At Grandmother's Voice we are grounded in cultural and regional practices. We offer services that allow for knowledge sharing through the reclamation of our stories, and sharing our Indigenous knowledge and wellness practices. These services are offered at both a community and a professional level.
Indigenous Education Workshop Series
Shining a Light on Education for Reconciliation
The Honourable Justice Murray Sinclair, Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, points to education as the key to reconciliation, stating, “Education got us into this mess and education will get us out of it.”
We support and encourage a strong presence for collaboration in Indigenous ways of knowing and education. Grandmother's Voice serves as the gateway for educators across the country – and anyone interested in Indigenous education and reconciliation, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous – to share and learn from one another by;
respecting that Indigenous education occurs throughout life, including early childhood learning, K-12, post-secondary, and community- and land-based learning;
recognizing that education of Indigenous peoples occurs in all places and is as old as the land, integrating language, culture, and traditional knowledge with history, science, medicine, life skills, the arts, law, living in balanced relationship (sustainability), and more.
As articulated in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Final Report (2015), honoring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future, “Too many Canadians still do not . . . understand that . . . we are all Treaty people.” What does it mean to be a Treaty person? How can we, as individuals whether we are Indigenous or non-Indigenous, learn about and respect this nation-to-nation relationship?
One of the aims of Grandmother's Voice is to support efforts to reconcile this gap in people’s educations and to explore these questions by providing a forum to share learning experiences intended for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous learners of all ages and in all classrooms (both indoor and outdoor). These educational programs are distinctly Indigenous and presented from Indigenous perspectives.
Grandmother's Voice offers a variety of education session and workshops that are tailored to meet the needs of your organization, or you can choose from any of our current options listed:
Connecting Indigenous Knowledge
Participants will explore how to effectively embed culturally appropriate Indigenous Education into all subject areas within elementary and secondary classrooms. Supported by Indigenous Intellectuals, Knowledge Holders, and Elders, participates will have the opportunity to learn from different perspectives to understand the connection between Indigenous Knowledge and the natural environment through authentic traditional teachings.
Revitalizing Local Communities with Indigenous Knowledge
This is an interactive workshop where participants will explore how Indigenous Worldviews and Ways of Knowing are essential first steps in Reconciliation. Participants will explore how reconciliation involves the collective efforts of all people to revitalize the relationship between Indigenous Peoples and Canadian Society.
Understanding Truth and Reconciliation 94 Calls for Action
This workshop aligns well with the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions (TRC) Calls to Action, which correlates with Child Welfare, education, Justice, business, health, language and culture, Public Servant and many more.
The TRC Final Report observes, “For Canadians from all walks of life, reconciliation offers a new way of living together.” Through Grandmother's Voices trained Facilitators will shine a light on education as a pathway to reconciliation for people of all ages, offering Canadians “from all walks of life . . . a new way of living together” to build lasting, respectful relationships today and for future generations.
Grandmother's Voice celebrates the diversity of Indigenous education across the country, shedding light on innovative and effective programs that are deserving of equitable support as called for by the TRC.
Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
When we think to the future, we consider the legacy we will leave for those who come after us: our children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and other young people for generations to come. One of the best legacies we can leave them is an education that will help prevent violence and keep Indigenous women and girls safe so that they can all flourish. Together, we can create a society in which all Indigenous lives are valued. By taking collective responsibility for safety, and by educating Canadians about the systemic causes of violence against Indigenous women and girls, we can effect real change.
To establish a solid foundation for learning and authentic relationships it is important to situate the learning for this initiative in the Nations, land, people, and teachings of the territory in which you live.