2017 SAGE Conference: Truth in Our Stories: Seeking a Path to Reconciliation
What is the truth about the history of Indigenous people in Canada? What does reconciliation mean to you? What can you do to redress the legacy of residential schools and the wrongs that have been committed against Canada’s first peoples? These are just three of the many questions the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada challenges all Canadians to learn more about, contemplate and act upon in their final TRC report, Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future (2015).
As educators, we all have a tremendous role to play in the reshaping of the Indigenous narrative in this country. What we say and do in our schools on a daily basis has an incredible impact on how our Indigenous students feel about themselves and how others perceive them. Regardless of whether you teach or work in a general classroom or library, you are a specialist, an information specialist, a technology coordinator or a school administrator, the Manitoba School Library Association invites you to learn more about our first peoples — their history, culture, language, spirituality and the legacy effects of residential schools in Canada — at the MSLA’s annual SAGE conference on Friday, October 20, 2017 at Fort Richmond Collegiate.
The MSLA’s SAGE planning committee has brought together an all Indigenous list of presenters who will tell their stories through text, speech, music, art, storytelling, dance and film. Keynote speaker is author, Melanie Florence, winner of the 2016 TD Children’s Literature Award for her book, Missing Nimama, a picture book that speaks to the tragedy of missing and murdered Indigenous women. Melanie is also the author of several books for middle school students with Indigenous themes including He Who Dreams and one non-fiction book, Righting Canada’s Wrongs: Residential Schools.
Regardless of where you are on your reconciliation journey, this conference will challenge you to think deeply and help you to connect or reconnect with the Indigenous peoples of Canada.
Treasure Mountain Canada 5 School Library Learning Commons National Symposium
The MSLA is also pleased to announce that in addition to our annual SAGE conference we will be hosting a national school library symposium, Treasure Mountain 5 (TMC5) which begins immediately after the SAGE conference and runs through to Saturday, October 21st. Participants can register to attend either event but we hope that you will consider registering for both. Anyone registering for both events will receive a free tour of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.
TMC5 is an opportunity for teacher-librarians, school library support staff and administrators to reflect on the latest in school library learning commons research as it pertains to cultivating culturally responsive spaces in schools across Canada. Previous Treasure Mountain events in Canada have been held in Edmonton, Ottawa, Victoria and Toronto. Find out more and explore past events and papers on the CSL website.http://tmc.canadianschoollibraries.ca/
Friday night’s keynote speaker for the Winnipeg event is Karen Boyd, Assistant Superintendent for Educational Programming in the River East Transcona School Division. Saturday’s keynote speaker is We Camille Callison, chair of the Canadian Federation of Library Association’s Reconciliation Committee and lead writer of their Reconciliation Report and Recommendations. Topics to be explored include the learning environment, instructional approaches, learning partnerships and leveraging technology to create culturally reflective and responsive school library learning commons.
Schedule of Events:
Friday, October 20 - MSLA SAGE Conference: Truth in Our Stories: Seeking a Path to Reconciliation, 8:45 am to 3:00 pm, Fort Richmond Collegiate, 99 Killarney Ave., Winnipeg (lunch provided)
Friday, October 20 — Tour of CMHR 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm (transportation provided)
Friday, October 20 — TMC5 Kick-off Dinner and Keynote, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Canad Inns Fort Garry, 1824 Pembina Hwy., Winnipeg
Saturday, October 21 - TMC5 Symposium: Culturally Relevant and Responsive School Library Learning Commons, 8:30 am to 3:00 pm, Canad Inns Fort Garry, 1824 Pembina Hwy., Winnipeg (breakfast and lunch provided)
Watch for upcoming details on how to register for one or both events on the Manitoba School Libraries website, the Canadian School Libraries website and/or the Manitoba Teachers’ Society’s website.
Early bird rates expire October 1, 2017 so don’t delay.