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Indigeneyez Teacher Training - Information Session

May 29, 2020 jjamison


 June 24th, 2020

Information session on an overview of the program and expectations.

3:30 pm to 5:30 pm in Zoom. Click on the Zoom link below.


5 days program of teacher training over the COTA Summer Institute, October 23rd and February 12th Pro- D days.

Fostering Cultural Safety and
Reconciliation in the Classroom

An IndigenEYEZ Integrated Pilot Project

This pilot project is an inquiry-based process that will span the school year and include 5 days of training, as well as curriculum modules that mix Syilx knowledge and principles with experiential learning to try out in your classrooms.  There will also be opportunity to be part of an inquiry group (online platform) with IndigenEYEZ facilitators who will offer ongoing support and guidance over the year.  This is being offered at no cost as a reciprocal exchange to test our school curriculum and gain your feedback on the effectiveness of the curriculum modules plus your observations about the impact they have on classroom learning outcomes. 

Phases: The curriculum and training are divided into two phases of delivery. This allows allow time for digesting the material and supports greater flexibility about when and how you deliver the modules—going at your own pace and whatever works best for your classroom.   

Phase 1: Prepping: This is about creating the circle of learning. Setting the respectful foundation to have difficult dialogue around issues that are complex and conflictual. 

Phase 2: Diving in: This is about exploring the dialogues that are fundamental to truth and reconciliation. This includes the facts about stolen lands and Indian residential schools but more importantly how to unpack what it means to live in a country with this history. Teaching children concepts like power and privilege, stereotypes and racism—and how to create safe dialogue on these difficult and conflictual topics. 

The first three days of training provide Phase 1 curriculum together with training on ways to bring the First Peoples Principles into the classroom (online or in person). We focus on how to build the container for learning that is inclusive and creates space for difficult conversations. These are cutting-edge, out-of-the box ways of teaching. At IndigenEYEZ we know that we can’t keep doing what we’ve always been doing and expect different results. Our methodologies focus on how to build the container for transformative learning more than the content which is why we start Phase 1 with some training before handing over the curriculum modules.  

This inquiry group will foster a collective spirit of forging new ways together as we build courage to try out new practices and learn how these methodologies are landing in our classrooms.

Schedule for Phase 1: Aug 31-Sept 2  

Key outcome: Participants will leave feeling energized and confident about delivering the first set of curriculum modules.

8:30-9:30 am  Pre-reading & preparation: self-awareness quiz, worksheets

9:30-11am       Online session with IndigenEYEZ: 

How to foster cultural safety and bring the First Peoples Principles of Learning into your classroom with Syilx specific teachings and activities. 

11am-noon      Post-session writing: How I will apply this in my classroom 

—lunch break— 

1-2:30pm        Online session with PYE Global (

Creative Catalyst: Concrete strategies for using creative expression processes (online or in person) to deepen the impact of holistic, embodied, and experiential learning.  
This video will give you an idea of what they have offered in other classrooms around the world….

2:30-3pm           Personal writing: Reflections and inquiry questions 

Schedule for Phase 2:  Oct 23rd, Feb 12th 

Oct 23rd: Participants receive the second set of curriculum modules.

Feb 12th: Final training will focus on participants sharing: • What worked? • What adaptations were made? • What is next for this curriculum and learning approach in your classroom?

About Our Program Director
Kelly Terbasket is well known for her love of creating new connections between people, organizations, and ideas. As a person of mixed Syilx Okanagan and English/German heritage who grew up in Syilx Okanagan territory, she has been navigating the complexities of oppression and division her whole life. This sparked her passion for inclusion and turned her into a bridge builder. Starting with a degree in social work (University of Victoria), Kelly’s career gave her the opportunity to observe many levels of First Nations service delivery. She was central to the rollout of the Aboriginal Head Start Program in BC and helped over 100 communities get their program running. Kelly has more than 30 years of experience building relationships in grassroots community development in sectors spanning social development, health, early childhood, and education. Kelly is a Certified Executive Coach (Royal Roads University), and trained in Creative Facilitation through Partners for Youth Empowerment (PYE Global). As principal of Blind Creek Consulting, Kelly developed and delivered many resources for her own Nation. She is known throughout BC for her inspiring workshops on team building, strategic planning, effective leadership, and fostering deeper community engagement. Kelly believes in returning children and youth to the center of the social ecosystem. Fascinated by systems change and motivated to find stronger means of leveraging change, Kelly began developing innovative training programs and exploring new ways of delivering them. This eventually led to fortuitous connections with the other founders of IndigenEYEZ including Syilx Okanagan facilitator Warren Hooley and Potawatomi healer and Rediscovery leader Kim Haxton. For the past 5 years, Kelly has led the IndigenEYEZ team in combining creative facilitation with Indigenous frameworks for change to tackle the fragmented relationships left by colonization. In the past few years she has facilitated workshops on cultural safety and truth and reconciliation in the Okanagan school system. Her workshops show educators how to create holistic, embodied learning environments aligned with Indigenous values and supportive of a more inclusive classroom. Kelly lives with gratitude and joy in her family’s ancestral home with her two daughters on the Blind Creek Reserve in the South Okanagan-Similkameen, Syilx territory.

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