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January/February 2019 AAA Newsletter


‘There’s no quick fix’: Advice for teachers struggling to properly integrate Indigenous content into classes

An article on the struggles educators face integrating Indigenous Perspectives.

Justice Murray Sinclair:  On Education


“Firemakers” is a music video created by the Anishnaabe youth of Lac La Croix First Nation in Ontario.This is a call out song that describes the current state of reservations and the changes that the youth wish to see! The song is exploding in the digital world, come and see why!

Wet’suwet’en & Unist’ot’en Camp



Family stuck in condemned home warmed only by oven, space heaters, Sandy Bay First Nation woman says


Family time, pride and the sound of the drum: University of Winnipeg Pow Wow Program, every Tuesday

Winnipeg Public Library – Indigenous Services

  • The library provides a variety of FREE programming, click the calendar for upcoming events, workshops, and programs.  The library is currently offering Cree Language Classes (see poster below)


“Unreserved”: Tuesday Teachings

Every other Tuesday, Unreserved features a two-minute video, sharing the wisdom and knowledge of Indigenous elders and knowledge keepers throughout Canada.  Follow “Unreserved” on facebook here.  Here is a sample 2 minute teaching:

Indigenous Ally Toolkit aims to fill knowledge gap says developer

For a link to the toolkit, click the image below.  Note:  This resource is developed in Montreal, thus reflects the terminology used in that locale.  For questions regarding implementing this in the MB Context, feel free to contact Rina Whitford, Program Lead.

Historica Canada: Indigenous Perspectives Guide

This guide is designed to align with current Canadian curricula, and has been produced for use in middle and high school history and social science classrooms. The guide is therefore not comprehensive in its coverage, focusing primarily on the history that is taught in classrooms. Teachers may wish to address topics not covered in this guide to provide a more complete understanding of Indigenous worldviews.

Download the guide, timeline, and worksheets below, or view them online at

Ensouling Our Schools


In an educational milieu in which standards and accountability hold sway, schools can become places of stress, marginalization, and isolation instead of learning communities that nurture a sense of meaning and purpose. In Ensouling Our Schools, author Jennifer Katz weaves together methods of creating schools that engender mental, spiritual, and emotional health while developing intellectual thought and critical analysis.

Kevin Lamoureux contributes his expertise to this book regarding Indigenous approaches to mental and spiritual health that benefit all students and address the TRC Calls to Action.

Ensouling Our Schools is one book in the Teaching to Diversity series.

Grade 1-3 Resource: The Water Walker

The Water Walker

Written and Illustrated by Joanne Robertson

(click the image for a link to the teacher guide)


Nokomis – our grandmothers – walk to protect our water, and to protect all of us.

The story of a determined Ojibwe Grandmother (Nokomis) Josephine Mandamin and her great love for Nibi (water). Nokomis walks to raise awareness of our need to protect Nibi for future generations, and for all life on the planet. She, along with other women, men, and youth, have walked around all the Great Lakes from the four salt waters, or oceans, to Lake Superior. The walks are full of challenges, and by her example Josephine challenges us all to take up our responsibility to protect our water, the giver of life, and to protect our planet for all generations.

Truth and Reconciliation in Canada: If It Feels Good, It’s Not Reconciliation – Pam Palmater

The 2018 Woodrow Lloyd Lecture


‘Truth and Reconciliation in Canada: If It Feels Good, It’s Not Reconciliation’

Presented by Pam Palmater

Mi’kmaw lawyer, author, social justice activist, and Chair in Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University 


History of the Woodrow Lloyd Lecture

The Faculty of Arts is pleased to present an annual lecture in honour of Woodrow Stanley Lloyd (1913-1972), a dedicated public servant of Saskatchewan. Woodrow Lloyd served as the province’s eighth Premier (1961-1964) and also as Minister of Education (1944-1960). It was in this capacity that he played a formative role in the development of the modern day education system. In 1963, he laid the cornerstone of the first building on the Regina campus of the University of Saskatchewan, now the University of Regina. Throughout his career, Woodrow Lloyd’s voice emerged as one strongly in favour of the university as a space for innovation and catalyst for social change.

