A Consultation on Anglican Theological Education in the First Nations (DGM Module 4-2)


This page contains the report to the Anglican Church of Canada summarizing the activities and conclusions of a Consultation that was hosted at Thorneloe University in Sudbury, Ontario in May of 2009. The purpose of this consultation was “to take counsel together on the subject of theological education for First Nations church leaders so that we might begin to fulfil the vision of the Anglican Church’s New Agape (2001) for Indigenous self-determination” (2009). The consultation touched on “curriculum, training standards, modes of delivery and how we can share and develop resources.”

Among the main conclusions were:

  • Promote greater inclusion of aboriginal people on educational boards and committees;
  • Encourage greater self-determination;
  • Work together to produce curriculum and modes of delivery that:
o Respond in practical ways to pastoral realities;
o Rely less on outsourcing;
o Involve elders, women;
o Create a new indigenous theological language that is faithful to the Christian tradition while being sensitive to indigenous culture and spirituality; and
o Embodies both global and local visions.

While this is a news-bulletin type page and doesn’t have any related links, the slide show from my presentation to the consultation group follows:

November 27, 2009   No Comments

A Single Story – TED.com – mod4 post 3

Watch this video
Chimamanda Adichie: The danger of a single story
Chimamanda Adichie speaks of her personal search for her culture. She points to how media defines a culture with a single story… a single story that narrowly defines cultures. For Chimamanda, a single story does not define a culture. She warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.
Aboriginals also need to tell their stories. They need to find global voices so they don’t become one story… the story the media creates.

If you haven’t experienced TED.com then you really must visit. It several videos with diverse topics presented by our leaders/innovators.

Learn more about TED.com

November 23, 2009   No Comments


The Native Nations Institute for Leadership, Management, and Policy (NNI), housed at The University of Arizona’s Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy, serves as a self-determination, governance, and development resource for Indigenous nations in the United States, Canada, and elsewhere.”   This is the short description on their homepage of who they are.  Most of the content on the website is organized into the following three pages.

  • “What We Do” includes their programs such as policy analysis and research, executive education and curriculum development.
  • “Resources” included publications, curricular resources, their own TV/Radio program, research reports, etc.  These resources would be very useful for research of Indigenous issues.
  • “Who We Are” includes an overview of the organization, staff, international advisory council, collaborators, their logo, etc.

Finally, on their links page, they categorize many helpful links into three sections: academic departments and research centers, nonprofit organizations and other resources.

November 23, 2009   No Comments

Indigenous Perspectives on Globalization: Self-Determination Through Autonomous Media Creation (M2, #3)


This is a thought-provoking article examining, among other issues, how Indigenous cultures have been resisting the forces of globalization while also asserting their autonomy and right to self-determination for over five centuries.

The article goes on to discuss how it’s important for Indigenous peoples to be in control of media representations of themselves so that dominant stereotypes about their communities are no longer perpetuated. Needless, to say this is a challenge for any culture outside the mainstream, Indigenous or otherwise.

Despite many challenges, the range and creativity of Indigenous media production in Canada and around the world is now quite substantial. With large, successful Indigenous-led film festivals, such as The ImagineNATIVE Aboriginal Film and Media Arts Festival in Toronto firmly established, it’s anticipated that this positive momentum will continue.

October 19, 2009   No Comments

Module 3 Entry #1


This website is the work of a group of people who believe deeply that indigenous peoples have the right to be indigenous people – on their own lands, on their own terms. Members include preeminent indigenous leaders, anthropologists, philanthropists, entrepeneurs and the team is currently led by a human rights lawyer.

The homepage includes powerful images and statistics. There are links to important news items and a sign up for the email newsletter. Other links include publications, programs and what you can do.

This site would be very helpful for any one looking for information around language and cultural  preservation.

October 16, 2009   No Comments

Tonto and Tonto Speak (DGM Module 2-2)


This master’s thesis, submitted to Montana State University by Heather Miller in 2006, outlines the development of a Native American film theory. Inspired by Native American literary theory and relying on Creation Stories, Miller’s film theory attempts to address the issue of Native American identity in film.

For Miller, the four main components of her film theory are:

  1. Community and Cultural Applications;
  2. American Indian Thought;
  3. Indian Semiotics; and
  4. History and Politics

Although not technically a web-site, this thesis does contribute significantly to our understanding both of Native American film and of the ways in which Native American film is produced differently from non-Native American film.


October 14, 2009   No Comments

Module 1 Entry #3

Native Studies 20

This webpage was create by a fellow Native Studies teacher in Saskatchewan. She developed this site around the Sask curriculum (which has since been revised) and shared with her colleagues. I used this site a tremendous amount as we did not have access to a text. Although I am not teaching Native Studies this year I have passed on this site to many teachers who teach social studies. It is a fantastic resource for teaching Treaties and Global Indigenous Issues. I found it an excellent way to show students the similarities and differences in treaty experiences around the globe.

Unit One: Introduction

Unit Two: Self Determination and Self Government

Unit Three: Determinism

Unit Four: Social Justice

September 21, 2009   No Comments

Module 1: weblog #3 (Chantal Drolet)

Indigenous node of the World Wide Web Virtual Library

Resources available:

This site is maintained in conjunction with the Australian National University’s Aboriginal Studies WWW Virtual Library, containing links to Australian Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander resources, and the Circumpolar WWW Virtual Library, containing links to Circumpolar Indigenous resources.

Links to other sites

Usefulness for research on Indigenous knowledge, media, and community reality

This site offers a wide choice of online libraries as well as many websites for a great number of aboriginal peoples around the world.

The media centre contains books, maps and various media productions about education; conferences; entertainment and current affairs.

Address: http://cwis.org/wwwvl/indig-vl.html

September 19, 2009   No Comments