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The first of the series is a public event, An Evening with Justice Murray Sinclair, who will begin the conversation on how initial teacher education may best respond to the TRC’s Calls-to-Action.

The first of the series is a public event, An Evening with Justice Murray Sinclair, who will begin the conversation on how initial teacher education may best respond to the TRC’s Calls-to-Action.

Re-visioning teacher education: Responding to the TRC Calls-to-Action

March 15, 2016 — 

In the faculty of education, a proposed faculty development initiative has been created that seeks to share knowledge of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s (TRC) “Calls-to-Action.”

The initiative, titled “Re-Visioning Teacher Education: Responding to the TRC Calls-to- Action,” will provide a forum for discussion on the implications of its recommendations for teacher education programs and post-secondary teaching in Manitoba.

“It’s important that any responses to the TRC, with regard to curriculum, ensure they have a local perspective. Any appropriate response must be developed through consultation with Indigenous peoples in order to understand and reflect their unique knowledge,” said U of M Director of Indigenous Initiatives Frank Deer, faculty of education.

The discussion begins with a symposium series beginning Tuesday, March 22, 2016.

The first of the series is a public event, An Evening with Justice Murray Sinclair, who will begin the conversation on how initial teacher education may best respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls-to-Action.

An Evening With Justice Murray Sinclair

Date:               Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Time:               6:30 pm Reception; 7:00 pm Program

Location:       Education building, 71 Curry Place, University of Manitoba

The next event is a morning symposium, Understanding the Calls to Action, which will be a more focused panel conversation with: Justice Sinclair; Ry Moran (Director, National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation); and Aimee Craft (Director of Research, National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation). Roundtable discussions and evaluation will follow.

Symposium #1: Understanding the Calls to Action

Date:               Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Time:               8:30 am – noon

Location:       Education building, 71 Curry Place, University of Manitoba

Next month, a second symposium will be held: TRC Calls to Action: Views from Elsewhere and Where Do We Go From Here? It will be a panel conversation with respected Indigenous education researchers and teachers: Dr. Jan Hare (UBC); Dr. Dwayne Donald (Alberta); and Dr. Marie Battiste (Saskatchewan). It will build on previous discussions and set in place some plans of action. It will be a full day session with lunch provided.

Symposium #2: Views from elsewhere and where do we go from here?

Date:               April 25, 2016

Time:              9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Location:       Education building, 71 Curry Place, University of Manitoba

Registration is required for all events. Links for registering are:

http://fluidsurveys.com/s/march22-evening/

http://fluidsurveys.com/s/march23-symposium1/

Registration for the third event in the series (April 25th – full day) will follow the March events.

All are invited to participate in the conversation.

The series is presented in conjunction with the Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning and the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.

For more information, contact Laura Orsak, faculty of education, at: 204-474-9001 or email: Laura [dot] Orsak [at] umanitoba [dot] ca

 

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2 comments on “Re-visioning teacher education: Responding to the TRC Calls-to-Action

  1. Robert Laboucane

    After 32 years of facilitating Aboriginal Awareness Training Workshops with many thousands of satisfied clients, including numerous teachers, principals, superintendents and various school boards in many regions of Canada..I have learned how truly limited the education professionals are when it comes to knowledge, empathy, compassion and comfort regarding Canada’s Indigenous peoples. They really need Aboriginal Awareness Training as a national group.
    Justice Sinclair is correct, if someone is going to develop curriculum, as we did in Alberta for grades 10.11 and 12 with the Edmonton Public School Board then try to teach the information effectively the teaching group will require a teachers guide. They must somehow become comfortable with the material.
    Our team can help..with our special skills in the training and preparing of the individuals..there are others much more qualified than us when it comes to curriculum development. We are so pleased to see the profess and sincere change of direction.

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  2. Mele Kau'i

    I’m wondering that with re-visioning teacher education might we also need to do some serious critique of the taken for granted mainstream schooling structures?

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