Teacher’s Helpers

Every Child Matters

My sister recently retired from being a teacher and wanted to end her career with a project that was meaningful to her.  She was one of the wonderful organizers for an Orange Shirt Day.  Please visit this link for further information:


The following is a message from our ECS 100 instructor, Mrs. Julie Machnaik:

I came across this Hallowe’en commercial called “My Heroes” that challenges gender norms. Thought it was a perfect ‘treat’ to share with all of you.

[copy/pasted text from commercial] “We’ve all read enough moving essays and Facebook posts about boys who wear dresses or pretend to be Elsa from Frozen to know that it’s OK for kids to break away from gender norms. But that certainly doesn’t mean, for parents, at least, that it’s easy.

In a heartwarming new commercial, released just ahead of Halloween, a couple grapples with just that.

In the short PSA, a happy family is carving pumpkins when Mom pulls out the costumes the kids requested. The son and daughter run upstairs gleefully as Dad looks on hesitantly. While trick-or-treating, the parents watch from a distance as their little Wonder Woman and Batman knock on doors. It’s only at the end of the video, when the kids are being put to bed, that we realize who is wearing which costume.

In that instant, we better understand the father’s earlier look of concern, the mother’s quiet words of encouragement, their silent relief when a neighbor doesn’t cast judgment.

Yes, it’s hard to imagine how we’d handle such a scenario, but this ad, titled “My Heroes,” serves as a poignant blueprint for parents while also making us realize what we’ve long known . . . that a boy dressing up as his favorite superhero is not a big deal at all.”


Office of the Treaty Commissioner:  http://www.otc.ca/

Truth and Reconciliation: http://www.trc.ca/websites/trcinstitution/index.php?p=3

Article to Read: Justice Murray Sinclair states, “Reconciliation is not an aboriginal problem — it is a Canadian problem. It involves all of us.”   Visit CBC Politics article to read, view, listen to build more background knowledge, Truth and Reconciliation report brings calls for action, not words.

View the Get Involved page on Legacy of Hope website.Think about why reconciliation matters. Why IS this important to non-Aboriginal Canadians? Why should it matter to a Canadian who never attended a residential school?

Dr. Jennifer Tupper, our previous Dean of the Faculty of Education, University of Regina, shares an important message and continues to guide our faculty today, “The Truth and Reconciliation Report released last June identified 94 Calls to Action, some of which are specifically related to education. Because of our deep commitment to reconciliation, and especially given the role of education in oppression and marginalization of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples of Canada, the Faculty of Education at the UofR has prepared a formal response to the TRC.”

She proudly referred to the work that we, as a faculty, have integrated into our teachings. We have planned meaningful ways for our students to engage with projects, resources and exhibits such as Project Heart, 100 Years of Loss and the Witness Blanket. This is where your journey begins, exploring these 3 projects.

We thank Dr. Tupper for sharing the Faculty of Education formal response, November 3rd, 2015, on the Project of Heart blog. Take some time to explore this amazing blog.

Check out the May 15th, 2016 posting called, “If These Hills Could Talk“. View, listen, feel & appreciate a performance piece portraying the complexity of the residential school experience in Lebret and Fort Qu’Appelle. The video posted on the blog is “a curated adaptation of the performance piece performed on April 14, 2016 at the Walking Together: Day of Education for Truth and Reconciliation hosted by the Faculty of Education, University of Regina and the National Research Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR).” Daya Madhur

Powerful story that has been in the recent news…Gord Downie’s The Secret Path (2hours in length so this may be a link you want to save to view in full at a later date) On October 22, 1966 near Kenora, Ontario, Chanie Wenjack died when he walking home to the family he was taken from over 400 miles away. Fifty years later, Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie has taken Wenjack’s story and turned it into the Secret Path project, which consists of a solo album, a graphic novel and an animated film. The intention for Downie — who went public with his diagnosis of terminal brain cancer in May — is to utilize his celebrity to draw attention to Wenjack’s story and the legacy of residential schools.

“The Stranger” is the first full chapter and song of The Secret Path. Adapted from Gord Downie’s album and Jeff Lemire’s graphic novel, The Secret Path chronicles the heartbreaking story of Chanie Wenjack’s residential school experience and subsequent death as he escapes and attempts to walk 600 km home to his family.


Hi everyone,

In an ECS 110 online course, one of my classmates shared the following link to some really creative tools for storytelling.  Hope you find it as valuable as I have.  Leanne


Hi everyone,

Just wanted to share a link that provides information on a public discussion that will be taking place on October 12th in Regina, at the museum ….


I hope to attend.  Take care, Leanne

From ECS 100 class: I Am Stronger is a social movement, a call to action to stop bullying and cyber-bullying in our communities. As an organization that believes in the power of change, SaskTel wants to take a stand and help lead that change by connecting those of us who are willing to put ourselves on the front lines for the fight against bullying.

Something to think about …. 2011-I’m Special

Remember to give thanks, and remember to say it too:

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Research for History 116: Issues in World History

Extra History — Extra Credits: This site teaches history in a down-to-earth manner that helps understand the events more clearly.



“I, who did not die” – a novel by Zahed Haftlang & Najah Aboud with Meredith May.  This is a true story of two people, a boy and a man, who saved one another’s life.  In the first instance, the boy soldier saved the injured man’s life.  Their next encounter occurred in a different country, at different ages, when they met as former Prisoners of War.



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