Lecturers, training assistants, and help workers of the Yellowknife Training District No. 1 gathered by the Yellowknife River on Thursday to participate in an Indigenous language training day.
The purpose of the day was to show the roughly 300 new and returning college workers the significance of language and tradition, in order that they will higher have interaction with the Dene Kede curriculum, based on coordinator Andrea Harding.
“It truly is simply a chance for us to respect and have interaction within the cultural learnings of the world and have folks come collectively in order that they really feel that we’re supporting their skilled studying in a means that is related for them,” mentioned Jameel Aziz, superintendent for the Yellowknife college district.
Aziz says he hopes educators will be capable to take the abilities and assets from this training day to interrupt down cultural limitations of their school rooms and hold Indigenous languages alive.
The day began with a chief welcome and a feeding-the-fire ceremony, adopted by a keynote speech and efficiency from Juno award profitable Canadian singer Susan Aglukark, who graduated herself from Yellowknife’s Sir John Franklin highschool.
Workers then spent the afternoon growing expertise in Indigenous cultural practices akin to soapstone carving, moose cover tanning, canoeing, beadworking and extra.
There have been additionally many alternatives for attendees to realize familiarity with the Willideh language.
“As a younger Indigenous girl, I really feel that it is wanted an increasing number of,” mentioned Crystal Catholique, who’s a brand new training assistant at Sir John Franklin. “The academics having the ability to expertise what we’ve got been doing since I have been rising up — that they are capable of take the language with them, having the ability to present the scholars that is what is completed on this space of the Northwest Territories.”
This was additionally the primary time educators have been capable of collect en mass because the begin of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Yellowknife college students return to the classroom on Aug. 29.