About This Webinar
In this session, Métis artist Nathalie Bertin will start with a brief overview of Métis history, and the cultural importance of the Métis sash. She will demonstrate the process of finger weaving, beginning with a design using two colours and eight strands of wool, and extending to three-colour twelve-strand sash. We will then explore the patterns of the process and product of finger weaving using visual, numeric, and kinesthetic representations. Participants are asked to utilize this learning to design and weave their own sash in preparation for session eight.
Dr. Ruth Beatty
Associate Professor, Faculty of Education at Lakehead University
Dr. Ruth Beatty is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at Lakehead University in Orillia. As a mathematics education researcher, Ruth’s focus has been how children learn complex math concepts, and the alignment of instruction with developmental trajectories of understanding. Since 2013 she has collaborated with members of Anishinaabe and Métis communities and educators from Ontario school boards to research the connections between Anishinaabe and Métis ways of knowing mathematics and the Western mathematics found in provincial curricula. The goal of this research (funded by a SSHRC Insight Development Grant, a SSHRC Indigenous Research Capacity and Reconciliation Connection Grant, an Indigenous Research Capacity and Development Grant, and by the Council of Ontario Directors of Education) is to collaboratively design culturally responsive mathematics instruction and to learn from and incorporate Indigenous pedagogical perspectives in inclusive classroom settings.
Danielle Blair
Math Lead Consultant | Retired Educator
For the past eight years, Danielle Blair has worked alongside Dr. Ruth Beatty on a multi-year multi-community research project with several First Nations community partners and Ontario Boards of Education. During this time she also served as Provincial Mathematics Lead on contract with the Council of Ontario Directors of Education (CODE) through which she supported Boards of Education in Mathematics, Leadership and community-based participatory research. In addition to being passionate about co-learning from and with First Nations community leaders, Danielle has been involved in research projects related to the teaching and learning of Mathematics K to 12 and the facilitation of professional learning for educators for the past 18 years. She has served as a classroom and Special Education teacher, Mathematics Itinerate Resource Teacher, Elementary School Vice-Principal, and as Adjunct Professor, York University Teacher Candidate Program.
Nathalie Bertin
Métis Artist
Nathalie Bertin is a multi-disciplinary artist and knowledge keeper from Toronto, Ontario, Canada with documented roots in Michilimackinac & Nipissing. She is of Métis, French, Anishinaabe and Omàmiwininiwak ancestry. Bertin is a member of the Waawaashkeshi (Deer Clan).
Bertin’s current body of paintings focuses on positive images of indigenous people as a means of confronting their romanticized depictions as seen throughout art history. She focuses especially on the women role models who have had an impact on her. Her aim is to present a different view of indigenous people—one that is positive, powerful, knowledgeable, gentle and kind.
Several of Bertin’s projects are also inspired by traditional storytelling. In 2018, Bertin was awarded an Ontario Arts Council project grant for the creation of a series of beaded "Moccushions©" that interpret traditional stories for future generations. In 2020, she published the bilingual book “Loup Garou, Moccasins & Métis Folklore” about the project and included photos of the Moccushions along with the stories. In 2013, 2014 & 2015, some of Bertin’s story illustrations about the northern lights were also reproduced on collector coins by the Royal Canadian Mint.
Her art can also be found in collections of the Government of Manitoba, Government of Alberta, corporate organizations and private collectors across Canada and internationally.
Bonnie Sears
Special Education Teacher, Upper Grand District School Board
Bonnie is a Special Education teacher with the Upper Grand District School Board (UGDSB) supporting teachers and students in the area of math instruction. She has over 20 years experience teaching at a variety of grade levels and specialties from K-8, including 6 years in remote First Nations communities. Bonnie’s most important work was inspired by First Nations and Métis Math Voices, bringing Indigenous Knowledge and Math together in a collaborative project with local Indigenous community artists, consultants, teachers and students. Through a focus on building relationships and reciprocity, students are engaged in important cultural and mathematics teachings. She enjoys sharing her own learning journey about the importance of allyship and how to do this work in “a good way” at conferences both inside and outside the UGDSB.