Amiskwaciy Academy hosts video conference based on Aboriginal wisdom traditions

Students from Jasper Place School, Queen Elizabeth School and Amiskwaciy Academy will gather on Tuesday, February 28, to learn how the wisdom of Aboriginal traditions can help build a sustainable world.

Elder Francis Whiskeyjack will guide students through a traditional drum circle followed by a brief presentation on Cree culture with teachings from the medicine wheel.

Afterwards, the three schools will join students and educators from across North America via video conference to discuss Aboriginal wisdom traditions and the current state of our world. They will be joined by experts such as Dr. Jane Goodall, Chief Gordon Planes of the T’Sou-ke First Nations and members of the David Suzuki Foundation.

The conference will include a solar lantern workshop by creator Steve O’Gorman, and an indigenous gardening presentation on permaculture, where students will create their own vermiculture (indoor worm-based composting systems) to take back to schools. The completed solar lanterns will be donated to the Attawapiskat First Nations in Ontario, as well as to Haiti and to parts of Africa where Dr. Jane Goodall operates.

The conference will celebrate a new kind of learning where students from diverse learning communities partner to share ideas of environmental sustainability through hands-on projects infused with Aboriginal customs.

The event will be followed in the future with a renewable energy tour of Edmonton and the building of a native plants species garden at Amiskwaciy Academy in the spring. 

David Suzuki in the classroom at Riverbend School!

On Tuesday, November 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Riverbend School students will be buzzing with excitement as they participate in a virtual classroom with Canada’s most recognized scientists, Dr. David Suzuki.

Presented by the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) in partnership with the David Suzuki Foundation, the David Suzuki Classroom is an opportunity for students to connect with the famous environmentalist, live.  Riverbend students, along with peers from 200 schools across Canada, will have an opportunity to ask Dr. Suzuki questions about the themes raised in the NFB documentary Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie.

One of the students has been selected to ask the following question:

1.  At one point in time, religion was the center of our society.  Now, it could be said that it has been replaced by the economy.  If we got rid of the economy, what would replace it?

During the online session, Dr. Suzuki will talk about his many experiences and compelling vision for the future of our planet. 

For more information on the David Suzuki Classroom, visit the National Film Board’s website.

About the film
In Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie, the iconic scientist’s “last lecture” is intercut with emotional scenes that trace his life’s journey, from an internment camp in British Columbia and the swamps of small-town Ontario to a memorial ceremony in Hiroshima and the CBC studios, where for decades he has created his award-winning TV show, The Nature of Things with David Suzuki. The film encourages the examination of world events in relation to oneself and one another, as well as our interconnections with nature.