Friday, June 15, 2012

The Elders are Watching

Over the past decade, The Elders are Watching has sold over 300,000 copies. About a decade ago, my friend/artist partner Roy Henry Vickers created a short promotional video. In it, he reads our book in the voice of Chief Dan George. Educators, please feel free to share our gifts with your communities - parents, staff, students. Technology has offered us the opportunity to learn and teach in a way that we had never thought possible ten years ago. Copy and paste the link shown below and... You'll know what to do... For this opportunity as well as for having been introduced to Roy and to my own dreamworld, I thank my Grandmothers. Miigwetch Nokums! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pQftknij8k

Monday, June 4, 2012

Hot...humid Ontario

I'm just home from two great weeks in hot, humid Ontario. Chatham at 41 degrees is too much for me. Chatham as 18 degrees is still challenging to me. It was so very humid, hot and...??? With that out of the way, I've just spent two great weeks sharing learnings and hope with Aboriginal students and communities. Non-Aboriginals have had a equal dose of who we are, what our challenges have been and where we see ourselves in the future. Miigwetch to both the Catholic and Public school boards for offering me the opportunity of sharing with your staff, students and parents. For many of our kids, pride, insight and a role model is a good beginning. Pictured here is my new friend Andrew at John McGregor Senior Secondary in Chatham Andrew just won our Drum Calls Softly (and a small piece of my heart) for being a devoted and passionate reader. I'm home packing for the Halton School District, Lindsay and Thunder Bay.