"The Power of our Culture and Teachings"
Presenter 2: Shelley Oppenheim-Lacerte, District Principal-Aboriginal Education, School District No. 58 (Nicola-Similkameen), Canada
For Canada, the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) is a national tragedy. In my research, I will connect my family’s story in the loss of our 16-year-old daughter in 2001 to educational principles that I believe have extremely positive benefits to educational settings. This research will explore my own family’s story of loss and how the practices of Nłeʔkepmx (Thompson) culture and traditions contributed to healing, and building resilience to continue as a family, and finding a purpose to live on.
Findings from this research provide practical solutions for indigenizing educational practices that can be used by educational organizations and policy-makers towards healing and reconciling the educational system with the socio-historical realities of Indigenous communities.