Webinar for Educators (Indspire)

Upcoming webinar: “A whisper of true learning”

June 11, 2014

In this webinar, Belinda C. Daniels describes her journey to developing her Indigenous teacher identity. A pivotal moment in her teaching career – a “whisper of true learning” – made her question what kind of teacher she was going to be, and awakened her nêhiyâw identity. “It made me realize that I had forgotten who I was and, at the same time, that it was my responsibility to remember where I came from for the benefit of my students,” she says. In her presentation, Belinda will explore the constructs that had either diminished or enhanced her identity development within the experiences of formal and non-formal learning.


The webinar will be held on Monday, June 23, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. EST

This is a free professional development opportunity for educators who are committed to ensuring the success of Indigenous students in Canada.

How to join:

  1. Visit the following link at the scheduled time: http://indspire.adobeconnect.com/b_daniels/.
  2. Select “enter as a Guest” and complete your name.

*Please note this webinar will be offered in English and available through Adobe Connect. Participants can join us on their PC/MAC or smart device. If joining by smart device, participants will need to download the Adobe Connect app.

More information:

For more information on this or other webinars, please contact institute@indspire.ca. Or, join the Indspire Institute’s Gathering Place by creating an account at http://indspire.ca/create-an-account/

About the Facilitator

Belinda C. Daniels comes from the nêhiyâwak Nation of Saskatchewan. Her home community is Sturgeon Lake First Nation. Belinda has been an educator and consultant for a number of years, specializing in Aboriginal education. She now resides in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan with her family. She currently works for the Saskatoon Public School Division at a local high school and the University of Saskatchewan Languages Department. Belinda’s interests are in research and engagement within her community and, particularly, in language revitalization and development.


Source: Indspire

Aboriginal Worldviews and Education | Coursera

Aboriginal Worldviews and Education | Coursera

Aboriginal Worldviews and Education Course – University of Toronto
Jean-Paul Restoule

This course will explore indigenous ways of knowing and how this knowledge can inform education to the benefit of all students.

Topics include historical, social, and political issues in Aboriginal education; terminology; cultural, spiritual and philosophical themes in Aboriginal worldviews; and how Aboriginal worldviews can inform professional programs and practices, including but not limited to the field of education.

Audience: Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal learners
Cost: Free
Starts: Feb 25th 2013 (4 weeks long)
Workload: 6-8 hours/week

River of Life (on-line course) – Suicide Prevention

River of Life is an online course designed to engage, educate and empower anyone wanting to understand suicide prevention for the Aboriginal communities in Canada.

The prevention of Aboriginal youth suicide is a community effort and therefore the responsibility should not be left to a single person. The front line workers are obviously those directly involved in the health and well being of the youth in their community.

Mental health workers, addiction counsellors, nurses, youth counsellors, community outreach workers and social services personnel are some of those occupations who should be equipped with the skills to identify and enhance the protective factors that will mitigate the risk of suicide.

In addition, we recommend that police, teachers, Friendship Center staff, probation officers, correctional services workers, foster parents, Elders, band council members and clergy also participate.

Course Objectives:

-Explain the current context of youth suicide within Aboriginal Communities;
– Describe the impact of key historical events that have disrupted cultural continuity and continue to negatively impact Aboriginal youth;
-Identify and define factors that either protect or put Aboriginal youth at risk of suicide;
– Recognize the warning signs or invitations suggesting that an Aboriginal youth might be at risk of suicide;
– Recall the legal responsibilities when working with Aboriginal youth at risk of suicide; and
– Define the three levels of suicide response: Prevention, Intervention and Postvention.

The course is presented in 8 modules:

Module 1 – Understanding Youth Suicide
Module 2 – Strength in Culture and Community
Module 3 – Aboriginal Experiences
Module 4 – Protective Factors
Module 5 – Risk Factors
Module 6 – The Apology
Module 7 – Teachings
Module 8 – Prevention, Intervention and Postvention

Course Duration:
The course is self paced so course duration will depend on the individual participant and their prior knowledge base with the course subject matter. On average, the course will take between 20 – 24 hours to complete.

take the course online