Social Studies Teachers Association

Cultural Connections

Friday, October 25, 2019



Saint Mary's University
923 Robie Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia

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Some sessions have limited enrollment so please register early.


Parking will be limited!
Participants are encouraged to plan ahead, carpool, and arrive early.

In an effort to be environmentally conscious, the SSTA Conference this year is BYOB!
That's Bring your own BOTTLE for water, and Bring your own reusable BAG for brochures and other exhibit freebies!

Conference Schedule:

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Conference Registration – Sobey Building
9:00 a.m. - 9:55 a.m. Welcome and Keynote Address Loyola Conference Hall
Weldon Boudreau, Acadian Singer-Songwriter & Performer
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Workshops in Session A
11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Tour of Exhibits -  Loyola Conference Hall
Nutrition Break
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Workshops in Session B
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch - Loyola Conference Hall
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Workshops in Session C
2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. SSTA General Meeting - Loyola Conference Hall
Delegate Receipts issued

Registration Information:

SSTA Conference fee $100.00 (includes lunch)
Substitute / student/ retired registration $50.00

All registration questions should be directed to:

As per NSTU Operational Procedure 13 E. III.: receipts of payment and attendance will not be distributed until the conference has concluded.

Keynote Speaker
Weldon Boudreau, Acadian Singer-Songwriter & Performer

Weldon Boudreau has worked as a french, second language teacher for 20 years in several public schools in the greater Halifax area in the Halifax Regional Centre for Education. Since 2008, he has taught music at École Beaubassin, one of the francophone schools in the CSAP (Conseil  Scolaire Acadien Provincial).

He has contributed to the development of Nova Scotia's francophone music scene. He is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, and his music is strongly influenced by his Acadian roots, which he works passionately to promote and preserve. In 2004, he launched his Acadian album "L'Acadien de l'Acadie" and in 2005, he received a nomination from the Music Industry of Nova Scotia for  “Francophone album of the year”. In 2015, he launched his song "Nos Aïeux" at the Canadian Juno Beach Centre in Courseulles-sur-Mer, France. That same year, he participated in numerous festivals in Normandy such as le Festival Acadien à Courseulles-sur-Mer.

He has toured the 21 schools of the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial and he directs and is the artistic director of his school choir at École Beaubassin. He is also the coach and artistic director of the group "Route 102". A group of 4 young francophone students (2 members of Truro and 2 members of Halifax joined by the highway that joins the two places, "Route 102". The group “Route 102” perform at schools and different governmental functions and their mission is  to promote Acadian culture everywhere.

Weldon Boudreau has performed with his daughter Josée, throughout Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Quebec, Lafayette, Louisiana and the Acadian Festival of Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer in France. Weldon and Josée share the same passion for performing and for promoting acadian culture to inter-generational crowds everywhere they travel.

In 2014, the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial awarded him the Teacher of the Year Award.

In 2019, he received the award "The Order of the Pléiade". The title of Knighthood, a distinction recognized by Paris officials that rewards those who have distinguished themselves by serving the ideals of cooperation and friendship of the francophone community internationally.

Special Off-site Sessions:

Full Day

Q1:      Hands-on Archaeology – Grand-Pré National Historic Site – A special FULL DAY location workshop for the SSTA Conference
This workshop is full. If you would like your name to be added to a waitlist, please REGISTER for the conference and choose other workshops, AND send an email to with the subject: Waitlist

Location for this workshop only: Grand Pre National Historic Site – Kings Co, NS (Maximum 10)
Dr. Jonathan Fowler, Saint Mary’s University Anthropology Department
This special FULL-DAY workshop on Friday October 27, will allow teachers to get their hands dirty while investigating one of the region’s most storied communities. Jonathan has been conducting archaeological investigations at Grand-Pré for 17 years and in this workshop will introduce you to the tools of the trade and the nature of the research process while working on an authentic colonial-era archaeological site. Join the team! Back by popular demand!
Register here as usual and you will be contacted with further details. Participants are responsible for their own transportation directly to the site and home (you do not need to come to SMU first).  Lunch is provided. Dr. Fowler notes that archaeology can be moderately physical demanding, and so participants are asked to dress for the weather and consider their ability to fully engage in such activities.

