Category: Seminars, Webinars, Workshops, and Symposiums

Whisperings of the Land Indigenous Speaker Series presentation

The Whisperings of the Land Indigenous Speaker Series invites you to a presentation by Dr. Kevin Lewis:

kâ-nêyâsihk mihkiwahpa Centre of Excellence- Cree Language Immersion Land Based Program

April 6, 2023
11:00 a.m. CST via Zoom

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What would localized indigenous pedagogy look like? This session will cover topics of core subjects, projects, seasonal and year-round activities that the Immersion School has been piloting since 2018. Language learning assessments will be discussed as well as policy development. This will be a good look at developing our languages within the existing frameworks and how we can engage our communities to find out what is important for schools to teach. There will be time for Qs & As in this session.

Speaker bio:
Dr. Kevin wâsakâyâsiw Lewis is a nêhiyaw (Plains Cree) instructor, researcher, and writer. For the past 21 years, Dr. Lewis has been working with community schools in promoting land and language-based education and is founder of kâniyâsihk Culture Camps (, a non-profit organization focused on holistic community well-being and co-developer of Land-Based Cree Immersion School kâ-nêyâsihk mîkiwâhpa. Dr. Lewis is from Ministikwan Lake Cree Nation in Treaty 6 Territory.

The Gabriel Dumont Research Chair presentation

The Gabriel Dumont Research Chair in Michif/Métis Education invites you to talk by Dr. Darryl Leroux.
Family Lore as Settler Colonial Fantasy: The Role of Trauma
Wednesday, April 5th, 2023 at 4:00 pm.
ED 228 (TPC)
Education Building
University of Regina
Family lore is a tricky concept to define — not outright lies, but not factual either, it’s a form of intergenerational communication that imagines historical events and relations in a manner that positions a given family as having unique customs or values. In their creation of lore, families often circulate stories about overcoming adversity and injustice, an apparent strategy to downplay more troubling stories linked to their social advantage or power. One common form of family lore for white Canadians involves creating Indigenous ancestry and identity where it didn’t exist in the first place. This presentation is part of a wider research study that examines the circulation of family lore about indigeneity in white settler families. The focus here will be on 5-10 public statements released since 2017 by high-profile individuals exposed by the media as making false claims to an Indigenous identity. These statements are quickly becoming a new genre of writing — one that exposes the intimate settler-colonial fantasies that propel the reconciliation era forward.
Presenter Bio:
Darryl Leroux is currently Visiting Professor of Sociology at the University of Ottawa. Starting May 1st, he’ll be an Associate Professor of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa. His book Distorted Descent: White Claims to Indigenous Identity, published in 2019, was selected as one of the University of Manitoba Press’s top ten books of the 2010s. His current academic work disentangles how family lore propels white settlers to falsely claim Indigenous identities. Otherwise, he can often be seen fishing on a backcountry lake or stream.


La Ruchée projet

Le vendredi 3 mars, les étudiants du Bac ont eu l’opportunité de participer à un atelier d’une durée de 7 heures offert par La Ruchée, un projet de recherche en éducation artistique financé par Patrimoine Canada et porté par la Fédération culturelle canadienne-française (FCCF). Le projet a été développé en réponse à la pénurie nationale d’éducateurs francophones et dans le but de promouvoir la place des arts et de la culture dans les milieux d’enseignement francophones au Canada.

L’atelier a été offert dans le cadre du projet pilote créatif Atelier Bâtir la confiance de La Ruchée, qui vise à doter les étudiants à la formation initiale en enseignement et les enseignants en début de carrière de la confiance en leur créativité et leur capacité à enseigner les arts et à intégrer les arts dans leur propre enseignement.

Cependant, les étudiants du Bac n’étaient pas les seuls apprenants de l’atelier. L’équipe de recherche a également cherché à comprendre les besoins des éducateurs artistiques francophones du point de vue des participants à l’atelier. Ce que La Ruchée apprendra servira à offrir des services aux enseignants francophones dans le cadre du développement futur d’un centre d’expertise pour l’éducation artistique francophone au Canada.

