Strategies to Engage with Indigenous Communities to Bring Indigenous Learnings to the Classroom

This workshop is for any educators, teachers, or support staff, who want to create relationships with Indigenous communities to bring authentic Indigenous experiences into classrooms. We will explore how to make schools and classrooms a more welcoming place for indigenous students and their families. This workshop will serve to increase your cultural competency and cultural humility, provide a high level overview of Indigenous and Canadian history, and leave you with strategies to engage with your local Indigenous communities.

Target Audience



12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

This session is full.


  • Symbia Barnaby

    Symbia Barnaby is an Indigenous woman of Haida/Mi'kmaq descent who lives in the Northwest of BC. She is a mother, nurse, doula, disability advocate and wisdom translator. Her professional background is in the health and disability sectors but her passion is sharing her knowledge of Indigenous Peoples and their ways of knowing, living and healing, with those on their allyship journey.

  • Jen Labelle


    Jen Labelle  (she/her) has been a teacher on the lands of the Lekwungen speaking peoples in the Greater Victoria School District since 2009. She is a mother of a curious, energetic five-year old and currently serves as Co-Lead of the Education Advocacy Team with the Non-profit, Moms Against Racism Canada. Her previous experience includes working in South Burnaby as a Youth Worker, Coordinating Leadership experiences for Youth with Disabilities on Vancouver Island, and mentoring Youth Volunteers to work in Recreation settings in Victoria. She has spent the past many years teaching at Shoreline Middle School. She is in the process of decolonizing her teaching practice by taking steps to becoming an anti-racist educator