Category: Community Engagement

Student Success Celebrated

Dean Jennifer Tupper greeting students and recognizing their success. Photo credits: Shuana Niessen

On April 6, the Faculty of Education, SUNTEP and YNTEP gathered to celebrate student success. This year was different than previous years: The coordinators from the Student Program Centre, Dr. Val Mulholland, Nicole Glas, and Wendy Campbell, invited faculty from SUNTEP, YNTEP, and the various Faculty of Education programs and student societies to forward a list of students who have made contributions to learning and to leadership in the Faculty of Education through scholarship, activism, and engagement in coursework. In previous years, academic excellence was the only success that was celebrated. There were 166 students honoured at the celebration and their names were scrolled individually across the screen throughout the event.

Dr. Jennifer Tupper, Dr. Val Mulholland, and Dr. Michael Cappello  highlighted and honoured not only the students’ achievements in their classes, but also in their field placements, and in the community.

After welcoming the students and their families, Dr. Val Mulholland said, “You have been recognized by faculty members or program for having made a significant contribution to teaching, learning and/or leadership in the classes, in field placements or beyond classroom walls.”

Dean Jennifer Tupper said, “This celebration is more than recognizing academic excellence, which we value. It is recognition of our students taking seriously their call to teach for a better world, to inspire and transform education – which many of you may know is the motto of this faculty.”

And after listing some of the amazing initiatives with which students have been involved, such as the STARS Regina’s #TreatyEdCamp, and other sessions working towards social justice;  the Science Education students’ work with Treaty 4 schools; and the ESS’s PD opportunities, Dean Tupper said, “What I am struck by in my conversations with our teacher candidates is their passion for teaching and learning in the midst of the many challenges schools and teachers are facing.  I am struck by their commitment to social justice, and their desire to create meaningful and transformative learning experiences for young people in schools.  They are thoughtful, compassionate and courageous.”

Dr. Michael Cappello spoke about the students’ exceptional contributions which are helping to shape the field of education even before entering it as teachers.

Also unique to this celebration was the Skype connection with YNTEP students and faculty who are located in Whitehorse, Yukon. Through this connection, Faculty of Education and SUNTEP members were able to participate in the YNTEP celebration, and YNTEP students participated in the Regina celebration. Dr. Andrew Richardson, Dean of Applied Arts for Yukon College, spoke on behalf of YNTEP, recognizing the following YNTEP students:

Candice Cockney
Judy Leamon
Meghann Meadowcroft
Dwight Snowshoe

Photo Album:
2016 Student Success Celebration

The following is the list of Faculty of Education and SUNTEP students celebrated:

