Abbotsford Middle School

Abbotsford Middle School

Abbotsford Middle School

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A01  Shin-chi-etko and Shin-chi’s Canoe

B01  Healing, Transformation and Resurgence


Nicola Campbell, Author


A01 Nicola Campbell is Nle7kepmx, Nsilx and Métis and is named after her home in BC’s Nicola Valley.  Her books have received many awards and was recently names as the #1 book by CBC to teach children about residential school. Participants will have an opportunity to experience a reading of Nicola Campbell’s picture books, Shi-shi-etko and Shin-chi’s Canoe. The goal of this session will be to demonstrate a reading for an elementary audience and dialogue about possible classroom ideas and resources when using the books in the classroom. Dialogue, Q & A welcome at the end of the session. Lessons can be adapted for older grades as well.

B01 Author Nicola Campbell will share readings and poetry resources about Coast Salish canoe racing as well as being an intergenerational survivor of residential school. This workshop will focus on topics for healing, transformation and resurgence while also developing a better understanding of aboriginal cultures and perspectives. Dialogue, Q & A welcome at the end of the session. This workshop will be geared to middle and secondary teachers but would be helpful for all educators.



A02 and B02  *note 2 hour 15 minute presentation

Deconstructing Myths

Rick Joe – BCTF presenter

In this workshop participants are submerged into the depths of the mistruths that have made up the belief systems of mainstream Canada for far too long. Participants will be challenged to dig deeper through research, which must include historical documentation and oral testimony as opposed to acceptance of archaic misinformation and hidden fabricated narratives. In a commitment to the continuation of the work that teachers started with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, BCTF invites all teachers to join in the effort to seek truth through the deconstruction of myths in curriculum.


A03 and B03   *note 2 hour 15 minute presentation

Infusing Aboriginal Content

Denise Hendry – BCTF presenter

While teachers express interest in incorporating more Aboriginal content in their classrooms, they are sometimes unsure of where to start and how to find authentic materials. This workshop is designed to create awareness around integrating Aboriginal perspectives and quality Aboriginal resources in the classroom through hands on activities.


A04 and B04 *note 2 hour 15 minute presentation

Project of Heart

Meredith Rusk – BCTF presenter

Project of Heart is an inquiry based, hands-on, collaborative, inter-generational, artistic journey of seeking truth about the history of Aboriginal people in Canada. Its purpose is to examine the history and legacy of Indian Residential Schools in Canada and to seek the truth about that history, leading to the acknowledgement of the extent of loss to former students, their families and communities.  The Project of Heart commemorates the lives of the thousands of Indigenous children who died as a result of the residential school experience.  It is a call to Canadians to action, through social justice endeavors, to change our present and future history collectively.


A05, B05, C05

Lisa Shepherd, Metis Culture

A05 TEK (Traditional Ecological Knowledge): Understanding our Symbiotic Relationship to Plants – Soap (or salve) Making  Participants will explore the role of a harvester and respecting the land and protocols to harvest safely and sustainably and how some of our Ancestors used particular plant medicines to support health and wellness and how we use them still today. Participants will make a sample.

B05 Art as Medicine: Patterns in Nature  This workshop begins with a talking circle to discuss how art supports identity both historically as well as today.  Art can connect us to the natural world and can impact change. Some examples of cultural items and artwork will be shown. Examples of how you can bring your students outside to collect sketches and rubbings will be demonstrated.   In this way, the participants will receive an experiential teaching to support an understanding of the Métis as a people “of the land.”

C05 Metis Art & Culture Presentation  Lisa will share the art of the Flower Beadwork People (the Metis), cultural items and clothing, a historical understanding of the Metis and a cultural understanding of the Metis in BC today. The presentation is interactive. Learn about the design and cultural items. Metis spirituality and worldview is explored, while Lisa shares what it means to be a people “of the land.”


