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Advancing Reconciliation in Education Development Series for Teachers
Presented by: John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights
Friday, May 18, 2018 | 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday, May 25, 2018 | 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday, June 01, 2018 | 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Session Location:
Central Alberta Regional Consortium 8 Page Avenue, Red Deer, AB
About the Session:

In 2016, the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights engaged in a collaborative pilot  project with five schools in Edmonton Catholic and Edmonton Public School Boards. The  program explored reconciliation through a human rights-based lens, exploring a variety of topics  including the history of Residential Schools, the Blanket Exercise, Treaty, Worldview, Indigenous  Language, United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and Children’s  Rights. The program also had students go through a process of building their own calls to action  and using art for reconciliation in their schools. 
This project inspired the creation of a resource with community and student participation, that  will provide teachers across the province with meaningful process to educate on reconciliation.  https://www.jhcentre.org/reconciliation-in-schools/
he Advancing Reconciliation in Education Professional Development Series workshops provide  the opportunity to work through the toolkit and learn how you can apply it to introducing and  working through Canada’s complex and challenging history in the classroom while inspiring  action and understanding in schools and the broader community. 

"Education, or what passed for it, got us into this situation, and education is what will lead us out. Schools seem to us to be one of the best vehicles to create and sustain a change in the attitude of all Canadians to the nature of the relationship that must exist between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in the country:" Murry Sinclair

Session One: Starting the Conversation 

The first full day workshop will provide a starting point to open conversations about our shared  history and provide a framework for introducing Truth and Reconciliation in the classroom. The  session will create a safe and supportive space for teachers to work through some important  questions about teaching reconciliation in an age appropriate way. We will introduce the toolkit  and provide a grounding in some foundational principles for reconciliation: the Truth and  Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action, United Nations’ Declaration on the Rights of  Indigenous Peoples and local Treaties. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from a  local Elder/Knowledge Keeper who will lead us in ceremony, share teachings and help work  some of the questions and barriers that may arise. We will engage in cross cultural dialogue  about reconciliation in schools, share best practices and work through the sessions of the toolkit.

Session Two: Truth Before Reconciliation 

The second full day workshop will provide participants the opportunity to delve deeper into  activities and topics of the toolkit. Participants will engage in collaborative, participatory learning  sessions about Treaty, UNDRIP and Reclaiming Indigenous Language and Worldview in  education and explore alternative pedagogies for the classroom. We will model age appropriate  ways to bring these concepts into the classroom and engage with a local Indigenous knowledge  keeper to explore the local context of these topics. 

Session Three: Turning Knowledge into Action 

This workshop will explore how teachers can hold space for difficult topics and use student  participation and art-making to help process our colonial history, express their feelings about  Canada’s past and recognize their own agency through art and activism. The Calls to Action  process is an important way for students to recognize that their voices are valued, that they can  be agents of change, and contribute to meaningful conversations and actions in their school and  community. In this workshop, we will model process, present concrete examples of students’  work, and provide teachers with practical tools and examples to implement the process in their  classroom. Teachers will also walk away with a clear idea and strategy of how they can connect  to local community resources to support the journey. 

About the Presenter(s):
John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights

Chelsea Burke, Education Lead and Program Facilitator 
Having grown up in East Vancouver, on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish People, Chelsea  has been steeped in a quintessentially Canadian multicultural, multiple perspective  environment. She has an Education degree from the University of Alberta with a minor in Social  Studies. Chelsea's focus in education is based on discovery and inquiry and in connecting  learning to the many innovations in indigenous knowledge, social movements, art, media and  technology to facilitate a sense of agency and connection to our communities. She values  grassroots action that comes from a sense of personal passion and commitment to help work  through the myriad of issues facing humanity today; and is honoured to work with an  organization like John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights that has been doing this  so passionately for many years. 

Maigan van der Giessen , Creative Lead and Program Facilitator 
Maigan van der Giessen was raised on Treaty 6 territory and works as an artist, activist, human  rights facilitator and youth mentor. She graduated from the UofA's Political Science department  in 2012 with a minor in Middle Eastern and African studies. Maigan is passionate about the intersection of artistic expression and artistic resistance. In her role as Creative Lead for the John  Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights, Maigan uses community arts and dialogue as  tools to facilitate deeper understanding and exploration of social justice issues. Her approach to  creating social change focuses on providing space and opportunities for marginalized voices and  grassroots movements to document and express their perspectives on critical issues. 


Cancellation Policy:

Request for cancellation or refund must be received in writing (fax/email) at the CARC office a minimum of 3 FULL business days prior to the event start, or registration fees will apply and refunds will not be issued. If you are unable to attend a session and unable to provide three FULL business days’ notice, please feel free to delegate an alternate to attend in your place.
Cancellation notices should be sent to npenney@carcpd.ab.ca.

Registration Deadline: May 11, 2018
Cost: $105.00
Focus(es): Education for Reconciliation
Grade Level(s): 5-12
Audience: Teachers, Administrators