Said Woodrow Lloyd at the Canadian Education Association Convention of 1951, “Education needs courage. The very fact that education, if it is vital, leads to purposeful change, indicates the need for courage on the part of those who lead, because even purposeful change is always opposed. It is opposed by those who do not understand.”

The Woodrow Lloyd lecture is presented each Winter by the Faculty of Arts and funded by the generosity of the Woodrow Lloyd Trust Fund. Each lecture features a nationally or internationally recognized scholar, writer, thinker, and/or activist, who speaks on issues of direct relevance to Saskatchewan.

Past speakers have included former Premier of Saskatchewan Roy Romanow, noted climatologist Elane Wheaton, and author and Indigenous leader Cindy Blackstock.

Past Woodrow Lloyd Lectures

  • 2017: Islamophobia and Muslim Women in Canada
    Presented by Dr. Sheema Khan, Author and Global and Mail Columnist
    A video of Dr. Khan’s lecture is available at: https://youtu.be/T6O92Oq3GYs
  • 2016: Presented by The Honourable Justice Murray Sinclair, Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
    A video of Justice Sinclair’s lecture is available on the Faculty of Arts YouTube channel at: https://youtu.be/PAwTjn4g3ZQ
  • 2015: Reconciliation: the children’s version
    by Dr. Cindy Blackstock, Associate Professor at the University of Alberta, as well as Director of the First Nations Children’s Action Research and Education Service (FNCARES) and as Executive Director of First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada. View or download the lecture from the Faculty of Arts Youtube channel at http://youtu.be/K12lsqkh5No
  • 2014: The Hedgehog, the Fox and Canadian Austerity
    by Dr. Thom Workman, Professor, Political Science at the University of New Brunswick.  View or download the lecture from the University’s oURspace website at http://hdl.handle.net/10294/5358
  • 2013: Can Civil Disobedience Ensure Health Care Access for Drug Users?
    by Ann Livingston, Social Justice Organizer
  • 2012: Taking and Making Human Life: has healthcare replaced religion?
    by Dr. Margaret Somerville, Samuel Gale Professor of Law, Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University
  • 2011: Western Canadian Democracy: A backward and a forward look
    by the Honorable Preston Manning, Founder of the Reform Party of Canada
  • 2010: Transforming Power: New paths to social and political change
    by Judy Rebick, CAW Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice and Democracy at Ryerson University
  • 2009: Subprime Constitutionalism: Why are we over-invested in the charter?
    by Professor Harry Arthurs, Osgood Hall Law School, President Emeritus, York University

The Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission contained 94 Calls to Action that laid out a path to start the process of reconciliation. Yet according to Palmater, Canada’s approach to reconciliation has been more superficial than concrete. True reconciliation, she argues,  won’t be found in land acknowledgments or Indigenizing public buildings with Indigenous artwork – it will only be found in the discomfort that comes with the exchange of land, wealth and power.

About Pam Palmater
Pam Palmater is a Mi’kmaw lawyer, author, and social justice activist from Eel River Bar First Nation in New Brunswick. She is a former spokesperson, organizer and educator for the Idle No More movement and currently holds the Chair in Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University. She has 4 university degrees, including a BA from St. Thomas with a double major in History and Native Studies; an LLB from UNB, and her Masters and Doctorate in Law from Dalhousie University specializing in Indigenous law.

Pam has been volunteering and working in First Nation issues for over 25 years on a wide range of issues like poverty, housing, education, Aboriginal and treaty rights, and legislation impacting First Nations. She has worked as a human rights investigator at the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission and worked collaboratively with human rights organizations like Canadian Human Rights Commission and Amnesty International on Indigenous issues.

She is a well-known speaker and media commentator and is frequently called as an expert before Parliamentary dealing with laws and policies impacting Indigenous peoples, and before United Nations committees on human rights of Indigenous peoples, particularly, Indigenous women and children. Her recent focus has been on murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls and sexualized violence in policing.

