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BCTF Social Justice Regional Conference, May 2, 2014

BCTF Social Justice Regional Conference, May 2, 2014

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Deconstructing Myths - Fostering Reconciliation Through Understanding

May 2, 2014

Workshops are designed for Teachers, Educational Assistants, Students, Parents and Community members.
Deconstructing Myths - Fostering Reconciliation Through Understanding

May 2, 2014

Workshops are designed for Teachers, Educational Assistants, Students, Parents and Community members.

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BCTF Social Justice Regional Conference
 
Deconstructing Myths
Fostering Reconciliation Through Understanding
May 2, 2014
Workshops are designed for Teachers, Educational Assistants, Students, Parents and Community members.
 
Fort Langley Elementary School
8877 Bartlett Street, Fort Langley, BC 
Cost $25
(includes lunch and snacks) payment must be received by April 30, 2014
 Register by email
mail@langleyteachers.com
or in person at LTA Ofce
100, 5786 Glover Road, Langley, BC V3A 4H9
Registration Deadline: April 30, 2014
Sponsored by: LangleyTeachers’ Association, Mission Teachers’ Union and the B.C. Teachers’ Federation.
 Program
8:00 Registration & Complimentary Continental Breakfast8:30 Welcome & Traditional Opening - Gym8:45 Plenary Session Hidden Legacies Documentary 9:30 Morning Workshops
11:30 Ofcial Denial,
Student Presentation12:00 Lunch - provided12:45 Afternoon Workshops 2:45 Closing Remarks & Evaluation Closing Plenary & Draws
Aboriginal Art Vendors, including Garnkels, will be
on display.
 
Session A 9:30 - 11:30
A-1 Legacy of Residential Schools
T
his is a new workshop developed by the BCTF to raise awareness and understanding of the legacy of
residential schools, including the effects
and intergenerational impacts on First
Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples. This
workshop will:
provide a preview of resources available.
provide demonstrations of activities used to teach at various grade levels. change attitudes and behaviours hearts and minds.
inspire the building of relationships between Aboriginal and non- Aboriginal people based on mutual
understanding, respect and collective
action to create a different future.
Carol Arnold 
 teaches secondary Social Studies and B.C. First Nations 12 on Salt
Spring Island. She taught in Edmonton
for 14 years before moving to B.C. and has been involved in the ATA and then
BCTF her entire career, serving on the executive committee of her locals, as
a member of the Aboriginal Education
Advisory Committee, as well as being
involved in Public Education advocacy.
A-2 Shi-shi-etko
In this workshop,
Nicola Campbell will share from her
children’s books,
including Shi-shi-etko and Shin-chi’s Canoe. Experience a young girl’s last few days with her
family through Shi-shi-etko’s eyes, as she anticipates her rst year at residential
school. Then witness the residential school experience through the eyes of both Shi-shi-etko and her younger
brother, Shin-chi.Interior Salish and Metis author
Nicola Campbell 
 is named after her home and British Columbia’s Nicola Valley. While Nicola was raised with her mother’s family
in the Nicola Valley, her father’s roots are in Saskatchewan. Grandpa’s Girls, her third children’s book, was released in
September 2011.Shin-chi’s Canoe was released in Fall 2008 by Groundwood Books. Shin-chi’s Canoe received the 2009 TD Canadian Children’s
Literature Award. It is also on the 2009 USBBY Outstanding International Books
List. Shin-chi’s Canoe is the sequel to Shi-shi-etko.
Shi-shi-etco, published in September
2005 by Groundwood Books was the co-winner of the 2006 Aboriginal Children’s Book of the Year Award.
A-3 We Were Chldren
 
– Film Viewing We Were Children reveals the Canadian Residential School experience through the eyes of two Residential School survivors
who tell of the emotional, physical and
sexual abuse they endured at the hands of those charged with protecting them.
The lm illustrates the enduring legacy of
such trauma on the survivors as well as their incredible strength and resilience.
A debrieng of the lm will follow the
viewing.
A-4 (9:15 – 11:45) Turtle on Her Back: Intergenerational Effects of Residential School
I
MPORTANT - Note that the times for this workshop are different from other workshops offered. Please be on time.
This is a didactic and experiential workshop designed to allow participants to understand the intergenerational impact of the residential schools on Aboriginal cultures and families. Current research and healing approaches within
the Indigenous community will be
discussed including the trauma factors of the four traumatized generations created by the schools.
 Jann Derrick 
 is the mother of three children and the grandmother of six. She is of Mohawk heritage.
Jann trained rst as a teacher then as
a Counselling Psychologist. She has specialized training in Relationship and Family Therapy and is a Registered Family Therapist.She has been in practice for over 30
years in Vancouver, Lytton, Vernon and
Kamloops. Jann has delivered workshops
and trainings in all parts of Canada, USA, New Zealand and Australia on topics pertaining to relationships, Native Historical Trauma, Lateral Violence, Survivorship and Wellness, and two Meta
systems ~ “The Box and the Circle”. She did pioneering therapy work with
residential school survivors in Lytton,
B.C. in the 1980’s. Jann has worked at Round Lake Treatment Centre as a clinical
supervisor, a trainer of Drug and Alcohol counsellors, and as therapist in the
innovative Trauma Recovery Program for Native trauma.
In 1998 she facilitated a national
Aboriginal Focus Group that created a Code of Ethics for the Aboriginal Healing Foundation.She has published professionally about
The Box and the Circle
and
Native Family Systems,
 as well as contributing to books such as
The Dispossessed
 by
Geoffrey York,
Voices of Colour – First Person Accounts of Ethnic Minority Therapists
ed. Rastogi and Wieling,
and
Multicultural Couple Therapy
 ed. Rastogi and Thomas.Jann is a Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor in the Canadian Registry and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. She is also a member of the Canadian Psychological Association and the American Family Therapy Academy. Jann is currently completing her doctorate and her dissertation is a model of family therapy based in the
Indigenous worldview.
She has served as a director on the board of the American Association for Marriage
and Family Therapy, and was awarded
the John Banmen Award for Outstanding Contribution to Family Therapy in B.C. in 2003.
 
