Module 4 Weblog

  1.  Indigenous Education- Twitter Feed

https://twitter.com/indigenoustweet?lang=en

I came across this Twitter feed that shares important Indigenous news from around the world. The feed focuses on “revitalizing indigenous and minority languages through online communities”. When I came across this feed I was reminded of the film from Week 9 that depicted the loss of language amongst indigenous youth. Having educational resources such as this Twitter feed keeps indigenous language at the forefront and encourages these important languages to live on.

  1. STARS- Blog

http://starsusask.blogspot.ca/

This is a blog dedicated to Student-Teacher Anti-Racism Activism. It is an educational resource that shares links to different books, documentaries, links and pictures all having to do with anti-racism. While it shares perspectives from many different communities, it does seem to favour Indigenous perspectives and provides some invaluable resources that can be used in the classroom. It seems to have been discontinued since 2015 but the existing resources are still appropriate to use.

  1. Cree Code Talker- YouTube Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JiUPBKST5M

This is a short film on YouTube that details the life of an older half English/half Cree Canadian man who served in the American army as a code talker for the secret communication system utilizing the Cree language. It was created by the NSI Aboriginal Documentary, a short documentary training program developed to take Aboriginal film makers to the next level. This can be shown in a classroom as a great example of Aboriginal film depicting the important role the Cree language had on the American army.

  1. Treasure Language Storytelling (TLS)- Website

http://www.treasurelanguage.org/

This website is an initiative to showcase the beauty of storytelling. It provides videos of storytellers sharing their stories in their native languages before translating it into English. It aims to preserve languages around the world by showcasing various storytellers. This would be a great resource to share with one’s students and can even be duplicated in your own classroom. Showcasing the diversity of the students in your classroom by allowing them to tell a story in their own language and then translate it into English would be a great way to embrace all languages. This would be especially useful for Indigenous cultures as those languages are seemingly deteriorating quickly.

  1. ACTUA- InSTEM (Indigenous Youth in STEM): Website/Program

http://actua.ca/en/programs/national-aboriginal-outreach-program

This is a website I came across when I was looking at how STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) activities can actively include indigenous perspectives. These are programs run across Canada and educators can sign up to have a visit to their school or to visit the University running the STEM program. While not all of the programs are geared towards indigenous youth, this is a great resource for educators looking to include STEM into their weekly curriculum complete with free activities. Educators can look at the activities and decide how they can, on their own, include indigenous perspectives (if they don’t already have some included).

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