She has been recognized with many awards for her social justice and human rights advocacy on behalf of First Nations generally including the 2012 YWCA Woman of Distinction Award in Social Justice; Canadian Lawyer Magazine’s 2013 Top 5 Most Influential Lawyer in the Human Rights category; Margaret Mead Award in Social Justice 2016; J. S. Woodsworth Woman of Excellence Award in Human Rights 2016; and an Alumni Award of Distinction 2015 and honourary Doctorate of Laws from UNB 2016, as well as the 2017 Award for Excellence in Human Rights from the Atlantic Human Rights Centre at St. Thomas University.

CBC: 108 Indigenous writers to read, as recommended by you

FOLD, the Festival of Literary Diversity, tweeted out the names of several Indigenous authors you should know. Many readers got in the spirit and shared their own recommendations. We’ve highlighted their suggestions here.

Here are 108 Indigenous writers to check out.

1. An Honest Woman by Jónína Kirton (Recommended by: @Ayelet Tsabari)

2. Arctic Dreams and Nightmares by Alootook Ipellie (Recommended by: @KateriAkiwenzie)

3. Bad Endings by Carleigh Baker (Recommended by: @Ayelet Tsabari)

4. Badger by Daniel Heath Justice (Recommended by: @KateriAkiwenzie)

5. Bearskin Diary by Carol Rose Daniels (Recommended by: @feralplaywright)

6. Beautiful Razor by Al Hunter (Recommended by: @KateriAkiwenzie)

7. Calling Down the Sky by Rosanna Deerchild (Recommended by: @elainecorden@concrete_poet)

8. Creating Space by Verna J. Kirkness (Recommended by: @jodysmiling)

9. Digital Ogichida by Jordan Wheeler (Recommended by: @KateriAkiwenzie)

10. Fatty Legs by Christy Jordan-Fenton & Margaret Pokiak-Fenton, illustrated by Liz Amini-Holmes (Recommended by: @missoliviaanne)

11. Fire Starters by Jen Storm, illustrated by Scott B. Henderson (Recommended by: @KateriAkiwenzie)

12. Firewater by Harold R. Johnson (Recommended by: @kevimrie)

13. Flint and Feather by E. Pauline Johnson (Recommended by: @fillingstation)

14. Gabriel’s Beach by Neal McLeod (Recommended by: @KateriAkiwenzie@kevimrie)

15. Half-Breed by Maria Campbell (Recommended by: @KateriAkiwenzie)

16. Halfling Spring by Joanne Arnott (Recommended by: @KateriAkiwenzie)

17. Huff & Stitch by Cliff Cardinal (Recommended by: @maritadachsel)

18. I Am Woman by Lee Maracle (Recommended by: @MarkAbbott604)

19. Indigenous Writes by Chelsea Vowel (Recommended by: @N_StPierre)

20. In Search of April Raintree by Beatrice Mosionier (Recommended by: @Katiewtweet)

21. In the Silhouette of Your Silences by David Groulx (Recommended by: @KateriAkiwenzie)

22. Kiss of the Fur Queen by Tomson Highway (Recommended by: @elainecorden)

23. I Want by Joseph A. Dandurand (Recommended by: @KateriAkiwenzie)

24.  “kîwetinotahk pimâcihowin — northern journeys” by Andréa Ledding (Recommended by: @feralplaywright)

25. Lake of the Prairies by Warren Cariou (Recommended by: @KateriAkiwenzie@N_StPierre)

26. Life Among the Qallunaat by Mini Aodla Freeman (Recommended by: @sciencebanshee)

27. Lightfinder by Aaron Paquette (Recommended by: @KateriAkiwenzie)

28. Lnu and Indians We’re Called by Rita Joe (Recommended by: @KateriAkiwenzie)

29. Invisible Victims by Katherine McCarthy (Recommended by: @RealRJParker)

30. Moose Meat & Wild Rice by Basil Johnston (Recommended by: @KateriAkiwenzie)

31. nakamowin sa for the seasons by Rita Bouvier (Recommended by: @LawandLit)

