AB ED First Nations 101: 2nd edition - The road to reconciliation

Lynda Gray’s presentation will include some of the contributing factors that lead to Indigenous students struggling, socially and/or academically, in school. She will help teachers understand why Indigenous students and caregivers may be hesitant to engage with mainstream schools, how to build trust with them, and how to support Indigenous students to graduation. Lynda will also talk about reconciliation and how to be a great ally to Indigenous people. Many of these issues, and more, are in the 2nd edition of First Nations 101, which will be released on May 20, 2022. Lecture, with 20 minute Q&A at the end.

Target Audience

K-12

Sessions

10:50 AM - 12:20 PM

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1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

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Presenter

  • Lynda Gray

    Lynda Gray is a member of the Gisbutwada (killerwhale) Clan of the Ts'msyen Nation on the Northwest Coast of BC. Although she was born in Prince Rupert, she spent most of her life in East Vancouver until she bought a home in Prince Rupert in 2013 so that she and her children could return home more often to reconnect to their Nation, family, land, and culture. Lynda is the proud mother of two adult children: Northwest Coast artist Phil Gray and professor Dr. Robin Gray. She and her children have learned much about their Ts'msyen culture and community from their participation in the Vancouver-based Lax Xeen Ts'msyen Dance Group, from attending traditional feasts in their home community of Lax Kw'alaams, and from learning their ancestral language, Sm’algya╠▒x.

    Lynda’s work is grounded in a strong belief in community development, youth empowerment, and culture as therapy. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from UBC, served as the Executive Director of the Urban Native Youth Association for 7 years, is a public speaker, and serves on community Boards including the Indigenous Cultural Safety Advisory Circle.