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Public library invited a storyteller to do indigenous cultural storytelling sessions in the libray, schools and the community. This was a partnership with the Living Sky Casino, Innovaiton Credit ...

Public library invited a storyteller to do indigenous cultural storytelling sessions in the libray, schools and the community. This was a partnership with the Living Sky Casino, Innovaiton Credit Union, Saskatchewan Aboriginal Storytelling Week and the Swift Current Public Library.

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  • PLUS:Public Library United with Schools I would like to talk about the Aboriginal programs that we organized last month. This project demonstrates community engagement and relationship development. The event reached out to political stakeholders, members of the library board, our staff, and everyone in our community.
  • PLUS:Public Library United with Schools The main goal was cultural literacy using the art of ‘oral storytelling’ tradition. We invited storytellers and involved both the aboriginal and non-aboriginal community. The events were supported by the city of Swift Current, Tourism Swift Current, Living Sky Casino, Innovation Credit Union, Friendship Centre and the schools in our community.
  • PLUS:Public Library United with Schools Members of our library board and library staff visited the council on February 3. Mayor Sandy Larson proclaimed the second week of February as the ‘Aboriginal Storytelling’ week.
  • PLUS:Public Library United with Schools Lyndon Linklater, Norma Jean Byrd, and Simon Moccasin did presentations in the library and at the schools in our community. Shadow puppet plays were developed by library staff. Hands on craft activities were organized and a Photo booth was set up.
  • PLUS:Public Library United with Schools Over 700 school students and teachers listened to Lyndon's stories about treaties and legends. This was funded by the Office of the Treaty Commissioner Speakers Bureau. We created two blogs. A Blog is like a portfolio. We posted press releases, community feedback, posters, and any information that we could use to communicate with the staff, the library board and our community.
  • PLUS:Public Library United with Schools Lyndon used different ways to communicate with the audience. In this picture he is showing the pictograph where the Band leader is signing a treaty with the Government of Canada representative. He told stories about the great spirit and mother earth. Lyndon used the drum and sang to demonstrate the rhythms and sounds used by his tribe to communicate. I am quoting from the exit slip filled by a Grade 5 student, “I learned that just because we are different cultures doesn't mean we have to fight. We all have different beliefs. I liked the story he told us about the 5 brothers. The point of the story was not to be greedy. He also told us another story that loneliness can sometimes fool you. The main thing I liked was learning about other people's culture and about the First Nations. I'm looking forward to next year.” SINGING?
  • PLUS:Public Library United with Schools The second event was a workshop facilitated by Elder Norma Jean Byrd. She is a teacher with the Regina School Division. On Valentine’s Day, Norma Jean visited the library and did a workshop about the medicine wheel and its significance. The event was funded by the Library Services for Aboriginal People Initiative.
  • PLUS:Public Library United with Schools Norma Jean is the lady in the red dress and she used visuals and her collection of spiritual gifts to enhance our understanding of native symbols, beliefs, and principles. Mothers, grandmothers, grandfathers, adults, youth, and seniors attended the workshop. Métis Elder Cecile Blanc and Carol Low from the Friendship Centre and Library board members Carol Stewart and Edith Gibbings attended the presentation. I am quoting a comment one of the participants wrote on the exit slip. “ One thing I learned today is the potential of the Medicine Wheel to heal the earth and her people. The importance of healthy relationships – people in our lives who reinforce positive attitudes – how to also do that for others who are in need.”
  • PLUS:Public Library United with Schools The third visitor to Swift Current was Simon Moccasin from Little Jack Fish Lake Reserve. He is a young teacher. The event was funded by Saskatchewan Aboriginal Storytelling program grant, St. Patrick’s School and Innovation Credit Union.
  • PLUS:Public Library United with Schools This slide demonstrates the intergenerational learning that happens at the community hub - the public library. Simon told stories of identity and interdependence. Children and the elders present were well engaged. He showed that we all have similarities. Sheldon Hess, the person wearing the green shirt, is the financial advisor from the Innovation Credit Union. The gentleman in the black coat is Jonathan, Senior Operations Manager from the Living Sky Casino.
  • PLUS:Public Library United with Schools Trickster program was developed by the library staff. ‘An idea plus an idea makes a great idea,’ as Linus Pauling said. The idea was given to us by Lionel Tootoosis, General Manager of the Living Sky casino.
  • PLUS:Public Library United with Schools The program included shadow puppet plays, stories, activities, and crafts. We delivered the program in the schools in Swift Current and surrounding areas. Then, we customized the program for a family day social on February 21. The first poster was like a hook and the objective was to generate interest for the Trickster program. (Interested in bringing this program to your library? Want to know more, call the library now! ) We wanted to take the program to communities outside our service area to share knowledge with other schools and public libraries. Mostly we think global but act local. In this case we were acting global. The second poster was targeting teachers and school librarians responsible for native studies curriculum. It also promoted poetry. The third poster reached out to families and please note the text 'Take a Picture with Charlie.'
  • PLUS:Public Library United with Schools This is Margaret and myself doing shadow puppet play for the February 21 Saturday family social at the library. Here the children are learning to do shadow puppet plays.
  • PLUS:Public Library United with Schools Awesome bannock was made by Carol Low from the Friendship Centre. Lionel, Lois, Liara, Cecile Blanc and her husband - The indigenous community are having a chat at the library. This slide demonstrates coming together and fusion of Métis and First Nations culture.
  • PLUS:Public Library United with Schools A family is making dream catchers and animal shields. Library staff created animal stamps. Our patrons stamped animals such as the mouse on the shield. A mouse stands for 'attention to detail‘.
  • PLUS:Public Library United with Schools This is a slide from our photo booth. Charlie our pet Coyote is playing with our clients. We set up a Photo Booth to take library memories into the homes. We printed the picture and stamped the library website on the back of the picture and then we gave the picture to our clients.
  • PLUS:Public Library United with Schools We gently included the art of storytelling into the 'Mother Goose program for 0-2 years' with the idea of introducing oral storytelling culture to mothers of young children. Indigenous Networking Circle program was a Book Club. We created this poster for businesses and community organizations who employ the indigenous population as well as for mothers.
  • PLUS:Public Library United with Schools We directly reached over thirteen hundred school students, adults, seniors, preschoolers, and families. The activities were advertised in the local newspapers, radio, cable and our website. Posters were placed in the public places in our community. Information was released with the city utility bills. We were able to reach over 12,000 people in our community.
  • PLUS:Public Library United with Schools

