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The James Bay Cree Communications Society has begun the process of archiving all of the audio recordings that it has done over the past 30 years. This is a large undertaking since JBCCS has over 200 separate pieces of media with multiple recordings on each of them. We are taking these media (reel to reels and audio cassettes) and transferring them to a computer. From there we will be able to put the MP3 files on our website so that people can access them. Some of the categories of recordings are: teachings, legends, storytelling, historical events, and conferences. These recordings were also used to create a radio broadcast show called “Wehskaach Diibaachimuun” meaning Old Stories.

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Aboriginal Classroom Resources


Stone: One of the books from the series

7 GENERATIONS SERIES

by David Alexander Robertson, illustrated by Scott B. Henderson
for grades 9–12

7 Generations* is an epic, 4-book graphic novel series that spans three centuries and seven generations. The central character in the series is Edwin. Edwin, an Aboriginal teenager, must learn of his family’s past if he is to have any future. The impact of his journey of discovery, and the revelation that follows, will change his life.

Stone
Introduces Edwin who learns of his ancestor Stone, a young Plains Cree man.

Scars
The story of the orphan White Cloud, set against the smallpox epidemic of 1870-1871.

Ends/Begins
The story of Edwin’s father, and the residential school saga.

The Pact
A story of redemption, as Edwin and his father reconcile their past and begin a new journey.

The stories that run through 7 Generations explore the following historical concepts of the Plains Cree culture:

  • social customs, including family life, marriage, and subsistence
  • political structures
  • traditional games
  • spiritual practices and rituals
  • conflict

BUY AT AMAZON: David Robertson books available

Great ideas for using the series in your classroom can be found in the Teacher’s Guide for 7 Generations Series. A FREE copy of the guide is available for downloading. Click here.

A correlation chart for the Ontario Native Studies Curriculum for Grades 9–12  is available for downloading. Click Here

A correlation chart for the Ontario Social Studies Curriculum for Grades 9–12 is available for downloading. Click Here

*Please note content may be disturbing to some readers.

 

Canadian Indian Residential Schools


Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Interim Report

Bisbicis Law Office

Indian Residential School Claims


Attending Indian Residential Schools was mandatory for many Aboriginals and over 150,000 Aboriginal children were separated from their families and communities because of Canada’s policies. Canada and various churches operated Residential Schools across the country for over a century. Approximately 80,000 former students survive today.

If you are a survivor you may be entitled to compensation.

Web Searches & Other Resources:

IRS Search Results

Alberta: Indian Residential Schools – List of Schools

Alberta Trek marks Aboriginal Day of Healing – Blue Quills Completed their 4th Annual Day of Healing May 26, 2008

Blue Quills Indian Residential School: Commemorative Book

Blue Quills First Nations College: ACIMOWIN

Canadian Residential School – Great for Education class & contradicts BILL 94

CDC Online Search

Eric J Large (Saddle Lake Cree Nation) Interview

Hidden From History

Remembering The Children

Residential Schools: Expecting more than ‘sorry’ – Interview of Shannon Houle and her mother, Alma Marten (Janvier/Houle) by Edmonton Journal on June 8, 2008

Statement of Apology: Steven Harper made June 11, 2008 in the Canadian House of Commons

Vancouver Sun: Hope for a New Era

Where Are The Children?

Where Are The Children?: Projector < Must Watch

 

Lorax~ Excellent Environmental Story for Kids or use in classroom


Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (2012)

PG  86 min  –  Animation | Family | Fantasy  –  2 March 2012 (Canada)
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Ratings: 6.5/10 from 442 users   Metascore: 51/100
Reviews: 7 user | 34 critic | 20 from Metacritic.com

A 12-year-old boy searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world.

 

 

Directors: Chris RenaudKyle Balda

Writers: Ken Daurio (screenplay), Dr. Seuss (book), and 1 more credit »

Click here to read more…

…Universal’s 3D feature film adaption of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax is actually the second time the beloved writer’s story has been brought to the screen – the first time being an animated short that premiered on TV back in 1972. In that 40-year span between Lorax adaptations, the issue of environmental preservation has continued to rage, and so the tale is (unfortunately) as relevant today as it was decades ago.

 But is a 3D movie rife with musical numbers, slapstick comedy and a “hip” modern edge really the best delivery system for a message to kids about environmental responsibility? Or is the presentation of the message at odds with the message itself?…Click here to continue reading the Review…

 

 

Digital Technology helps save Language


Digital technologies are the new life-savers for languages on the verge of extinction, linguists said Friday as they announced eight new dictionaries at a major science conference in Vancouver.
“We’re turning the digital divide into a digital opportunity,” said David Harrison, a National Geographic Fellow at Swarthmore College near Philadelphia.
More than half of some 7,000 languages alive today were considered on the verge of extinction within a century, “threatened by cultural changes, ethnic shame, government repression and other factors,” the scientists said in a paper.
But use of technologies, even by peoples without written languages, “is a heartening trend,” said Harrison. “Language extinction is not an inevitability.”…click here to read more

 

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Recommended Read: How to Keep Your Language Alive


How to Keep Your Language Alive: A Commonsense Approach to One-On-One Language Learning (Paperback)
Leanne Hinton

New speakers for endangered languages

Amid worldwide accounts of dying languages, author Leanne Hinton and a group of dedicated language activists are doing something about it: they have created a master-apprentice language program, a one-on-one approach that has been remarkably successful in ensuring new speakers will take the place of those, often elderly, who are fluent in an endangered language.

How to Keep Your Language Alive is a manual for students of all languages, from Yurok to Yiddish, Washoe to Welsh; complete with exercises that can–can and should–be done in the most ordinary of settings, written with great simplicity and directness by a member of the linguistics faculty at the University of California, Berkeley.

Amazon: http://www.amazon.ca/Keep-Your-Language-Alive-One/dp/1890771422

 

 

Kid’s Book Review: Wishes and Worries


Here’s a book recommended by an Elder and Educator from my home community of Saddle Lake Cree Nation. This is an excellent resource.  Sometimes these are hard issues to address but necessary.  If anything, let’s a child know they are not alone.

Wishes and Worries

Wishes and Worries. Coping With a Parent Who Drinks Too Much Alcohol
Tundra Books
age 5-8
Written by Centre For Addiction And Mental Health, Illustrated by Lars Rudebjer
32 pages

Synopsis from Tundra Books:

Children of parents who drink too much alcohol are affected in many ways. They may experience anger, fear, confusion, and guilt. This reassuring book, written by professionals, offers information in the form of a story about one family’s struggle. When Dad’s drinking ruins a birthday party, everyone wishes that he would just stop. If only wishing could fix the problem… (click book review link below to read more)

Book Review: http://www.everythingmom.com/kids-books/kids-book-review-wishes-and-worries.html

Buy at Amazon:http://tinyurl.com/74mxbt3

 
 
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