Danita Lewis

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Name: Danita Lewis
Organization: Southgate Middle School
Website: http://southgate.sd72.bc.ca/
Title: Middle School Teacher
Bio:
My name is Danita Lewis. I am from Cold Lake First Nations. I have lived in the Comox Valley for over 20 years and consider this my home. I am a middle school teacher with my specialty teaching First Nations Studies. This is my passion. Through my teaching I reach a wide range of learners. I have put together a pretty exciting, fun and hands on program that all grade 7 students will take as part of the exploration rotation during the school year. In this program students experience: Week One: Introduction focuses on the diversity of First Nations. Week two: First Nations Clothing Week three: First Nations Education – elder story telling Week four: First Nations art Week five: Field trips to the Big House and First Nations Exhibit at the Museum Week six: First Nations Food and final projects I have found the majority of students who have experienced this program have huge transfomative shifts in their thinking and the way they look at First Nations people. Students also experience a program called "The Village" that helps students understand the lasting intergenerational effects of residential schools. The majority of students have a new appreciation for First Nations culture and traditions.

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The issue that this program is helping to solve is cultural awareness and sensitivity in our school and community. First Nations studies is an exploratory program all grade 6 and 7s take as part of their exploratory rotation. This program is a fun and exciting program that uses a hand-on learning approach to teach students about Aboriginal history and culture. The program creates awareness and respect for Aboriginal people, traditions and activities amongst the students and serves to build bridges between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal learners.

Aug 25, 2012 / 0 Comments / in

First Nations Studies Exploratory serves to build bridges between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal learners.

Jan 24, 2012 / 0 Comments / in At risk youth, Education, Youth development, Youth leadership

My name is Danita Lewis and I am the First Nations studies teacher. I have put together a pretty exciting, fun and hands on program that all grade 7 students will take as part of the exploration rotation during the school year. The program is successful because it not only supports the Aboriginal learner but it increases all grade 7 students’ knowledge and respect for Aboriginal histories and culture.