32. Night Moves by Richard Van Camp (Recommended by: @KateriAkiwenzie@sarafdavidson)

33. nipê wânîn: my way back by Mika Lafond (Recommended by: @feralplaywright)

34. Owls See Clearly At Night by Julie Flett (Recommended by: @N_StPierre)

35. Poems for a New World by Connie Fife (Recommended by: @KateriAkiwenzie)

36. Red: A Haida Manga by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas (Recommended by: @fillingstation)

37. Running on the March Wind by Lenore Keeshig (Recommended by: @KateriAkiwenzie)

38. Salt Baby by Falen Johnson (Recommended by: @maritadachsel)

39. Sanaaq  by Mitiarjuk Nappaaluk, translated by Bernard Saladin d’Anglure (Recommended by: @elainecorden)

40. Seasons of Hope by James Bartleman (Recommended by: @eleanor70001)

41. Seven Fallen Feathers by Tanya Talaga (Recommended by: @JaelRichardson)

42. she walks for days inside a thousand eyes by Sharron Proulx-Turner (Recommended by: @KateriAkiwenzie)

43. Slash by Jeannette Armstrong (Recommended by: @KateriAkiwenzie@CarrieTerbasket)

44. Spirit of the Wolf by Duncan Mercredi (Recommended by: @kevimrie)

45. Still No Word by Shannon Webb-Campbell (Recommended by: @N_StPierre)

46. Sugar Falls by David Alexander Robertson, illustrated by Scott B. Henderson (Recommended by: @sarafdavidson)

47. Taqralik Partridge (Recommended by: @KateriAkiwenzie)

48. The Break by Katherena Vermette (Recommended by: @macpherson_a)

49. The Pemmican Eaters by Marilyn Dumont (Recommended by: @KateriAkiwenzie@elainecorden@LawandLit)

50. The Reason You Walk by Wab Kinew (Recommended by: @evilscumbag)

51. The Red Files by Lisa Bird-Wilson (Recommended by: @KateriAkiwenzie@LawandLit)

52. The Stone Collection by Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm (Recommended by: @concrete_poet)

53. The Wound is a World by Billy-Ray Belcourt (Recommended by: @concrete_poet)

54. Tobacco Wars by Paul Seesequasis (Recommended by: @KateriAkiwenzie)

55. Tombs of the Vanishing Indian by Marie Clements (Recommended by: @KateriAkiwenzie)

56. Totem Poles and Railroads by Janet Rogers (Recommended by: @LawandLit@Skink00ts)

57. Un/inhabited by Jordan Abel (Recommended by: @fillingstation@maritadachsel@N_StPierre)

58. Witness, I Am by Gregory Scofield (Recommended by: @elainecorden)

59. Wrist by Nathan Adler (Recommended by: @KateriAkiwenzie@JaelRichardson)

60. Monkey Beach by Eden Robinson (Recommended by: @theborrower@shellenepaull@CoyoteDreams)

61. Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese (Recommended by: @shellenepaull@maggiem_chinook@GillEllis51@ejmspoelstra@celmslie1Junior de Lima & Lisa Laing)

62. The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King (Recommended by: Gerry Rogers@celmslie1@Danielle_Author)

63. Birdie by Tracey Lindberg (Recommended by: @GillEllis51@Danielle_AuthorKent Wakely)

64. From the Barren Lands by Leonard Flett (Recommended by: @nothinglinKimberly LalibertyMarguerite FlettFrank Flett & Horace Flett)

