Category: Indigenization

UR Indigenization Events (October/November 2015)

University of Regina, First Nations University of Canada, Luther and Campion students, staff and faculty are invited to attend the following events:

1. Treaty Gathering
Friday October 16 – Sunday 18 October, 2015
This 3-day event is open to all peoples. In particular, I would like to invite Education students to attend the Youth Gathering on Friday October 16, 2015. The schedule of events includes:

Youth Forum:

Friday October 16, 2015 (5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.) ED 191, Education Building
– This town hall gathering welcomes all people to engage in a dynamic discussion about what Treaties are, our Treaty responsibilities, and implementation plans. This gathering will inform discussions for the Open Forum on Saturday and Sunday. Dinner will be provided by the Faculty of Education, U of R.

Treaty Alliance Open Forum
Saturday October 17 – Sunday 18 October, 2015 (9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) Multi-purpose Room, FNUniv
– This town hall gathering welcomes all people to engage in a dynamic discussion about Treaty responsibilities and implementation plans.

2. UR Indigenization presents Buffalo Hide Tanning Workshop
Thursday 22 October – Saturday 24 October, 2015, Cultural Space behind First Nations University of Canada
This workshop will take place at the cultural space behind FNUniv from October 22-24, 2015 during the day. Participants are invited to stop by to learn more about this process. Lorne Kequahtooway will lead the group in tanning the buffalo hide. He will share his knowledge and expertise in this area.

3. UR Indigenization presents Senator Lillian Dyck
Wednesday October 28, 2015 7:00 p.m., RIC Auditorium, University of Regina
Senator Lillian Dyck will be on campus to offer a lecture entitled: Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women and Girls: revealing the numbers game. All people are invited to attend this public lecture on October 28, 2015 (7:00 p.m.) in the RIC Auditorium.

4. #TreatyEDCamp
Saturday November 7, 2015, Teaching Preparation Centre, Education Building
This is a free personal and professional development event sponsored and organized by *STARS Regina. This is PD organized for teachers by teachers, with a particular focus on the implementation of Treaty Education in classrooms. Please see STARS Regina website

For all other questions please contact
Dr. Shauneen Pete
Associate Professor (Aboriginal Education)
Executive Lead: Indigenization
Faculty of Education
University of Regina

Emerging Elder-in-Residence

A pipe ceremony was held Oct 5 as part of the commencement of Joseph Naytowhow’s residency in the Faculty of Education. We were honoured to have Knowledge Keeper and Life Speaker, Noel Starblanket, lead the ceremony.  Joseph will be residing in Ed 221.5 for the duration of his residency.  He will remain until the first week of December.



Nehiyaw (Cree) Pipe Ceremony

There will be a pipe ceremony Monday Monday, Oct. 5, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. in the Teaching Preparation Centre, ED 228, Education Building, University of Regina for the commencement of Joseph Naytowhow’s residency with the Faculty of Education. Elder Noel Starblanket will be leading the ceremony. The length of time will be dependent upon the number of people in attendance; however, one to two hours is estimated.

Pipe ceremony Protocol

We ask that you are aware of the following protocols and abide by them out of respect for the Pipe Carriers.

Tobacco and Prayer Cloths may be given to the Piper Carriers by the Faculty of Education for the blessing of the gathering. You are welcome to make your own tobacco offering, but please arrive early to do so before the ceremony begins. Please arrive on time, as the doors will be closed once the ceremony begins.

Everyone should remove their hats, eyeglasses, and metal jewelry while smudging and participating in the Pipe Ceremony. We ask that you remain silent and refrain from visiting and conversations while the Pipe Ceremony is underway. Once the ceremony is over, it is customary to shake hands with other participants before leaving.

In the oral tradition of the Nehiyaw (Cree), the Elder/Pipe Carrier may explain the ceremony with those gathered.

Females: Females are asked to wear a long skirt and/or wrap a blanket around their legs during the Pipe Ceremony. As well it is customary for females to sit with their legs draped to one side. They should not sit cross-legged.

Moon Time: In Nehiyaw (Cree) tradition, women are considered spiritually powerful during their Moon Time (menstruation), and therefore, do not actively participate in ceremonies. Everyone is welcome to watch and listen, but we ask that women on their Moon Time refrain from sitting in the circle and participating out of respect for the customs and traditions of the Pipe Ceremony.

Please Note: tobacco and smudge will be burnt during the ceremony.

Joseph Naytowhow Returning as Emerging Elder-in-Residence

Joseph Naytowhow speaking to students.

We are excited to welcome Joseph Naytowhow back to campus as our emerging Elder-in-Residence.

There will be a

Welcoming Ceremony
Wednesday, September 16
Teaching Preparation Centre (Ed 228)
Faculty of Education

Joseph will begin his residency on Monday, October 5th and will remain until the first week of December.

