Manitoba School Library Association (MSLA) SAGE Conference
October 20, 2017 08:45 - 15:00
Theme: Truth in Our Stories: Seeking a Path to Reconciliation
What is the truth about the history of Indigenous people in Canada? What does reconciliation mean to you? What can you do to redress the legacy of residential schools and the wrongs that have been committed against Canada’s first peoples? These are just three of the many questions the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada challenges all Canadians to learn more about, contemplate and act upon in their final TRC report, Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future (2015).
As educators, we all have a tremendous role to play in the reshaping of the Indigenous narrative in this country. What we say and do in our schools on a daily basis has an incredible impact on how our Indigenous students feel about themselves and how others perceive them. Regardless of whether you teach or work in a general classroom or library, you are a specialist, an information specialist, a technology coordinator or a school administrator, the Manitoba School Library Association invites you to learn more about our first peoples — their history, culture, language, spirituality and the legacy effects of residential schools in Canada — at the MSLA’s annual SAGE conference on Friday, October 20, 2017 at Fort Richmond Collegiate.
The MSLA’s SAGE planning committee has brought together an all Indigenous list of presenters who will tell their stories through text, speech, music, art, storytelling, dance and film. Keynote speaker is author, Melanie Florence, winner of the 2016 TD Children’s Literature Award for her book, Missing Nimama, a picture book that speaks to the tragedy of missing and murdered Indigenous women. Melanie is also the author of several books for middle school students with Indigenous themes including He Who Dreams and one non-fiction book, Righting Canada’s Wrongs: Residential Schools.