Q2       Explore the history and culture of the Mi’kmaw people at Millbrook Cultural and Heritage Centre
This workshop is full. If you would like your name to be added to a waitlist, please REGISTER for the conference and choose other workshops, AND send an email to with the subject: Waitlist

A Special FULL DAY location workshop for the SSTA Conference
Location for this workshop only: Millbrook Mi’kmaq Heritage Centre, Millbrook NS.(Maximum 15)
Heather Stevens , Operations Supervisor, Garrett Gloade, Senior Heritage Interpreter and Jeff Wilmot , Senior Heritage Interpreter.
The full day with the Millbrook Cultural & Heritage Centre will consist of the history, present day and the future of the Mi’kmaw People of Mi’kma’ki (Eastern Canada).  The morning will be information based and a bit of hands on learning with an onsite scavenger hunt, a hand drum presentation with a discussion on the drum and the significance of the drum, music and dance.  We will also have a smudging ceremony, which is cleansing that most First Nations people practice.  The afternoon will consist of making your very own hand drum with our staff

Full Afternoon

Q3     Heritage Day 2019: Maud Lewis. At the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax – A Special location workshop for the SSTA Conference – AFTERNOON ONLY 1:00-3:00PM
Presented by Shannon Parker, Nova Scotia Art Gallery and Barry Smith, Nova Scotia Archives  
The Maud Lewis workshop at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia will explore the life, the home, and artwork of Nova Scotia's 2019 Heritage Day honouree. Participants will tour the permanent Maud Lewis Gallery, have the rare opportunity to step inside the Painted House, and view some seldom seen video and photographic footage.
Taking elements from the Gallery's very popular Mostly Maud tour (, the workshop will include a tour, hands-on activities, a talk, and different media elements. The topics covered in context with Maud Lewis and her artwork will address a wide-range of curriculum outcomes, including socio-economics, health, and art, and will be tailored to the needs of workshop participants.
Register here as usual and you will be contacted with further details. Participants are responsible for their own transportation directly to the site from SMU at lunch. Please register for morning sessions at SMU as usual.

Longer Option Sessions:  (10:30-12:30)

AB1:   Using the StoryPath Approach to Engage Diverse Learners in Social Studies
Ashleigh Fleming, Teacher Truro Junior High School and Emily Reilly Culturally Relevant Pedagogy Mentor, CCRCE.
Tired of always having your students write an essay as a final product? Why not have them represent what they have learned in a creative way by using the StoryPath approach to create a GalleryWalk as a final project. It is a fact that students learn best when they are active participants in their own learning. The StoryPath approach presents learning as a narrative: plot, setting and characters. This workshop will introduce you to the StoryPath as well as provide you with access to academic articles about the process and an already made lesson about the Halifax Explosion that you will take part in.
Suitable for teachers of Grades 5-9 Social Studies and ELA
Participants are encouraged to dress for hands-on art work (maybe even painting!)
This workshop is a “double” session. If you sign up for it, you do not need to sign up for other morning workshops.

AB2:   Kairos Blanket Exercise- The history we were rarely taught
Mary Rigby and the Kairos Blanket Exercise Team
This participatory exercise has two components- an initial interactive drama and a reflective Talking Circle led by an Indigenous Elder. The Canadian landscape is represented by blankets laid out on the floor and participants are asked to stand on the blanket and take on the role of the Indigenous people. You will participate in reading the story with the narrator, walk through pre-contact, and treaty-making, and respond to the European colonizers. When the story line arrives at the doorstep of the present, the interactive drama is complete and then an Elder leads participants through a talking or sharing circle. Back by popular demand!
Participants are encouraged to dress comfortably.
This workshop is a “double” session. If you sign up for it, you do not need to sign up for other morning workshops.

Workshops in Session A  (10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.)

