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First Nations Knowledge Services Without Borders

Date: April 09, 2018

Region(s): West Central, East Central

Location: Maskwacis Cultural College

3rd biannual First Nations Knowledge Services Without Borders Theme: Designing Programs and Services with our Indigenous Communities Time: Monday, April 9, 2018 from 9 am to 5 pm Target Audience: Librarians, Archivists, Adult Literacy coordinators, local Maskwacis community members, Researchers, Academics, Indigenous Community Engagement Coordinators, Programmers of all sorts, Elders, and Knowledge Keepers Introduction: Libraries, Archives and all sorts of community organizations are actively developing programs and services for their indigenous clientele. What we can all learn from these successful examples? How can we explore new opportunities to engage our diverse indigenous audiences off reserve and on reserve? How can we reach and serve the ceremonial, knowledge keepers, navigators and regulators/park rangers? Join in a conversation about cultural protocol, how to respect and incorporate indigenous ways in your work. Objectives: To launch a life-long observation of the intersections between indigenous culture(s), cultural protocol, indigenous worldview, and the ethical standards of librarianship. To see the potential use of an indigenous model of exploring the status of indigenous library and archives services, mirroring Dr. Gregory Cajete’s seven orienting processes of indigenous fulfillment: being, asking, seeking, making, having, sharing, and celebrating. To recognize the spectrum of public services offered by tribal information settings. To begin to understand how to develop further public services in tribal information settings. 3 things that participants will take away from the session: Learn about programs and services with indigenous peoples in numerous settings. Find out about support for indigenous ways among professional organizations. Consider how to apply indigenous ways and practices to our libraries, archives and community programs. AGENDA AT A GLANCE, APRIL 9, 9 AM TO 5 PM 9 am to noon: Elders Panel: Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Designing Programs and Services with our Indigenous Communities. Presenters: Laurence Standing on the Road, Sophie Bruno, Linda Mykat, Bert Bull Noon to 1 pm: Lunch 1 to 2 pm: Digital literacy project in Gwich'in Settlement Area by Michael B. McNally, University of Alberta 2 to 2:45 pm: Write to Read Project delivers books, libraries, computers, tablets & high speed Internet connections to remote First Nation communities in BC by Bob Blacker 3 to 4 pm: Panel Presentation about Programs and Services for Indigenous Communities. Indigenous Initiatives at MacEwan Library: Connecting, Collecting, and Growing Together, Frontier College’s Summer Reading Camps by Lindsey Whitson, Roxy Garstad and Matthew “Gus” Gusul 4 to 5 pm: Online Exhibitions – Things to consider before you jump into the deep end by Gordon Jung from Library and Archives Canada (LAC) Location: Maskwacis Cultural College Library. Registration fee $95 per person includes refreshments, lunch, Library in a Box takeout, a tour of the community or libraries or Samson Museum & Archives, hands on cultural items making sessions, community engagement and programs for indigenous communities document. We sincerely appreciate donations and can provide receipts. Registration link https://goo.gl/forms/w2cLB0uJYGB6IGD83 Payment details: Cheques to be made in the name of Maskwacis Cultural College, Box 960. Maskwacis, Alberta T0C 1N0. Cash donations are appreciated. Call us at toll free: 1-866-585-3925 or by email mkhetarpal@mccedu.ca SESSION SUMMARIES AND PRESENTERS 9 am to noon: Elders Panel: Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Designing Programs and Services with our Indigenous Communities In the spirit of trust, responsibility, reciprocity, collaboration and nurturing...how do you see Indigenous Knowledge in natural and built environments transmitted via programs and services? Can we proceed with seven generation thinking through transcultural co-learning? Elders’ presenters: Laurence standing on the Road, Sophie Bruno, Linda Mykat, Bert Bull 1 to 2 pm: Digital literacy project in Gwich'in Settlement Area This presentation examines a digital literacy project currently underway in Gwich'in Settlement Area that aims to develop local capacity around issues of digital content and connectivity. The project, funded by the Canadian Internet Registration Authority, culminates a series of two day workshops (to be held in June 2018) that focus on enabling participants to create, share and store their own local content, and also consider how broadband infrastructure could be developed locally to improve connectivity. Furthermore, the project itself will result in a number of openly licensed materials, including student and facilitator workbooks for the workshops, and open educational resource on digital literacy resources and localized version of the community broadband toolkit Understanding Community Broadband. These open resources are developed with the aim to allow others to reproduce the workshops and adapt materials to their local contexts. The project aims to contribute to the strengthening of communities by empowering them to make their own decisions around content, connectivity and infrastructure with the aim of further Indigenous digital sovereignty. Michael B. McNally is an Assistant Professor at the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta. His research interests include intellectual property and its alternatives, open educational resources, rural broadband policy and government information policy. He is a Research Fellow of the Van Horne Institute. He has participated in policy consultations held through the House of Commons, Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission and Innovation, Science and Economic Development. He has a PhD and MLIS from the University of Western Ontario. 