• So, now what? This webinar will provide all stakeholders within the education system with the opportunity to consider how they can keep this important conversation going and “do something” about it throughout the school year and beyond.
• Together, we are all on the journey of Truth and Reconciliation and it will take all of us on an ongoing basis.
• The presenters will address the questions and comments, shared by Nelson, as we will provide invitations for you to share your questions or comments throughout the series on how you would like to be supported in this important work.
Co-founder- Roots of Resilience Education Foundation
Seneca Dueck (Crowe) is a member of the Kahkewistahaw First Nation in Treaty 4 territory. Born Salteaux/Assiniboine Seneca was raised in the ways of the Nakota people of Treaty 6 territory. Seneca is an intergenerational survivor of the residential school system as her biological father attended Marieval Indian Residential School on Cowessess First Nation in Saskatchewan.
Seneca’s career has been focused in Education working to support Indigenous youth in their endeavors to navigate the public education system in Alberta, and to inspire non-Indigenous youth to confront long held views of Canadian history through the experiences and lens of Indigenous peoples and the complex relationships with the people of this land. Some highlights of her career include serving as the National Education Strategist for the Moose Hide Campaign, supporting Healing Our Spirit Worldwide, Project of Heart, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Education events, the College of Alberta School Superintendents FNMI Gathering and more through volunteer work. Through this journey Seneca recognizes her responsibility to pass along the teachings of her Elders, family and community and sees Roots of Resilience as the avenue to create positive social change in this country. She is honoured to use her own agency to support this important work.
Charlene Bearhead is a mother, grandmother, educator, Indigenous education advocate and author with over 30 years of regional, national and international experience. Charlene is the co-author of the children’s book series, Siha Tooskin Knows. She is currently the Director of Reconciliation at Canadian Geographic, and a member of the Indigenous Education Advisory Circle for the National Film Board. Previously Charlene served as education days coordinator for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, education coordinator for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, education advisor for the Canadian Geographic Indigenous People’s Atlas of Canada and as a member of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights Indigenous Education working group. Charlene also served as the first education lead for both the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at the University of Manitoba and the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre at The University of British Columbia (UBC). Although Charlene is humbled by each award that she has received, she cites the blanketing ceremony by the Resolution Health Support Workers (Alberta Region) - many of whom are Elders, survivors and intergenerational survivors of residential school - as the deepest honour to have ever been bestowed upon her.