About my business 

I am a certified teacher, with the Ontario Teachers Certification. I have a Masters of Education, and I am a published writer. A huge part of my work is around education and the TRC and to help support the process around having these difficult conversations and help to create change and create spaces to have these heartfelt conversations.  I am an Indigenous mom and I have three sons and my connections are to Pic River First Nation, Biigtigong Anishnaabeg.

beSuperior is located in the city of Thunder Bay, Ontario and offers services that are rooted in Indigenous perspectives based in Decolonizing Methodologies  building upon strengths and knowledge, using self reflection and reflective practice, and eventually impacting policy or building further approaches to help build capacity, areas, or programming.

beSuperior is about recognizing  the Lake: a place of imagination, connection and inspiration, and courageous. being Superior, is about existing in courageous ways. My identity matters because it connects me to who I am, and how I work. I see, myself as being strongly influenced by the work ethics of my grandfathers, who were also both entrepreneurs: both though, working on the Land.  beSuperior is a sole proprietorship and I am Indigenous/Anishinabek and Newfoundlander woman from Biigtigong Anishnabeg formerly Pic River though residing in Thunder Bay, Ontario Canada.

learning

Learning as a transformative act. When we invest in our learning, we are investing in ourselves, to be better leaders, that speak to the demographics and the people around us.   Learning is also about the spaces we provide. We have to chose this carefully and with great detail and thought. Learning is about changing how we deliver. Learning is about inquiry including paying attention to those details, the ones that bother us.  Learning is a way to be; on the Land, with community, together.

nurturing a connection to where we live

Drawing on the beauty and power of the Big Lake we live by and gain our sustenance from, has always been an inspiration for me. beSuperior was hoped to instil this inner beauty and belief in connection.

beSuperior strives to ignite a light within all those who participate in programming or consulting with beSuperior.

beSuperior is about recognizing the ability to believe the sky is the limit, and that at the same time we are grounded by the knowledge of our roots.

Nurturing a connection with the place we live, and making this a possibility is a testimony of our strength and creativity. beSuperior utilizes an Indigenous Methodology approach and is guided by respectful work, reciprocal work, relevant work, and lastly relationally which translates to the importance of the circle and how we are all related. These are the basics of Indigenous Research Methodologies. (Shawn Wilson, Margaret Kovach)

beSuperior believes that its cultural component, creative edge and unique vision of strength centred approaches including decolonizing which is essentially building upon our strengths.  Using Reggio methods as a base, which is based on multiple intelligences, in recognition too of the environment as the third teacher. So the environment we learn in is just as important as what we are learning. Encouraging inquiry is also important and critical thinking.

building relevant spaces that speak to the ones we are working with and for

I believe in infusing as many spaces with Indigenous Knowledge and in being culturally appropriate, and supportive in the best ways possible, and importantly, asking ourselves, how does our location or space, reflect the quality of what we offer? Does it? I really believe as Dr. Emily Fairies, a Cree Scholar shared, in her work around how schools need to be a site of both decolonizing and healing.

Giving back is part of what I do, because I think we need to create more spaces for us to come together in our expertise and field. Building a place for sharing and learning, especially in light of the TRC and our responsibility as even citizens, for me, I do it for my  family, some of whom I did not meet. I do it for my children. I do it because I too have needed that support, and hopefully the transfer of knowledge will lead to a different understanding, and not only build resilience but a shared vision of a better now.

 


 

Links to Curriculum

A Decolonizing Manual

http://fpse.ca/sites/default/files/news_files/Decolonization%20Handbook.pdf


Decolonizing Methodologies

https://nycstandswithstandingrock.files.wordpress.com/2016/10/linda-tuhiwai-smith-decolonizing-methodologies-research-and-indigenous-peoples.pdf


 

Learning

“There are times when personal experience keeps us from reaching the mountain top and so we let it go because the weight of it is too heavy. And sometimes the mountain top is difficult to reach with all our resources, factual and confessional, so we are just there, collectively grasping, feeling the limitations of knowledge, longing together, yearning for a way to reach that highest point. Even this yearning is a way to know.”
bell hooks, Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom

Thinking about how we build those better futures for ourselves, our families, #tipi #foundation #selfactualization #first

via Maslow’s hierarchy connected to Blackfoot beliefs

Justice For Colton – Calgary and Vancouver

Go Fund Me:

https://www.gofundme.com/justice4colten

 

Events for Colton and family,

Vancouver and Area:

https://www.facebook.com/events/145891392744215/

Calgary and Area:

https://www.facebook.com/events/143312106363874/?notif_t=plan_user_invited&notif_id=1518235976554651

According to Jim Rohn, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” If you are surrounded by toxic, negative people it will surely bring you down. When you have people in your life with similar values and dreams it will drive you to better yourself. The energy within the group will bring everyone up and everyone will thrive.

read more at:

https://www.thriveglobal.com/stories/16494-how-to-thrive-when-most-people-are-trying-to-survive

 

painting for all seasons

http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/art-and-design/105yearold-nyikina-artist-loongkoonan-steals-the-show-at-adelaide-biennial-of-art-20160226-gn4iyh.html


 

Ontario hub for community-based Indigenous health training launched at Western University – Media Relations

Western University has become the hub of a provincial network of Indigenous health training that is both culturally relevant and scientifically rigorous. The Indigenous Mentorship Network Program of Ontario launches…