Amelia Andrews
Riley Arseneau
Nicki Bannerman
Gareth Bawden
Laura Beatch
Raquel Bellefleur
Mackenzie Bellegarde
Madison Biem
Curtis Bourassa
Orisha Boychuk
Bailey Braden
Jenny Brouwers
Miranda Brown
Miranda Button
Amy Campbell
Aimee Castillo
Matthew Chamberlain
Jennifer Chyz (Hackl)
Joseph Clark
Sarah Clarke
Candice Cockney
Petina Cook
Amanda Corbett
Celine Couture
Rachel Cronan
Kari Davis
Brandon Debert
Jenna DeBoth
Samantha Dech
Arnaud Demaria
Megan Dobson
Allison Doetzel
Jacquelyn Easton
Courtney Einsiedler
Jordan Ethier
Amanda Filipchuk
Chad Fisher
Steven Fraser
Taylor Frei
Lila Gaertner
Sally Generoux
Sheena Gigian
Graham Gilmore
Caitlin Grant
Isabelle Grégoire
Jessie Guraliuck
Christine Hall
Cassandra Hanley
Tara Hanson
Taylor Harder
Kylie Harder
Amanda Harle
Emma Harold
Allyson Haukeness
Madison Hawkes
Chandra Hawley
Laura Heinmiller
Kayla Henderson
Cassandra Hepworth
Jessica Hickie
April Hoffman
Victoria Howe
Hanna Hudson-Plante
Benjamin Ironstand
Rebecca Jalbert
Douglas Jarvis
Jarrod Jobb
Tammy Kadler
Nicole Keller
Christina Kelly
Amy Klassen (Thiessen)
Kristen Klatt
Landen Kleisinger
Amanda Koback
Brooke Korchinski
Shae-Lynn Kowaniuk
Jasmine Kuntz
Riley Lajeunesse
Brittany Larson
Judy-Ann Leamon
Amber Learned Garritty
Keith Lee
Kendra Leier
Janelle Letkemann
Matthew Leupold
Gillian Maher
Amy Martin
Daisy Martinez
Roxan McAtee
Aidan McKeague
Linda McNabb
Brigid McNutt
Meghann Meadowcroft
Christopher Merk
Matthew Mickleborough
Jesse Miller
Lexi Milligan
Amy Missal
Cameron Mohan
Renee Molesky
Alexandra Mortensen
Sarah Munro
Monica Nawakayas
Robert Neufeld
Cole Nicolson
Crystal Norris
Haleigh Oberkirsch
Emma Olson
Brooklyn Orban
Lexy Osborne
Fred O’Soup
Eriko Parker
Megan Pearce
Emily Perreault
Josie Phillips
Jaylyn Pierce
Alexis Poh
Marissa Poitras
Kendell Porter
Jessica Pouliot
Breanne Prazma
Mackenzie Raedeke
Amie Reid
Holly Robinson
Brooke Robson
Sarah Rohde
Kaitlyn Rohrke
Jolene Ross
Aidan Roy
Avery Saunders
Michael Schienbein
Garrick Schmidt
Rina Schmidt
Jason Shamel
Nissa Shiell
Bradley Slepicka
Charis Slusar
Tracy Smotra
Dwight Snowshoe
Shania Sonen
Connie Starblanket
Jacob Stebner
Kelsie Sutherland
Jessica Swartz
Zakk Taylor
Christina Thiel
Bryn Todd
Catlyn Todorovich
Caitlin Toews
Jayda Van Betuw
Dacy Vance
Willow Wallace-Lewis
Trisha Wallington
Robert Webb
Katlyn Weisberg
Raelyn Weisgerber
Crystal Whitehawk
William Whitten
Cameron Wiest
Dana Wilbraham
Benjamin Woolhead
Conor Woolley
Aysha Yaqoob
Cassidy Zacharias
Ziyao Zhu
Michael Zylak

Baby Moccasin Workshop

Joely Bigeagle Baby Moccasin Workshop Facilitator

Joely Bigeagle facilitated a baby moccasin workshop on April 5th, 2016 in the Faculty of Education from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. In the morning session she instructed  on how to make the moccasins and in the afternoon session Joely taught how to bead the moccasins. This event was organized by UR Indigenization Lead and faculty member, Dr. Shauneen Pete.

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Dr. Shauneen Pete Recognized With Peace Builder Award

Shauneen Pete IDI award
Dr. Shauneen Pete receiving the Peace Builder Award at the Intercultural Dialogue Institute’s 4th Annual Friendship Dinner on March 15, 2016. Photo credit: Dr. Vianne Timmons

Congratulations to Dr. Shauneen Pete, who was the recipient of the 2016 Peace Builder Award on March 15 at the Regina Intercultural Dialogue Institute’s 4th Annual Friendship Dinner.

Shauneen’s advocacy for indigenization, reconciliation, and Aboriginal education were acknowledged as critical to educating generations of peace builders. She spoke eloquently about our shared responsibilities to live out the TRC Calls to Action, to be in ethical relation with Indigenous peoples of this land, and to work collectively toward a better future.

On behalf of the Faculty of Education, thank you Shauneen for your hard work and unwavering commitment to creating a better world for all.

~Dean Jennifer Tupper

Weaving Stories Between Generations

By Costa Maragos Posted: February 3, 2016

Dr. Cindy Hanson, Associate Professor in Adult Education at the Faculty of Education, has formed a close relationship with Mapuche women in Southern Chile which has resulted in a book about her work with Mapuche weavers. Dr. Hanson is the author of “Weaving Stories Between Generations.” The book is the result of her research focussing on Mapuche women in southern Chile where Dr. Hanson has spent years getting to know the locals. The idea for a book came from the study participants in Chile.

Below are some random excerpts from Dr. Hanson’s book.