A06 – Elementary,

B06 – Middle/Secondary

C06 – Repeat Middle/Secondary

Weaving Aboriginal Perspectives into our Classroom Culture and Practice

Carolyn Durley, District Teacher from Kelowna

In this hands on session, educators will envision how integrating Aboriginal perspectives into classroom culture and practice will allow all learners to have opportunities to understand and respect their own cultural heritage as well as that of others. Collectively, we will consider how we might plan and bring to life both the First Peoples Principles of Learning and the specific learning standards in an authentic way. As learning is holistic and experiential, educators will have the opportunity to experience and take part in a sample lesson.



Understanding Sto:lo Culture

Herb Joe, Xyolhemeylh

Mr. Joe will share insight into aboriginal worldviews from the perspective of local Sto:lo people and better understand the aboriginal students and families teachers support in schools.



A08, C08

Taryn MacDonald and Ali Blair, Teachers from Bateman Secondary

A08 Moving Forward:  Contemporary Aboriginal Art in the Classroom

Explore and discuss how contemporary aboriginal artists can enrich arts education in your classroom. They will share examples of contemporary visual art, film and fashion design that can be implemented in studies of human geography, social justice and history.

Taryn MacDonald, Teacher

C08 Exploring First Peoples Principles of Learning Through Arts Education

Explore the First Peoples Principles of Learning through visual arts, drama and critical discussion. Attendees will learn how to incorporate the teachings of the medicine wheel into classroom activities that support curricular competencies from the draft secondary BC curriculum.



Primary Science

Sara Epp, Teacher and Author

This session is sponsored by Nelson Publishing.  Sara will share ways she has embedded aboriginal worldviews and perspectives into science lessons in a Primary Classroom.



Orange Shirt Day:  Respect and Honour

Alisa McPhee, Teacher

This session will walk you through a language arts, social studies, art lesson that can be used for students of all ages (with minor adaptations). You will walk away with templates for implementing this thought provoking lesson in your class.




Wenonah Justin, Cultural Support Worker and Presenter

Wenonah is from the Nlaka’pamux and Cree nations has been a member of the Tiqilip Community Singers for 15 years and an CSW with the Abbotsford school district for three years. She will share with you her teachings of hand drumming and singing. You will learn some Tiqilip songs: The Bear Song, Zumac (Spring Salmon) and Friendship song and how they are connected to nature, tradition and seasons. There will be a few hand drums available to learn on. Please bring a recording device to record the songs for later use.



Hands-On Learning:  Creating A Wooden Flute

Fred Andrews, Teacher

Fred is an Explorations teacher at Clayburn Middle School.  In his workshop Fred will discuss ways he has incorporated experiential learning into his lessons while incorporating Aboriginal Worldviews and Perspectives.  The main lesson he will discuss is teaching students how to create and Aboriginal wooden flute.


Species At Risk:  Amphibians and Reptiles

Andrea Gielens, MSc Wildlife Biologist and UFV Professor

Learn about the Species At Risk program for the classroom.  Live species will be brought in for you to learn about and how you can incorporate knowledge of these species into your science classroom.


B07 and C07

Rebecca Wyse and Chris Kelly, Aboriginal Department

B07 Aboriginal 101 – Basic Introduction to Aboriginal Education

An introduction to the basics of aboriginal people and terminology of our local aboriginal people and Canada.

C07 Authentic Aboriginal Literature in the Classroom

Rebecca Wyse, District Teacher, Aboriginal Department

Learn about many books, old and new that are available to incorporate into your classrooms to connect to aboriginal worldviews.  Learn to differentiate stories with authentic connections and others are not.



Understanding Local History and Including this Knowledge in Your Classroom

Anna Williams &Kris Foulds, The Reach



Students Can Create! Self-Reading Story Projects

Gary Toews, District Teacher, Technology

Gary will demonstrate how students can use and re-use illustrated story books as a platform to develop oral fluency and deepen their understanding of First People’s oral traditions.



Sto:lo Government:  An Adapted Mini Unit for Grade 3

Katja Rossi and Pam Benslar, Teachers

This presentation will go through the lessons included in a mini unit on Sto:lo government. This series of lessons has taken the original Grade 4/5 lesson and tailored it to meet the Grade 3 Social Studies outcomes.


