Exploring Indigenous Children's Literature

Are you amazed by the growing genre of Indigenous Children’s Books, but unsure which ones to use in your classroom?  This interactive workshop will strengthen your knowledge of Indigenous ways of knowing and being, colonial history, and the current movement toward truth and reconciliation.  You will explore Indigenous approaches to education; become familiar with sub-genres of the literature, contemporary Indigenous authors and illustrators; and have an opportunity to look through a selection of the newest and the best titles.   Leave the workshop with the confidence to select authentic and appropriate books for the K-7 curriculum, and a deeper understanding of how they can enrich learning.

Target Audience

Elementary Teachers, SEA's, Librarians, and Indigenous Education staff


10:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Room 327

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  • Alison Gear

    Alison is an educator, children's author, and speaker of settler ancestry.  She spent twenty years on Haida Gwaii where she worked as an Early Learning Coordinator for School District No. 50.   Her MA in Language and Literacy Education from UBC focussed on the collaborative development of early learning curricula founded on Indigenous knowledge.   Her latest book, Taan's Moons, was a selected title for the First Nations Communities Read Program and has been distributed throughout BC as part of the Welcome to Kindergarten Program for the past three years.