Palisades Indigenous Education Professional Development

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Facilitators: Senator Patti Laboucane-Benson Matricia Brown Sean Lessard Dwayne Donald Edmonton Métis Traditional Dancers
Date:April 15, 2021
Time:8:45 am to 4:30 pm MDT
$5.00 (CAD)
Location: Virtual
Session Code: 21-AB-343
Focus: First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI)

About this Learning Opportunity

Agenda for Thursday April 15, 2021 

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8:45 am to 9:00 am MDT 

Welcome, Introductions 

9:00 am to 11:00 am MDT 

Historic Trauma-informed Service Delivery Training | Senator Patti Laboucane-Benson 

Senator LaBoucane-Benson will draw on her 23 years of leadership at Native Counselling Services of Alberta in the areas of evidence-based training, research and video production, her Pd.D. research, as well as participation in traditional Cree ceremonies, to provide historic trauma-informed service delivery training.  The overarching goal of the training is to raise the awareness of the connection between colonization, historic trauma informed behaviours and beliefs and healing.

Training will include:

  1. An overview of Canadian colonial laws and policies that have and continue to affect Indigenous individuals, families and communities.
  2. View and debrief “Home Fire” (NCSA video).
  3. A description of the four dimensions of historic trauma.
  4. A discussion on healing and trauma-informed service delivery that draws from an Indigenous model of building resilience.

11:15 am to 12:15 pm MDT

Reclamation and Reconnection | Matricia Brown

Matricia Brown will explore Reclamation and Reconnection when you haven’t been raised with Indigenous culture.

12:15 pm to 12:45 pm MDT

Lunch/Wellness Break 

12:45 pm to 2:00 pm MDT

Red Worn Runners | Dr. Sean Lessard 

Re-imagining the possibilities alongside indigenous youth both in and outside classroom spaces. In this presentation Sean reflects on early work that continues to shape his experiences in the radical advocacy of Indigenous youth and families.

Keywords: Inter-generational Leadership & Mentorship.

2:00 pm to 3:15 pm MDT

Ôtênaw: Personal Introduction, Viewing, and Question and Answer Period | Dr. Dwayne Donald

Ôtênaw is a film documenting the oral storytelling of Dwayne Donald, an educator from Treaty 6, Edmonton, Canada. Drawing from nêhiyawak philosophies, he speaks about the multilayered histories of Indigenous peoples’ presence both within and around amiskwacîwâskahikan, or what has come to be known as the city of Edmonton.

3:30 pm to 4:30 pm MDT

Showcase and Introduction to the traditional Duck Dance and the Red River Jig | Edmonton Métis Traditional Dancers

Participants will learn some Mètis history while learning some introductory steps to the Traditional Red River Jig Drops of Brandy.

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

About the Facilitator

Senator Patti Laboucane-Benson

Senator Patti LaBoucane-Benson is a Métis from Treaty 6 territory in Alberta. Her 30-year career has been dedicated to serving her community in Alberta, across Canada and around the world—as the director of a Boys and Girls Club in St. Paul in 1990, through 23 years of service at Native Counselling Services of Alberta (NCSA), and Conference Director and Lead Facilitator of the Nelson Mandela Dialogues in Canada, an international gathering of freedom fighters that took place on Enoch Cree Nation in 2017.

Patti’s research for her PhD in Human Ecology (University of Alberta) focused on how Indigenous families and communities experience their own resilience in response to multiple forms of trauma. Her lifelong work has become an extended conversation about healing from historic trauma.

Patti’s perspectives on this conversation are rooted in her transformative experiences of the Cree ceremony. The Elders’ teachings of kindness, respect, humility, and honesty have informed her life as well as her research into best practices for Indigenous offender healing, domestic violence, and historic trauma-informed service delivery. Her most recent research bridges neuroscience and Indigenous knowledge of child development, as well as finding common ground between Western and Indigenous water science.

