This guide was created to help Aboriginal teens make smart decisions when sharing information online, Facebook, MediaSmarts and APTN partnered to translate the Think Before You Share guide into three common Aboriginal languages: Ojibwe, Cree and Inuktitut.
The guides offer teens advice on safe, wise and ethical online behaviour. Things like shaming people and making individuals look bad online is discussed in the document. They also give young people tips for dealing with “hot” emotional states like anger or excitement that can lead to making bad choices about sharing things online, and remind them to turn to friends, family and other trusted people in their lives for support if things go wrong. This document can easily be used in class to discuss social media use with students and their families.
This is an interactive website which includes five First Nations across Canada: Blackfoot, Cree, Ojibwe, Mohawk and Mi’kmaq. You are able to listen to elders or traditional teachers as they share stories from their perspective about their cultural traditions and values. I really liked that downloadable transcripts are available for teachers and students as well as a teacher’s resource guide full of activities, photographs and audio narrations. A valuable, user-friendly resource for teachers and students!
One of the topics this term that I’ve gravitated towards is that of using technology as a means to promote and protect Indigenous knowledge. Four Directions Teachings is a beautiful website, made possible by the Canadian Culture Online Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage, was created to engage users to learn about traditional knowledge, by listening to recorded audios. The site emphasizes the importance of oral traditions and offers visitors the opportunity to listen to narrations as elders/traditional teachers share their perspectives, philosophies and cultural values of five distinct First Nations in Canada: Blackfoot, Cree, Ojibwe, Mohawk, and Mi’kmaq.
In a previous post my classmate Erin provided a link to a TVO special about residential schools, but described it as being somewhat dated. Since the Truth and Reconciliation Commission has been in the news recently, as it is ‘officially’ coming to and end soon, I wanted to look more into it – I hate to say it, but I’m pretty ignorant on the topic.
In my searching I also found this article from the Ottawa Citizen, quoting the head of the TRC Murray Sinclair (an Anishinaabe judge and lawyer), as saying that Canadians need to know that the history of the residential schools and its traumas “include them”. Powerful stuff!