Source: Ontario hub for community-based Indigenous health training launched at Western University – Media Relations

Indigenous Knowledge Conference in Thunder Bay – November 14 -16, 2017

Welcome to Thunder Bay’s 1st Indigenous Knowledge Conference on November 15, 16, 2017 to be held in the Robinson Superior territory in the sacred Lands of Anemki Wajiw hosted by beSuperior Consulting. 

beSuperior is honoured to have renowned legendary educator, and leader in Indigenous thought and academics, Dr. LeRoy Little Bear as the Keynote Speaker.

rsz_11rsz_leroylittlebearDr. Little Bear is a member of the Blackfoot Confederacy.  He is the founder of the Native American Studies Department at the University of Lethbridge – where he served as Chair for 21 years – also went on to become the founding Director of Harvard University’s Native American Program. He has made contributions in justice, land claims, treaties, and hunting and fishing rights. He is a leader in Indigenous philosophy.

CONFERENCE DETAILS

The aim is to examine what and how Indigenous Knowledge is expressed, and how we can facilitate this in our practice and our work, so that, we are best meeting the needs of our clients, learners, and for better understanding and good relations.

November 14 Evening – Coffeehouse & Connecting – 6-9 p.m.

November 15 Conference Day 1 – 9-4 p.m.

November 16 Conference Day 2 – 9- 4 p.m. with a panel discussion in the afternoon

PRESENTERS

  • Dr. Little Bear – Keynote Speaker
  • Dr. Cynthia Wesley- Esquimaux – Panelist, for Day 2,  https://www.lakeheadu.ca/users/W/cwesley2
  • Kelvin Redsky – Early Years & Culture, Shkoday Abinojiiwak Obimiwedoon – Thunder Bay Headstart
  • Lorna McCue – Kitchen Conversations for Action on Inclusion – Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition. For more information, see http://www.ohcc-ccso.ca
  • Peter Moses –  Experiences and Stories of the North, Economies and Indigenous Knowledge, Biigtigong Anishinaabe
  • Jana Rae Yerxa – Gii-kaapizigemin manoomin Neyaashing: A resurgence of Anishinaabeg nationhood
  • Stephanie McLaurin – Ft. William First Nation, Indigenous Governance –                  The (Im)Possible Task of Translating Leadership in the Sugar Bush
  • Aleksa Sherman – PARO Centre – Entrepreneurship
  • Michelle Richmond-Saravia – Designing an Approach To Learning on the Land & An arts based learning activity – hands on.

 

 

 

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The Eclipse

Today a time of transformation. The sun and moon will pass by. Say hello I suppose. Have a moment of peace.  A story about the sacred union.  Ill be watching on the ground in the trees.  I will chose some trees, and experience this mystery   with my sons.  A time for renewal.  Make some new intentions. Hit reset. Believe in change. Its happening all around. It was that easy.

Learning Resources from the AFN

 

ASSEMBLY OF FIRST NATIONS

About AFN Tool Kit

The Assembly of First Nations has developed the It’s Our Time First Nations Tool Kit as the basis of a comprehensive strategy to reach out to First Nations students, teachers, schools, communities and the Canadian public at large. The resource is designed to bring together First Nations and non-First Nations people and foster a spirit of cooperation, understanding, and action.

 

 

http://education.afn.ca/toolkit/

 

About being an Indigenous Woman

As an Indigenous mother I know, I have to stand a little taller, and remember the strong legs I stand on, that have stood in the faces of both beauty and oppression, especially for my son’s.
These same legs which have carried me miles from my homeland to places far, wide and then back again, to home.
That have carried not one, but two bodies: mine and my child, four times over.
By building those muscles I am committing to walking a path of beauty, confidence and strength.
 I walk with responsibilities as a mother and nation builder, and especially sister and daughter of the nations.

Beauty is something bestowed on all of us, in magnitudes and that we should never be ashamed of our body, certainly not the one the Creator gave us.

That we are a walking testimony of Love.

Strength is about loving that shade of mocha I am in.
Strength is about choosing colours that make me feel beautiful.
Strength is about embracing a caring and loving attitude.
Courage is about accepting values of beauty rooted in your strength.
Courage is about being in love with the ones you were blessed with.
Courage is about being open to love because it is that Love that healed you in the first place.
“DNA is Earth and Sky. The evolution. The continuation.”
(J Trudell)

“I questioned myself, but Ramona the strong woman is back.” #RamonaBigHead #Strength #Resilience

“This is nothing new,” says Linda Many Guns, a professor in the Native American studies department at the University of Lethbridge. “The only reason we are talking about this particular incident is, somebody hit the wrong button and sent a message to the wrong person.”

While many of the incidents have occurred in and around Lethbridge, Many Guns doesn’t single it out as an urban hotbed of racism. “Anywhere you have a large population of indigenous people within a larger community, this will happen,” she says, noting that the Blood reserve is only 65 kilometres from that city.

Ramona Big Head, who has yet to receive a direct apology from the sender of the text, says she was first crushed by the slur. “I started to internalize it, like I was my fault,” she says. “I questioned myself, but Ramona the strong woman is back.”

In fact, the experience has been nothing short of transformational.

 

Fortney: Racial slurs hurt all, but prompt some to action

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fortney: Racial slurs hurt all, but prompt some to action

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I am not going to be silent anymore,” says the educator and current PhD candidate, who has been receiving messages of support from across the country.