2 to 2:45 pm: Write to Read Project delivers books, libraries, computers, tablets & high speed Internet connections to remote First Nation communities in BC The Write to Read Project BC is and equal partnership between participating indigenous communities, Rotarians, Government House and the volunteers of the Write to Read Team. It brings together people who have an interest in increasing literacy equity through access to literacy materials for rural and remote indigenous communities. It is about building relationships between urban professionals and rural Indigenous communities through shared power; it is about working with by building a foundation of honesty based on the principals of equity that builds trust in the pursuit of social justice. To date, 14 libraries learning centers have been established. Bob Blacker is a retired New Westminster Police Inspector. He joined Rotary in 1996 and has served as Club President. In 2008 – 2009, Bob became District Governor for Rotary District 5040, made up 54 Clubs across British Columbia. In 1998, Bob became an Honorary Aide de Camp (HADC) to the Lt. Governor of British Columbia. In 2007 His Honour, Steven Point, and Bob started to work together to get books into isolated First Nations Communities in British Columbia. In 2012, after his term as Lt. Governor, HH Steven Point returned to the Bench as a Provincial Court Judge. As a result, Bob carried on as the Project Leader. Both men never dreamt that WRITE TO READ would be as successful as it is today. 3 to 4 pm: Panel Presentation about Programs and Services for Indigenous Communities Indigenous Initiatives at MacEwan Library: Connecting, Collecting, and Growing Together, Frontier College’s Summer Reading Camps Deepening ties with kihêw waciston Indigenous Centre and other vested campus partners have given rise to an array of programs, events, and other opportunities within and outside of MacEwan. Likewise, a highly prioritized initiative for Collections is the assessment and augmentation of Indigenous holdings, including the acquisition of independent films, monographs, graphic novels, music, and the development of a new zine collection. Lindsey Whitson is a Health & Community Studies Librarian and the liaison to kihêw waciston Indigenous Centre at MacEwan University. Roxy Garstad is the Collections Librarian at MacEwan University. Summer Camps Indigenous Summer Literacy Camps and The Lieutenant Governor of Ontario’s Indigenous Summer Reading Camps The Indigenous Summer Literacy Camps program began in 2005 – a vision of the former Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, the Hon. James Bartleman, who is a member of the Mnjikaning First Nation. The camps are held in partnership with the leadership in each community, and are also supported by many Lieutenant Governors across the country. The camps support FNMI student success in school by complementing the formal education system and responding to a need for quality learning supports in rural, remote, and isolated communities, especially during the summer months. The camps help prevent summer learning loss—the decline in student performance between school years—and promote a love of reading and learning so that students return to school better prepared to learn and succeed. Come and listen to the success and challenges associated with organizing summer camps in indigenous communities. Matthew “Gus” Gusul, PhD is an artist, educator, activist, storyteller, development worker, and community organizer whose has led community-based projects with a diversity of organizations throughout Western Canada, Latin America, India, and China. Gus’ most recent work focused upon delivering culturally appropriate and playful literacy projects in Indigenous communities throughout Alberta with Frontier College. He has worked with seniors, inmates in prisons, Canada’s Indigenous populations, young people, GLBTQ communities, and religious groups helping them tell their stories and to have a positive impact on their community. 4 to 5 pm: Online Exhibitions – Things to consider before you jump into the deep end. Online exhibitions, presentations, multi-media use can revolve around almost any kind of topic. A collection of materials may examine or create discussion opportunities, but to get to that point you have to get into the nitty-gritty of design planning. Is it fun? It can be! Is it necessary? Yes! Is it more than you expected? You’d be surprised at the things you should consider. Gordon Jung has a Master of Education from the University of British Columbia, and a Master of Library and Information Science form McGill University. In 2004, he joined the newly merged Library and Archives Canada (LAC), where he curated virtual exhibitions, managed database design and digitisation projects, and led web-based projects. From 2010 to the present, he has managed LAC’s Flickr platform providing another access point to its collection for a variety of interested people. He is involved with UX design, User testing, and audience “persona” research for LAC, and is working to expand its potential platform use to iTunes University, and theGoogle Cultural Institute.

