Gifts from Richard Van Camp, Chime Live Virtual Platform Info for Attendees and more...
In this special edition of CALP Connections, please find some important information about the Literacy and Learning Symposium 2021 (Virtual), including how we will honour September 30, the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, Chime Live details, and what to look forward to in the mail!
We are so excited about the upcoming sessions, the networking aspects, the celebrations and seeing all of you online at this year's event!
If you have any questions regarding Symposium please contact Pat Halewich at 306-821-6030 or email@example.com.
As some of you know, we had already been privileged to have Richard Van Camp as one of our authors for the new Symposium Meet-the-Author this year, but when the Symposium Committee decided we wanted to recognize September 30 - the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, we knew we wanted Richard to be a part of that day as well.
Not only will Richard be sending us a special message for our Ceremony and Celebration on September 30th, he has also asked us to share these gifts with everyone attending Symposium:
Hello, my friends. Edanat’e!
One of our laws as Dene people is to share what we have. When I was asked to do a mini keynote, I asked Pat Halewich if we could share four very special resources with you and your families and she, of course, said yes. Mahsi cho, Pat!
We wanted to honour you and your family as guests here at the Literacy and Learning Symposium 2021 (virtual) Celebrations as we explore Truth and Reconciliation together.
1) Tracking Heaven: Tracking Heaven is a collection of 24 stories that I collected and transcribed these past two decades. As you know, I was starving for culture and teachings growing up, and, one day while driving the Handi-Bus in my community, I decided to go out and start recording miracle stories from our Elders and Knowledge Keepers and I’m so glad I did. You can actually hear several of these interviews from 1992 on my SoundCloud account listed below. Enjoy. And I encourage you to not wait and start recording your Elders and Knowledge Keepers and family, too.
3) “The Moon is Our Night Clock”: One thing we are doing right now as Indigenous people is we are reclaiming all we can. This document is a collection of Fort Smith Elders who share their star and moon knowledge. I encourage you to do the same. How do you say “moon”, “Venus”, “Northern Lights”, for example, in your language? What are your practices under the full moon?
4) Fort Smith Calendar. I’ve always been interested in the annual round in and out of my home community: Fort Smith, NWT. What are the people up to during the year? What are the animals? This could be a fun project with your classroom and/or family.
Enjoy these gifts.
I’ve had some time to think about this, and I think I’m onto something here, but what does Reconciliation mean to me?
Reconciliation is about helping Indigenous people become themselves again as they reclaim their language, their culture, their community, their whole selves. It’s also very much about land and resources. It’s also about acknowledging and believing Indigenous people as they share their Truths. It’s also about responsibility and action: it’s about showing up and helping when called. It’s about witnessing, and it’s about speaking up when you know further harm is happening.
All registered attendees will be given access to the virtual platform via your email and a pre-set password, which will be sent to you from firstname.lastname@example.org. Note: Your password to access the event will be automatically generated, and will NOT be the same as your CALP Portal password.
The email from the site will look like this:
Please make sure to check the email that you registered with and also your junk/spam box if you do not receive the email by September 22nd.
Your agenda will be pre-set for you based on your registration selections so please check it out!
To see your personal agenda, login to your Portal account and click on the following:
Symposium (tab at the top)
My Agenda (left hand side)
There will also be a Chime Live Demo available on-demand on the virtual platform.
For Chime Live Attendee Tips and Tricks click here.
Attendee Package Goodies!
We are so excited to tell you that once again this year we are mailing out Attendee packages full of fun and practical goodies for each of you!
Please keep an eye out for this box between September 20th-28th.
If you have submitted a PO Box address please check for a delivery notice close to those dates.
We hope you love them as much as we do!
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your delivery please contact us at the CLN Office at 877-485-4926 or email Shaba at email@example.com.
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