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February Pro-D

February 22nd, 2019
Zonal Professional Development Day

Theme: Making Connections 13

Keynote Speakers: Tanya Talaga and Charlene Bearhead

 TANYA TALAGA is the acclaimed author of Seven Fallen Feathers, which was the winner of the RBC Taylor Prize; a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Nonfiction Prize, the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing, and the BC National Award for Nonfiction; CBC’s Nonfiction Book of the Year; a Globe and Mail Top 100 Book; and a national bestseller. Talaga has been a journalist at the Toronto Star for twenty years, covering everything from general city news to education, national healthcare, foreign news, and Indigenous affairs. She has been nominated five times for the Michener Award in public service journalism, and she is the 2017–2018 Atkinson Fellow in Public Policy. Talaga is of Polish and Indigenous descent. Her great-grandmother, Liz Gauthier, was a residential school survivor. Her great-grandfather, Russell Bowen, was an Ojibwe trapper and labourer. Her grandmother is a member of Fort William First Nation. Her mother was raised in Raith and Graham, Ontario. Talaga lives in Toronto with her two teenage children.
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 Charlene Bearhead galvanizes educators to move from 'apology to action'

Charlene Bearhead has spent her career as an educator sharing the truth of Canada’s residential school system and its devastating impact on generations of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples. As Canada kicks off celebrations for the 150th anniversary of Confederation, Bearhead, formerly the Education Lead for the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at the University of Manitoba and now the Education Coordinator for the National Inquiry of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls, shares her thoughts on why it’s more important than ever for Canadians to engage with the reconciliation process.





Times & Location

Keynote:       8:30am to 10:00am
Workshops: 10:15am to 12:15am
Lunch:          12:15pm to 12:45pm
Workshops: 12:45pm to   2:45pm
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Location: Rutland Senior Secondary School
705 Rutland Rd N, Kelowna, BC V1X 3B6

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S.D. #23, #19,  #22: no charge
SD#23 non-COTA members: $55.00
All Other Districts: $90/full or part day



If you are interested in presenting at a COTA Professional Development Day, please go to Call for Presenters and fill out the application form. Indicate which conference you would like to present at. Applications for February are due December 3rd, 2018.

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