CASS 2021 FNMI GATHERING WITNESS SHARING
Roots of Resilience Education Foundation was honoured to be invited to witness the 2021 CASS First Nations, Métis and Inuit Gathering. We also had the incredible opportunity to facilitate a youth panel at the gathering where we heard from three courageous, strong and inspiring Indigenous students who shared their calls to action for educators in this country.
CLOSER TO HOME
Roots of Resilience Education Foundation, sponsored by the Edmonton Community Foundation, is honoured to announce an important learning opportunity for foster parents and others supporting Indigenous children in care.
Closer to Home is a four-part learning opportunity that teaches Indigenous history, ceremony + ways of being, contemporary realities, and understanding culture + protocol. Learning resources will also be available to enhance and support further learning.
This is being offered in a webinar setting, and requires a four month commitment with sessions occurring once a month for approximately 90 minutes each. If you are interested in signing up for this opportunity, email us at
The Strength of Our People
With National Indigenous People's Month taking place in June, this series celebrated the strength of our people. We had the opportunity to learn from and engage with dancers, beaders, storytellers and even learned about Indigenous culture from our family in New Zealand. Speakers included: Elder Wilson Bearhead, Melissa Purcell, Josh Morin, and guest speakers from Aotearoa.
SUMMER SERIES 2021
Survivors & Thrivers
In this series, we heard stories from incredible survivors of the Sixties Scoop, High Arctic Relocation, Residential Schools, Day Schools, the Métis Experience as well as Indigenous women in the Justice system. Speakers included: Sharon Gladue, Larry Audlaluk, Elaina Myles, Sierra Hill, Jay Jones, and Josephine Small.
SPRING SERIES 2021
Her Unwavering Voice
Six incredible Indigenous women from across Turtle Island shared their stories of strength and resilience as well as their hope for the future. Speakers included: Lisa Koperqualuk, Chloe Bluebird Mustooch, Danielle Powder, Jaime Black, McKenna Marthiensen, Angela Lightning
WINTER SERIES 2020
From the People: An Indigenous Speaker Series
Our inaugural online speaker series where we heard about timely and important topics including treaties, systemic racism, identity, settler responsibility, and the importance of relationship from our incredible guest speakers including: Elder Wilson Bearhead, Elder Sharon Morin, Denise Baxter, and Charlene Bearhead.
FALL SERIES 2020
Future Voices for Equity & Justice: Student Panel Series
Courageous student leaders from 4 middle years classes came together to talk about justice and equity for First Nations, Inuit and Métis children. Schools included: Quebec Online Learning Academy (QC), Fort Saskatchewan Elementary (AB), Juniper School (MB) and Noel Booth Elementary (BC).