by Gordon Pictou - Program Director, Glooscap Heritage Centre

Educators from the Chignecto Central Regional School Board listen to Patsy Paul-Martin as she speaks about the Mi’kmaq perspective on nature. Photo by Gordon Pictou

The Glooscap Heritage Centre (GHC) and Patsy Paul-Martin, Coordinator of First Nations Cultural Services with the CCRSB, have combined forces again to host this year’s Mi’kmaq Heritage Month Educator’s Conference. “I am very excited to be working on the conference with Patsy again this year. We put together a great line-up of speakers and activities for teachers to participate in,” said GHC program director and former teacher Gordon Pictou. “This conference offers teachers a valuable opportunity to share their lesson plans and resources as well as learn strategies for dealing with some of the more challenging issues they will encounter.”

“These workshop sessions are geared especially for new Educators who wish to explore Mi’kmaq Heritage to the fullest. They will have the opportunity to learn about the Mi’kmaq Grand Council from the Grand Keptin, Andrew Denny of the Mi’kmaq Nation, tour the beautiful John B Trail and view the inside of the famous Wikwom shaped Sacred Heart Church at Millbrook First Nation and Keptin, Colin Bernard shared his vast knowledge of Spirituality. Each participant is guaranteed to learn with all five of their five sensory perceptions. They will be encouraged to taste traditional Mi’kmaq foods, smell the sweet grass through smudging ceremonies, touch handmade crafts, hear the Sacred drumming and see beautiful Shawl Dancers. I am very ecstatic to partner with the Kluskap Heritage Centre to provide this wonderful opportunity for our Educators at the Chignecto Central Regional School Board,” Patsy Paul-Martin.

This conference is great for any teacher who would like to learn and share ways of extending everyday curriculum to include a consistent First Nations perspective and create a learning environment where First Nation students will feel a sense of ownership in what they are learning. Of course people naturally assume that the conference is largely for social studies teachers but to that Mr. Pictou says “honestly this conference is for teachers of any subject and grade level. Where there is a will to include more First Nation perspective there is a way!”

Booking forms are available from the website glooscapheritagecentre.com and can be mailed, filed electronically, or dropped off in person.

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