• As educators, you will walk away from this webinar with practical strategies, tools, and resources that you can use in your learning environment throughout the year.
• You will leave this webinar feeling more confident in your ability to respectfully provide all students in your classroom with the understanding of the histories of Indigenous peoples, including the Residential School System and what actions can be taken to create a more just society: present and future.
• This session will help educators to prepare and engage their students in Grades K-12, and in The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30th (formerly, Orange Shirt Day) in meaningful ways.
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Assistant Professor, Mi’kmaw Studies
Wyatt White is from the Mi’gmaq First Nation of Listuguj, Quebec but has lived in Nova Scotia for almost two decades. Since joining the public service, Wyatt’s career has spanned First Nations community development and intergovernmental relations and for the past eight years, his attention has turned squarely on Indigenous education. Wyatt’s mother is a lifelong educator back home in Listuguj and he’s excited to follow in her teaching footsteps by joining the Faculty of L’nu, Political and Social Studies at Cape Breton University. Wyatt’s passion for sharing knowledge and teachings of our collective work in the indigenization and decolonization of academe, along with treaty education, drives him towards further research and collaboration opportunities with colleagues at Cape Breton University and well beyond. Wyatt is proud to continue always calling Mi’kma’ki, the traditional and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq, home.
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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.