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FNMI Awareness Week

FNMI Awareness Week

We are excited to bring you the 1st DSBN First Nation, Metis and Inuit (FNMI) Awareness Week, November 25 to 29, 2013.

The purpose of this event is to bring awareness of FNMI perspectives to staff and students throughout the DSBN. This initiative will focus on educating students and staff on historical and contemporary issues of Aboriginal people in Canada (breaking down stereotypes and focusing on the positive contributions of FNMI people and success stories).

Events

  • The week will begin with a traditional sunrise ceremony by a local Elder at one of our schools
  • Resources will go out to our elementary schools
  • FNMI kits to Secondary Schools (text book set and videos)
  • Full day symposiums for students in grades 4-12
  • Daily online trivia contests

November 25 and 26 Symposiums for Grade 4-6

The DSBN will host full day symposiums for grade 4-6 students and teachers at School Support Services in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Each day will see 160 different students take part.

Keynote Speaker - David Bouchard

David is an acclaimed author of children's books, many focusing on Aboriginal history, traditions and cultures.

Breakout Session (afternoon)

  • Traditional medicines/practical uses
  • Inuit past and present
  • Rattle workshop
  • Tribal Vision dance group
  • Up close with David Bouchard

November 28 and 29 Symposiums for Grade 7-12

We will host full day symposiums for grade 7-12 students and teachers at School Support Services in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Again, each day will see 160 different students take part.

Keynote Speaker - Joseph Boyden,

A Canadian novelist and short story writer, Boyden is currently nominated for the Governor General Literacy Award for his new book The Orenda. He has won several awards for his books Three Day Road and Through Black Spruce.

Breakout Session (afternoon)

  • Traditional medicines/practical uses
  • Inuit past and present
  • Rattle workshop
  • Tribal Vision dance group
  • Up close with Joseph Boyden

Please click here for an outline of the days agenda.

  • Registration will be on a first come basis and limited to 15 students per school for each panel.
  • Please try to balance your students in the various breakout sessions to foster discussion back at your school on the different workshops and experiences they had.
  • You will receive a confirmation email to let you know that your students are registered.
  • Schools will be responsible for their own transportation.
  • A pizza lunch (with a vegetarian option) will be provided as part of this event.

Register online by clicking on your preferred date below:

Monday, November 25 - Grade 4-6 Symposium

Tuesday, November 26 - Grade 4-6 Symposium

Thursday, November 28 – Grade 7-12 Symposium

Friday, November 29 – Grade 7-12 Symposium

If you have any questions please contact:

Georgie Groat
Curriculum Consultant
First Nation, Métis and Inuit Education K-12 | Canadian and World Studies 9-12
Phone: 905-227-5551 ext. 52219
Georgia.Groat@dsbn.org

FNMI Awareness Week Poster