Educators volunteer to provide online learning about Indigenous knowledge, storytelling 

March 25, 2020

Indigenous educators are volunteering their time to help educate students online as schools close down in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. "I wanted to offer these online Facebook, social media classes for parents who are at home with their kids, just so they can connect with their learning," said Chris Scribe, director of the University of Saskatchewan’s Indian Teacher Education Program and founder of Think Indigenous. Educators took turns going “live” on their Facebook pages earlier this month in order to provide lessons and storytelling related to Indigenous knowledge, such as the Indigenous perspective of bacteria and what it means in today’s context. "My lesson was 20 minutes ...I wanted to share some lessons and teachings that I've had on stress management," said Curtis Vinish, who targeted middle school students with his lessons. "We have never faced a situation like this before in modern society. I think it's important to talk about mental health issues in our communities, especially with self isolation being recommended." Vinish stated that the plan is to try and keep virtual classrooms operating on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.  CBC  | Facebook Page  ()