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7 Sacred Teachings – Eagle Love
The Seven Sacred Teachings or Seven Grandfather Teachings have been passed down through time immemorial. These teachings are common amongst many indigenous cultures, though the animal representations of them may differ depending on the specific culture. These seven teachings offer instruction and guidance towards living life based on shared positive values.
In many First People’s cultures, the eagle is the chosen representation of the concept and value of love.
This year, the Aboriginal Advisory Committee is recommending a focus on the sacred teaching of Love for the 2017-2018 school year. Artist Trenton Pierre has created the logo (shown above) for Siwal Si’wes Aboriginal Department to support this focus.
Books related to the Sacred Teaching of Love. Elementary books. Middle and High School books by David Bouchard: Seven Sacred Teachings and Dreamcatcher and the Seven Deceivers.
Web link related to Eagles. All About Eagles for Kids (FreeSchool Video)
Outdoor Education resources on MPSD Curriculum Connections.
Siwal Si’wes Library Catlogue. Search resources in our physical library collection.
Books to learn about Sto:lo culture. Check these out on our SWSW Library Catalogue.
Reconciliation Action Invitation
1. Acknowledge the unceded Sto:lo Territory we live and work on. The First People’s communities we can honour in this acknowledgement are Kwantlen First Nation, Leq’a:mel First Nation, Matsqui First Nation and Sq’ewlets First Nation. These are the unceded indigenous territories on which MPSD graciously lives and works.
2. Join our Siwal Si’wes Book Club. We will meet twice per term for 3 terms (Fall, Winter, Spring). Suggestions for the first book are The Back of the Turtle by Thomas King or They Called Me Number One by Bev Sellers. Our first one hour meeting will be 3:30 pm on Thursday, October 12 at Siwal Si’wes District Library. Light snacks will be provided. Please email Ann at email@example.com if you are interested in being part of this book club.
3. Information to review and consider: The TRC has produced a document outlining 94 Calls to Action that came as a result of their work and contributions of many many indigenous survivors sharing their stories. Several of these relate to education.
Call to Action # 63 : We call upon the Council of Ministers of Education,
Canada to maintain an annual commitment to Aboriginal education issues, including:
i. Developing and implementing Kindergarten to Grade Twelve curriculum and learning resources on Aboriginal peoples in Canadian history, and the history and legacy of residential schools.
ii. Sharing information and best practices on teaching curriculum related to residential schools and Aboriginal history.
iii. Building student capacity for intercultural understanding, empathy, and mutual respect.
iv. Identifying teacher-training needs relating to the above.
Orange Shirt Day is on September 30, 2017. Siwal Si’wes Aboriginal Department plans for Orange Shirt Day will happen on Friday, September 29, 2017 at Fraser River Heritage Park. Please connect with your school’s Aboriginal Liaison Worker, your school principal, or one of our Aborignal Mentor Teachers for more information and details. SWSW Digital Library has many Orange Shirt Day Resources for teachers
Pulling Together Conference will be held on October 20, 2017 at Heritage Park.
BCTF Superconference (October 20-21) Indigenous presenters. (Key in the search term “aboriginal education”.)
UBC Mooc open for registration: Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education (October 17 to December 2, 2017)
Information: Siwal Si’wes District Library Hours are weekdays 7:30 am to 2:30 pm. If MPSD staff wish to drop by after these hours, please make arrangements with Ann via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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An excellent and very useful newsletter. Thank you!