À propos de la journée, la professeure Anne Brochu Lambert déclare : « Quel privilège que La Ruchée vienne à Regina pour lancer son initiative, grâce à la vision de la directrice du Bac, Claire St-Cyr Power. Cette équipe nationale et moi-même sommes au diapason sur l’approche pédagogique en art et toute la journée a permis d’explorer et de renforcer des concepts clés. L’atelier était dynamique, mené avec expertise, les étudiants ont en retour été bien engagés dans l’expérience. Je suis convaincue qu’ils ont gagné de nouveaux outils et une bonne dose de confiance en leur future pratique d’enseignant. J’ai senti et vu que plusieurs ont vécu de vrais moments révélateurs! »


On Friday, March 3, le Bac students had the opportunity to be part of a 7-hour workshop offered by La Ruchée, an arts education research project funded by Heritage Canada and led by the Fédération culturelle canadienne-française (FCCF). The project was developed in response to the national shortage of French-speaking educators, and in order to promote the place of arts and culture in French education settings in Canada.

The workshop was offered as part of La Ruchée’s Atelier Bâtir la confiance creative pilot project, which intends to equip French-speaking preservice and novice teachers with confidence in their creativity and their ability to teach the arts and integrate the arts into their own teaching.

French education preservice teachers were not the only learners in the le Bac workshop, however. The research team also sought to understand what is needed by the French-speaking arts educators from the workshop participants’ perspectives. What La Ruchée learns will be used to provide services for French-speaking teachers through a future development, a center of expertise for Francophone arts education in Canada.

About the day, Professor Anne Brochu Lambert says, “What a privilege to have this national initiative come to Regina, thanks to the trust and vision of le Bac’s director, Claire St-Cyr Power. This team and I are on the same wave length when it comes to approaching the arts and the day allowed for exploring and reinforcing key concepts. It was really all about building that crucial confidence. The format was dynamic and expertly led, the students were engaged and generous; in the end, all got new tools and many experienced that proverbial ‘a-ha’ moment!”

Save the dates for the 3rd annual Teach and Learn Conference!

by March 20, 2023


You are invited to contribute to the Teach and Learn in a Digital World: Here and Now 2023 Conference where we will investigate our practices and exchange innovative ways of looking at Digital Literacies and Creative Technologies. Modeling innovation, this conference design is intended to disrupt the traditional vertical delivery framework with lateral exchanges in the spirit of dynamic discussion.

Session Themes: We welcome critical conversations and creative works surrounding notions of Digital Skills: Creative Technologies; Inclusivity in Technology;Technology Integrations Across Curriculum and Subject Areas; Digital Citizenship – Digital Etiquette, Digital Law, Online Security and Digital Access; Media Literacies; Critical Thinking in the Digital World; Digital Self-Care, Health and Wellness; Artificial Intelligence; Digital Art and Media Production; Digital Game Based Learning; Makerspaces and Maker Pedagogies; Robotics, Coding, and Computational Thinking; 3D Modelling and 3D printing; Social Media in Education; Classroom Management and Technology.

Formats: We welcome any and all pieces that address Digital Literacies and Creative Technologies in the form of paper and panel presentations (shared or individual); exhibits of visual, textual and performative pieces; workshops; book talks; exchange forums; and maker fairs.

Conference structure:
March 24, Friday (7 – 9 PM): Keynote, live entertainment and welcome from our elder in residence
March 25, Saturday (10 AM – 4 PM): Concurrent Sessions – Hybrid offerings
March 26, Sunday (10 AM – 2 PM): Concurrent Sessions – Hybrid offerings

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Download the Call: Teaching and Learning Here and Now Call for Proposals 2023



De/Colonizing Educational Relationships in Teacher Education Virtual Seminar Series | March 18, 19 and 25

  • Are you interested in identifying the issues around coloniality/decoloniality, unsettling teacher ontologies, and race and racism in teacher education?
  • Would you like to benefit from connecting with others and discussing an imaginary for de/colonizing educational relationships?
  • Are you looking for an opportunity to inform your research or practice?

