Many Indigenous books on a blanket

Books to Build On

Indigenous Literatures for Learning Workshop

Aubrey and Erin in the library

The Books to Build On: Indigenous Literatures for Learning workshop is intended to equip participants with all necessary tools and information to weave Indigenous ways of knowing through story. As pre-service teachers, weaving Indigenous ways of knowing and text in your teaching is essential and this database will assist you no matter what your comfortability with Indigenous texts is. Additionally, as a pre-service teacher, you are required to demonstrate competency five of the Teaching Quality Standard (TQS),  “A teacher develops and applies foundational knowledge about First Nations, Métis and Inuit for the benefit of all students.”

This interactive workshop will introduce you to an ever-evolving online database designed to make Indigenous literature and accompanying unit and lesson plans more accessible. This database is an extremely complementary tool for this competency and for your teaching practice in general as you weave Indigenous stories into your lessons and your life. In this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to interact with co-leads and/or project members who will share the background, intention, and purpose of the database. From there, the workshop host(s) will demonstrate how to locate various Indigenous texts and accompanying lesson and unit plans through the user-friendly search portal. Additionally, participants will gain the opportunity to try it themselves and build connections on how it may be used in the future and present professional or personal lives.  

When: September 24, 2024, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Where: Online, Zoom details will be provided closer to the date.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Develop cross-cultural competencies related to language, culture, and place
  • Examine how programming fosters inclusion and personal growth
  • Examine how programs develop students’ literacies (reading, writing, numeracy, digital, etc.)
  • Examine the diverse ways children and youth experience and express knowledge, actions, and identities
  • Share and receive knowledge regarding teacher education and teaching practice

Experiential Learning Check-In & Reflection Opportunities

All participants in Experiential Learning programs are welcome and encouraged to attend at least two of the check-in & reflection sessions below as part of their program. Reflection is an incredibly important part of experiential learning. It encourages students to consider their experience so far and to adjusted as needed as they go forward through the rest of their program, or into the next step of their career.

Fall Check-In & Reflection Sessions

  • Tuesday, October 15, 2024: 9:30 am (Zoom)
  • Monday, October 21, 2024: 2:30 pm (in-person)
  • Tuesday, October 29, 2024: 5:00 pm (Zoom)
  • Monday, November 4, 2024: 9:30 am (Zoom)
  • Tuesday, November 19, 2024: 12:00 pm (Zoom)
  • Friday, November 29, 2024: 9:30 am (in-person)
  • Tuesday, December 10, 2024: 5:00 pm (Zoom)
  • Thursday, December 12, 2024: 9:30 am (in-person)

Winter Check-In & Reflection Sessions

  • Monday, January 20, 2025: 9:30 am (in-person)
  • Monday, January 20, 2025: 2:30 pm (Zoom)
  • Thursday, January 30, 2025: 9:00 am (in-person)
  • Monday, February 3, 2025: 9:30 am (in-person)
  • Tuesday, February 4, 2025: 12:00 pm (Zoom)
  • Thursday, February 20, 2025: 1:30 pm (Zoom)
  • Tuesday, March 4, 2025: 5:00 pm (Zoom)

Stack of books surrounded by Indigenous symbols and items


Registration for the workshop is open now.

Registration is through Elevate Events. If you have to log in to Elevate after clicking the registration link, you can access the event by going back to this page and clicking the registration button again, or through the Werklund School of Education > Werklund Events > scroll through to September 24 events.