Andy Thomas and Val Bighetty discuss MFNERC's First Nations Community Histories Mapping Project including what's been completed to date and what is planned for the future. You will also hear about why language projects like these are so important.
Educator and speaker Tasha Spillett dropped by to chat about her role as a teacher and student (she recently completed a Master’s degree in Land-based Education). We also talked about how she weaves traditional knowledge and teachings into a modern, 21st century classroom.
Teacher, speaker and advocate, Kevin Lamoureux stopped by our studio to chat about an array of topics regarding First Nations education. They include, reaching out to “non-traditional” students, working with troubled youth/students, how the culture of poverty can effect school experiences, and the U of W’s new mandatory Indigenous Studies course.
These are just two of the questions we asked two students studying for their Master’s in Development Practice: Indigenous Development at the U of W. Join Vanessa Tait and Adesuwa Omoruyi-Ero as we talk food security, sustainability, Indigenous knowledge and more.
We were honoured to have Dr. Robert-Falcon Ouellette, MP for Winnipeg Centre, stop by and talk with us about the recent election, his role as MP, his Indigenous background, and what he hopes to accomplish for Winnipeg Centre.
Monique Woroniak is a non-Indigenous Winnipegger who is very active with raising awareness and sharing knowledge, with non-Indigenous people specifically, about First Nations history and issues. She helped to create the website www.groundworkforchange.org and joined us in the studio to talk about what it means to be an ally, or as she describes it, a learner of truth.
Cultural literacy, community engagement and First Nations education are all touched upon in our 5th episode of Thunder Radio. Maria Morrison, indie publishing consultant and Citizen Equity Committee Coordinator for the City of Winnipeg, came by our studio to chat about these very important and timely issues.
Victor Harper, from Wasagamack First Nation, is currently the Tribal Education Advisor for the Island Lake Tribal Council. Victor has been an advocate for the Ancestral Education System and its importance for teaching culture, ancestral language, and instilling values in our First Nations youth, for decades. He joined us in our office in September, 2015 for a discussion around the balance between contemporary and ancestral education systems, and how that integration could, and should, occur.
The topic of suicide is not an easy one to discuss, but it is something that needs to be faced. In episode 3, we talk to MFNERC's Suicide Prevention Liaison Officer Kevin Kipling about the work he does in our First Nations communities.
For more information on how to get help:
Manitoba Suicide Line - 24 Hours 1-877-435-7170
This episode is a soundscape of the
17th annual Lighting the Fire Conference in partnership with the 11th
Western Canada First Nations Administrators Education Conference.
The conference was held on May 6-8, 2015 in Winnipeg Manitoba.