Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The Treaty 4 Youth Project: Day 1

The Treaty 4 Youth project was a dream of two Campbell Collegiate teachers, Naomi Fortier-Freçon and Leia Laing.  Both of these French Immersion teachers wanted their students to have a better understanding of treaty rights and what it means to be a treaty citizen.  Despite teaching different courses and grades of students, they decided to begin this project that would allow for deeper understanding for students, and culminate in a collaborative art project that would represent this understanding.

The Treaty 4 Project committee, comprised of representatives from Regina Public Schools, Elder Noel Starblanket and representatives from First Nations University, met regularly to plan and organize this event.  From an initial idea developed the concept of a multi-school collaborative project that would allow students the opportunity to learn and create together.  Leia and Naomi applied for and received a grant from the Saskatchewan Arts Board in order to fund most of this project.  

Read more to find out about Day 1 of the Youth Conference:
The Treaty4Project Youth Conference began on Tuesday, April 29th.  Students from Scott, Martin, Balfour and Campbell Collegiates were welcomed to the First Nations University of Canada by Cadmus Delorme, Brad Bellegarde, and the MC for the day, Sandra Bellegarde.

La conférence jeunesse Treaty4Project a débuté mardi le 29 avril.  Les élèves des écoles Scott, Martin, Balfour et Campbell ont été accueillis à l'Université des Premières Nations du Canada par Cadmus Delorme, Brad Bellegarde et la maîtresse des cérémonies, Sandra Bellegarde.

Students were able to see some important artifacts from the signing of treaty 4 including the treaty 4 medal  and the treaty 4 suit.  Special thanks Chief Perry Bellegarde, Elder Noel Starblanket and the Royal Saskatchewan Museum who assisted in this process.

Les élèves ont eu la chance à examiner de près des artefacts importants datés de la signature du traité no 4, la médaille et le costume original donné le jour de ce moment historique.  La comité aimerait remercier le Chef Perry Bellegarde, l'ainé Noel Starblanket et le musée royal de la Saskatchewan qui a accordé son soutien dans l'obtention de ces deux objets historiques. 

The Treaty 4 Medal and the Treaty 4 Suit

Brad Bellegarde (@InfoRediculous) performs for the students 
View from the 2nd floor at First Nations University - Students gathering.
Cadmus Delorme - Welcoming the students to the First Nations University.

Students were able to participate in a variety of workshops led by First Nations University students, staff and invited presenters.  These session included:

Indigenous knowledge: Learning Cree though traditional song  Shannon McNabb
Missing and murdered aboriginal women  Brenda Dubois
Clearing the Plains: Dr Jim Daschuk                                                                        
Treaty 4 Role Play: Calinda Hotomanie, Nicole Peigan, Crystal Starr, Amber Boddy, 
Whitney Cote, Winona Yuzicappi. Connie Starblanket                   
Art planning  Ray Keighley
Indigenization: Dr Shauneen Pete
Historical Primary Source Inquiry   Sandra Bellegarde
Do indigenous people have rights to mine?  Dr Andrew Miller
Legal interpretation and language interpretation (spirit and intent) Riva Racette
White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack (McIntosh)   Jessica Dieter
The Métis Experience Outside of Treaties  Calvin Racette
Nationhood Interrupted: Revitalizing nêhiyaw Legal SystemsDr Sylvia McAdam
TV NEWS: Indigenous Circle on CTV Creeson Agecoutay

See below for a few photos of sessions:

Art Planning with Ray Keighley

Preparations begin for the collaborative art project on Day 2
Submitted on behalf of the Treaty 4 Project Committee

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