Pursuing Social Justice through Truth and Reconciliation
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Pursuing Social Justice through Truth and Reconciliation
Presented by: Donna Ross & Denise Peterson
Located at: FFCA - Learning Centre
110 - 7000 Railway St. SE, Calgary, AB
About the Session


This session will provide educators with pragmatic strategies to forge and maintain relationships grounded in Indigenous applications of Social Justice. The presentation will align social justice practice with the concepts of Cultures of Belonging, Instructional Design, Pedagogy and Sharing through Story. Educators will gain practical knowledge applicable to professional and classroom practice.

A Practical Classroom Approach

Educators have articulated the need to incorporate both transformative and restorative practice as a means to achieving the outcomes identified in the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action. Evidence-based research by leading experts such as Braithwaite, Brokenleg, Bendtro, Cajete and others convey the effectiveness of integrating Indigenous ways of knowing as a means to heighten awareness and educate around issues relevant to achieving social justice. Participants in this session will:

  • Gain insight and understanding into the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action related to social justice.
  • Through discussion and engagement with Elders from our Indigenous communities, acquire greater understanding of the need for truth in the pursuit of social justice.
  • Increase their understanding of how implementing Indigenous social justice practice may benefit all students, staff and community.

This learning opportunity is being offered through a grant from Alberta Education.

About the Presenter(s)

Donna Ross is currently seconded with the Calgary Regional Consortium to provide Education for Reconciliation and Foundational Knowledge of Alberta’s First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people. With 27 years’ experience as an Indigenous educator, Donna brings passion and also a deep knowledge of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit histories, the impact of residential schools, and the infusion of Indigenous ways of knowing into Alberta curriculum and organizational culture.

Denise Peterson is part of the Calgary Regional Consortium team on Education for Reconciliation and Foundational Knowledge of Alberta’s First Nations, Metis and Inuit people. Denise has been a teacher, administrator and consultant for the past 30 years.  In 2003 she worked with Siksika Education and Golden Hills School Division to open a partnership outreach school. Denise is grateful for the guidance and input she received from Elders and Knowledge Keepers and is humbled to have their encouragement to share with others to further education for reconciliation.  

Fee: $15.00

Includes: light snacks

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