Maximum participants per session - 30 unless otherwise indicated

A1       100 Years Later - Nova Scotia Communities and the "Spanish" Influenza Pandemic of 1918
Dr. Martin Hubley, Curator of History, Nova Scotia Museum and other TBC
2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the largest viral pandemic ever to occur globally, that of the outbreak of "Spanish" Influenza from October 1918 on, which killed over 2,000 Nova Scotians and infected many more. This session will highlight new and ongoing research and local narratives as to why Nova Scotia had one of the lowest death rates from the pandemic in North America, and why similar measures might be needed in any future pandemic outbreaks. The session will also explore the Defining Moments Canada national digital history project commemorating the pandemic, and how these resources can be used in classrooms and communities.
Applicable for teachers of grades 9-12

A2       Why do Hopeful Stories Matter Lessons from Criminology and Forensic Mental Health
Dr. Jamie Livingston, Assistant Professor, Department of Criminology, Saint Mary’s University
This workshop explores how hopeful stories can be used as a tool to engage and inspire students, especially when teaching about subjects focused on human misery and social injustice (e.g., crime, war, oppression, discrimination). Although it is vital to teach about the terrible things that humans do to each other, it is equally important to expose students to stories about human resilience, overcoming adversity, and positive change—otherwise, students may end up disillusioned and disengaged. Workshop participants will hear examples from courses in criminology and a research program that examines stories of success among people with mental illness who have been found by a court to be ‘Not Criminally Responsible on account of Mental Disorder’ after committing a crime.
Open to all teachers, but may be most applicable to teachers of grade 9-12

A3       Collaborative Field Study: Collect, Analyze, and communicate your data with ArcGIS
Jean Tong, Manager K-12 Teaching and Learning, Esri Canada and Angela Alexander, K-12 Resource Developer, Esri Canada
In this hands-on session, teachers will learn how to create a collaborative field study using a free, interactive survey tool in ArcGIS Online. Survey123 allows you to create quick surveys that will engage your students and get them outside. A survey can be a tree inventory, a community exploration, or a conservation study. Teachers will also learn how to collect, view, analyze and communicate the results of the survey in ArcGIS Online. Bring your own survey ideas and we can help get you started. Did you know that all Nova Scotia teachers and students have access to a free subscription to ArcGIS Online?
Sign up for a free ArcGIS Online account at least 3 days before the conference at
Suitable for teachers of grades 7-12, particularly Social Studies, History, Geography and Science
Les ressources présentées dans cet atelier sont également disponibles en français.

A4       Enhancing Social Studies through Youth Exchanges
Karrine Levesque, Communications Coordinator and Deborah Morrison, President and CEO Experiences Canada
Experiences Canada is a national charitable organization that promotes greater knowledge and awareness of Canada’s diversity through youth travel and reciprocal exchanges.  They provide funding to support an estimated 4500 youth each year travelling in groups of 10-30 youth with their chaperones and help to pair teachers and groups with similar ages and trip goals.
This workshop will guide participants through the reciprocal exchange process from application to post-event opportunities, and provide detailed examples of recent exchange activities such as carnival, maple sugaring, and lumberjack events in Quebec; dog sledding, trapping rabbits and visiting an ice castle in NWT; canoeing in Saskatchewan and camping and visiting historical sites in Ontario.
Suitable for Social Studies, English and French teachers of grades 7-12
Les ressources présentées dans cet atelier sont également disponibles en français.

A5       Climate Change and Questions of Justice
Mimi Stevens, Director of Professional Development, The Choices Program, Brown University USA
The session provides educators with an introduction to using Climate Change and Questions of Justice, a student-centered curriculum (provided) and videos that provides multiple perspectives on climate change. Participants will engage in activities from the unit to experience the power of Choices Program's units. This is a fun, hands-on workshop, complete with door prizes! All attendees receive a free copy of the unit and accompanying videos
Suitable for teachers whose curriculum includes global issues, particularly Global Geography and Citizenship Education 9

A6       Intersectionality and Community Based Learning
Dr. Benita Bunjun, Saint Mary’s University
This workshop explores the concepts of intersectionality and community based learning within a social justice equity framework. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with case studies and consider the ethics of community based / engaged learning while ensuring an understanding of power relation.
Suitable for teachers of grades 8-12, particularly courses with a social justice component

A7       Mi’kmaq Songs/ Issues
Raymond Gilbert Sewell, Indigenous Student Advisor SMU
This workshop will begin with a discussion of traditional Mi’kmaq music introducing people to the Land of the Dawn, and will then explore issues facing l’nu students in the classroom today. We will explore seeing indigenous people as an asset and seeing the wonderful potential, they have to make the world great.
Applicable to teachers of History, Social Studies, Mi’Kmaq Studies and Music