You are invited to this free 3-day virtual seminar series:

De/Colonizing Educational Relationships in Teacher Education

March 18, 19, and 25 via Zoom

Facilitated by

Fatmakhanu (fatima) Pirbhai-Illich (Professor of Language and Literacy Education, University of Regina)

Shauneen Pete (Chair of the Emerging Indigenous Scholars Circle, Royal Roads University)

Fran Martin (Honorary Research Fellow, University of Exeter)

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Coming in 2023 | International Symposium: What are Universities For?


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SYMPOSIUM (fee-based; registrations are capped)

“What are Universities For?
Exploring roles, challenges, conflicting tensions and promising re-imaginings

May 4-6, 2023 

University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan

PRE-SYMPOSIUM PANEL – May 3, 2023 (free registration but spots are limited)

  • Free public pre-symposium event at Darke Hall, May 3rd, 2023, hosted by President Jeff Keshen, moderated by the award-winning journalist, Nahlah Ayed, and recorded for CBC IDEAS.
  • Pre-Symposium PANELISTS:

• Dr. Jonathan R. Cole, John Mitchell Mason Professor of the University & Provost and Dean of Faculties, Emeritus at Columbia University
• Dr. Malinda Smith, Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President Research (Equity, Diversity and Inclusion) at the University of Calgary
• Dr. Linda Tuhiwai Smith, CNZM Distinguished Professor – Rangahau and Mātauranga Capability at Te Whare Wänanga o Awanuiärangi
• Dr. Joel Westheimer, University Research Chair in Democracy and Education at the University of Ottawa

Full Symposium details & Registration links:

Symposium registration is $325 & includes breakfast, lunch, & dinner for each day (May 4,5, & 6)

Symposium at a glance:

The Presidents’ Panel assembles each of the Tri-Council (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC) funding agency presidents, along with the Presidents of UnivCan and the CAUT.

A few symposium speakers:

Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings

Dr. Sajeev John

Dr. Morgan Ndlovu

Dr. Linda Tuhiwai Smith

Full list of symposium participants (to date) avail here:

A detailed symposium schedule will be posted in January 2023.

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Indigenous speaker series hosting Dr. Kim TallBear

Save the date for the next Whisperings of the Land Indigenous Speaker Series, Thursday November 17, 2022 @ 10:00 a.m. via Zoom. The presenter, Dr. Kim TallBear, will speak on Science v. the Sacred, a Dead-End Settler Ontology.

Dr. Kim TallBear (Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate) (she/her) is Professor and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Peoples, Technoscience, and Society, Faculty of Native Studies, University of Alberta. She is the author of Native American DNA: Tribal Belonging and the False Promise of Genetic Science. In addition to studying genome science disruptions to Indigenous self-definitions, Dr. TallBear studies colonial disruptions to Indigenous sexual relations. She is a regular panelist on the weekly podcast, Media Indigena.

Settler-colonial society works to separate so-called spirituality from the material. This worldview inhibits understanding Indigenous knowledges as knowledge based on centuries of observations and lived relations with other-than-humans. Instead, Indigenous peoples are viewed as “spiritual,” and the disciplines tend to implicitly denigrate Indigenous understandings of the world as beliefs rather than knowledges. The knowledge/belief divide stems from a hierarchy of life that the sciences share with major religious traditions. With this understanding of sentience and agency, some humans rank above others according to race or gender, for example, and humans rank above other life forms. More recently, “new materialists” and multi-species ethnographers have analyzed other-than-humans in less hierarchical and more “vibrant” or agential, if still secular terms. I bring such ideas into conversation with Indigenous ideas of being in good relation in ways that disrupt longstanding racial hierarchies of thought.

Rethinking our science: Whisperings of the Land Series

You are invited to join us via Zoom for a presentation “Rethinking Our Science” by Leroy Little Bear, a Blackfoot researcher, University of Lethbridge professor emeritus, founding member of Canada’s first Native American Studies Department and recognized leader and advocate for First Nations education, rights, self-governance, language and culture. He has received numerous awards and recognition for his work, including the Officer Order of Canada, and the Alberta Order of Excellence. Leroy Little Bear’s lifetime of accomplishment includes some of the most important political achievements for Indigenous peoples in Canada and around the world. His dedication to education, leadership, community-building and advocacy has led to a United Nations declaration, changed the Constitution of Canada and influenced the lives of thousands of students.

