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Indigenous Narratives: From Early Canada to the Current Modern Era.
The presentation will explore Anishinaabe people in the early period where we look at their language, culture, history, innovations and inventions that include: science, technology, engineering and math.  The Ojibwe used STEM to construct canoes, snowshoes and lacrosse sticks.  There will be a brief discussion on Wampum Belts as hypertext (HTML).  These innovations have been adapted over the years but are used in a modern context.  In recent years, Ojibwe students have been involved in robotics and have excelled in this area.  The Wikwemikong High School Robotics Team recently represented our region at the World Robotics Competition in Detroit, Michigan.  Furthermore, we will look at Aaron Yazzie, a Indigenous engineer and his role as a NASA mechanical engineer where he works at a Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.  He was recently involved with NASA’s Rover landing on Mars.  This presentation will explore why it is important to include Indigenous stories in the historical narrative and that inclusion is critical for student success to move forward in meaningful ways.

The event was made possible with funding from the Curriculum Theory Project : https://curriculumtheoryproject.ca/co-curricular-making/

Dec 1, 2021 04:30 PM in Montreal

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Dominic Beaudry
Dominic Beaudry is Odawa Anishinaabe from the Wikwemikong First Nation on Manitoulin Island.  Dominic is an Anishinaabe educator with B.A., B. Ed., and Masters Degree and enjoys sharing Indigenous knowledge to students that want to learn. His passion is including positive Indigenous narratives in daily classroom lessons.  When delivering classroom lessons we need to move beyond the primitive Indigenous narratives and move to the modern inclusion and contributions of Indigenous people.