Elementary Indigenous Resource Teacher

Month: May 2020


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 https://burnabyschools.ca/indigenouseducation/events/ 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.