We believe it is important for participants to be fully immersed in the experience of exploring mathematics through culture. During each three-hour workshop participants will examine the mathematics inherent in traditional Indigenous technologies and cultural practices and how students learn through engaging in these practices. We’ll also consider how incorporating Indigenous pedagogical approaches align with current mathematics instruction and provide insight for creating inclusive classrooms. Finally, we will consider the voices of community members as they reflect on the importance of including First Nations culture in the mathematics classroom. We are also offering a workshop on developing cultural mindfulness, facilitated by George Couchie, for those who are just beginning this work. Each conference member will have a choice of participating in three workshops.
Hairbone Pipe Bracelets - Christina Ruddy, Jody Alexander, Danielle Blair
In this workshop participants will explore the cultural significance of hairbone pipe bracelets, along with early mathematical concepts including proportional and multiplicative reasoning, patterning, symmetry, and algebraic thinking.
Circular Beaded Medallions – Naomi Smith, Colinda Clyne, Mike Fitzmaurice
Participants will learn design and beading techniques from artist Naomi Smith, and will investigate the complex mathematics inherent in creating circular beaded medallions.
Bead Looming and Patterning – Leslie-Anne Muma, Jennifer Parkinson, Bonnie Sears
Learn the principles of Métis design interpreted in Anishinaabe loomwork and how this supports the development of mathematical concepts such as measurement, proportional reasoning, and patterning.
Looming and Anishinaabemowin – Robin Debassige, Thecla Neganegijig and Heather Lett
During this workshop, co-taught in Anishinaabemowin and English, we will examine connections between Anishinaabemowin and mathematical concepts. We will also focus on using looming as a way of exploring two-dimensional transformations.
Birch Bark Basket Making – Anika Guthrie, Elliott Cromarty, Kris Sandberg
Learn how to make a wiigwas makak, the processes for harvesting and preparing materials, and some important cultural teachings. Mathematics inherent in this traditional technology and design includes surface area, volume, capacity, measurement, and proportional reasoning.
Métis Finger Weaving – Nathalie Bertin and Ruth Beatty
This is our newest area of mathematical exploration. Learn from artist Nathalie Bertin about the significance of the Métis sash, and uncover the potential of finger weaving to teach patterns and spatial reasoning.
Cultural Mindfulness – George Couchie
George Couchie, member of Nipissing First Nation and Cultural Teacher, will guide learners in a sessional format to include a learning circle where participants will explore Indigenous ways of knowing, culture, histories and perspective. Please join in our learning sessions to share knowledge and understanding to work together towards a journey of reconciliation. Together, we will learn about Indigenous culture, history and celebration.