Monthly Archives: April 2016

Register for the Summer Institute on First Peoples Curriculum, Aug 22-25 2016

Registration is now open for the Summer Institute for Teachers on First Peoples Curriculum, August 22-25, at the Coast Plaza Hotel Vancouver offered by FNESC and the FNSA with support from the Vancouver Foundation.

Please forward to teachers in your district who might be interested in attending.

Comprised of 4 day-long sessions, which are selected individually (new this year), the sessions will introduce resources that focus on themes, issues and topics of importance to First Peoples learning and informed by the First Peoples Principles of Learning. Each session will include print resources, activities and opportunities for professional dialogue and networking.

SESSIONS 2016

Monday, August 22
Integrating First Peoples Content and Principles of Learning in Classrooms
This session is designed to help educators effectively integrate First Peoples content and the First Peoples Principles of Learning into classrooms. Participants will examine the updated FNESC/FNSA Authentic First Peoples Resources for Use in Classrooms Resource Guide along with other FNESC/FNSA teacher resources and will leave the workshop with materials and strategies to help them share their learning with others in their schools or districts.

Tuesday, August 23
Residential Schools and Reconciliation Teacher Resource Guide – ELEMENTARY
This session is designed to help support elementary educators to teach about residential schools in well-informed, respectful and appropriate ways. Participants will explore the FNESC/FNSA Residential Schools and Reconciliation Teacher Resource Guide for Grade 5, which introduces students to the historical context of residential schools and the principles of reconciliation. These materials engage students with age-appropriate literature, archival documents, and video resources.

Wednesday, August 24
Residential Schools and Reconciliation Teacher Resource Guide – SECONDARY
This session is designed to help support secondary school educators teach about residential schools in a well-informed, respectful and appropriate way. Participants will be explore the FNESC/FNSA Residential Schools and Reconciliation Teacher Resource Guides for grades 10 and 11/12, which introduce students to the historical context of residential schools and the principles of reconciliation by engaging them with a variety of archival documents, video resources, and activities.

Thursday, August 25
Science First Peoples Grades 5-9 First Peoples (Draft)
This session is designed to introduce educators to a draft copy of the new FNESC/FNSA Science First Peoples Teacher Resource Guides for grades 5-9, a resource designed to help educators incorporate First Peoples perspectives and content into science classes in authentic and respectful ways. Participants will have the opportunity to provide feedback to guide further development of the resource.

To register and for complete details, please visit FNESC website at http://www.fnesc.ca/summerinstitute/

Please register early to avoid disappointment, as the sessions may fill quickly.

A flyer is also attached for easy sharing.

Sincerely,

Jennifer White
Senior Communications Officer

First Nations Education Steering Committee &
First Nations Schools Association
#113 – 100 Park Royal South, West Vancouver, BC V7T 1A2
T: 604-925-6087 F: 604-925-6097 1-877-422-3672
www.fnesc.ca www.fnsa.ca

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Join the campaign against Child Labour in Cobalt Mines

Join the Campaign against Child Labour in Cobalt Mines

BC teachers and students may be alarmed to learn that many of the companies whose electronic products teachers, students, and their families rely upon are using batteries made with cobalt mined by child labourers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Up to 40,000 children worked in mines in the DRC in 2014. An investigation by Amnesty International revealed that children as young as seven years old earn one to two dollars a day, working 12-hour shifts, without basic equipment to protect them from lung or skin disease.

BC teachers are encouraged to sign onto the Amnesty International campaign, which is calling upon companies such as Apple, Microsoft, Samsung, Sony, Daimler, and Volkswagen to investigate and publicize the source of the lithium-ion batteries they use in their products. The campaign also demands that these companies cancel contracts with suppliers using cobalt mined under hazardous conditions or using child labour and provide compensation for families who have suffered human rights abuses in cobalt mines.

The Amnesty International webpage Exposed: Child labour behind smart phone and electric car batteries provides more information to support teachers in participating in this campaign.

For more information, see the article written by a member of the Peace and Global Education action group of the BCTF Committee for Action on Social Justice, on page 7 of the Winter/Spring edition of the Social Justice Newsletter.

Teachers are also invited to read the attached letter, written by Jim Iker, endorsing this campaign.

Sincerely,

Barb Ryeburn
Assistant Director of Social Justice
BC Teachers’ Federation
100-550 West 6th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5S 4P2
604-871-1821
Toll free: 1-800-663-9163
bryeburn@bctf.ca

 

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Seeds of Social Justice – April 2016

Seeds of SJ - April 2016

 

 

 

 

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