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Indigenous Book and Video Club

Thursday, April 15th, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm 

We will be reading, “Calling my Spirit Back by Elaine Alec, a local Okanagan Syilx PIB member!


Thursday, June 10th, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm (date is tentative)

We will be reading, “All the Way: My Life on Ice” by Jordin Tootoo, a hockey player of Inuit ancestry!


(Locations will be announced later, in accordance with public health orders at the time.)


Consider Inviting a Colleague!


Please RSVP for one or both to Erica Fitton Zoom links and location updates will be provided.


And finally … to borrow a book, feel free to contact Rebecca Marles at the School Board Office.

We ask that borrowed books please be returned to the SBO as early as possible, so more people can read them.

Truth & Reconciliation
  • Want to take action on Truth & Reconciliation but not sure where to start?
  • Want to keep deepening your learning about the diversity of Indigenous communities in Canada?
  • Home in your bubble over the break and want an accessible way to learn about some of the history and culture of Indigenous peoples?

First Contact (Season Two)

This television series, by APTN (Aboriginal Peoples Television Network), shows you various parts of Canada (including remote and northern regions) and some of the lived realities of Indigenous communities. It acts as a great starting point for inquiry (ex. you might see a geographic location or mention of a current event that piques your interest). It is a bit like a reality tv show, but this second season has more depth and nuance than the first.


Meet: on Zoom on Thursday, January 14th at 3:30pm

(usually we meet - with snacks! - at Princess Margaret library, but temporarily we are meeting virtually).

 RSVP: to Erica Fitton ( to be sent the Zoom invite.

Fall / Winter 2020


Are you interested in...

  • learning about Indigenous culture, authors, and artists?
  • taking personal action on the recommendations from the Truth & Reconciliation Commission?
  • making new connections with others in the district?
  • reading & watching engaging films?
  • challenging unspoken beliefs & assumptions, discussing ideas with others?
  • delicious snacks after school?


OPEN TO: All staff - teachers, TTOCs, CEAs, CUPE members, trustees & administrators 


WHERE: Princess Margaret Secondary School Library


WHEN: Thursday, Nov 19th, 2020 3:30-5:00

(The day before the Pro-D Day...get a head start on your learning!)


RSVP to Erica Fitton by email


*Meeting in person will depend on the number of interested participants. Our goal is to ensure participant safety by ensuring everyone is physically distanced. If interest prevents this option, we will offer a virtual option as well.*


COVID SAFETY: Please wear a mask upon entering the school and sign in at the front office. You are welcome to bring your own pen. Use hand sanitizer in the office and library and/or wash your hands in the bathroom. Tables will be spread out and masking tape will indicate where to sit to maintain physical distancing. Snacks will be individually plated and covered with cellophane. Please stay home if you have been travelling, are feeling unwell or have been in contact with known or suspected cases of Covid-19. You are also welcome to join in virtually, through Microsoft Teams. Please be sure to RSVP as we need to pay attention to numbers due to physical distancing requirements.


THIS BOOK CLUB'S SELECTION: reprint of Halfbreed by Métis author Maria Campbell with traditional Métis snacks.


(This was the book we were going to discuss in the spring when our meeting was cancelled at the start of the pandemic).

Please contact Rebecca Marles by email at the SBO to borrow the book or ask your school librarian. 

If you still have a copy of the book, please return it to the SBO promptly so that others can read it. (Quick read ~ 180 small pages)


This newest edition of Halfbreed includes a new introduction written by Indigenous (Métis) scholar Dr. Kim Anderson detailing the extraordinary work that Maria Campbell has been doing since its original publication 46 years ago, and an afterword by the author looking at what has changed, and what has not, for Indigenous people in Canada today. Restored are the recently discovered censored pages* from the original text of this groundbreaking and significant work. *contains sensitive & controversial content


About the author:


Maria Campbell is a Métis writer, playwright, filmmaker, scholar, teacher, community organizer, activist, and elder. Halfbreed is regarded as a foundational work of Indigenous literature in Canada. She has authored several other books and plays, and has directed and written scripts for a number of films. She has also worked with Indigenous youth in community theatre and advocated for the hiring and recognition of Indigenous people in the arts. She has mentored many Indigenous artists during her career, established shelters for Indigenous women and children, and run a writers' camp at the national historical site at Batoche, where every summer she produces commemorative events on the anniversary of the battle of the 1885 North-West Resistance. Maria Campbell is an officer of the Order of Canada and holds five honorary doctorates.


About the book:


An unflinchingly honest memoir of her experience as a Métis woman in Canada, Maria Campbell's Halfbreed depicts the realities that she endured and, above all, overcame. Maria was born in Northern Saskatchewan, her father the grandson of a Scottish businessman and Métis woman--a niece of Gabriel Dumont whose family fought alongside Riel and Dumont in the 1885 Resistance; her mother the daughter of a Cree woman and French-American man. This extraordinary account, originally published in 1973, bravely explores the poverty, oppression, alcoholism, addiction, and tragedy Maria endured throughout her childhood and into her early adult life, underscored by living in the margins of a country pervaded by hatred, discrimination, and mistrust. Laced with spare moments of love and joy, this is a memoir of family ties and finding an identity in a heritage that is neither wholly Indigenous or Anglo; of strength and resilience; of indominatable spirit.


Please feel free to reach out to Eva Koch  or Erica Fitton by email should you have any questions. We welcome all!


Eva Koch 

B.Sc. B.Ed. (she, her, hers)

Grade 6-8 Flexible Return Facilitator,  Connect Ed, School District 67

Curriculum Development & Learning Support (including French Immersion)

Front Office: 250-770-7718


I gratefully acknowledge that I live, work, play and learn on the beautiful, unceded territory of the Okanagan Syilx.



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