A8       A conversation on prejudice and hate 
Dr. María Gómez, Assistant Professor, Department of Criminology, Saint Mary's University
In this presentation, we examine definitions of prejudice, hate, violence and crime to explore the context and conditions in which prejudice becomes hate, hate turns into violence and violence makes hate a crime. We will explore these topics through the review of some legal cases that involved violence based on sexual orientation, gender identity or expression and are relevant to identify the role of nonstate and state actors in transforming or reproducing this type of violence. 
Most applicable for teachers of grades 11 & 12 

A9       Nova Scotian First World War Soldiers & Canada's "100 Days" (August 8 - November 11, 1918)
Bruce MacDonald, Retired Teacher and Independent Researcher
This workshop examines the experiences of several Nova Scotian soldiers who served with various Canadian Expeditionary Force units during the First World War's final months. Participants are introduced to several online primary sources available for researching the stories of soldiers who fought at Amiens, Arras and Cambrai during the war's final phase, known today as "Canada's 100 Days." The workshop also outlines a process that students can follow in researching soldiers from their communities and/or families, and provides a "template" for generating a final product
Suitable for teachers of grade 9-12, particularly Canadian History 11

A10     Co-creating Second World War Classroom Activities
Sandra O'Quinn - Canadian War Museum
Get an exclusive look at the Canadian War Museum's latest national outreach program.
The Supply Line program is an education initiative that sends artifact kits to schools across Canada for a two-week loan - absolutely free. Workshop participants will get a sneak peek at a Second World War Discovery Box prototype. It contains both reproduction and authentic objects, photos, art and archival documents relating to Canada's involvement in the war. The goal of the session is to gather feedback on the materials and generate ideas for creative and innovative classroom activities that will spark students' curiosity through hands-on learning.
Suitable for teachers of all grades

A11     Educational Games in the Secondary Social Studies Classroom - This workshop is full
Dr. Ingrid Robinson, St. Francis Xavier University
This workshop identifies practices teachers can use to engage their students in learning social studies content and skills through the use of games. Teachers will have the opportunity to learn why and how the use of games in a social studies classroom is not only an engaging strategy for students but also has educational value; Social studies games can help students improve their content knowledge and more importantly they can help students develop historical thinking skills. Participants in this session will have the opportunity to learn about social studies games through the use of lecture, demonstration, and hands-on group work, which they can take back for use in their classrooms.
Suitable for teachers of grades 7,8,9 Social Studies
This is a “Bring Your Own Device” workshop

Workshops in Session B (11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)

B1       Nova Scotia By Treaty:  Peace and Friendship Agreements
Roger Lewis, Curator of Ethnology, Nova Scotia Museum and Kayla Rutterham, Naturalist, Museum of Natural History
Many people believe that treaties only dictate rules for people with indigenous identities. This is not true. This workshop will highlight pivotal moments regarding treaties in Nova Scotia. Through engaging with archival documents, participants will gain a better understanding of what treaties are and who is impacted by them. This session will include a discussion on agreements in Nova Scotia prior to European contact, a visual timeline of the history of treaties in Nova Scotia, and a glossary of terms. Additionally, this session will deal with issues of misinformation, broken promises, and the responsibilities we all share in Nova Scotia. Participants will explore ideas around agreements between nations, why this information is relevant to our everyday lives, and how this information can be presented to engage students from all backgrounds.
Suitable for teachers of grades 4-12

B2       Thinking beyond ‘accommodation’: strategies for talking about religious and racial differences in the classroom
Dr. Sailaja Krishnamurti, Associate Professor, Religious Studies, Saint Mary’s University
Schools are a key social location in which issues around religious difference, belonging, and citizenship can emerge. Debate on such issues in Canada has focused on the question of ‘tolerating’ or ‘accommodating’ differences. Such debates can especially marginalize racialized students (particularly Muslim, Sikh, Indigenous) who are part of faith communities. In this workshop, we will use a series of case studies to generate strategies for talking about religious diversity in a way that moves beyond the accommodation debate and broadens conceptualizations of citizenship and belonging in Canada.
Applicable for teachers of grades 7-12

