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Extraordinary Lives Start With a Great Catholic Education





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Understanding Awaadiziwin (knowledge) and its role in achieving Bimaadiziwin (life)

Livestream with Joe Pitawanakwat Secondary Students Part 1   

We will spend time learning and story-telling about issues/diseases. We learn how the disease works and why it persists. We will identify cultural components as unique humans gifts necessary for life: Plant medicines, fasting, temperature extremes (cold & heat), long form endurance exercise, culturally appropriate nutrition and sleep all make us as a species special and all need to be understood to create any health plan. We will focus on plant medicine and its mechanism, how it works. With us all at a solid understanding of this knowledge (awaadiziwin) and how it is required to achieve life itself (bimaadiziwin) the conversation then, necessarily focuses on the unique human ability to engage in reciprocal relationships with medicines themselves, and our roles and responsibilities to Aki, the land.

Stories of Nenaboozhoo with Isaac and Shannon (elementary playlist)

In this series of videos Isaac Murdoch and Shannon Paul share stories and information about the Anishinabek peoples.

Geared towards an elementary audience.


​Exploring Indigenous Knowledge Systems through Story in the Elementary Classroom - Dec 1, 2020

During this session Isaac Murdoch will discuss the important role that Indigenous knowledge has to play in all subjects and how to incorporate these stories into curriculum. We will highlight Isaac's recent book: The Trail of Nenaboozhoo. Additional digital resources will also be shared.

Purchase a copy of the book The Trail of Nenaboozhoo

Resource to support the book The Trail of Nenaboozhoo

Digital resource based on stories from the book   

Treaty Remembrance – Nov 9 2020

Did you know that November 8th is marked as Indigenous Veterans Day For the past 101 years, Canadians have set aside the 11th Day of November to remember the sacrifices of soldiers who fought for Canada and the British Commonwealth in global conflicts that took place in foreign lands. Most Canadians are not aware of the contributions made by Indigenous Warriors in those military campaigns, nor of the crucial role they played during the War of 1812 -- the only war ever fought on Canadian soil. In defending the lands occupied by themselves and settler newcomers, Indigenous Warriors were honouring Treaty promises they made to be British allies "as long as the sun rises in the east".


Treaty: another word for 'promise' – Nov 9, 2020

The country we call 'Canada' exists because of promises made by visitors from faraway places to the people who already lived here. Indigenous peoples agreed to share the land on which they had lived for thousands of years with newcomers who promised to be good and peaceful neighbours. We all make promises to one another, and what people think of us can depend, in part, on how good we are at keeping them.


#1492LandBackLane with Tehahenteh Miller – Nov 6, 2020

For decades Indigenous Peoples have been fighting to assert their jurisdiction and rights as outlined in Treaty agreements and as self-determining sovereign nations that continue to exist here. Many recent events include the Wet'suwet'en out west, the Mi'kmaq out east and right here with the Kanyen'keha:ka. Today, Six Nations Land Defenders have mobilized to stop the Mackenzie Meadows housing development project bordering the town of Caledonia. During this session we will explore why this is happening, why treaty education is critically important to understanding the underlying issues and how we can work together to make positive change for everyone.


Understanding Treaties: Our Roles and Responsibilities – Nov 4 2020

Tehahenteh from Six Nations of the Grand River will share with students about significant treaty agreements that have existed here before Europeans came and how this changed over time. Tehahenteh will also discuss the importance of our relationship to the land and how the treaties outline our roles and responsibilities.


Treaties: the Breaking of a Covenant with Maurice Switzer - October 27, 2020


Some 70 Treaties between First Nations and governments of the Crown made possible the peaceful settlement of Canada, and pledged to respect the safety and sovereignty of the peoples who were willing to share their lands with newcomers. Yet, despite being instituted as supreme law in Canada's Constitution Act of 1982, Treaty principles are being violated every single day by the very country that proclaimed their legal supremacy. This webinar will discuss how teachers can play an instrumental role in treaty education. There will also be an opportunity for a Q & A during the session.