A-5 Residential School Effects: Where do we go from here?
Intergenerational Effects of Residential
school are discussed at length in popular
media, but little is really understood about
the impact this has had on the Canadian
fabric. In this session, Joanne will explore
the effects of this long-standing Canadian policy and provide a safe environment to
examine the implications on youth today, educational approaches, and ways of
helping and healing.
 Joanne Mills
 is of Nehiyaw (Cree
heritage), from Fisher River Manitoba.
She has spent her life in British Columbia and is a registered member of the Haida
Nation, Skidegate Band. Joanne has
spent the majority of her career building a shared understanding of colonialism
and its effects on both Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. She was the
Director of Aboriginal Health with the
Interior Health Authority for several years, where she was the driving force
behind numerous initiatives to improve Health services at all levels for Aboriginal people. Joanne currently holds the
position of lead facilitator, Indigenous
Cultural Competency program with PHSA. She is well regarded for her program
planning skills, Human and Financial Resources management, and Curriculum
Writing. Joanne is highly regarded for
her presentation and facilitation skills,
drawing on her experience and insight to engage groups of all sizes.
A-6 Hi Ho Mistahey! School Should Be a Time for Dreams: Every Kid Deserves This
Shannen Koostachin, youth leader from the Attawapiskat First Nation, had a
dream: safe and comfy schools and culturally based education for First Nations children. First Nations schools receive less
funding than Provincial/Territorial schools,
and many are plagued by serious health concerns. Shannen worked tirelessly to try to convince the Federal government to give First Nations children a proper education before tragically passing away at the age of 15 years in 2010. Named
in her memory, the campaign engages
students to explore contemporary
issues, develop critical thinking skills
and foster social engagement. Teachers who have used Shannen’s Dream report that students show an improved sense
of respectful citizenship, agency, and
academic success.Workshop format: lecture and discussion. Participants will leave with concrete
follow-up activities, printed hand-outs, bookmarks, and links to further resources.Raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario,
 Andrea  Auger 
 is Ojibwe from Pays Plat First Nation. After graduating from Lakehead
University (HBA/BED) in 2006, she went
on to a Master of Arts program in French.
Since 2008, Andrea has been working at
the
First Nations Child and Family Caring Society 
 as the Touchstones of Hope Coordinator and now the Reconciliation
and Research Manager, specializing
in various roles including facilitation
of workshops, training, presentations
and Touchstones of Hope sessions; coordinating and supervising students
and volunteers; proposals, funding and nominations; publications, including
alternate UN reports and peer reviewed  journal articles; coordinating the Caring Society newsletter and co-coordinating the First Peoples Child & Family Review.
Over the years, Andrea has worked with
children and youth in many different settings and has a passion for work related to Aboriginal peoples and work
that inuences change and helps others.
 
A-7 Hidden Legacies
Hidden Legacies is a documentary in
which Anishinaabe lm maker, Lisa Jackson, examines the legacy of the Canadian Indian Residential School
system on intergenerational survivors whose parents/grandparents attended the Residential Schools. After viewing
Hidden Legacies, participants will engage
in a deeper discussion around the intergenerational effects of Residential Schools with facilitators Bertha Lansdowne and Priti Shaw. A new (draft) version of a teaching guide (grades 8-12)
developed for this lm will be introduced
and participants will have an opportunity to try out some of the activities in the guide and provide feedback.
Bertha Lansdowne
 is of Nuxalk ancestry and is the Aboriginal Education Coordinator for the New Westminster School District. She has worked in Aboriginal Education (K-12) in both public and First Nations schools. Bertha has also worked in Adult Education and Alternate Education.
Priti Shah,
 is a self employed,
community-based social justice activist and anti oppression trainer/facilitator.
Since 1988, she has been involved for
equal employment status for immigrants and refugees in Canada. She has participated on both provincial and national committees and collaboratively
worked with community agencies, advocacy groups, faith groups and
government to design policies in support
of this goal. Additionally, she has been
involved in community based research
and advocacy, capacity building projects
public forums and dialogues.
 

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