The Relationship with the Mapuche
My work with the Mapuche spans two decades. Way back in the 1990’s, I was teaching Native (Indigenous) Studies in rural Manitoba. I was learning about Indigenous cultures and peoples in Canada and I was also learning about issues that affected their daily lives, for example issues of colonialism that continue to cause harm.
Earlier in my life I had been active in working with Chilean refugees who were coming to Canada to escape the brutalities of Pinochet’s dictatorship.

In the early 1990’s I applied and received a Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) Professional Award that would take me to Chile for a six-month period to work with Casa de la Mujer Mapuche (House of the Mapuche Women) – a Mapuche women’s organization based in Temuco.

Casa de la Mujer Mapuche worked on areas of health and education, but most significantly it worked with women in 12 Mapuche communities – assisting them with improving and marketing their woven textiles.

Early impressions

Chile weavers
Weavers at Pitrufquén: “The women spoke with pride about weaving as the greatest heritage they have from their mother or grandmother.”

I remember being shocked at how Chile, in the post-dictatorship years, was changing. The 1990’s were early years of neoliberalism and Chile then was referred to as the dragon or jaguar of Latin America. Around Southern Chile however, the Mapuche seemed unaffected. They could still be found visiting the city with wooden carts and ponies. But, like other places, Canada included, the economic surges, were not sustainable – not for the environment or the people. The Mapuche of Argentina and Chile, like many other Indigenous peoples, continue to live off the land and hold a relationship to the land as sacred.
Living in Chile taught me about how the world was structured and how borders of nations and cultures are also determined by sex, race, class, ability and so on.

Inspiring Studies
Working with Mapuche women inspired me to pursue a Masters of Adult Education. I kept in contact with some of my friends around Temuco and eventually this research brought me back to Temuco again.

The Study
The study explored how Indigenous women in two countries – one in Southern Chile and the other in Northern Canada [several communities in Saskatchewan] – learned how to produce textiles. In total, I met with 23 Mapuche weavers in Chile.

Most of the women from the four Mapuche communities were not familiar with the other communities or with each other. A translator for Mapadugun to Spanish was also present and the women were encouraged to speak in Mapadugun. It was at the discussion group in Temuco, that the women involved in the study were asked how they would like to share the research with a wider community. They had many ideas, but after listing and ranking all the ideas, they agreed that a book about the research was what they wanted.

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Lunch with the weavers who met in Temuco, Chile.

Changes and children
The women felt that urban migration and globalization have strongly impacted younger generations.
Furthermore, they confirmed that school curricula, especially in Chile, has ignored Indigenous knowledge. Many participants said children are now concerned with technology and making money, and not returning to Mapuche communities.

Weaving – integral to identity
Significant to this study were the stories generated by the women – a few of those stories are shared in this book. The women spoke with pride about weaving as the greatest heritage they have from their mother or grandmother and said it defines their sense of culture and pride. The stories from Mapuche women also mentioned that weaving reduced stress and led to feelings of well-being.

Dr. Cindy Hanson is Director of the Adult Education and Human Resource Development Unit at the U of R. She received assistance in her research from U of R doctoral students Romina Bedogni and Heather Fox Griffith. The research team collaborated with Indigenous scholars from Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Chile. Hanson was able to further her research thanks to a Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Regina and Universidad de la Frontera in Temuco, Chile. Funding assistance was provided by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Weaving Stories between Generations is available for purchase at, Chapters-Indigo and Kobobooks.

Lucia Cheuquian Elgueta, Maria Angelica Relmuan Alvarez and Dr. Cindy Hanson. (Photo courtesy of Dr. Cindy Hanson).
Lucia Cheuquian Elgueta, Maria Angelica Relmuan Alvarez and Dr. Cindy Hanson. (Photo courtesy of Dr. Cindy Hanson).

Dr. Cindy Hanson

Dr. Cindy Hanson a 2016 Global Citizen Award Recipient

Dr. Cindy Hanson’s Global Citizen Award profile

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Congratulations to Dr. Cindy Hanson, a recipient of the 2016 Global Citizen Award!

In 1990 the Saskatchewan Council for International Cooperation initiated the Global Citizen Awards. These special awards recognize Saskatchewan people who make amazing contributions to international development, cooperation, peace and justice.

Global Citizens are nominated and selected through a peer review process and receive their awards during annual International Development Week celebrations. In the past 25 years, more than 100 people and organizations have received the Global Citizen Award. Over the years, award winners have been varied, including teachers, youth, community-workers, politicians and those working in the field overseas.


