Education Days

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EDUCATION DAYS

Teachers, parents and students are invited to participate in Education Days presented by BMO Financial Group.

Celebrate National Indigenous History Month by learning more about Canada’s diverse Indigenous cultures through engaging online content.

June 1 – 21 on Tuesdays and Thursdays online learning resources and links will be posted here and on Facebook.

Watch for live readings by Indigenous authors, art workshops, music and dance performances, virtual museum tours and more.

Registration for teachers will be open soon.  Please check back for more updates.

Programming

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Inuit Games with Aalla Metcalfe

Jun 02, 2020

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The Orange Shirt Story with Phyllis Webstad

Jun 04, 2020

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Cultural showcase / Metis Cultural Dance Teachings

Jun 09, 2020

11:00 - 12:00

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My Heart Fills with Happiness & We Are Kind

Jun 18, 2020

Author Reading 1:00 - 1:30

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Natural Art Project with Emily Hoefler-Brascoupé

Jun 11, 2020

1:00 - 1:45

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Feel the Heartbeat Stomp & Make Your Own Rattle

Jun 16, 2020

11:00 - 11:45

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My Heart Fills with Happiness & We Are Kind

Jun 18, 2020

Author Reading 1:00 - 1:30

Inuit Games

Presented by Aalla Metcalfe
Aalla Metcalfe Born in St. John's, NL, raised in Ottawa, ON, Aalla (Stranger) has spent more than a decade demonstrating and teaching traditional Inuit games. If your child attends school in Ottawa, it's more than likely that Stranger has taught their class about the Inuit culture. Stranger will be joined by his 14yr old son, who has inherited Aalla's passion for teaching games to anyone who is willing to learn. The boys will be teaching and demonstrating some traditional Inuit games that can be practiced during these times of social distancing.
Format: Video
Date: June 2
Time: 11:00 - 11:45
Workshop Length: 45 minutes
Required Materials: Students can use materials at home. They will need something they can kick, such as a hat, a stuffed animal, etc.
Performance details: Knee jump, Seal (knuckle) hop, One-foot high kick, Two-foot high kick, Alaskan high kick, One-hand reach

Inuit Games

Presented by Aalla Metcalfe
Born in St. John's, NL, and raised in Ottawa, ON, Aalla (Stranger) has spent more than a decade demonstrating and teaching traditional Inuit games. If your child attends school in Ottawa, it's more than likely that Stranger has taught their class about the Inuit culture. Stranger will be joined by his 14 year old son, who has inherited Aalla's passion for teaching games to anyone who is willing to learn. Father and son will be presenting traditional Inuit games that can be practised during these times of social distancing.

Author Reading - The Orange Shirt Story

Presented by Phyllis Webstad - (Suitable for grades 5 - 8 but open to all)
Every year on September 30th, we wear orange shirts to honour residential school survivors. Orange Shirt Day grew out of Phyllis Webstad’s story of having her shiny new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school at residential school. The story was told for the first time in May 2013, and has evolved into a dedicated dialogue to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually. Orange Shirt Day is also an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come. Phyllis published “The Orange Shirt Story” , her first children's book, in 2018.

Natural Art Project

Presented by Emily Hoefler-Brascoupé
Enjoy making beautiful art from natural materials with Emily Hoefler-Brascoupé. Collect leaves, twigs, grass, flowers, pebbles and other objects found in nature. Check Emily’s artwork paddle, “Rabbit Moon” which is featured on the Algonquin Canoe, at the Pimisi LRT Station in Ottawa. She continues to learn about Algonquin culture from her celebrated grandfather, Simon Brascoupe.

Feel the Heartbeat Stomp & Make your own Rattle Workshop

Presented by Aurora Jade & Indigenous Experiences Team
Create your own "rattles" at home with David Finkle! A rattle can be made using material found around the home. David is a highly sought after project facilitator known for his popular workshop focusing on traditional drum and rattle building with a 25- minute interactive "Feel the Heartbeat" presentation will follow . The Indigenous Experiences Team will help you use your new rattle to follow along with a fun and interactive stomp dance.

Author Reading - My Heart Fills With Happiness & We Are Kind

Presented by Monique Gray Smith - (Suitable for Grades K-3)
Monique Gray Smith is a proud Mom of teenage twins and an award-winning, best-selling author. Her first published novel, Tilly: A Story of Hope and Resilience won the 2014 Canadian Burt Award for First Nation, Métis and Inuit Literature. Since then, Monique has had 6 books come out, including My Heart Fills with Happiness, which has won numerous awards. Speaking our Truth: A Journey of Reconciliation was a finalist for the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award. In 2019 every grade one child in Canada received a copy of the dual language, English/French and Cree edition of My Heart Fills with Happiness. Monique’s latest release, Tilly and the Crazy Eights is a novel about an epic road trip that Tilly and eight Indigenous Elders take. The story reminds the reader of the power of the human spirit and that love is medicine. Tilly and the Crazy Eights recently won the First Nations Community Reads in the Young Adult/Adult Category. Coming soon, When We Are Kind, is a children’s picture book reminding us what it feels like when we are kind and when someone is kind to us; as well as the importance of being kind to ourselves. Monique is Cree, Lakota and Scottish having been involved in her healing journey for over 29 years. She is well known for her storytelling, spirit of generosity and focus on personal resilience.

CULTURAL SHOWCASE / METIS JIG, INUIT THROATSINGING AND POW WOW DANCE

Presented by Prairie Fire, Indigenous Experiences and Tarniriik - (Suitable for all grades)
Prairie Fire is a fun family dance group that started out as Jaime and the Jiglets with their mother Jaime Koebel. The group aims to teach audiences about Metis culture and the joy of the jig. Indigenous Experiences has been proudly presenting Pow Wow dance performances for schools and public events for over 20 years. Tarniriik, the young Inuit girls who first became popular performing for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, continue to share and perform Inuit throatsinging.