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May 5, 2014

What fun we had at Champlain Heights Elementary School last Thursday! Thank you Lorraine Terretta for the invitation and to Div. 7 & 8 for being such great audiences. Congratulations to you all for making such fabulous CELEBRATION poems.

As always, attending the NOII, last week, is one of the highlights of the year for Strong Nations. Thank you to Judy Halbert and Linda Kaser for your support. We so appreciate the dedication to all the educators involved in your continued effort to integrate Aboriginal Ways of Knowing across the curriculum!

Mouse Celebrates the Winter Solstice has been steadily going out the door. I would like to say that although the content of the book was inspired by several things over a very long period of time, one main piece for me was the TRC. The message in the poem is saying that now is time for us all to rise up and contribute to the greater good of all, no matter your ancestry. Mouse is such a small creature but even her little voice could be heard. My hope is that children will be inspired to contribute positive change into their world. I will be adding my lesson plan to the site as soon as I can as a free download.

Next stop is Burnaby SD for another author visit on the 15th and 16th. Thank you so much to Ben Pare and Brandon Curr for their continued support of our work here. I am looking forward to spending time in your community.

Strong Nations is off to the WIPCE Conference in Honolulu this month! We are excited to go to share and learn from other folks who are working in the field of Indigenous education. Ken will be staying behind to keep things running while I am away.

That's it for May, here's hoping for some sunshine!