Monday, 28 September 2015

Brooklands Visits Bannock Point!

The grade 4 and 5 classes at Brooklands School were extremely fortunate to take a field trip out to Bannock Point in the Whiteshell on Thursday, September 24th.  It was a full day of hiking and learning in one of the most breathtaking places in Manitoba!  If you get a chance to visit there one day, make sure you go!

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Our Favourites!

It's the time of year when schools start looking for ways to expand their libraries and spend some grant money! To help you out, we've created a list of our favourites and must-haves for your school and classroom libraries! Take a peek and start planning your shopping lists!

Early Years:
Anything by David Bouchard
 Anything by Katherena Vermette
Anything by Joseph Bruhac
 Anything by Joe McLellan
Shannon and the Dream for a School (Janet Wilson)
Peter Eyvindson (Kookum’s Red Shoes; Red Parka Mary)
Jenneli’s Dance (Elizabeth Denny)
Byrd Baylor (Everybody Needs a Rock; The Other Way to Listen)
Christy Jordan-Fenton (When I Was Eight; Not My Girl)
Pisim Finds Her Miskanow (William Dumas)

Middle Years:
Anything by David Alexander Robertson 
Looks Like Daylight (Deborah Ellis)
Christy Jordan-Fenton (Fatty Legs; A Stranger at Home)
 Red- a Haida Manga (Michael Yahgulanaas)
 A is for Assimilation (Len Fortune)
My Name is Seepeetza (Shirley Sterling)
Dreaming in Indian (Lisa Charleyboy)
Touching Spirit Bear (Ben Mikaelsen) 

Senior Years:
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (Sherman Alexie)
Richard Van Camp (The Lesser Blessed; Three Feathers)
In Search of April Raintree (Beatrice Mosonier)
Broken Circle (Theodore Fontaine)
Richard Wagamese (Indian Horse, Medicine Walk)
Thomas King (The Inconvenient Indian; The Truth About Stories)
Duncan Mercredi poetry
Manitowapow (anthology)
The Rez Sisters (Thomson Highway) – play
The Comeback (John Raulston Saul)
North End Love Songs (Katherena Vermette)

Got any other recommendations? Let us know!

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Orange Shirt Day - Every Child Matters

Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission Indian Residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake in the spring of 2013.  It grew out of Phyllis Webstad's account of losing her pretty new orange shirt on her first day of school at the Mission, and it has become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually.  The date was chosen because children are back in school and teachers have time to plan, and because it is an opportunity to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the year.  Orange Shirt Day is also an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and community agencies to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come. It is an opportunity to rebuild relationships and build community.

Phyllis' Story (YouTube video)

Monday, 14 September 2015

In. Business

Welcome back to the 2015-2016 school year everyone! We hope you all had a wonderful summer!
It's hard to believe we're already back at it!
It's the first full week, and already we're in full swing!
John Taylor was fortunate to have a special guest today - Hanwakan Whitecloud from In.Business.
In.Business is a national mentorship program for Indigenous youth. It was created by Cape Breton University, and the local chapter is run through the University of Winnipeg.
It gives students from grades 10-12 a once in a lifetime opportunity to gain experience and exposure to the business world. 
Students who are interested in this are encourage to apply!  You can fill out the application form online at In.Business, towards the bottom of the page . You will also need the student recommendation form found here
The deadline for all paperwork is Friday, October 9th, 2015.