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September 29th 8:30-12:00
Okanagan History, Culture and Perspectives for the Classroom Teacher

Starting at PMSS in the Cultural Room, then heading by bus to the pictographs near Vaseaux Lake

Our hosts: Anona Kampe and Carrie Terbasket

Join SD67 Cultural Coordinator, Anona Kampe and special guest, Carrie Terbasket for a refreshing session out on the land.  

We will start our session in the Cultural Room at Princess Margaret Secondary School at 8:30 for a cup of Buckbrush Tea and to take look at the Cultural Room, discuss it's purpose at PMSS.  Anona & Carrie will share a condensed version of one of the Okanagan's creation stories.  Then, we board a bus and head out for a field trip to Vaseaux Lake to visit a pictograph site.  Along the way Anona will share various monuments in the Okanagan territory and why they are significant to the Okanagan people.  She will also share Okanagan language.  Once we arrive at the pictograph site, Anona will offer a blessing and sing a drum song.  Carrie will explain various species at risk and invasive plants.

We will return to Princess Margaret by 12 noon.

Email Julie-Anna Martin  ( to register

October 17th - December 2 UBC-Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education

Engage with Indigenous knowledge keepers, educational leaders, and resources to enhance your understanding and knowledge of practices that advance reconciliation in the places where you live, learn, and work.

This online course is delivered using the edX platform, it is FREE to register and $50 to have the course verified.

 UBC MOOC Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education



October 31st UBC-Bringing Mental Health to the Classroom

A resource for Grade 8-10, and a self-guided, fully online, classroom ready, modular mental health curriculum resource. Cost $20. 

UBC Bringing Mental Health to the Classroom




October 20 Inuit, Métis, and First Nations Cultural Menu Day

Three presentations available on the Cultural Menu will be presented in one day! Spend the day experiencing the same presentations, activities, and interactions that are available for your students.

When: Friday, October 20th 8:30-3:00
Where: Princess Margaret Secondary Library
Lunch is provided
Maximum attendance: 30
Contact Julie-Anna Martin to register your spot.
See the District Website for the full description

November 30-December 2 FNESC 23rd Annual Aboriginal Education Conference

Showcasing innovative curriculum, inspiring people and excellent networking opportunities, the First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) Annual Aboriginal Education Conference draws over 800 educators each year.

The conference theme, Renewing Our Relationship, will explore of the role of education in reconciliation, as part of the ongoing conversations about Canada’s 150th celebrations and planning for the future of First Nations education in British Columbia.  This will include examining how we can work together to transform our relationships in order to advance quality First Nations education.

Registration opens late September, 2017

Regular $425, Elders (60+) $320, Students $320. Breakfasts and lunches on December 1 & 2 are included.  Your automatic email serves as your registration invoice.

Registration payments must be received by our registration provider, CivicInfo, by November 3rd, 2017. Those with unpaid registrations are not eligible to attend.

October 26th First People's Principles of Learning & a Coffee

Come and have a casual conversation about embedding First People's Principles of Learning (FPPL) into our teaching practice.  At this first gathering we will have open dialogue about where we are at with this in our current practice.  On scanning, there seems to be a need to link current Cultural Menu presentations, and Indigenous classroom lessons/activities with Core Competencies and how to do that effectively and respectfully.   This is a conversation that is happening all over the province in different capacities and just one example of where these dialogues can go.

If you would like a better understanding of FPPL, check out Jo Chrona's website, but please don't feel that this has to be studied by any means, it is a document contains an abundance of information.

Reservations have been made, send a quick email to Julie-Anna Martin ( if you would like to join the conversation.

Thursday, October 26th

3:30- 5:00 (ish)

The Nest & Nectar

1475 Fairview Road (In the Cannery building)