“Who stirs in their sleep when a single buffalo runs? When a herd moves…We too, must shake the ground. We must speak with one thundering voice!”
A powerful statement addressed to a group of leaders by Chief Big Bear in the 1998 TV mini-series about his life. These are the words that echo in the meaning of our group name as it is the space we create in coming together to speak with one voice. The significance of our name is to empower each student as their message becomes a part of a sound to be heard like thunder across the prairies. It is to awaken those who are still asleep.
E-Journalism as a Response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action
Last year, school divisions throughout the province and country made commitments to respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action. One of the Education and Reconciliation Calls to Action is 63.iii, which calls education systems and educators to the challenge of:
“Building student capacity for intercultural understanding, empathy, and mutual respect.”
Indigenous and non-Indigenous students may learn about Canadian history and the treaty relationship, yet often do so in isolation from one another and the community’s dialogue. True understanding, empathy, and mutual respect develop when we collaborate with friends on projects we care about!
So, we formed a team of teachers and students who, over time, would develop friendships and engage in e-journalism projects at community events focused on Truth and Reconciliation.
Teachers and students from two schools have joined forces: the Constable Robin Cameron Education Complex at Beardy’s & Okemasis Cree Nation, and Aden Bowman Collegiate Institute in Saskatoon, SK. There are 3 teachers and 16 students.
So far, we’ve travelled to one another’s homes. During these times, we share meals and stories, visions and fears. We do activities that help us to better understand our personal and shared histories. We learn from our friends what it is like to be Indigenous, and non-Indigenous, recognizing the troubling effects our shared colonial history has had on our identities. We discern how to use our voices, individually and collectively.
We’ve also travelled to events as an e-journalism team. You can read about them on this site. It is our hope that this site will afford you a bit of what it’s affording us: a place where we can make new friends, deepen our knowledge of ourselves and the world, and contribute to Truth and Reconciliation through e-journalism and online dialogue.