Webinar Series: Revitalizing Star Knowledge SERIES #1: WE COME FROM THE STARS WAIT LIST


Join us as we share our collective knowledge and weave together Indigenous Knowledge, Astronomy, Science and Mathematics.

SERIES #1: We Come From the Stars
During this webinar each Knowledge Keeper will share how "We Come From the Stars". From Aotearoa (New Zealand) to Turtle Island (North America), Indigenous Peoples share common stories that explain our origins and our connection to the star world. Indigenous Knowledge systems are rich, complex and diverse. How they resonate and align with scientific and mathematical concepts will also be shared.

Date & Time:
April 22nd, 2020
7:00pm - 8:30pm EST

Online Platform: Microsoft Teams
Please join by coping and pasting this link in your browser (use chrome): https://bit.ly/wecomefromthestars

*you will be automatically set to mute when you join. Please use the chat box to ask questions throughout the session. A moderator will help to facilitate questions and comments as they arise.
*the meeting room will open at 6:30pm

This webinar will be recorded and posted on the First Nations, Metis and Inuit Education Association of Ontario website: www.fnmieao.com

Please direct any inquiries to: info@fnmieao.com
Technical issues can be directed to: corinne@fairchancelearning.com
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Isaac Murdoch, whose Ojibway name is Manzinapkinegego’anaabe / Bombgiizhik is from the fish clan and is from Serpent River First Nation. Isaac grew up in the traditional setting of hunting, fishing and trapping. Many of these years were spent learning from Elders in the northern regions of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Isaac is well respected as a storyteller and traditional knowledge holder. For many years he has led various workshops and cultural camps that focuses on the transfer of knowledge to youth. Other areas of expertise include: traditional ojibway paint, imagery/symbolism, harvesting, medicine walks, & ceremonial knowledge, cultural camps, Anishinaabeg oral history, birch bark canoe making, birch bark scrolls, Youth & Elders workshops, etc. He has committed his life to the preservation of Anishinaabe cultural practices and has spent years learning directly from Elders.

Wilfred Buck is a member of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation, currently employed with the MFNERC as a Science Facilitator. He obtained his B.Ed. & Post Bacc. from the University of Manitoba. As an educator Wilfred has had the opportunity and good fortune to travel to South and Central America as well as Europe and met, shared and listened to Indigenous people from all over the world. He is a husband, father of four, son, uncle, brother, nephew, story-teller, mad scientist, teacher, singer, pipe-carrier, sweat lodge keeper, old person and sun dance leader. As a Science Facilitator with MFNERC was given the mandate to “put a First Nation perspective in the sciences”. The easiest way to go about doing this, he was told, was to look up. Researching Ininew star stories Wilfred found a host of information which had to be interpreted and analyzed to identify if the
stories were referring to the stars. The journey began…

Dana Maureen Desiderio is a Navajo woman, born to the Naneesht'ézhí clan for the Ma'ii Deeshgiizhnii. Her maternal grandfather's clan is 'Áshįįhí and her paternal grandfather's clan are the Tódích'íí'nii. She was raised on the Navajo Nation at the foot of the sacred Chuska Mountain, moving between the summer ranch at Tó'áłtsóózí, Narrow Creek, and the winter ranch at Gád Da Ľikizh, Spotted Juniper. Beside from the traditional teachings learned at her grandmother's side, Dana has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Diné Culture, Language and Leadership at Navajo Technical University, where she continues her studies toward a Master's degree in the same program. The program focuses on Navajo linguistics and traditional, Navajo ceremonial knowledge. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Navajo Language Academy. Dana hopes that her work with NASA and Native communities inspires others to recognize Native paradigms as valid and important to understanding the sciences.

