Indigenous Literacy Teacher

Orange Shirt Day – Every Child Matters


Orange Shirt Day on September 30th is becoming well known as Every Child Matters Day.

This year the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation is hosting a national online event that is FREE for educators, classes and families to watch and be a part of.

You can register here: https://

There is also a free digital magazine that accompanies the day. Monique Grey-Smith spent a good portion of the summer writing this magazine and had the privilege of visiting with incredible Survivors, Youth and Allies from across Canada. You can register for the online version of the magazine and classroom activities at this link: https://

Please feel free to share this information with colleagues and those who might be interested.

National Indigenous Peoples Day

National Indigenous Peoples Day takes place on June 21st of every year. It began in 1996 and was originally called National Aboriginal Day. The day commemorates and honours First Nations, Inuit, and Métis People’s cultures, histories, and contributions to Canada. June 21st was chosen because it is the beginning of the summer solstice and the longest day of the year that has long been celebrated by Indigenous Peoples.

This day is an opportunity to recognize the historic contributions of Indigenous Peoples to the development of Canada. There are many ways to celebrate the day but as June is also National Indigenous History Month there is an opportunity to learn about Indigenous history and to deepen our understanding of Indigenous people and their role in the present-day and future of Canada all month long.

Attached are three activities that can by done at school or at home to honour and celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day.  These activities were created by April Strickland and Brandi Price, Indigenous Education Resource Teachers on the Burnaby School District’s Indigenous Education Team.


June21 Did you know Facts activity

June 21 Local Music Artist

June21Coast Salish Artist activity (1)





Just in time for Mother’s Day!

Here is a Blackfoot Love Song that you can learn and sing for mom on Mother’s Day.

Kitsikakomimm (Blackfoot Love Song) was written by Connie and Olivia Tailfeathers, sisters from the Kainai (Blood) Reserve, Standoff, AB.  Olivia has worked as a Cultural Instructor, Traditional Singer and Founder of the Kainai Grassland Singers. This song is included on Olivia Tailfeather’s Album, Ninihkssin.  Listen and follow along to the attached song sheet.  This lesson will be up soon in our Continued Learning website.  The words “Kitsikakomimm Na-a” means “I love you mom” and “Kitsikakomimm Da-da” means “I love you dad.”  Kitsikakomimm



Oki, welcome to my first post!  My name is Tracy Healy, I am the Indigenous Literacy Teacher on the Indigenous Education Team for the Burnaby School District.  I would like to begin by acknowledging we are on the shared, ancestral and unceded traditional territories of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ and Sḵwxwú7mesh speaking people.  I am a member of the Kainai, Blood Tribe.  My Nation is part of the Blackfoot Confederacy in Southern Alberta.  I now reside on the Musqueam Reserve with my family.  I have been with the Indigenous Education Team since 1998 and have witnessed much progress to include Indigenous perspective into all subject areas of the K-12 curriculum.

During these challenging times for our families and students, the Burnaby School District has developed a Continuing Learning Website which contains resources and self-directed learning activities across a wide variety of subject areas.  I am including a link to Indigenous Education, where you will find Indigenous lessons our team has created with parents in mind.   I will be using this Blog to send notifications to Indigenous families and students to share links and additional updates as we move forward.   Take care of you and your families.