“Dr. Hanson, through her research, teaching, and scholarship, lives her commitment to justice and activism.”

~Dr. Jennifer Tupper, Dean

25408129_25408129_xlDr. Hanson’s most recent SSHRC-funded research explores intergenerational learning in Indigenous  textile communities of practice in both Canada and Chile. From this work, she has co-authored with Heather Fox Griffith and Romina Bedogni (doctoral candidates), a self-published book entitled, Tejiendo Historias entre Géneraciones / Weaving Stories Between Generations.



A news feature on the U of R website regarding Cindy’s Award:

Angels Corner Project Engages Students and Community

Angels Corner Project and students
Angels Corner Project and Scott Collegiate students involved in its construction

Two teachers at Scott Collegiate, Alumna Tamara Smith (Ryba) and Alumnus Ian Temple received overwhelming support and engagement for the Angels Corner project they initiated at Scott Collegiate.

While travelling in the Maritime provinces in the summer of 2014, Smith was moved by an Angels Corner she came across in St. John’s, an installation to commemorate female victims of violence, intended to raise awareness about this important and ongoing issue. The idea originated in Iqaluit, Nunavut a few years ago as the Angel Street Project and has since been taken up across the country , with Angel streets, squares, corners, crescents, and even bridges being dedicated to honour and remember female victims of violence.

Earlier in 2014, Temple and Smith had been approached to by Scott Collegiate’s administration, Shannon Fayant (Principal) and Chris Beingessner (Vice Principal), about co-teaching a project-based course in the fall of 2014. The course would integrate curricular outcomes from ELA A10, Construction 10, and Math 10 (Foundations and Pre-Calculus). They were encouraged to engage the community through the project.

When Smith saw the Angel Corner, she knew it would be perfect for the course. “I was in downtown St. John’s, Newfoundland when I noticed their Angels Corner, a very visible display on the corner of Prescott and Duckworth streets. As I read their plaque and looked at the space they had dedicated to raising awareness of violence and abuse against women, I was thinking, ‘This is perfect. Our students can totally do this and this is an important issue in our community!’ says Smith. Temple adds, “Both of us like to teach through a social justice lens, [so] it seemed like a good fit for our class.”

To make it happen, Temple says, “We first approached our administration about it and then spoke to our superintendent to see if we could put it on school property. Both were in favour.” The next step was to consult with Elder Noel Starblanket. Smith explains, “We arranged a meeting with Elder Noel Starblanket [and] presented him with tobacco and asked for his assistance. We sought his advice on how to carry out the project in a good way, a way that honours the community as well as Aboriginal cultures and ways of knowing.” The next step was to gain student support. Temple says, “We also approached our students about the idea before getting far into the planning because without buy-in from them, it would never have been successful.”

Students constructing the benches and garden boxes for the Angels Corner project
Students constructing the benches and garden boxes for the Angels Corner project

The project found great support from administration, students, and community alike. Students engaged enthusiastically with the research, design, and construction of the project. Temple says, “Our students spent time looking into existing Angels Corners as well as issues of violence and abuse against women and MMIW, locally, provincially, and on the national level. Students designed the layout of the space, built the benches and garden boxes, and led the unveiling upon completion of the space.”

Elder Noel Starblanket brought support and assistance. Smith explains, “Once the materials to build the benches arrived at Scott, [Elder Noel] helped smudge them and prayed for us as we took on this important project. He spoke with the students about the traditional roles of women in Aboriginal cultures and of the importance of honouring and respecting women. On the day of the official unveiling of the Scott Angels Corner, Elder Noel also smudged the auditorium and luminaries before the guests arrived and said a prayer to begin the program.”

Because the majority of the students in the class were male, Temple appreciated the emphasis that Elder Noel Starblanket placed on the issue of violence against women. He says, “I believe that one very significant point that came from this project stemmed from what was emphasized for the class by Elder Noel – that violence against women is not a women’s issue. Rather, it is society’s issue; it is everyone’s responsibility to address it and given that the majority of violence against women comes at the hands of men, it is especially the responsibility of the male population to stand against it. I believe that this was a very powerful project for our male students.”

angels corner edited plaque
Angels Corner Plaque

Local businesses also supported the project; Smith says, “We contacted PLS Graphic and Design and asked them to help us make the plaques. Grant Findlay … offered design services for free and paid a large portion of the cost of the plaques.…Our education partner, SaskTel,…generously donated $500. Our school community council funded the remainder of the cost of the plaques. Finally, Winroc Regina donated several gallons of paint for the benches.” Both Temple and Smith feel humbled and thankful for the support that they received.

