Fall 2022 Issue

The quarterly newsletter from Study Canada K-12
US. Dept. of Education Title VI National Resource Center on Canada 
In this Issue
WWU's Children's Literature Conference
Reconciliation and Residential Schools Events
NCSS 2022
Global Book Club
Resource Round-Up: The Border
MOOC Alert! 
Read the North
Dare we say this Back to School season started a little more on the "normal" side? In-person classes, sports, clubs, and Back to School Night...and lots of in-person events again. We've got some listed below. One of the few positives to come out of the pandemic was the way it expanded professional development and events to an online audience -  and we've got plenty of those listed too. Here's hoping you've got your feet under you and your head above water as this school year starts, and we'd love to meet with you in person or online this Fall!

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WWU's Children's Literature Conference
Mark Your Calendars: The 20th Annual WWU Children's Literature Conference Early Bird Registration Opens October 17th! 

Study Canada K-12 is thrilled to partner with the WWU Children's Literature conference, helping to bring a Canadian author/illustrator to the conference. Sydney Smith, the amazing creator behind books like Small In the City, I Talk like a River and Town is by the Sea will be coming all the way from Halifax, Nova Scotia to join us in Bellingham. 

Registration will include your choice of a select book by one of the authors [Small in the City by Sydney Smith is one!] and a whole day of inspiration, creativity, and meeting with others who share your love of children's literature. Other featured authors include Renee Watson, Michaela Goade, and Donna Barba Higuera - and we can't wait. Join us!

Saturday, February 25, 2023
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA

For more conference details, visit

Reconciliation and Residential School Events

The Center for Candian-American Studies at WWU is presenting two events in October, designed to raise awareness around the Residential School Legacy and Reconciliation efforts.

Fostering Reconciliation Workshop

As part of the Worlds Issue Forum @ Fairhaven College, the Center for Canadian-American Studies presents Teresa Edwards. Teresa is the Executive Director and In-House Legal Counsel for the Legacy of Hope Foundation (LHF), a national Indigenous-led charitable organization founded in 2000 with the goal of educating and raising awareness about the history and existing intergenerational impacts of the Residential and Day School System, Sixties Scoop, and other colonial acts of oppression. She will speak about how these actions continue to impact Indigenous Peoples today, how to take action to be an ally, and what can be done to foster Reconciliation in Canada.
The free workshop takes place in person on Wednesday, October 12th from 12-1:20 pm at Fairhaven College Auditorium or on Zoom.

Returning Home Film Doctoberfest @ Pickford Cinema

Doctober is a month-long documentary film festival at the Pickford Theatre and the largest documentary festival in the Northwest.
Returning Home follows Phyllis Jack-Webstad, Secwépemc tribal member, on a nationwide Orange Shirt Day educational tour while her family struggles to heal the multigenerational wounds of residential schools. The film also explores the significance of the lowest run of salmon in Fraser River history and reveals the past abuse inflicted on the natural world. For the Secwépemc, healing people and healing the natural world are one and the same, and wholeness and hope come through a renewed embrace of the deepest roots of Indigenous identity.
Screenings: October 3rd at 5 pm and October 14th at 3 pm

NCSS 2022: Back In Person
 Study Canada K-12 is happy to say we will be back in person at NCSS 2022 in Philadelphia, PA from December 2-4. We have some great sessions lined up and our joint booth with the other NRC's on Canada will be in International Alley. Come visit with us in person and stock up on resources and ideas! 
 Global Book Club: Caught Between Two Cultures
Fall is a good time to cozy up with a book - and join us online for a book club! The University of Minnesota's Insitute of Global Studies, in cooperation with NRC's which include the PNW NRC on Canada, has launched Caught Between Two Cultures. Registrants receive a copy of the book and meet once a month to discuss it, and how it could be used in the classroom. 

Study Canada K-12 will be presenting Borders by Thomas King, a graphic novel illustrated by Natasha Donovan, and looks forward to meeting with the 40 educators signed up! There is currently a waitlist for the Fall sessions but keep your eyes peeled for the Spring line-up announcement. 
Resource Round-Up:
Canadian - American Border
Border Policy Research Institute
The Border Policy Research Institute (BPRI) at Western Washington University, headed up by Dr. Laurie Trautma, is a multi-disciplinary institute that undertakes research that informs policy-makers on matters related to the Canada – U.S. border, particularly in the British Columbia – Washington State region.

