Hi! My name is Danielle and I am a Grad. student at UBC in the M.Ed. program focusing on Early Childhood. Throughout this program I was asked to reflect on my own cultural background (my mother is of British descent, my father is Métis, and my step-father is Cree) and how my own schooling has shaped who I am as an educator. This led me on a journey to explore ways to weave Aboriginal culture, history, and pedagogy into our current programs.
Like many of us in Canada, I was moved by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's (TRC, 2015) 94 Call to Actions. This website is my response to the 63rd call of "Sharing information and best practices on teaching curriculum related to residential schools and Aboriginal history” (TRC, 2015, p. 7). The TRC (2015) also calls for developing culturally appropriate early childhood programs, as well as to build children’s capacity for intercultural understanding and empathy (TRC, 2015, p. 7).
Although the focus of this website is on early childhood (PreK/K) I hope to expand to include lessons and resources for up to Grade 3 in the future. It is my hope that this website may become a hub for teachers to easily access information about Saskatchewan Aboriginal culture and history and be a site for teachers to share ideas, lesson plans, questions, and thoughts, as early childhood educators explore this topic and seek new and effective ways to teach children about Aboriginal education, culture, and history in Saskatchewan.