Tuesday, October 11, 7:00-8:30pm est
During our second webinar in the Listening to Land as Teacher Series, Dr. Hopi Martin Gichitaawa Oshkaabewis (Ojibwe Sacred Helper, Messenger, Fire Keeper, Lodge, Caretaker) will be hosting a Sharing Circle with staff from the Learning Enrichment Foundation from the Wiigiwaam (Ojibwe Bush Home/Grandmother’s Lodge) they built together at the newly created Silverthorn Early Learning Earth Centre. This ‘many-eyed seeing’ approach will share stories from multiple perspectives about ‘walking together’ through the ‘Seasonal Pedagogy’ to create the first urban ‘Bush School’ in Tkaronto (Toronto).
During this session, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions of the various staff members of LEF in a panel style discussion about the challenges of ‘walking together’ and meeting at the ‘edge of the bush’. Attendees can ask questions directly to people in a role that best fits their needs and context – as a practicing Educator, Supervisor, or Management. In keeping with Indigenous protocols connected to this work, each of these webinars will include an Opening/Closing Ceremony, a Sharing Circle, opportunities for questions and answers, as well as opportunities for further reflection and learning.
To prepare for this webinar, you are invited to review the Seasonal Pedagogy and to reflect on the following question:
- What movements brought the child/ren or you into deeper engagement with that wonder?
You can share your ideas and/or questions about the Seasonal Pedagogy in this Padlet.
We highly encourage you to attend the second webinar of this four part webinar series. This is an extraordinary opportunity to generate ideas, questions and possibilities together about how we can walk together on Mother Earth through the four seasons in early childhood education. We're sure that your ideas will make the facilitated small group conversations, a rich and meaningful experience.
Dr. Hopi Lovell Martin holds a PhD in Developmental Psychology and Education from the University of Toronto. Link to bio.
Katrina Estey is the Director of Operational Leadership at The Learning Enrichment Foundation. Throughout her career path, the focus has been on coaching team members to support learning, with a particular focus on the program planning process.
Nicola Maguireis the Director of Research and Pedagogical Leadership at The Learning Enrichment Foundation. Her areas of interest include children’s outdoor play, Indigenous Perspectives in relation to early childhood education, digital technology uses for co-learning and documentation, and arts-based curriculums.
All are invited to join Bevann Fox, a residential school survivor and author, as she talks about the impact of residential schools and introduces her book, Genocidal Love.
She will address the healing process as it continues today; along with her insights on Truth and Reconciliation. Classrooms, groups, and anyone 13+ will learn the Truth and grow through Reconciliation.
To watch live from Youtube, please click this link: https://youtu.be/bR9esLxC8GA
For more information on National Truth and Reconciliation Day, please visit the Ottawa Public Library's blog: https://biblioottawalibrary.ca/en/blogs/teaching-toolkit-orange-shirt-da...
The University of Toronto will commemorate this day of recognition with remarks from Kelly Hannah-Moffat, Vice-President, People Strategy, Equity & Culture, and Alexandra Gillespie, Vice-President & Principal, University of Toronto Mississauga, in The Great Hall at Hart House. Brenda Wastasecoot, Assistant Professor, Centre for Indigenous Studies, will provide the keynote address: “The Nikis Story is the Story of Canada: Reflecting on the Impacts of the Indian Residential Schools".
TORONTO COUNCIL FIRE
SPIRIT GARDEN 3D Fly Through: Daily 10:00 - 11:00 am
Opening in Nathan Phillips Square in 2024, the Spirit Garden will be a place for Teaching, Learning, Sharing and Healing
The Spirit Garden will be a dynamic and accessible Indigenous cultural space representative of Tkaronto and its history. The site will be open to the multi-cultural communities of the City, along with its diverse national and international visitors and newcomers. Programming at the Spirit Garden will celebrate our unique identities while promoting an understanding between all.
The new version of the Fly Through, being presented here at the Indigenous Legacy Gathering, was funded in part by the Canada Council for the Arts.
ANGUT TIMA and JOHN KEESHIG: Thursday 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Angut Tima Residential School Survivor born in Churchill, Manitoba and raised in Coral Harbour, Nunavut. John Keeshig Anishnaabe of Neyaashiinigmiing. Angut and John are two of the artists/knowledge keepers participating in the Spirit Garden. Respectively, they are working on the Inukshuk and the Teaching Lodge.
RED BEAR SINGERS: Daily 2:30 - 3:00 pm
The Red Bear Singers started singing together in circle at Toronto Council Fire in 2018. This was done as a way to continue the personal healing journeys of each individual member in a group setting. The group wrote their first song in 2018, titled, “Away Back”. This song honours the children taken from their families and placed into foster care, orphanages, day schools, and Residential Schools. Since then, the group has worked on learning several community songs including the three songs which can be heard on the Soundways App. The App is a part of the Toronto Transit Commission and the City of Toronto’s Year of Public Art, A More Beautiful Journey landmark XR (extended reality) audio installation. (amorebeatifuljourney.ca)
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