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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Gyotaku Fish Prints on Saturday, June 25, 2 pm by Artist Librarian Wendy Hodgson

Childrens Art Class at the Wetaskiwin Heritage Museum
Learn Japanese Art
Fee: $5
Refreshments provided

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Intercultural Communications feedback and special guest MLA Mr. Olson

Communicating with First Nations people workshop was hosted on June 13, 2011 at the Wetaskiwin Literacy office. The project is collaboration between Alberta Employment & Immigration, Wetaskiwin Community Literacy Program, City of Wetaskiwin, and the Wetaskiwin Public Library.
Total number of participants: 35 (2-3: aboriginal origin   32: non-aboriginal origin)
Number of organizations represented: 21   (RCMP, Boys and Girls Club, Horizons Centre, Friends of Reynolds Alberta Museum, ATCO Pipelines, Wetaskiwin District Association for Community Service, County of Wetaskiwin, Hospital, Wetaskiwin Community Literacy Program, Wetaskiwin Health Foundation, Hope Mission, Person with Development Delays - Central Region, Communication Knots, Addictions-Mental Health, Central Alberta Child and Family Services Authority, Catholic Social Services, City of Edmonton, Servus Credit Union, College, Community volunteer/leader-Bert Horvey, Alberta Employment and Immigration, and the Wetaskiwin Public Library.)

Participants were from the following areas: Ponoka, Wetaskiwin, Camrose, Red Deer, County of Wetaskiwin, Leduc, Lac La Biche, Westerose, Hobbema, and Edmonton.
What were the topics you found most useful and interesting?
·        The historical overview as helpful and Bruce did a great job of being fair in his presentation - didn't portray aboriginals as victims entirely and was fair and thorough with the historical events.
·        Where the tribes are the same and where they are different
·        Snippets about native beliefs
·        Topics about evolution, ecological and environment circumstances. The influence of natives on European settlers, influence of Europeans on Canada
·        The historical beginnings for 'policies'; the names of significant leaders of the native communities
·        Learning of the barriers of the First Nations people
Future learning opportunities request
·        The next process in helping businesses to welcome and understand native culture into the workforce.
·        More about How to communicate effectively with today's First Nations people
·        Cultural differences that affect workplace behavior
·        Treaty information
·        Health characteristics of First Nations and modern living habits
·        More about native spirituality, native healing, medicine
·        Efforts being made to heal families, family systems, residential schools experience, drugs/alcohol abuse recovery
·        More about native cultures and customs
·        How to improve relations with First Nations
·        I would like to learn more

Sunday, June 12, 2011

June 13: Communicating with First Nations People workshop

Workshop 4 on Monday, June 13

Are you interested in communicating effectively with First Nations people?

Hierarchy, time, communication, and belonging are all sources of cultural misunderstandings at work. You will use each building block to anticipate and resolve cross-cultural issues in the workplace. We will discuss the Indigenous Myths in Canada and go into the generalized ideas to the specific workplace misunderstandings. The presentation includes a condensed history of First Nations with an emphasis on the Cree and in particular the Maskwachees (Bear Hills) Cree. The presentation touches on many aspects of First Nations and Cree history such as the Creation Stories, Bering Strait Theory, Paleolithic and Neolithic archeology, Discovery Doctrine, Royal Proclamation, Hudson’s Bay Charter, Fur Trade and Exploration, War of 1812, Cree Expansionism, Manifest Destiny, Confederation, Treaties, Indian Act and finally the Residential School.

Target Audience: Decision makers, owners, managers, supervisors, coworkers, temporary immigrant workers, first, second and third generation workers, indigenous workers, Asian workers, ESL instructors, programmers, HR staff, community leaders and champions, anyone interested in recruiting indigenous people and learning more about the indigenous community.

Core Skill Set: Suspending judgment, interpreting and negotiating differences, strengthening cross-cultural relationships and practicing cultural reflection

Length: 2.5 to 3 hours

Facilitator: Bruce Cutknife from Maskwachees Cultural College.
Bruce Cutknife is a member of the Samson Cree First Nation in Hobbema Alberta. Bruce was born and raised on the Bear Hills Maskwachees community with Cree as his first language. He attended the Ermineskin Residential School up until grade 9 and then moved to Edmonton with a host non native family to complete High School. This was part of the integration and assimilation process from the Department of Indian Affairs.

In 1974 Bruce completed his High School in Ponoka Alberta, a small town near Hobbema.  After working a few years Bruce went back to school at the newly established Maskwachees Cultural College. Bruce started working in the Living History Program of the Maskwachees Cultural College for a number of years. His duties included Audio and Video recording of Elders talking about local history. This involved working with Elders to collect and archive the Cree language, work with the Cree Syllabics and use them in the collection and archiving.

