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Shannon Houle has recommended that you check out Cree Radio Network » Elders’ Stories:
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.
Here are some great websites to reference:
- The Alberta Teachers Association: From a First Nations Perspective by Marilyn Buffalo: http://www.teachers.ab.ca/Publications/ATA%20Magazine/Volume%2089/Number4/Articles/Pages/FromaFirstNationPerspective.aspx
- Blue Quills First Nations College Pimohteskanaw 30th Anniversary 1971-2001 Commemorative booklet: http://www.bluequills.ca/Documents/BQ-30th_Anniversary_Book.pdf
- Teachers Employability Postings & Opportunities: Education Canada www.educationcanada.com District Office www.districtofficeonline.com
- Alberta Teachers Association: http://www.teachers.ab.ca
- Teaching Position Posted for Whitefish Lake First Nation #128 on Education Canada website: http://www.educationcanada.com/browse.phtml?sid=ab&eid=1623&jid=114806&a=jlp
Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
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:
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
Canadian Residential School – Great for Education class & contradicts BILL 94
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
Where Are The Children?: Projector < Must Watch
Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (2012)
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.
…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 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
Tags: Language technology
Here are some WEB 2.0 Resources for their main home page. I hope this helps when using in your Lesson Plans:
Discovery Education: http://web2011.discoveryeducation.com/
Conquering Technophobia: Web 2.0 Explained: http://ktitraci.wikispaces.com/file/view/Web2.0.pdf
Here is an excellent resource for Teachers and Parents, or just anyone wanting to educate themselves on responsible use on the Internet…
Media and Internet Resources for Teachers & Parents
Resources and support for everyone interested in media literacy and digital literacy for young people. To learn how to get the most out of the tools and resources…
Posted by smhoule on November 1, 2011 in Classroom Management, Assessment & Policies, Cultural, General, Health & Wellness, Language Arts, Library, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Psychology, Science, Social Studies, Special Needs, Student Resource, Teacher Placement, Teacher Resource
Adventure, Suspense, Heart Pounding thought provoking…
“When Mr. Socrates, a member of the shadowy Permanent Association, hears of a hunchbacked infant with the ability to transform his appearance…naming him Modo…raises…in isolation, training him to become a secret agent.” Soon he meets the beautiful agent Octavia Milkweed and together they help Mr. Socrates “stop the mad scientist Dr. Hyde before he unleashes his monstrous plans upon unsuspecting Londoners” staged during the Victorian era of the 1800s.
This adventurous, intriguing, “action packed adventure”, suspenseful, heart pounding, non-fictional story evoked mixed emotions in the readers from horror to sympathy to anticipation to anger; however, the common theme is they were “hooked”!
This book is geared towards grades 4 and up but it was discussed that the teacher would need to be aware of the students’ abilities and personality to get the most out of the novel because of the length, content, vocabulary, and reading level.
The unique characters really brought out the story in the book and allowed the readers to connect with them in various ways through Slade’s emotionally impacting and revealing introduction of each character in the beginning. Author Arthur Slade did an excellent “job maintaining suspense” that the reader had a hard time putting the book down and encouraged further reading of the series.
Chapter 33 was the most intriguing chapter for me because of the underlying message the reader would receive during Modo’s intellectually strategic technique to save the children and stop the Clockwork Guilt’s evil plan. Modo’s gift and actions in the storyline was so thought provoking that it allowed the reader to look within to look at their beliefs and interpret, from their perceptive, what moral message they would receive from the story. It was interesting how each of us received the same similar overall message of how feeling understood, validated, and worthy can allow us to see our inner power and strength. In addition, to helping us to believe in our self, trusting our inner voice to get us through anything; however, upon further reflection, we also received additional messages based on our experiences, morals, and beliefs like love yourself; let go of anger it only harms self and permits others to control us; and how courage and inspiration can go along way. In addition, I liked how one of the readers said to value your inner power and “positive thinking and finding that one person in life you can listen to and get strength from” helps us all. This is a very powerful message for young people to understand because a youth’s life can be so confusing sometimes. It was very interesting reading different points of views about what lesson(s) were embedded in Modo’s strategy to save the children.
This novel was a pleasure for the readers and a great resource for the classroom; in addition to the great resources via website like book reviews, study guide, videos, and more. Overall, we can all agree this is an excellent and fun read!