B3       Free Energy Efficiency presentations to facilitate Social Studies Outcomes in classrooms across Nova Scotia
Olga Lucia Torres, Program Manager and Colleen Freake, Program Coordinator, Green Schools NS
During this workshop, teachers we will learn about the Green Schools NS energy efficiency resources and activities that are available for free to all schools in Nova Scotia, and how they relate to Social Studies curriculum outcomes. The presenters will highlight how Green Schools NS can support teachers with in-person, virtual presentations, and/or support packages ready to implement in the classroom.
We will distribute samples of our resources and information about the curriculum outcomes links, . Also, we’ll discuss opportunities to analyze individual needs in the classroom and how Green Schools can help.
Suitable for teachers of all grades

B4       Holocaust Education Beyond the Museum
Cornélia Strickler, Head of Education, Montreal Holocaust Museum & Edna Levine, Community Engagement Director, Atlantic Jewish Council
Facebook: Musée de l'Holocauste Montréal; Twitter: @MuseeHolocauste; Instagram: @MuseeHolocauste;
This workshop will introduce teachers to the Montreal Holocaust Museum's pedagogical activities adapted for the Nova Scotia school curricula. These tools include Hana's Suitcase, The Heart from Auschwitz, 17 Letters: For the Last Time and Forever, and Exploring the Evidence: The Holocaust, Cambodian Genocide, and Canadian Intervention. The workshop will show teachers how they can incorporate these tools in the classrooms and how to talk about the Holocaust and mass atrocity with students more broadly.
Suitable for integration of historical inquiry, visual arts, and language arts Grades 5-6, 7-9, 10-12.
Hana's Suitcase and The Heart from Auschwitz are not suitable for children under age 10.

Les ressources présentées dans cet atelier sont également disponibles en français.

B5       The Gambia Project Cultivating Global Citizens – Lessons from the Gambian Field Course at SMU
Dr. Jason Grek-Martin, Department of Geography & Environmental Studies, SMU
This session will share some of the lessons we have learned through offering our department’s international field course to the West African nation of The Gambia over the past eight years. In particular, we will focus on student encounters with difference in the context of a developing nation and how their exposure to diversity and adversity has helped shaped their development as global citizens.  Drawing on reflective writing produced by the students themselves, we will share some of the key insights and concerns that have emerged in relation to our travels in The Gambia.  We will also explore how these travels have subsequently shaped the lives of some of our students.
Suitable for all teachers who address global issues in some capacity through their curriculum

B6       Nova Scotia: Our People and their Built Heritage
Catherine Buckie, Consultant
Discover history through our built environment. Explore a new web-based resource specially created to meet the Social Studies Streamlined Curriculum introduced in 2016-17. This grade 4 unit focuses on exploration to enlighten students through short illustrated stories. Students engage with these stories through discussion questions and inquiry-based projects.
The presenters are eager for teacher feedback and suggestions. Produced by the Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia.
Suitable for teachers of all grades, upper elementary in particular

B7       Thinking Like an Anthroplogist: Strange as familiar, familiar as strange
Dr. Michelle MacCarthy, Assistant Professor, Anthropology,  SMU
One of the key things I try to impress upon undergraduate students is the importance of thinking critically about commonly taken-for-granted notions like “culture” vs “nature”, or “normalcy”. Anthropology is a discipline that advocates seeing the world in a way that insists on context, relativity, and reflection. In this presentation I will elucidate how we might facilitate “thinking like an anthropologist” among secondary school students, and why this might be a useful exercise.
Applicable for both junior and senior high teachers

B8       Citizenship Education 9 – Enlighten, Empower, Engage - This workshop is full at this time, however it is repeated in the afternoon as workshop C12
Julie Ramey, North Queens Community School, Citizenship Education 9 Pilot Teacher
The new Citizenship Education/ Éducation Civique course for grade nine Social Studies is a new, exciting curriculum that engages students in powerful discussions and actions as young citizens.  Students learn about government, global issues, financial and digital citizenship, and how to use their skills in communities through service learning. Hear first hand from a pilot teacher about the experience of piloting the course last year, as she offers her best tips and practice to those new to the course this year.
Suitable for teachers of Citizenship 9/ Éducation Civique 9e
Les ressources présentées dans cet atelier sont également disponibles en français.

