Event recording - September 27, 2022
About the speakers
Yvonne Poitras Pratt
Yvonne Poitras Pratt (Métis) is an Associate Professor at the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary, in Alberta, Canada. Her ancestral roots trace back to the historic Red River settlement and more recently to Fishing Lake Métis Settlement in northeastern Alberta. Yvonne worked with members of the Fishing Lake community to create a series of 19 intergenerational digital stories and this work is detailed in the 2020 Routledge publication of Digital Storytelling in Indigenous Education: A Decolonizing Journey for a Metis Community. Yvonne has published in the realm of social justice, media studies, Métis studies, reconciliatory pedagogy, service-learning, and the integration of arts in education. She earned a Werklund Teaching Excellence Award in 2016, a Students Union Teaching Excellence Award in 2017, the Confederation of Alberta Faculty Associations (CAFA) Distinguished Academic Early Career Award in 2018, and the Alan Blizzard Award for Collaborative Teaching in 2021.
Billie-Jo Grant is a proud citizen of the Métis Nation of Alberta and an award-winning educator with over 20 years of classroom experience teaching K-9 students in both public and Catholic school classrooms. Billie-Jo was the recipient of a 2017 Indspire National Award in the role model category for Indigenous education and she also received a 2018 International Women's Award for her work in Indigenous education with her local community. Billie-Jo completed a Master's degree in 2018 and stepped out of the classroom into leadership to develop authentic, meaningful, and creative Métis resources with Rupertsland Institute, Metis Centre of Excellence, before returning to Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools (Fall of 2022) in the role of Indigenous Consultant. As an inspirational educator, she encourages others to be curious, hold deep and reflective conversations, and learn more in order to do better for all students. Billie-Jo aspires to have Indigenous education omnipresent in our education system where everyone is celebrated!