History of Drumming and Understanding Family in Sto:lo Culture

Christine Seymour and Brian Point, Aboriginal Department

The Sto:lo People had a family structure within their communities that was followed when teaching

their young people.  This structure will be shared to better understand aboriginal perspectives on education systems as well as the history of drumming and singing of the Sto:lo People.



Interdisciplinary Study in Middle School – Integrated Arts

Tyler Horner, and Orla Gaughan  Teacher

Tyler and Orla are Middle School teachers at ASIA Sumas who combined have taught nearly all subjects. They will provide a snapshot of how to integrate the aboriginal perspective through the arts, what they ended up doing, and how we went about making it happen.  They will provide multiple examples of how they have done this in various subject areas.


Integrating Aboriginal Perspectives into a Middle School Classroom

Debbie Born, Teacher

Debbie is a Middle school teacher at Clayburn Middle School who has taught a variety of grades and subjects.  Debbie will discuss a variety of practical ways that she has incorporated Aboriginal Worldviews and Perspectives in her lessons.


Place-based and Experiential Learning

Randal Holwerda, Teacher

As a former forestry worker and now as a teacher, Randal has a passion to bring his students outside to explore nature, to experience the joy of nature and to learn intensely about this place through ongoing outdoor nature walks.



Learning Cooperation by Experiential Learning

Donna Blair, Cultural Support Worker

Participate in an experiential exercise that demonstrates cooperative behaviors.  This activity is based on a program from Saskatchewan New Start Methodology of Life Skills.  Recommended for support staff working with students to develop life skills and social skills.  Donna will further discuss the connection of this methodology to the First People’s Principles of Learning.



Salish Weaving

Frieda and Roxanne George, Sto:lo Culture

Frieda will display and share the history of her grandmother’s weavings.  She will talk about the different designs found in Salish weavings and the meanings behind them.  Frieda will bring a loom for participants give weaving a try and participants can learn ways to include this activity and the teachings into the classroom.



Jam Making as a Connection to Aboriginal Culture

Cyndi Orth and Chris Kelly, Aboriginal Department

Sylvia will share how to include simple jam making as an activity that can be tied back to aboriginal teachings of sharing and learning from the land.



Aboriginal Four Seasons

Peggy Janicki, District Teacher, Aboriginal Department

This session is focused on primary classrooms on incorporating the Aboriginal Four Seasons teachings in the classroom.



The Teaching of Sto:lo Drumming and Story

Chris Thomas, Sto:lo Culture

Learn about the important teaching that goes with drumming.  Chris will share through story and song how Sto:lo culture entwines drumming and singing into their political, social and educational fabric. To the unfamiliar ear, the drumming and singing can be difficult to differentiate.  Chris will share different styles of drumming as well as the teachings

and stories that come with songs.  Over the years the style of song of the Sto:lo People has changed.  The Sto:lo People have adopted the prairie style of singing, which comes from the Cree and Blackfoot tribes.  Chris will share songs and stories from this style of drumming, called the Big Drum.



Live 5-2-1-0 Health Lessons using the Medicine Wheel

Danielle Edwards, Family Physicians Association

Fun Live 5-2-1-0 games for the classroom – like ‘How Much Sugar is in Your Drinks Game’, ‘The Price is Right for Veggies and Fruits Game’, and ‘Colour the Rainbow with Veggies and Fruits’. Help families with practical tips for purchasing local veggies & fruit on a budget; gardening; fun activities to do in small spaces (e.g. apartments) and when it’s cold outside; and healthy recipes and fun outdoor games including awesome ideas from Sto:lo people.



Implementing Sto:lo Culture with Traditional Knowledge

Johnny Williams, Sto:lo Culture, Halqemeylem Teacher

Johnny is a language teacher from Seabird Island.  Johnny was raised with the culture learning how to fish, hunt and harvest the traditional plants of this territory.  Johnny’s grandmother Elizabeth Phillips is the last speaker of the Halq’eméylem Language of the Sto:lo territory. Johnny will share how Sto:lo cultural ways and knowledge are parallel and can be implemented in the curriculum.