Responding to the call for First Nations, Metis, and Inuit content made inclusive and integrated in all curriculum. Together we’ll explore the Literacy Seed Kit, resources that accurately reflect and demonstrate the strengths and diversity of First Nations Metis and Inuit. The kit contains a 76 book collection, complete with annotation, concepts at a glance, projects, ideas, activities, links, text sets and curricular links for each title.
Bring a device to connect to the Internet.
Iris Loewen is a professional librarian with a focus on First Nations, Métis, and Inuit children’s literature. Her book, My Kokum Called Today, continues to be a favorite with children. Early in her career she worked for the Saskatchewan Indian Cultural College, travelling to reserves to promote literacy and establish libraries. Iris was the head librarian for Ermineskin First Nation schools for sixteen years, where she undertook innovative curriculum initiatives such as: collaborating with Elders to create a database of local archival photos, and collaborating with teachers, Glenbow Museum staff and Cree Elders to develop and implement an object-based curriculum where museum artifacts were central to learning the Cree language and social studies. In this process, she worked closely with a team of teachers, community Elders, and the Glenbow Museum to ensure cultural accuracy, breadth and sensitivity. For six years, she was the head librarian and First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Education Coordinator for Chinook’s Edge School Division #73. While working for Central Alberta Regional Consortium, Iris developed and coordinated ‘Learning from the Land’ workshops where teachers travelled to significant and sacred sites, in Traditional Treaty 6 territory, participating in protocol and ceremony with Indigenous Elders.
Iris continues to be a student of traditional knowledge in the areas of plant use, storytelling, protocol and ceremony. Iris continues to be a student of traditional knowledge in the areas of plant use, storytelling, protocol and ceremony.