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CALGARY TELUS CONVENTION CENTRE(CTCC) and HYATT - address and driving directions

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“On the two school days of your assigned teachers’ convention, you have a legal and professional responsibility to attend convention. If you are not able to make it safely to your assigned convention, however, your collective agreement may include impassable roads or inclement weather clauses that you can access. If your collective agreement does not include language specific to road conditions or weather, you may make use of the personal leave clauses of your agreement in most cases. Please be aware that using any of these types of leave may require you to pay substitute costs, forego a portion of your salary and benefits, or report to your school or another work location in your district. Refer to your collective agreement for more information. Should you require any additional information or if you need assistance interpreting your collective agreement, please contact Teacher Employment Services at 1-800-232-7208 or 780-447-9400.”
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Friday, February 24 • 8:30am - 2:15pm
(PRE-REG MAX 40) OFF-SITE Indigenous Perspectives Workshop

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8:30 am - 3:00 pm - Friday, Feb. 24, 2023
This all day workshop will be done at Woods Homes located at 9400 48 Ave. NW Calgary
Teachers need to supply their own transportation to Woods Homes
Teachers need to bring their own lunch and water bottle.
Teachers need to bring appropriate clothing to change into in order to participate in the Teaching Sweat Lodge.

All day workshop on Indigenous Perspectives that includes "hands-on" experiential sessions with teachers actively participating in an "Educational Teaching" Sweat Lodge, Indigenous games and traditions, and discussions with regards to the application of foundational knowledge regarding Alberta Education's curriculum and First Nations, Metis, and Inuit.

Detailed Overview of Indigenous Perspectives Workshop For Palliser Teachers’ Convention:

1.) Teaching/Educational Sweat Lodge
Participants will be participating in what is known as a Teaching/Educational Sweat Lodge.
- This is an introduction to an Indigenous tradition that has been practised for
thousands of years. It is to provide participants with a basic understanding of what a
Sweat Lodge is all about, the importance of a Sweat Lodge and some of what goes
into creating a Sweat Lodge and exposure to some of the customs and traditions
associated with a Sweat Lodge.
- The heat level is maintained at an acceptable level for most individuals. This should
not be an uncomfortable endurance test. We approach it from a perspective of
kindness and want every participant to feel safe and comfortable. (perhaps
stretching their comfort zone just a little bit)
- There will be 2 rounds of sweating and singing. Each round will take roughly 15 to
20 minutes and each has a specific meaning to it.
- In between the rounds you will be allowed to come out if necessary and rejuvenate
via cold water and fresh air. This break usually last between about 5 – 10 minutes.
- If you feel that you cannot go back into the next round, it is ok to sit out.
- Before/after or in between the rounds, feel free to speak to Walter about
your experience or anything else you may need to speak to him about.

2.) Indigenous Traditional games and talking circle
Participants will be introduced and participate in some very basic traditional Indigenous hand
games along with other traditional games as well as the talking circle. Key points will be to
understand the significance of these traditions as well as the process and desired outcomes.

3.) Applying Foundational Knowledge about First Nations, Metis and Inuit
This session will provide participants with a better understanding of how to address Alberta
Education’s TQS goal of “Applying Foundational Knowledge about First Nations, Metis and
As outlined in Alberta Education’s TQS document this session will address several key areas
such as
A teacher develops and applies foundational knowledge about First Nations, Métis and
Inuit for the benefit of all students.
Achievement of this competency is demonstrated
by indicators such as:
(a) understanding the historical, social, economic,
and political implications of:
• treaties and agreements with First Nations;
• legislation and agreements negotiated with
Métis; and
• residential schools and their legacy;
(b) supporting student achievement by engaging
in collaborative, whole school approaches to
capacity building in First Nations, Métis and
Inuit education;
(c) using the programs of study to provide
opportunities for all students to develop a
knowledge and understanding of, and respect for,
the histories, cultures, languages, contributions,
perspectives, experiences and contemporary
contexts of First Nations, Métis and Inuit; and
(d) supporting the learning experiences of all students
by using resources that accurately reflect and
demonstrate the strength and diversity of First
Nations, Métis and Inuit.


Walter White-Bear

With over 25 years experience working within the education system and social servicessectors, as an advocate for First Nation Youth and Families, Walter MacDonald White Bear is abridge between cultures, confusion and healing. A student himself, of the traditionalteachings, Walter... Read More →

Friday February 24, 2023 8:30am - 2:15pm MST
Off-Site Off-Site see description for address.