65. Tilly by Monique Gray Smith (Recommended by: @CarolyneTaylorQuincey Erin Cable)

66. Where I Belong by Tara White (Recommended by: @tradewindbooks)

67. Motorcycles and Sweetgrass by Drew Hayden Taylor (Recommended by: @maggiem_chinook@TheFOLD_)

68. Skin Like Mine by Garry Gottfriedson (Recommended by: @theborrower)

69. Kuessipan by Naomi Fontaine (Recommended by: @theborrower)

70. Blood Red Summer by Wayne Arthurson (Recommended by: @peggy_blair@MinisterFaust)

71. Almighty Voice and His Wife by Daniel David Moses (Recommended by: @Diginalgifts)

72. Up Ghost River by Edmund Metatawabin with Alexandra Shimo (Recommended by: @susanhimel)

73. The Chief and Her Sister by Andrew Genaille (Recommended by: @rvgenaille)

74. Walking in Your Power by Barbara M. Derrick (Recommended by: @nativestudioart)

75. My Silent Drum by Ovide Mercredi (Recommended by: @paurrod)

76. Shadows Cast by Stars by Catherine Knutsson (Recommended by: @CoyoteDreams)

77. Bird Child by Nan Forler, illustrated by François Thisdale (Recommended by: @CoyoteDreams)

78. Art of Peace by Elizabeth Doxtater (Recommended by: @VMcNaughton)

79. Nationhood Interrupted by Sylvia McAdam (Saysewahum) (Recommended by: @SteveCowleyNYC)

80. Dramaville is not a place; it’s a state of mind by Andrea Lewis (Recommended by: @dredrelew)

81. Abstract Love by Bevann Fox (Recommended by: @SteveCowleyNYC)

82. We Are All Treaty People by Maurice Switzer, illustrated by Charley Herbert (Recommended by: @AnishNation)

83. The Stone Gift by Deborah L. Delaronde (Recommended by: @RoxShuttleworth)

84. Annie Mae’s Movement by Yvette Nolan (Recommended by: @ladyblerd@TheFOLD_)

85. Night Spirits by Ila Bussidor & Ustun Bilgen-Reinart (Recommended by: Gerry Rogers)

86. Voices in the Waterfall by Beth Cuthand (Recommended by: @KateriAkiwenzie)

87. Porcupines and China Dolls by Robert Arthur Alexie (Recommended by: @KateriAkiwenzie)

88. Seven Deer Dancing by Rolland Nadjiwon (Recommended by: @KateriAkiwenzie)

89. This Accident of Being Lost  by Leanne Simpson (Recommended by: @KateriAkiwenzie@TheFOLD_Stéphanie Lynn)

90. Burning in This Midnight Dream by Louise Bernice Halfe (Recommended by: @KateriAkiwenzie@TheFOLD_)

91. Kagagi by Jay Odjick & Patrick Tenascon (Recommended by: @TheFOLD_)

92. Café Daughter by Kenneth T. Williams (Recommended by: @TheFOLD_)

93. The Right to Be Cold by Sheila Watt-Cloutier (Recommended by: @TheFOLD_)

94. Full-Metal Indigiqueer by Joshua Whitehead (Recommended by: @TheFOLD_)

95. Nobody Cries at Bingo by Dawn Dumont (Recommended by: Stephanie Strain@TheFOLD_)

96. A Gentle Habit by Cherie Dimaline (Recommended by: @TheFOLD_)

97. They Called Me Number One by Bev Sellars (Recommended by: @TheFOLD_)

98. Alicia Elliott (Recommended by: @TheFOLD_)

99. A Two-Spirit Journey by Ma-Nee Chacaby,with Mary Louisa Plummer (Recommended by: @TheFOLD_)

100. Legacy by Waubgeshig Rice (Recommended by: @KateriAkiwenzie@TheFOLD_)

101. Moe Clark (Recommended by: @TheFOLD_)

102. Jesse Wente (Recommended by: @TheFOLD_)

103. The Outside Circle by Patti LaBoucane-Benson, illustrated by Kelly Mellings (Recommended by: @TheFOLD_)

104. The Plains of Aamjiwnaang by David D. Plain (Recommended by: Lee Anne Matheson)

105. Travelling Mother by David Seven Deers (Recommended by: Jill Webb Veitch)

106. Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent by Liz Howard (Recommended by: @fillingstation@bookgaga)

107. Norval Morrisseau by Armand Garnet Ruffo (Recommended by: @mrrgteacher)

108. Ryan McMahon (Recommended by: @TheFOLD_)

Coming Soon: The Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada

Coming soon: The Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada

Groundbreaking new educational resource coming this spring

February 26, 2018

The Royal Canadian Geographical Society is honoured to present the Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada, a groundbreaking and ambitious new educational resource.

