2022-2023 BOLTT Toronto Conference

DWF, Renfrew County District School Board Tech teachers, and LYNX coding will be presenting at session 3 –  11:10 – 12:00 PM.  Students can learn to code using the Secret Path. 
Lesson plans and teacher resources for this session are available at: https://downiewenjack.ca/our-work/legacy-schools-programs/resources/

Indspire’s National Gathering for Indigenous Education

November 23 – 25, 2022 | RBC Convention Centre – Winnipeg, MB
Come visit our DWF Legacy Schools information booth and say hi!

CSLC-CCLÉ 2022: Emerging Leaders – Unpacking Your Legacy School Toolkit


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CSLC-CCLÉ 2022: Emerging Leaders – Indigenous Inventions Workshop

DWF’s Legacy Schools program provides people with a variety of opportunities to include Indigenous knowledge and understanding in their communities. Through this workshop, youth will learn how many everyday inventions we use exist because of brilliant Indigenous minds!

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Courtney Montour | Documentary Filmmaker-Writer, Director/Digital Media

Courtney Montour is Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) from Kahnawake. She works in the documentary film and digital media fields exploring issues of Indigenous identity. She directed, wrote and co-produced Flat Rocks (2017), a short documentary revealing how the development of Canada’s St. Lawrence Seaway forever changed the landscape and the livelihood of the Kahnawake Mohawk community. Her first documentary Sex Spirit Strength won Best of Festival and the Emerging Filmmaker award at the 2016 Yorkton Film Festival. She has directed episodes for several documentary series including Mohawk Ironworkers (2016) and Skindigenous (2021). Courtney co-created and coordinated McGill University’s Indigenous Field Studies course, held in Kahnawake, for 8 years. Passionate about educating, the course surfaces the intergenerational effects of colonization and Canadian policies on contemporary Indigenous society.

Time: Oct. 21, 2022 @ 2:00 PM ET


DWF LIVE: Rhonda Head | Opera singer, Indigenous Music Activist

Rhonda Head is from the Opaskwayak Cree Nation in northern Manitoba, Canada.  Rhonda is a Mezzo-Soprano and has released five albums to date, numerous singles, and is currently working on her sixth album.  Rhonda has received 16 nominations in total and won six international music awards since she began her music career in 2010.  She writes her lyrics in her Indigenous Cree Language, and composes her melodies based off the landscape in her home reserve of Opaskwayak Cree Nation.

Time: Oct. 21, 2022 @ 12:00 PM ET

Register: https://downiewenjack.ca/dwflive/register/

DWF LIVE: Phillip Cote | Visual Artist, Activist, Ancestral Knowledge Keeper, Historical & Cultural Mediator

His First Nations affiliations are Shawnee, Lakota, Potawatomi, Ojibway, Algonquin, Mississauga and Mohawk.

A Recognized Elder and acknowledged by Vern Harper, and Philip is also is a member of Moose Deer Point First Nation, shares important Indigenous oral histories about the Star Knowledge in connection to constellations and the moon. These oral histories were passed down to Philip through his ancestors, and traditional Elders: Ojibway Elder Edward Benton Banai, Cree Elder Joe Couture, Lakota Elder Floyd Looks For Buffalo Hand, Lakota Elder Jimmy Dubrey, Lakota Elder Chief Oliver Red Cloud, Navajo Elder Leon Secatero, Ojibway Elder Dr. Duke Redbird and “The Urban Elder” Vern Harper (Cree) and Ojibway Elder Basil Johnson also including elders from research Ojibway Elder James Redsky and Ojibway Elder Stewart King.

Philip is a Sundancer, Pipe Carrier and Sweat Ceremony Leader. Philip Cote’s spirit name is (Noodjmowin) “The Healer” Misko-gayaashk “Red-Seagull” and Philip is a member of the Falseface and Eagle Societies.

Philip is also a tour guide with “First Story”, since 2005 providing an Indigenous history of Toronto covering the last 13,500 years and as far back as 130,000 years this includes star knowledge and Ojibway Cosmology.

Time: Oct. 21, 2022 @ 10:00 AM ET

Register: https://downiewenjack.ca/dwflive/register/

DWF LIVE: Becky Han | Songwriter

Becky Han grew up in Arctic Bay, Nunavut which now resides on Treaty 6 territory where she works from home. Believing that music is a crucial educational tool, she composes most of her songs in Inuktitut. Being active on social media, Han also uses her platform to share her learnings about the Inuit culture.

Time: Oct. 20, 2022 @ 2:00 PM ET

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Kiefer Collison | Radio Host, Big Brother Canada (‘Canada’s Favourite Houseguest’ – Season 9), Youth Empowerment Speaker

Kiefer Collison was born and raised on Haida Gwaii, an archipelago of islands off the coast of British Columbia.  

Growing up on an isolated island had its own set of challenges for Kiefer to overcome. He got his start in youth work at the age of 18.  

At the age of 23 he ran for the tribal council and was elected as a representative of Old Masset. During his time on council he was offered a full time job at Canada’s First Nations Radio (CFNR) to host a First Nations talk show “Journeys” that would air 5 nights a week, CFNR broadcast to over 80 communities in British Columbia. Kiefer now hosts the Midday show from 10am-2pm weekdays.  

Kiefer was selected to be a contestant on the reality TV show Big Brother Canada Season 9. He was 1 of 14 houseguests selected from thousands of other hopefuls around the country. Kiefer’s time on the show was impactful for many reasons, as he shared his Indigenous language and his songs with not only his fellow houseguests but all of Canada. Kiefer came in 4th place make it right to the final episode. Kiefer also won Canada’s favourite houseguest! It was the very first time Canada has ever had this award! Kiefer took home not only the title as Canada’s favourite but he also won $10,000!

Time: Oct. 20, 2022 @ 12:00 PM ET

Register: https://downiewenjack.ca/dwflive/register/