2018 BCTLA Summer Institute

Transformational Storytelling

Sunday, August 26-Monday, August 27
Kamloops, BC

Presented by Kamloops/Thompson Teacher-Librarian Association

Join us Sunday evening, August 26th for local wine tasting and appetizers at the Sandman Signature Hotel.

Monday, explore storytelling strategies, ethnobotany, Secwepemc culture and history at the site of the Kamloops Residential School.


Register with: 2018 BCTLA Summer Institute Registration

The morning sessions may not be suited to those with mobility issues.

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the BCTF.  Thank you to the Secwepemc community and local Indigenous peoples who have
helped us by sharing their cultures and supporting us in our learning.

Sunday, August 26th, Sandman Signature Hotel 5-7PM
225 Lorne St, Kamloops

The Sandman Signature Hotel is conveniently located downtown. Stroll shops on Victoria St., swim in the Thompson River, play tennis or pickleball at Riverside Courts or simply relax by the hotel pool. Between 5PM-7PM join us for local wine-tasting and appetizers at the Sandman Signature Hotel, overlooking scenic Riverside Park. Finish the evening by enjoying our city sponsored Music in the Park at Riverside.

Monday, August 27th, Assembly Hall Residential School 8:30-12:25
345 Chief Alex Thomas Way, Kamloops

Welcome Song and Storytelling 9:00
Begin your day immersed in storytelling and poetry with a local Secwepemc storyteller.

Tours from 10:15-12:25

Pow-wow Grounds and Pit House Tour
After your fruit and bannock snack, take a tour of the Pow-Wow grounds and pit-houses. Learn about the uses of local plants by Secwepemc peoples, the historical significance of pit house villages and how Pow-wows provide a spectacular expression of the Secwepemc people’s heritage.

Residential School and Secwepemc Museum Tour
Join Cultural Educator, Sabrina Thomas, on a tour of the Kamloops Residential School and museum. View museum exhibits and gain insights into the lifestyles and culture of the Secwepemc people.

Afternoon Sessions, Henry Grube Education Centre 12:45-4:00
245 Kitchener Crescent, Kamloops

Lunch and Displays 12:45
District Principal of Aboriginal Education, Mike Bowden
Library Coordinator, Andrea Wallin

Storytelling Project
School District #73 Teacher-Librarians will share their collaborative Storytelling Project, focusing on Aboriginal stories and using loose parts and realistic scenes to engage learners.

Pine Needle Art
Participate in a Secwepemc pine needle art activity with a local artisan.

Core Competencies and Aboriginal title lists and displays~ all day (HGEC)
School District No. 73 Teacher-Librarian 2018 curated lists and displays of picture books that support the teaching of the BC Curriculum Core Competencies.

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