Produced in partnership with the Assembly of First Nations, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the Métis Nation, the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation and Indspire, the four-volume set shares the stories, perspectives, voices and history of the Indigenous Peoples of Canada.

The Atlas includes historic and contemporary maps and explores themes of language, demographics, economy and culture. Important topics such as treaties and residential schools are covered in-depth, as well as the contributions of Indigenous Peoples, their oral traditions and land-based knowledge.

In addition to the Atlas, the RCGS and its partners have developed a suite of complementary resources for educators, including five giant floor maps that will circulate among schools across Canada, downloadable tiled maps, and plastic-coated maps for frequent use. These will be accompanied by two teaching guides — one for elementary students and one for secondary students. All materials will be available in English and French.

It is the hope of the RCGS and its partners that this project will help build multicultural understanding, encourage dialogue and foster mutual respect between all Canadians. In recognition of Canada’s 150th anniversary, it is important to understand how our shared history with Indigenous peoples has shaped our present day reality, and how it may shape our future. A key to a better Canada lies in forging stronger relationships with Indigenous Peoples.

The Atlas will be available for purchase in late spring 2018; follow Canadian Geographic on Twitter or like us on Facebook to stay up to date.

In the meantime, you may also want to check out these stories and resources related to the Atlas project:

Katherena Vermette brings Métis history to life in new graphic novel series

An image from Katherena Vermette's graphic novel, Pemmican Wars.

An image from Katherena Vermette’s graphic novel, Pemmican Wars. (Portage and Main Press)

Listen 8:42

She started out with poetry, wrote, The Break, a national bestselling book and is now delving into the world of graphic novels. But Katherena Vermette said she didn’t even know she wanted to write it.

“I was at Portage and Main, my publisher, and I was talking with the ladies there and talking about how cool comic books are and how it’s exceptionally cool when women write graphic novels because they are still an underserved audience in graphic novels,” Vermette explained.

“I was also telling them how they have to get on Métis history because there’s lots of Cree writers, there’s lots of Anishinaabe writers but there’s not a lot of Métis history. So I said, ‘You have to get on that, you have to write about Metis history.’ Which suddenly became me writing a graphic novel about Métis history,” she added.

Katherena Vermette

Author Katherena Vermette’s new book, Pemmican Wars, is the first in a series of four graphic novels. (katherenavermette.com)

Then along came the character of Echo Desjardins. She’s a young Métis girl who transports back in time to important moments in Métis history. Vermette described her as a quiet teenager trying to find a sense of community and identity.

In the series titled, A Girl Called Echo, Vermette said the main character is a slipstreamer. She moves from present day to the past. In the first book, Pemmican Wars, she visits Saskatchewan in 1812 where she witnesses a bison hunt, visits a Métis camp and travels along fur trade routes. But Vermette said she didn’t want to explain the details of how Echo moves between worlds.

BOOK COVER: A Girl Called Echo

“It’s just magic. It just happens.”

She did say the visual representation of Echo and her worlds were created by a team. Scott B. Henderson was the graphic artist and Donovan Yaciuk was the colourist.

“I felt like that she kind of thrived in that collaborative space,” Vermette said. “It felt like collaborating with Scott and with Annalee, our editor, it really felt like that’s how she worked best.”

For Vermette, writing about Métis characters and history is and important part of her work.

“Especially when I research into this history, it’s not always told from a Métis perspective. And I think that is wrong and I think that is something many Métis historians are correcting now. And I think it’s exciting to tell these stories and reclaim these stories as our own. They belong to us.”

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Indigenous author blown away by success of first novel

Tamara Pimentel
A Blackfoot/Dene author says his first novel has been more successful than he could have ever imagined.

The book, Secret of the Stars, made Amazon’s Top 10 best sellers in Native American literature.

APTN News caught up with Gitz Crazyboy at his first book signing in Calgary.


Retrieved from: http://aptnnews.ca/2018/01/22/indigenous-author-blown-away-by-success-of-first-novel/

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