B9       Public History Getting students to understand that history is not only about the past
Dr Nicole Neatby , History Department, Saint Mary’s University
This session will give teachers ideas on how to make the subject of history more relevant to students who often assume it has nothing to do with them and is of little relevance in the present. Through a presentation of issues addressed in Public history courses, teachers can get ideas on how to make students more aware that history is in fact all around them (museums, the web, television, movies) and frequently raises controversy which involve politicians and the wider public. Various assignments will be discussed which teach students to better understand how societies, including their own, represent the past in public and how to evaluate its relevance and impact.
Applicable for High School teachers

B10     Teaching Social Studies Through Food: The pedagogical and sociological advantages of feeding students in the classroom
Brock Jackson, West End Memorial School, Springhill NS
Based on recently published study in the Journal of Social Science and Medicine by Caitlin Daniel (Economic Constraints on Taste Formation and True Cost of Healthy Eating) this presentation will aim to align current Social Studies and related curriculum with issues relating to food production and consumption. Moreover, it will demonstrate how introducing students to unfamiliar foods in the classroom can create valuable learning experiences, as well as positive long term sociological change. Taste-testing and small group discussion will be included in the presentation. Resources with curriculum tie-ins will be provided.
Applicable for teachers of all grades
Workshop participants with food allergies are urged to make these known prior to October 20 via email at

B11     Making the First World War personal: Helping students learn about family and community connections to World War One through the use of primary sources and online databases.
Michael Wilson, Social Studies Lead teacher, New Germany Rural High School
This workshop will introduce teachers to free and easily accessible databases they can use with their students when exploring Canada's role in World War One using primary sources. These databases will give access to attestation papers, circumstances of death records, letters, photographs, and cemetery information, showing students that the men and women who served in World War One were not just numbers. These were people who had stories, families, loved ones, fears, and desires. I normally start the students with famous soldiers we talk about in the unit. People like John McCrae, Billy Bishop, etc... Once they look up these files on the databases, they are required to look up names of their choice, soldiers related to the students, or their communities The databases give scans of original documents  so students can see their handwriting and information from when they joined the war. I will provide the participants instructions on how to access and use these databases (which are free) as well as an example lesson. Participants to should come away with other options to add to their already existing lessons by giving them access to these primary source databases which help students feel engaged and show them the personal side of war.
Suitable for teachers of grades 7-12, particularly Social Studies 7 and 8, and Canadian History 11
This is a bring your own device workshop

Workshops in Session C: (1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.)

C1       Museum Making: Yesterday and Today
Maggie MacIntyre, Interpretive Researcher, Nova Scotia Museum, and Katherine MacLeod, Manager of Interpretation, Highland Village Museum
The Nova Scotia Museum (NSM) celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2018. The museum has taken this opportunity to explore why museums matter in 2018 and how the history we present both helps and hinders the way we build our future. This workshop, based on the NSM 150 exhibit and public engagement project "Museum Making," will look at issues that matter to Nova Scotians in 2018 (climate change, living wage, social justice, destigmatizing mental health, new Canadians, technology, globalization, etc.) and how our history can be used to drive these conversations today. This workshop will explore how museum and contemporary resources can be used to develop critical thinking and citizenship skills.
Applicable for teachers of all grades

C2       Teaching reconciliation in the history classroom: Historica Canada’s Indigenous Resources
Mira Goldberg-Poch, Program and Education Coordinator, Historica Canada
Twitter: @historicacanada
A greater understanding of Indigenous perspectives on Canada’s history is an important part of the reconciliation process. Popular narratives of Canadian history have most frequently been told from the perspective of European settlers, neglecting Indigenous experiences of the past and present.
This workshop will provide an overview of Historica Canada resources designed to promote classroom exploration of the diverse experiences of Indigenous peoples throughout Canada’s history. It will help educators promote critical thinking, tackle ethical questions, reconciliation in the history classroom, and help students consider how worldviews shape – and are shaped by – history. Participants will receive a bilingual Historica Canada resource package.
This workshop draws upon the historical thinking framework developed by Dr. Peter Seixas and the Historical Thinking Project, and is informed by Historica Canada’s Indigenous Perspectives Education Guide,  
Suitable for teachers of  Grade 7 & 8 Social Studies; Citizenship 9, Canadian History 11; Mi'kmaw Studies 11, Sociology 12.
Les ressources présentées dans cet atelier sont également disponibles en français.