Joseph Naytowhow is a gifted Plains/Woodland Cree (Nēhiyaw) singer/songwriter, storyteller and voice, stage and film actor from the Sturgeon Lake First Nation Band in Saskatchewan. He is renowned for his unique style of Cree/English storytelling, combined with original hybrid and traditional First Nations drum, flute and rattle songs. He was our emerging Elder-in-Residence and his contributions were greatly appreciated by students, staff and faculty. read more…

Last winter, education student Meagan Dobson shared her experience with Joseph in the latest issue of Education News:

“As Joseph [shared] his personal narrative and pedagogy, I felt strong emotions welling up from within myself—I was honoured to receive this knowledge and greatly appreciated his courage to share his experience. Joseph speaks of his experiences with such eloquence and forgiveness.”

New Mural Brightens Up a Corner of the Campus

By Costa Maragos (Reposted from U of R Feature Stories)

Each time Keith Adolph looks out of his office, he sees a work of art that brightens his day.

It’s a new mural that graces a wall at the Teaching Preparation Centre, a library and work space for education students located on the second floor of the education Building.

“It’s great. It draws me in and invites me to look at it longer,” says Adolph who is the Centre’s coordinator. “It feels like I’ve helped make this space a little more organic. It feels more like a learning space and a place for people to be in.”

The mural, called Spiritual Journey, is the work of Cliff Dubois, an artist from the Pasqua First Nation. Central to the theme are four buffalo, walking on sage, shown to signify various stages of life.

“The buffalo that are walking begin in the physical form and slowly fade, eventually making the journey to the spirit world,” says Dubois whose spiritual name is Strong Wind and is indicated by his trademark tiny tornado sketch in the lower right corner of his works. “At the end of the buffalo is a smudge with smouldering smoke that crosses the sky which represents the universe. The smudge offers purification for the soul.”

The mural became a reality thanks to the enthusiastic support of the Faculty of Education and other members of the campus community. The project was funded by the U of R’s Indigenous Advisory Circle.

Dr. Shauneen Pete, Executive Lead on Indigenization, recommended funding for the project.

“For me this project is very much in support of the Strategic Plan. Indigenizing spaces is about changing the physical spaces and by adding the signage and images,” says Dr. Pete. “This is a good way of realigning Indigenous imagery and making them prominent and normal. I can’t wait to see how our students respond to this image and the discussions it will provoke. I’m really happy with it.”

From the beginning, Adolph envisioned a mural with a First Nations theme.

“We’re on Treaty 4 land and with the Indigenization movement we see on campus, I want to be a part of that,” says Adolph. “I want the students coming into this space to feel they’re being represented.”

The mural is located in Room 228 of the Education Building. Adolph encourages you to drop by for a look.

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Mural by Artist Cliff Dubois in Teaching Preparation Centre

Artist Cliff Dubois with his mural “Spiritual Journey” in the background. Photo credit: Shuana Niessen

Make sure you stop by to see the newly painted mural entitled “Spiritual Journey” by Artist Cliff Dubois in the Teaching Preparation Centre (Ed 228). This new artwork is the result of Keith Adolph’s (Teaching Preparation Centre Coordinator) successful application for an Indigenization grant from the Indigenization Advisory Circle (IAC). Stay tuned for a story to be featured on the University of Regina Front Page. Keith will be posting an artist biography plaque on the wall as well.

Artist Cliff Dubois with Teaching Preparation Centre Coordinator, Keith Adolph. Photo credit: Shuana Niessen

SUNTEP Students Indigenizing Curriculum: Moving Beyond Beads, Bannock, and Buckskin

The Saskatchewan Curriculum is packed with many opportunities to authentically integrate purposeful First Nations, Métis, and Inuit content and perspectives. On February 19 and 20, three 2nd-year students and one faculty from Saskatchewan Urban Native Teacher Education Program (SUNTEP–Regina) had the opportunity to attend and present at the 2015 WestCAST conference in Saskatoon.

Often as teachers, we are uncomfortable or unaware of how to integrate First Nations, Métis, and Inuit content beyond the stereotypical and historical topics. As much as the intentions are good, sometimes we further build stereotypes unknowingly.

Throughout the workshop, we provided hands-on opportunity for participants to work with their outcomes, and in small, common-graded groups to indigenize each subject.

As preservice teachers, each facilitator had examined the Kindergarten to Grade 8 cross curricular outcomes. We indigenized outcomes by going beyond the stereotypical beads, bannock, and buckskin.

The workshop was done collaboratively with the participants as we guided and helped provide the tools to reduce racism and bring awareness to others in the education field. Each participant walked away with indigenized cross curricular outcomes and the ability to introduce indigenization as a professional development opportunity for their workplaces.

The WestCAST theme was “Engage. Empower. Inspire.” Accordingly, during this time, we worked together to build a strong, purposeful, indigenized curriculum.

By Jennifer Reid-Vandevord, SUNTEP Faculty