Oath to end violence against women

The official unveiling of the Angels Corner intentionally took place on November 25, 2014 to coincide with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and allowing them to participate in the White Ribbon Campaign ( ). Smith particularly appreciated the message that guest speaker, Brenda Dubois brought: She says, “Her message was that it all starts with tending our ‘home fires’ and taking care of our families.” She continues, “We were also thankful for Jason Littletent and the Scott Collegiate drum group for their performance of an honour song to honour the women who have experienced violence and abuse and those who have lost their lives to it.” All the guests were asked to wear a white ribbon to show their support. They also signed an oath to end violence against women.

Lining up to sign the oath against violence towards women
Lining up to sign the oath against violence towards women

Smith says many students voiced positive feedback regarding the project: “The students expressed a profound sense of pride in what they were able to accomplish and share with the community. Several students said things like, ‘Look what we can accomplish when we work together!’ Many of them voiced their personal experience and connection with the issues of violence and abuse against women. One young man, who recently lost his mom, said ‘I know my mom would be proud of me’ and that meant the world to him.”

Smith feels confident that the “learning that came from this project is the kind of learning that will stay with students for the rest of their lives.” Temple expressed, “a great sense of pride, witnessing this group of young people become engaged in such an important issue, develop their ideas and share what they had learned and accomplished with the larger community.” Smith was “moved by the pride expressed by students and of their sense of connectedness, as a class and as a part of the larger community. The talking circle was a very emotional experience for all of us; I think both the students and teachers were surprised by how much Angels Corner meant to us.”

Smith and Temple were deeply impacted by the project and felt it was valuable. They were surprised by the engagement of students and community, and hopeful that the project will have a lasting impact. Temple says, “At the beginning of the project, I wouldn’t have guessed that it would have been anywhere near as successful as it was.” Smith says she hopes the experience, “inspired youth—both those who participated directly and those who hear about the project.”

Smith states, “Youth need to know that their voices matter and are valued. And, we hope that the community saw Scott Collegiate’ s dedication to ending violence and abuse against women. Hopefully, when people walk past the Angels Corner, they are reminded that we are all responsible for creating positive change.”

For the future, the teachers plan to continue to maintain the benches and garden boxes. They also plan, as a school, to participate annually in the Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Smith says, “Hopefully we can also continue to use the Angels Corner space to engage the community. It is intended to be a space for reflection on the past and hope for a better future, so hopefully it is utilized for many years to come.”

Smith graduated from the Faculty of Education, University of Regina (U of R) with a B.Ed. in 2007 and an M.Ed. in 2014. She credits the U of R with helping her to develop a critical consciousness and a passion for social justice. Major influences in her life are Florence Stratton, Shauneen Pete, Val Mulholland, Carol Schick, and Jennifer Tupper. Smith says, “They taught me the importance of actively resisting injustice and inequality; they helped me to develop a skill set and vocabulary to take that passion in the classroom.”

Temple began in the Faculty of Arts at the U of R, then transferred to the Faculty of Education, graduating with a B.Ed. in 2012. Temple credits the U of R, both the Arts and Education programs, for where he is today: “I would not be at the point I am today in my career without the support of these amazing people,” he says. Two lessons he took away from his studies at the U of R are “the realization that I always have something more to learn and the importance of critical reflection.”

Some Growing Young Movers Meet With Emerging Elder-in-Residence

Growing Young Movers (GYM) high school youth meet with Joseph Naytowhow, Emerging Elder in Residence and Brian Lewis, Lee Schaefer, and Sean Lessard, the Co-Founders/Researchers of GYM

After a photo shoot with external relations, the Growing Young Movers high school youth met with Joseph Naytowhow, our Emerging Elder-in-Residence.

Read about Researchers and Growing Young Movers by clicking here

Read about Joseph Naytowhow, Emerging Elder-in-Residence by clicking here