that inspires and enables all students to achieve success and fulfillment as engaged thinkers and ethical citizens, with an entrepreneurial spirit. An important part of the vision for Inspiring Education is a shared responsibility among partners including government, schools, parents and communities to support children and youth of all ages as individuals—emotionally, intellectually, physically , socially and spiritually (page 6).

The Collaborative Framework was developed as a tool by First Nations and Métis community members as well as school and jurisdiction teams to identify which processes between school authorities, parents, communities and other stakeholders need strengthening as together they work to improve educational outcomes of First Nations, Métis and Inuit students .

As part of the collaborative framework plan to support school authorities and communities this learning opportunity is being provided.  

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

About the Facilitator

Roy Louis is a member of the Samson Cree Nation. He is from a family of leadership and former President of the Indian Association of Alberta. He is a co-founding member of Peace Hills Trust Company and Peace Hills General Insurance that are now into their 30th year. He also helped initiate the Pe Sakastew Healing Centre in Hobbema with former Commissioner Ole Ingstrup. In 2003, he and his wife Judy traveled to China to receive an International Award for the Healing Centre. As well, he is the recipient of Canada’s 125 Medal in 1992 and the Alberta Centennial Medal in 2005 for his continued volunteerism, multiculturalism and promoting cultural awareness and business development for First Nations. He is also the recipient of the Queens Diamond Jubilee medal in September of 2012. Roy is also an Aboriginal Advisory to Commissioner of Corrections Don Head in Ottawa. On December 3rd 2013, he received a Lifetime achievement award from the Alberta Aboriginal Role models.

Judy Louis is a highly motivated, high-energy educational consultant with a demonstrated track record for fostering learning and promoting multicultural diversity. She is a recipient of an Excellence of Teaching Award and recently an Alberta Centennial Medal for innovative approaches to education and the promotion of cultural diversity. She is from a family of 9 children:  4 biological siblings of Scandinavian descent and 5 adopted from varied multicultural backgrounds.  During the 60’s, many commented her family looked like the United Nations.  Her Mom early identified that the First Nations siblings needed to learn about their heritage and so Judy’s journey began along with them.  During that time, she was traditionally adopted into a family from the Samson Cree Nation and over time she has learned the beauty and strength of the First Nations People by actively participating in many traditional ceremonies and the teachings of Plains Cree Spiritual Leaders. 

She is an avid collector of First Nations artifacts and loves to travel.  As a trained investigator for Corrections Service Canada, Judy can often be found working in federal correctional facilities.  As well, Judy is a board member on the Citizens Advisory Committee at Pe Sakastew Healing Centre in Maskwacis where the goal is to successfully reintegrate the offenders into the community.  She presently works with Alberta Human Services as a committee member for Social Care Facilities throughout the province.  She enjoys the 14 grandchildren from her blended family with her husband.