C3       Education programs:  The Royal Canadian Geographic Society
Sarah Black, Education Consultant, CanGeo Education
Canadian Geographic Education, the education division of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society, provides resources and opportunities for both teachers and students. These opportunities include several contests with very significant prizes for students, professional development opportunities for teachers, and resources from small to Giant Floor maps, brochures, over 400 teaching activities, guest speakers, and magazines. All of these resources and contests are free. This workshop will provide details regarding the opportunities, show many of the resources, and answer any questions you may have.
Suitable for teachers of all grades, because geography is everywhere!
Les ressources présentées dans cet atelier sont également disponibles en français.

C4 Building Intercultural Competence: Teaching Global Citizenship and Transcultural Literacy
Dr. Tajana Takseva, Saint Mary’s University
The rapid transformation of global society in the age of knowledge and innovation, increased global flows of financial capital, and also people and diverse cultural and social norms, are changing national landscapes in more than one way. These changes have fostered a growing recognition that intercultural tolerance, integration and meaningful dialogue—the main traits of intercultural competence-- constitute the key tools for the 21st century, ensuring the capabilities of individual persons to deal with growing heterogeneity in a globalized world. This interactive session will provide an overview of two concepts that are essential for developing intercultural competence in ourselves, and our students: global citizenship and transcultural literacy. Participants will explore the core dimensions of both concepts in the context of educational methodologies, instructional attitudes and classroom activities that foster empathy, a sense of belonging to a broader community and common humanity beyond ”us” and “them” dichotomies. A list of suggested instructional activities and a bibliography for further reading will be provided.
Suitable for teachers of all grades.

C5       Creating New Ideas (Idea Generation)
Barrinique Griffin, Entrepreneurship Program Coordinator, Centre for Entrepreneurship Education and Development (CEED)
Creating New Ideas (Idea Generation) Introduce entrepreneurship to participants with Idea Generation. participants will spark their entrepreneurship through hands -on and interactive workshop where participants create a new product or service and pitch their ideas. participants can walk away with ideas on how to be more creative, a business idea. (the possibilityies are endless) .
Applicable for teachers of grades  4-12

C6       Heritage Fairs made simple!
Tony Eisenor, Teacher, Bridgewater Elementary School and Heritage Fair ambassador
An opportunity to learn about the benefits of a Heritage Fair as a vehicle to drive the inclusive and comprehensive education of student, teacher and family. Learn about the cross-curricular outcome goals that should be achieved. How to setup a Heritage Fair in your class, school, and if need be, your District. Information will also be provided on the revised Canada Young Citizens program where students can create their Heritage Fair projects to compete nationally for an opportunity to go to Ottawa. Also included will be information on the "Encounters with Canada" program.
Applicable for teachers of grades 4-9

C7       Meet the New Elections Canada Suite of Resources
Rachel Collishaw, Education Consultant Elections Canada
Meet the new Elections Canada suite of free, bilingual, inquiry-based learning activities! Teachers will participate in exploring the new classroom-ready activities: Does Voting Matter?, Voting Rights Through Time, Elections by the Numbers, Civic Action, Then and Now, and more. All of the activities for students are hands-on, inquiry-based, take only one class period, use disciplinary thinking concepts, and are designed to engage students in civic discourse and active citizenship. These resources have been piloted in schools across Nova Scotia as part of the new Citizenship Education for grade 9 Social Studies. They have also been piloted across Canada and have been developed in collaboration with educators across the country to fit the needs of teachers for high-quality, well-researched, non-partisan, inquiry-based materials. Participants will experience some of the activities in this workshop, and there will be time for discussion with colleagues about how and when they might be used in your history or civics classroom.
Participants will learn about the new suite of Civic Education resources developed by Elections Canada, and explore bite-sized, inquiry-based activities.
Suitable for teachers of grades 7-12,
Les ressources présentées dans cet atelier sont également disponibles en français.