As a recognized catalyst for change, Dr. LaBoucane-Benson was appointed to Alberta Ministerial Panel for Child Intervention (2017-18) that resulted in Bill 18: Child Protection and Accountability Act. The primary focus of the panel was reducing the overrepresentation of Indigenous children in care in Alberta.

Patti brought her PhD research to life through a work of creative non-fiction, an award-winning graphic novel—The Outside Circle (House of Anansi, 2015)—that tells the story of an inner-city Aboriginal family who transcend poverty, gang affiliation, and hopelessness. Her teaching materials are used in classrooms across Canada and in training sessions for professionals.

Dr. LaBoucane-Benson continues to share her knowledge of healing from historic trauma with educators, healthcare professionals, lawyers and policy makers, as well as Indigenous communities. She believes that healing and reconciliation dialogue is the way forward in Canada, with focus on surfacing the common ground between Western and Indigenous people. The best, most useful policy and legislation will reflect this shared space that unites us as a society.

Appointed to the Senate in October 2018, Senator Patti LaBoucane-Benson lives fully in the space that helps define Canada. She is an avid gardener and her husband Allen is a traditional Nehiyaw (Cree) hunter; they believe that food security includes the respectful harvest of food from the land. They live near Stony Plain, Alberta, with their son Gabriel, on an acreage that has hosted ceremony, workshops, and dozens of transformational conversations with Elders, elected officials, and leaders from around the world.

Matricia Brown

Recently Matricia has spent her summers educating and entertaining guests at the Jasper Park Lodge, through the APT Tour groups, Rocky Mountaineer, Pursuit and Jasper Parks. This involved over 500 performances for her and her group. Covering a different Indigenous cultural theme and interweaving knowledge with her drumming and singing, they shared songs they have composed as well as several songs gifted from other women and drum groups. 

Matricia is a singer, songwriter, musician, drummer and an artist. Matricia teaches drum making, leather binding and many more traditional arts and craft workshops. She also has her own jewelry line where she infuses First Nations aspects of her culture into modern jewelry designs. She makes many moccasins, traditional fur mittens and much more.

Matricia has had the privilege of sharing her culture over the last 20 years to schools throughout the Yellowhead Region. She has been a guest lecturer at every school in Edson and has presented at Dream-speakers Film Festival (Edmonton) 2008, and at Kiyanaw-Klondike (Edmonton) 2009, and NCTCA 2010. She has won the Aboriginal Women's Day award from the Edson Friendship Centre where she has served as an active Board Member and volunteer since 2004, been recognized as a finalist for Cultural Ambassador from the Indigenous Tourism Association of Alberta, a finalist for best Indigenous Experience in Canada by the Tourism Association of Canada and awarded the 2020 Esquao award for Indigenous Women in Leadership from the Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women.  She is also a member of the drumming group "Warrior Women'' and has performed throughout Alberta teaching youth her songs and culture.

Dr. Sean Lessard

Dr. Sean Lessard is Woodland Cree and is from Montreal Lake Cree Nation in Northern Saskatchewan Treaty 6 territory.  Sean is a former youth worker, teacher and high school guidance counsellor.  He is known for his award winning work alongside Indigenous youth and communities in the development of innovative educational programming and in particular Indigenous youth empowerment.  Dr. Sean Lessard currently is an Associate Professor Secondary Education at the University of Alberta, in Indigenous Education and Teacher Education.  He continues to write and research on the experiences of Indigenous youth and families in and outside of school places.

Dr. Dwayne Donald

Dr. Dwayne Donald is a descendent of the  amiskwaciwiyiniwak and the Papaschase Cree and is an associate professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta. His work focuses on ways in which Indigenous wisdom traditions can expand and enhance our understandings of curriculum and pedagogy.



Edmonton Métis Traditional Dancers

For the last 20 years the Edmonton Mètis Cultural dancers have been offering workshops on Mètis History, Mètis Identity, Mètis Culture through Dance, Music and Storytelling.They have experience doing workshops at Youth Conferences, Cultural Days, Community Dance Workshops, Elementary, Junior and Senior High Schools, Elder Gatherings and many more events.

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