February Saskatchewan Aboriginal Storytelling Month Short March12 Presentation Transcript

  • 1. Saskatchewan Aboriginal Storytelling Month February 2009 Swift Current Public Library SAS Feb 2009 Swift Current Public Library
  • 2. Aboriginal Cultural Literacy
    • 120 aboriginal and 1,192 non-aboriginal people listened to cultural stories
    • Supported by municipal, tourism, bank, aboriginal organizations and schools
    • Introduced oral storytelling tradition
    SAS Feb 2009 Swift Current Public Library
  • 3. SAS Feb 2009 Swift Current Public Library
  • 4. Engaging the Community
    • Storytellers
    • Presentations
    • Workshops
    • Book club
    • Shadow puppet plays
    • Crafts
    • Photo booth
    SAS Feb 2009 Swift Current Public Library
  • 5. Lyndon Linklater
    • Funded by Office of Treaty Commissioner
    • February 10-27
    • 11 presentations in the schools and public library
    • 763 school students listened to cultural literacy sessions
    • http://lyndonlinklatergrade4studentsfeb11.blogspot.com/
    • http://lyndonlinklateratthelibrarycommunity.blogspot.com/
    SAS Feb 2009 Swift Current Public Library
  • 6. Lyndon Linklater SAS Feb 2009 Swift Current Public Library
  • 7. Medicine Wheel Workshop
    • Funded by LSSAP grant: $600
    • February 14, 1:30-4:30 pm
    • Facilitator Norma Jean Byrd
    • 31 people attended the workshop
    • http://medicinewheelworkshop.blogspot.com/
    SAS Feb 2009 Swift Current Public Library
  • 8. Norma Jean Byrd SAS Feb 2009 Swift Current Public Library
  • 9. Simon Moccasin
    • Funded by SAS Grant: $400 and supported by St. Patrick School and Innovation Credit Union
    • February 24, 1-2 pm
    • Preschoolers, seniors, and intergenerational learning
    • 3 presentations attended by 209 people
    • http://simonmoccasinfebruary24.blogspot.com/
    SAS Feb 2009 Swift Current Public Library
  • 10. Intergenerational SAS Feb 2009 Swift Current Public Library
  • 11. Trickster Coyote
    • Program designed by Library staff based on the ‘trickster’ idea given to us by Lionel Tootoosis from the Living Sky Casino and Métis Elder
    • Presentations in the schools and public library
    • Families and cultural literacy with shadow puppets, stories, and crafts
    • Four school presentations and a Saturday family literacy program
    • http://familytimewithtrickstercoyotefeb.blogspot.com/
    SAS Feb 2009 Swift Current Public Library
  • 12. SAS Feb 2009 Swift Current Public Library
  • 13. Trickster Coyote SAS Feb 2009 Swift Current Public Library
  • 14. Métis Elders and Living Sky Casino SAS Feb 2009 Swift Current Public Library
  • 15. Family Traditional Crafts SAS Feb 2009 Swift Current Public Library
  • 16. Charlie the Coyote SAS Feb 2009 Swift Current Public Library
  • 17. Storytelling for Mothers & Book Club SAS Feb 2009 Swift Current Public Library
  • 18. 1,312 people reached in the community SAS Feb 2009 Swift Current Public Library
  • 19. Questions SAS Feb 2009 Swift Current Public Library http://www.city.swift-current.sk.ca/city/library/Saskatchewan%20Aboriginal%20Storytelling%20Month.ppt