Border Policy Research Institute CEDAR
[Contributing to Education Through Digital Access to Research]
A searchable repository of research, papers, proceedings, and briefs authored by the BPRI, housed at WWU. 

Canada & The USA’s Bizarre Border
A hilarious - but factually accurate - video summary and tour of the Canadian - American border in less than 5 minutes!

A Not-So-Straight-Story
A (very in-depth!) NY Times story about the Canadian-American border

Peace Arch Park
History of the Peace Arch Park which consists of two parks in two countries. The southern half of the park is owned by Washington State Parks and the northern half, by British Columbia Provincial Parks. During the border closures of the pandemic, citizens from both countries could meet for an afternoon, in a "neutral", "no-nationality" space.

International Boundary Commission
Marking and maintaining the boundary has been the mandate of the International Boundary Commission (IBC) since June 4, 1908, when the United States and the United Kingdom (representing Canada) agreed by treaty to each appoint a Commissioner. A treaty signed in 1925 provided for the creation of a permanent Commission that mandated the Canadian and American Commissioners, who jointly head the IBC, to inspect the boundary, repair and rebuild monuments, keep vistas open, place new monuments and report annually to their respective governments.

Reconciliation MOOC

Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education

A 6-Week Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) from UBC

Enhance your understanding and knowledge of practices that advance reconciliation in the places where you live, learn, and work.

This free, online, and asynchronous course will help you envision how Indigenous histories, perspectives, worldviews, and approaches to learning can be made part of the work we do in classrooms, organizations, communities, and our everyday experiences in ways that are thoughtful and respectful. In this course, reconciliation emphasizes changing institutional structures, practices, and policies, as well as personal and professional ideologies to create environments that are committed to strengthening our relationships with Indigenous peoples.

If you are interested in an informal study and accountability online group to accompany the course, sign up for the free UBC MOOC first, and then sign up for the study group HERE so we can learn together and encourage each other to do the work.  

Read the North
Recommended graphic novels from Canadian publishers and author/ illustrators. Reader Advisory: even with the comic book format, some of these graphic novels have mature themes.
This Place: 150 Years Retold
Portage and Main Press for Grades 9-12

From the publisher: "Explore the past 150 years through the eyes of Indigenous creators in this groundbreaking graphic novel anthology. Beautifully illustrated, these stories are an emotional and enlightening journey through Indigenous wonderworks, psychic battles, and time travel. See how Indigenous peoples have survived a post-apocalyptic world since Contact." CBC Radio also made it into an excellent podcast!

A Train in the Night
By Anne-Marie Saint-Cerny & Christian Quesnel

Between the Lines for Grades 9-12

On a summer night in 2013, a runaway train loaded with explosive oil derailed in the small town of Lac-Mégantic, Quebec. One of the deadliest rail disasters in Canadian history, Lac-Mégantic stands as a haunting narrative of how the powerful profit from collective tragedy.

Who are the real culprits of the disaster that claimed 47 lives? In this vivid, full-colour work of graphic nonfiction, award-winning author Anne-Marie Saint-Cerny and illustrator Christian Quesnel trace the path of the locomotive from the scene of the crime all the way back to cowboy producers of Dakota black gold, Wall Street investors, and politicians in the pocket of the billion-dollar oil and gas industry. Also available in the original French

Ducks: Two Years in the Oil Sands
By Kate Beaton

Drawn & Quarterly 
From the publisher: Before there was Kate Beaton, New York Times bestselling cartoonist of Hark! A Vagrant, there was Katie Beaton of the Cape Breton Beatons, specifically Mabou, a tight-knit seaside community where the lobster is as abundant as beaches, fiddles, and Gaelic folk songs. With the singular goal of paying off her student loans, Katie heads out west to take advantage of Alberta’s oil rush—part of the long tradition of East Coasters who seek gainful employment elsewhere when they can’t find it in the homeland they love so much. Katie encounters the harsh reality of life in the oil sands, where trauma is an everyday occurrence yet is never discussed.

Nisto Mekwana / Three Feathers
By Richard Van Camp and illustrated by K. Mateus
Highwater Press for Grades 9-12

Follow along as award-winning author Hetxw'ms Gyetxw introduces young readers to a pack of grey wolves. Learn about the life cycle of the canines, the traditions of the Gitxsan, and how grey wolves contribute to the health of their entire ecosystem. Illustrated by Natasha Donovan of Borders!

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