Art as a Provocation for Action Webinar with Isaac Murdoch – May 26, 2020


This will be an opportunity to collaborate and co-create activities using an interactive digital environment. Participants will examine a series of artworks by Isaac Murdoch that can be used as provocations for further inquiry into a variety of curricular areas. Participants will be supported by Isaac Murdoch (artist from Serpent River First Nation) and Jodie Williams (Indigenous Education Lead for DPCDSB). By the end of the session participants will be able to use the co-created activities in their digital classrooms.

Centering Indigenous Voices with author Drew Hayden Taylor - May 25, 2020

This session will feature author Drew Hayden Taylor as he shares about the importance of centering Indigenous authors in the English classroom.  Participants are encouraged to ask questions during this time to create an interactive atmosphere and dialogue for tips and strategies for enhancing your classroom and professional practice.

About the author:

Q & A Webinar with Isaac Murdoch and Jodie Williams


This time will be dedicated to allow for any question related to Indigenous Education. Perhaps you have questions from any of the previous webinars or are wondering about other topics. You can also ask anonymously when registering for this session. This session will be facilitated by Isaac Murdoch (Serpent River First Nation) and Jodie Williams (Indigenous Education Lead for DPCDSB)​


The Significance of the Opening Address Webinar April 30, 2020​ ​​


Join us with guest speaker Tehahenteh Miller, Mohawk from the Six Nations of the Grand. Tehahenteh will share about the importance and significance of the Opening Address for the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. Tehahenteh is also an active member of the Indigenous Education Council for Dufferin-Peel Catholic DSB.​

​In Our Words FNMIEAO Resource – April 28, 2020


​Join us with guest speaker Isaac Murdoch (Serpent River First Nation) where we will explore this video series: In Our Words produced by the First Nations, Metis and Inuit Education Association of Ontario. These videos explore how the dispossession of land from Indigenous Peoples took place throughout what is now called Canada. These videos provide several perspectives through the personal narratives of Oneida and Anishinaabe Elders and recognized Knowledge Holders. During the webinar we will share tips and strategies on how to utilize this resource in the intermediate and senior classroom.​

Truth and Reconciliation in the Classroom (FNMIEAO resource) Webinar April 23, 2020



During this webinar we will focus on using the new comprehensive resource produced by the First Nations, Metis and Inuit Education: Truth and Reconciliation in the Classroom.  Focused on 3 northern and 1 southern First Nation communities, this resource includes numerous high quality videos on a multitude of topics such as geography, treaties, history, leadership, community life and more.  Connections to the new curriculum as well as ready made classroom activities in both English and French are available through the accompanying Teacher's Guide.  Links to student friendly worksheets are also available. Special guest Tesa Fiddler from Thunder Bay Catholic DSB will be co-facilitating this webinar.​

Lessons From the Earth Resource Webinar April 21, 2020



Join us with guest speaker Isaac Murdoch (Anishinaabe from Serpent River First Nation) as we share the comprehensive resource Lessons From the Earth. Produced in collaboration with many Traditional Teachers and Elders, this resource will give students a glimpse into the old stories of the Indigenous Peoples from this land in order to further understand the connection to the great spirit, our Mother Earth. This cross-curricular resource is a provocation for student inquiry into topics such as the environment, First Peoples of Canada, Science, Social Studies, and more.

Teaching About Residential Schools in the Elementary Classroom Webinar - April 16, 2020​


Gr 6/7 classroom teacher Andrea Eby shares how she effectively used the inquiry process to guide students on a learning journey in understanding the impacts of residential schools while empowering them to become conscientious citizens and activists using the Catholic Social Teachings. Andrea will share step by step how she covered curriculum expectations from numerous subjects and how her school has now become part of the Downie Wenjack Legacy Schools project.​​


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