Category Archives: Teacher Resource
Saddle Lake Cree Nation is currently conducting a graduation project to initiate community pride and celebrate their graduates…
Stay updated and visit this site to see their progress!
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
The second Gathering Today For Our Aboriginal Children’s Future, held on November 30th 2010, provided another opportunity for Chairs of Delegated First Nation Agencies (DFNA), Representatives of First Nations served by Child and Family Services Authorities (CFSA), and Co-Chairs of CFSAs to come together as a governance group to discuss issues concerning Aboriginal children and youth in care, and their families.
The Honourable Yvonne Fritz, Minister of Children and Youth Services, hosted the November 30th 2010 governance meeting. The purpose of this meeting was to report on progress made on each of the Next Steps indicated in the Report of the inaugural meeting, and to provide another opportunity for the governors to strengthen the relationship between DFNAs and CFSAs.
One of the items committed to at the inaugural gathering was the development of a tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Provincial Government, Alberta First Nations and the Federal Government. The Deputy Minister, Steve MacDonald, reported that there have been several meetings with DFNA and CFSA technicians, and Representatives from Treaty 6, 7 and 8 Treaty Organizations to identify the steps to be taken, the best way to proceed, and the issues to be addressed. The Deputy Minister hoped that a business case and an invitation to Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) to be at the table would be ready for review and approval before Christmas. He also pointed out that there is a strong interest in having the MOU drafted before the end of this fiscal year, that is, by March 31st 2011….click to read more
…one of the students, a smart and popular boy from a reserve in northern B.C., dropped out this fall, it was an eye-opener for Pearson’s director, David Hawley. While the school provides special support for students from war-torn countries such as Afghanistan and Iraq, it never occurred to him that students from Canada, home to one of the world’s top-ranked education systems, would need the same consideration. He and his staff are now investigating whether they can provide first nations students with the same supports they provide international refugees…