Description: Every society, however it comes into existence, sooner or later, claims a territory. Within that Territory a culture arises based on the mutual relationships with the totality of the environment. This culture also comes up with an interpretive template on that reality structure. The interpretive template is what we refer to as metaphysics or paradigms. The metaphysics and paradigms determine the type of approach to science and scientific methodology. In this talk we’ll examine the metaphysics that underlie Western and Indigenous Science.

Meeting ID: 978 8760 1397 Passcode: 829580

Whisperings of the Land – Indigenous Science

The Whisperings of the Land Indigenous Speaker Series presents Wilfred Buck, a Cree astronomer and long-time educator, who will present on Ininiw Acakosuk (Cree Stars). Everyone is welcome to join us for this virtual event, 10:00 a.m., Monday, May 16, 2022.
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Teaching and Learning Here and Now: Innovations and Radical Re-Imaginings in Education 2022

The Teaching and Learning Here and Now: Innovations and Radical Re-Imaginings in Education virtual conference is happening again! Save the Dates May 27 – 29, 2022

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This is a FREE virtual conference for Faculty of Education undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, K-12 teachers and education practitioners.

Featuring Keynote Panelists Lance Dixon, the Race Equity Education Consultant at Calgary Catholic School District, and Beau Dixon, Award-winning actor, musician, playwright, music direct and sound designer, who has been listed among Toronto’s Top Ten theatre actors by NOW magazine and Toronto Star! Alicia Reschny, a teacher at Jack MacKenzie Elementary School, will facilitate the panel discussion.

Submit proposals to by April 8, 2022 EXTENDED TO April 18, 2022 (Click to download the Call for Proposals pdf)

Event Registration Deadline – May 6, 2022

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Keynote panel
Lance Dixon (Race Equity Education Consultant at Calgary Catholic School District)

Panelist: Fostering equity and inclusion in our learning communities.

The passion that guides Lance’s work is fostering equity and inclusion in our learning communities. Lance takes a constructive approach to equity education by fostering deeper empathy through racial and cultural sensitivity training. The process and practices are guided by aligning critical pedagogy, adaptive leadership, and systems thinking to the foundational principles of Catholic Social Teaching.

Beau Dixon (Actor, musician, playwright, music director, sound designer)

Panelist: Carving the legacy of his ancestors through performance while actively advocating for racial inclusion

Beau is an award-winning actor, musician, playwright, music director and sound designer and has been listed among Toronto’s Top Ten theatre actors, multiple years in a row in NOW magazine and Toronto Star.

Alicia Reschny (Teacher at Jack Mackenzie Elementary School)


Stories for the Heart Performers
Patrick Lewis
Storyteller, teacher, researcher,  professor in early childhood Education, University of Regina
Patrick Lewis studies and researches story, narrative identity, storytelling as teaching, and play based learning. He taught as a primary teacher for 20 years before joining the Faculty of Education at the University of Regina in 2004 where he is Professor of Early Childhood Education and Associate Dean. He has authored articles, book chapters, conference presentations, and books. His most recent work, Trauma Informed Teaching through Play Art Narrative is published by Brill/Sense and is co-authored with his spouse Karen Wallace.
Kedrick James
Poet, teacher and scholar, Department of Language and Literacy Education, University of British Columbia
Kedrick’s poetry utilizes procedural techniques to produce poems that create a whirlwind of images and tones. He is also an electronic musician whose current project, Collaborative Voltage, utilizes distributed “control voltage” signals to create multiplayer sonic universes of synthesized sound. At UBC, he directs the Digital Literacy Centre, a lab of innovative software development, where they have produced a mobile app called PhoneMe for place-based spoken word poetry (freely available on Google Play and the App Store) and Singling, a text data modification software. For more info about related projects, please visit
Kimberly Dark
Writer, professor, and raconteur
Kimberly is a writer professor and raconteur working to reveal the hidden architecture of everyday life one clever essay poem and story at a time. She’s performed poetry and stories at hundreds of venues worldwide during the past 20 years. She divides her time between Hawaii California and various international and domestic airport departure lounges