C8      Africentric Resource Materials and How to Use Them & The African Nova Scotian History Challenges
Nancy Sparks: Former Teacher and Program Advisor, Beatrice MacDonald, Teacher and Mentor, Tony Colaiacovo, Publishing Consultant
Engaging and involving students by inspiring historical curiosity and artistic creativity.

The Delmore “Buddy” Daye Learning Institute (DBDLI) is committed to excellence in Africentric education and research. Based on Africentric principles, the DBDLI’s activities are centered on connecting with and serving African Nova Scotian communities and students. The DBDLI identifies and addresses the gaps and educational equity issues through research, publishing and developing educational resources. This workshop will review the Africentric resource materials developed by the DBDLI and discuss their use to further the learning outcomes for all students.
Suitable for teachers of all grades

C9       Summer Learning in Europe: Study Tours for Educators with the Gregg Centre for the Study of War and Society
Jessica Roache, Cunard Junior High
This session gives an overview of the programs offered to teachers by the Gregg Centre at the University of New Brunswick. Battlefields, ruins, and monuments from Canada's wars at home and across Europe are the classroom for the War and Society Study Tour Program. These study tours make the history of war and its impact on societies come alive by introducing participants to battlefields and historic sites in Canada, Italy, France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. All of their study tours for educators consider both the military aspect of the campaign and its impact on the local social, cultural, and geography of the area. Like Jessica, who participated in 2017, you can also take part in this amazing professional development opportunity. and consider ways to use Historical Thinking concepts to bring topics of war and society alive in our classrooms.
Suitable for teachers of all grades, especially Grades 7 and 8 Social Studies, Canadian History 11, Global Geography 12, and Global History 12

C10     Gaelic Infusion in the Classroom- Resource: Fionn MacCool and the Salmon of Knowledge
Terri M. Roberts B.A., B.Ed, author of bilingual Gaelic/English children's book,  and Emily McEwan-Fujita  PH.D., publisher, Bradan Press
The tales of Fionn MacCool and his band of warriors, the Fiana, were popular across the Gaelic world, from Ireland to the Isle of Man and Scotland. Scottish Gaels brought tales of Fionn MacCool to Nova Scotia beginning in the 18th or 19th century and transmitted them orally from one generation to the next as part of their Canadian Gaelic culture. Fionn Mac Cool and the Salmon of Knowledge  is the story of the great Gaelic hero Fionn MacCool and why he sucks his thumb. The tale introduces children to Gaelic storytelling and oral tradition. Author Terri M. Roberts and Gaelic publisher Emily McEwan-Fujita will share their lesson plans, experiences writing and publishing this bilingual book, and provide resources for teachers to use in their classrooms.
Suitable for Elementary teachers and those looking to infuse Gaelic into their curriculum

C11     “Forced to Flee”: A Simulation on Decision-making during Conflict and Migration - This workshop is full
Roberta Gramlich, Youth Engagement Coordinator, Canadian Foodgrains Bank
Forced to Flee is a refugee simulation exercise designed for classroom use. It is suitable for groups grade 7 and up, including adults. This activity requires participants to work in 'household groups' to make decisions that will lead them to the best future possible, while preserving their resources. This free simulation resource has been used in classrooms and communities across Canada to improve understanding of refugee struggles and experiences. It includes stories, facts, vocabulary and discussion questions. In this session teachers will participate in this activity, learn how to facilitate it, and discuss its potential for extended learning. Teachers will leave with instructions of how to lead to activity.
Suitable for teachers of grades 7-12
Les ressources présentées dans cet atelier sont également disponibles en français.

C12- Citizenship Education 9 - Enlighten, Empower, Engage
Allison Corbett, Central Kings Rural High, Citizenship Education 9 Pilot Teacher

The new Citizenship Education/ Éducation Civique course for grade nine Social Studies is a new, exciting curriculum that engages students in powerful discussions and actions as young citizens.  Students learn about government, global issues, financial and digital citizenship, and how to use their skills in communities through service learning. Hear first hand from a pilot teacher about the experience of piloting the course last year, as she offers her best tips and practice to those new to the course this year.
Suitable for teachers of Citizenship 9/ Éducation Civique 9e
Les ressources présentées dans cet atelier sont également disponibles en français.


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