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Mental Health First Aid Workshop

Date: April 10, 2018

Region(s): East Central

Location: Lloydminster Learning Council

Fee $150.00 ($30.00 manual provided, bring brown bag lunch) MHFA covers: Substance related disorders, mood disorders, anxiety and psychotic disorders. Crisis situations covered: Overdoes, suicidal behavior, panic attacks, reactions to traumatic events and psychotic episodes. Target audience: General public, teachers, health service providers, emergency workers, frontline workers who deal with the public, volunteers, human resource professionals, employers and community groups. Participants must attend all 12 hours to receive a certificate. For more information and to register, please contact: Lloydminster Learning Council Association4419 – 52 Ave. LloydminsterPh 780-875-5763

Red Deer College Non-profit Management Certificate

Date: April 13, 2018

Region(s): Central

Location: Ponoka

Campus Alberta Central is happy to share information about Red Deer College’s upcoming Non-Profit Management Certificate which will be taking place in Ponoka this spring! This certificate includes 8 days of instruction between April 13 and June 20. Complete the first 4 days and receive the Management Skills for Supervisors Certificate. Complete two additional courses, Law for Non-Profits and Non-Profit Board Governance for the Non-Profit Management Certificate. You can choose to take the full program or only the Non-profit courses. For more information see the attached brochure and visit the RDC website: RDC Management Skills for Supervisors AND RDC Non-profit-Management-program This program is eligible for the Canada-Alberta Job Grant. CLICK HERE to download the brochure.

Cultivating Inclusion and Belonging

Date: April 17, 2018

Location: Online at Bow Valley College

Transitioning to a new environment is not easy and can be threatening to one’s identity and sense of self. This 60 minute webinar explores topics such as cultural safety and transition stress to better equip you to cultivate inclusion and belonging in the ELL classroom. In the webinar, you will identify the impacts of transition stress on adapting and identity. You will also identify strategies for achieving cultural safety in the ELL classroom This webinar is part of a professional development series designed to strengthen the teaching skills of ELL instructors and volunteer tutors who work with refugee learners. Register online at: https://centre.bowvalleycollege.ca/workshops/cultivating-inclusion-and-belonging The project is funded by Calgary Learns through support provided by Alberta Advanced Education.

Communicating effectively with individuals with FASD gathering

Date: April 23, 2018

Region(s): West Central, East Central

Location: Maskwacis Cultural College

The objectives of this workshop will consist of how the baby develops and how too much alcohol exposure affects the development of the fetus and in the child’s growing years to adulthood. In addition, strategies will be covered, especially in how to talk and effectively communicate with individuals having FASD. 9:30-10 am: Registration and introductions 10- 12 pm: Programs, Services, Supports for FASD families within Maskwacis, Annette Cutknife She is the FASD Coordinator for Samson Cree (since 2004) and has been employed with Samson Cree since August, 1993. She has been advocating and speaking out regarding FASD since May of 1998. She wanted to make a difference by sharing her experience regarding this very sensitive issue. As well, she has been in recovery for over 21 years. Annette is the daughter of Late Hazel Cutknife-Chartrand. She is also a Kindship Care provider for her nephew’s 4 year old son. She has lived in Wetaskiwin since 1994. Annette obtained the following: Stenography, Legal Secretary and Para-Legal Diploma’s from Red Deer College. Annette Cutknife is a single parent (birth mom) of Daniel Cutknife who has been diagnosed under the FASD spectrum (Partial FAS alcohol exposed). Both Annette and her son Daniel (27 years old) give a very powerful mother and son presentation on how FASD has impacted their lives. Noon-1 pm: Lunch 1-3 pm: FASD diagnosis, symptoms and latest statistics, Dr. Heather Driese Dr. Heather Dreise is the practicing pediatrician at the Maskwacis Health Center and currently appointed as Clinical Lecturer in the Division of General and Community Pediatrics in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta 3-4 pm: Communicating effectively with FASD clients, Steve Skakum Learn practical communication skills to understand the needs of FASD clients and to serve them. 4-5 pm: Working effectively with individuals with FASD, Jen Willes and Misty Duckett Jen Willes is a Lactation Consultant and Registered Nurse of 17 years, a career focusing on obstetrics, the care of expectant families, newborns and the breastfeeding dyad. Her work with Prairie Central FASD Association, in providing education and prevention messaging in the area of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, has been a natural fit with her passion for teaching, providing supports and building capacities and connections within communities. Misty Duckett is the FASD Service Coordinator for Catholic Social Services. She has been a social worker in the field for 18 years primarily working with those with disabilities. She has worked extensively with FASD Individual`s for the last 5 years. Working for Catholic Social Services in an outreach capacity she is guided by faith to care for and bring hope to people in need with humility, compassion, and respect. Misty has a passion to make a difference by providing supports to those who live with FASD and making connections with communities to support individuals with FASD. Fees: $150 Certificate of Participation will be provided Registration link: https://goo.gl/forms/HI4aAdVhrhNA0nkp1 Location: Maskwacis Cultural College This learning event is brought to you in partnership with Samson Cree Nation, Maskwacis Health Center, Maskwacis Emergency Medical Services, Prairie Central FASD Association, Catholic Social Services, and the Maskwacis Cultural College. For more information contact: Manisha Khetarpalmkhetarpal@mccedu.caTel: 780 585 3925