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Maker Education in the Classroom: Indigenous Culture and Place-Based Learning

Mar 02 2017
Topic: School-based Strategy
Grade: Grades K-3, Grades 4-6, Grades 7-8


In this session, we will be taking participants through two Indigenous Maker units. This hands on approach to Indigenous education is inclusive and engaging. Many of the lessons completed to date at Nusdeh Yoh have increased student engagement and also have taught the skills necessary for collaboration and higher order thinking and learning.

Participants will learn:

  • How to plan for place-based, localized learning
  • How to deliver programming across the grades using one unit or lesson
  • The oral history around volcanoes in the Nisga’a territory and traditional dwellings of the Dakelh people.
  • Using technology to support learning

Presenters: Leona Prince is a Dakelh (Carrier) woman from the Lake Babine Nation and am a member of the Lakh Tsa Mis Yu (Beaver) Clan. Most importantly, she is a mother of three beautiful children Kobe, Ella and Ava who are her driving force in life. Leona works in public education as the Vice Principal of Nusdeh Yoh in School District No. 57 Prince George. She works as a member of the Professional Learning Team with Educational Resource Acquisition Consortium and speaks provincially about culturally responsive education. She also sits at the Aboriginal Leadership Advisory Council for the British Columbia. Noelle Pepin is a Nisga’a woman of the Laxgibuu clan of the wilp Ksdiiyaawak. Her name is Gwiix Silwilayinsgun Gibuu which translates to Always Learning Wolf. She was given this name because of her focus on education. She has a B.Sc. Natural Resources Management, Fisheries and Wildlife; B.Ed. Elementary, and is currently working on a M.Ed. Multidisciplinary Leadership. Her own learning is focused on exploring ways to express contemporary content and issues through traditional mediums or vice versa. As a maker teacher at Nusdeh Yoh (House of the Future) her goal is to foster creativity and collaboration through a cultural lens.

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