Bruce went back to school to complete his undergraduate studies. He received his BA in History/Native Studies from the Augustana Universty College in Camrose Alberta. After graduation Bruce worked local Radio and Television, taught some Cree Language and Cree Studies courses at the Maskwachees Cultural College. Bruce was also the Director of Education for the Samson Cree nation. Bruce had worked with the Elders within the Maskwachees Cultural College to identify and name as many Cree name places as possible. The result was a map that would eventually be entered as evidence in a landmark court case within Canada.
Time:                                Monday, June 13, 12-3 p.m.
Location:                          5010 50 Ave, Wetaskiwin (Wetaskiwin Community Literacy Office)
Refreshment style:           Brown bag lunch   

Registration or for more information contact: Manisha Khetarpal, Wetaskiwin Public Library
Tel: 780 361 4447 or by email at

Cost: Free

Brought to you by: Alberta Employment and Immigration, City of Wetaskiwin, Wetaskiwin Community Literacy Program and the Wetaskiwin Public Library

Friday, June 10, 2011

Fwd: Thank You: Field Trip to the library on June 8th for Grade 2 and 6 students from Louis Bull reserve in Hobbema

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I wanted to say that our visit to the library was enjoyed by all of the adults and the students.  One of the male teachers that was a chaperone for us mentioned that he really was impressed by the event. 
Your stations were exciting, enticing, and engaging.  All of the children were actively participating and enjoying themselves.  The activities were thoughtful and connected to a common theme that drew the participants in.  I particularly liked the felt table and the puppets.  The multiple intelligences were well represented throughout the event. 
The children really liked the children's room and were still talking about it today.  I noticed that the parents were excited about what the library has to offer. 
Well done and thank you.  I was thoroughly impressed and will recommend that we work together in the future. 
Thank you.  :) 
p.s. Have a good weekend!  I will be cycling in the MS Bike Tour Leduc to Camrose this weekend (190kms). 

Beth Barban
Grade 2 Teacher,
Kisipatnahk School, Louis Bull Band

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

June 8: Field trip and tour for Grade 2 and 6 students from Louis Bull band

Our tour plan
10.15 am: Mayor to read a book to students
10.15-10:30 am: Introduce guest, Aboriginal resource worker from Catholic Social Services and sacred teachings of water
10:30-11:30 am:  Students to visit various information activity stations: Puzzles, Flannel board, Play with puppets, Book and book sharing - write or draw favourite things from the book, Water conservation station, Feel the ocean and touch the shells and sand dollars/sea biscuits/ read the legend of the sand dollar, Meet Wordy the Octopus-write favorite words and drop them into the Octopus Box, Create a mosaic, and Read facts about ocean and water conversation which would be posted around the library.
11:30-11:45: Summer reading program staff to introduce the reading program
11:45-12:15: Tour of the public and staff work area

Fusion: World Oceans day, library skills/visit, PRINTS (parents role in interacting with teacher support) and promotion of the summer reading program

Monday, June 6, 2011

June 6: PRINTS in partnership with Norquest college

Launch of  PRINTS Parents Role in Interacting with Teacher Support program on June 6. Read more at

Library serves our indigenous community

June 2010, Aboriginal Day Celebration at the library
February 4, 2011: Every child takes home 3 books (Bighorn Public Library comes to Hobbema)
February 23, 2011, 5-7 pm, Literacy Night at the Louis Bull School Library
April 28-29, 2011: APRINTS Training (Aboriginal Parents Role in Interacting With Teacher Support)

May 24-25, 2011: Visit to the Samsung Trade show in Hobbema (Understanding our Community)
June 6,, 2011: Launch of APRINTS program for the students of Norquest college (Aboriginal - Parents Roles in Interacting with Teacher Support)
June 8,, 2011: Students from Lois Bull reserve on a field trip to the library
June 13, Communicating with First Nations People presented by Bruce Cutknife from Maskwacees Cultural College
June 17, 2011: Cree words resource by Jim Bull
June 21, 2011, National Aboriginal Day Celebration at the Drill Hall (One of the partner and COW Bus connector)

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Fwd: Monday. June 6th

6/1/2011 7:55 PM

Hi Manisha,


Could you please send me the information about the PRINTS workshop that will be held June 6th at Norquest College?  I will need to know time and exact Location.


I also plan on attending the June 6th Intercultural Communications Workshop from 12-3 p.m.


Thanks ever so much for bringing Amanda and all those incredible resources to share with us – you again have inspired me and hopefully others!





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