Tehahenteh is Turtle Clan Kanyen’kehaka (Mohawk) from Six Nations of the Grand River Rotinonhsyon:ni (Haudenosaunee)Territory. He is a fluent Kanyen’kehaka speaker raised by his grandparents, Harry and Beatrice, who were also fluent speakers. Tehahenteh is dedicated to restoring and revitalizing Indigenous language and culture through teaching, curriculum development, public lectures and community programs and ceremonies. In 2000 Tehahenteh co-wrote the Native Languages curriculum document, grades 9 - 12, for Ontario’s Ministry of Education and Training and in 1994 was a key contributor to Literacy Ontario’s Kenyen’kehá:ka Ohiatonhkwa’shón:’a Katokénhston Tekawennatáhkwen (The Mohawk Language Standardisation Project). Tehatenteh is the author of several language textbooks including, Karihonnyen:ni (The Teaching), Tsi Niyonkwawennò:ten (The Way We Speak) and Kanyen’kehaka (Mohawk Language) and is currently completing a comprehensive, thematic Kanyen’kehaka dictionary.

Te Kahuratai Painting is of Ngāpuhi descent from the Northland Region of Aotearoa (New Zealand) and also from Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Tuwharetoa, Ngāti Kahungunu and Ngāti Rongo from the North Island. He is a Learning Adviser and Physics Graduate Teaching Assistant for the University of Auckland. Te Kahuratai has earned a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Mathematics, and is currently studying towards a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Mathematics specialising in Mathematical Biology. His research focuses on chronobiology (biological clocks) exploring the molecular basis for monthly behaviour, which has implications for Maramataka (Māori Lunar Calendar). Outside of tertiary education, he is currently training in Tātai Arorangi (Māori Astronomy) and Maramataka (Māori Lunar Calendar) of the Northland Region, and the whakapapa (genealogy) and whakapapa korero (history) of his hapū.

Hohepa Hei originates from the tribes of the East Coast of the North Island of New Zealand (Te Tairawhiti) and is a descendant of Te Whakatohea, Te Whanau a Apanui, Ngati Porou, Te Aitanga a Mahaki and Te Aitanga a Hauiti. Hohepa was fortunate to be raised and immersed in his language and holds fast to the dialects of all the tribes he descends from. In his early years, he was raised by his grandmother and great grandfather, being the eldest child in his family he had the privilege of being taught the traditional prayers, traditions, histories, genealogy, the arts and much more. It was through the guidance of his grandmother that Hohepa took up tertiary studies to gain a Bachelor of Arts in Te Reo Maori from the University of Waikato in Hamilton City, later gaining a second degree from Te Wananga o Raukawa in teaching. Hohepa has worked in education for over 19 years and has served as the Deputy Principal at Te Wharekura o Maniopoto (tribal school). Hohepa focuses on building and creating innovative indigenous teaching spaces and learning methodologies that capture the adventurous storytelling mind of ancient teachers in a modern context. Hohepa has focused on project-based learning approaches binding together ancient and modern teaching methodologies and practices and encourages community involvement in school wide initiatives to strengthen and empower the people

Daniella Scalice is the Education and Communications Lead for the NASA Astrobiology Program. Ms. Scalice holds a Bachelor of Science in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology from UC Santa Cruz, and worked in the Department of Cell Biology at Harvard Medical School researching nervous system development. After pursuing an MFA in film production at Humboldt State University, in 2001 she joined the team at the NASA Astrobiology Program, and continues to lead all NASA Astrobiology education, outreach, and communications projects. In 2005 she and her Diné colleagues co-founded the NASA and the Navajo Nation Partnership, an ongoing collaboration that has produced classroom materials, teacher trainings, and student summer camps which weave together Western and Navajo scientific knowledge. Ms. Scalice also currently leads an international Working Group of Native and non-Native scientists and educators across NASA and beyond who work in Native communities.

Dr. Juan-Carlos Chavez was born and raised in the Yaqui Sonora Territories of the American Southwest. He is a military veteran (Army Infantry), and earned a Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD in Information Science from the University of Washington, Seattle. His area of research is information poverty and bridging the digital divide through technology solutions. He currently works as a NASA Astrobiology Program Education Affiliate and has directed NASA funded STEM Initiatives focused on American Indians and Alaska Natives. He also served as Associate Director for Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium and Northwest Earth and Space Sciences Pipeline, both housed at University of Washington. His passion is serving Native and Indigenous Youth.
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