Education News Spring 2018 | Page 10

Over 400 attended #TreatyEdCamp 3.0 Photo credits for photos posted to Twitter: Brenna Pacholko, UR S.T.A.R.S., Amy Martin, Claire Kreuger, Ms. Olson, Sarah Reimer, Vanier Treaty 4, Maytlind Mallo, Bill Cook, Raquel Bellefleur. UR S.T .A.R.S. organized the third annual #TreatyEdCamp, professional development for teachers and preservice teachers, with over 400 educators voluntarily attending this year. The organizers brought in local area Chiefs to speak about Treaty Education, as well as teachers and Elders who spoke about different aspects of Treaty Education. The support the #TreatyEdCamp receives allows UR S.T.A.R.S. to offer the camp free of charge. New this year was a special preconference speaker, Edmund Bellegarde, Tribal Chief File Hills Qu’Appelle Events Tribal Council, who presented on the evening of October 20, 2017, as well as joining a panel including Michael Starr, Reila Bird, Sarah Longman, and Joanna Landry. On October 21, Elder Alma Poitras started the camp in a good way, offering prayer. Keynote Charlene Bearhead spoke on keeping the truth in truth and reconciliation. Participants had multiple choices for concurrent sessions throughout the day. Participants could purchase and enjoy a bannock burger, made available for lunch by Scott Collegiate High School. Organizer Katia Hildebrandt says, “We are looking forward to hosting the 4th TreatyEdCamp in the fall of 2018, and we would love to see more Faculty of Ed profs and instructors participating and/or offering sessions. As well, we received a lot of positive feedback about the open-space conversations held during the afternoon at the last event, so we are planning to include those again in the fall.” Page 10