• This session will include practical and easy-to-implement strategies for leaders to move conversations into action.
• As administrators, you will have the opportunity to learn how to confidently bring these strategies and conversations to all stakeholders in your school community, including parents, teachers, and students.
• You will walk away with practical supports to engage in the work of Truth and Reconciliation, including the truth about residential schools, with your school/district community.
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Vice-Principal of Indigenous Education, Intercultural Understandings and Transformation, Louis Riel School Division
Bobbie-Jo Leclair is Nehiyaw from One Arrow First Nation in Saskatchewan through her father and Métis on her mother’s side. Bobbie-Jo is currently the divisional vice-principal of Indigenous Education for the Louis Riel School Division (Winnipeg). An educator for 19 years, she has worked in a variety of capacities in Indigenous education. Through her various experiences, she has had the opportunity to collaborate, develop and facilitate learning related to Indigenous perspectives for educators across Manitoba. Bobbie-Jo is passionate about Indigenous education and enjoys being actively involved in supporting transformative changes in Indigenous education through professional learning and advocacy.
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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.