Indigenous Ways of Knowing: Connections to the land and language literacy

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Online, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) ON
Event date: 
6 Jun 2022 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Indigenous Ways of Knowing-Connections to the Land and Language Literacy

This workshop will allow educators to learn about Indigenous ways of knowing and how pedagogy can be linked to the land.

Guest Speaker: Andrea Williams

All attendees are to come with a story from their family or culture. In this workshop Andrea will explain the relationship between the Land and language literacy. And the ways in which this may be experienced by Indigenous communities and children. She will discuss how oral storytelling and land- based learning offer significant benefits to Indigenous families and children by providing culturally relevant education, community building, opportunities for intergenerational knowledge transfer, and creating safe spaces for healing and learning.

About the Presenter:

Natalie Royer is a learning strategist at Saroy Group and will facilitate the following workshops. Natalie has more than 15 years’ experience working with children and families in various settings across Toronto. Natalie’s experience ranges from working in Volunteer resources at Bloorview Kids Rehab from working in the Genetic Counseling department at the Hospital for Sick Children to facilitating adult workshops for parents to teaching in ECE departments across Toronto.

She has supervised academic programs at the TDSB serving marginalized women. Most recently, Natalie took part in a two-year study funded by Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) at Ryerson University looking at equity in early childhood education. The study was recently featured in Today’s Parent and the findings have been presented at both education and health conferences across Ontario.

This session will be facilitated online via Zoom and you will receive a link the day before the session takes place.

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York Region Children’s Services

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