6th Indigenous Math K-12 Symposium

Indigenous Education, Mathematics Education and the Curriculum

This year’s Aboriginal Math Symposium was a great success with well over 170 people attending. The Symposium featured speakers from local school districts at the elementary and secondary levels and highlighted efforts of teachers, Aboriginal resource teachers, administrators and community members working together to teach mathematics through Aboriginal education.

Speakers included Carolyn Roberts of Langley School District; Karla Gamble, Daryl Goeson and Maria Nicolidakis of Burnaby School District; Lori Bernard of Burnaby School District, and Don Bowser, Katrina Melan, Rob Wielgoz, and Paul Hembling of Kamloops School District.

Participants travelled from all lower mainland school districts as well as Lillooet, Squamish and Pemberton, Prince George, Vanderhoof, Duncan, Campbell River, Salmon Arm, Victoria, Gibsons, Burns Lake, Sooke, Kamloops, Fraser Lake, and Auckland New Zealand to attend.

Thursday May 12, 2016, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.
UBC First Nations Longhouse (1985 West Mall)

Please join us for the 6th Aboriginal Math K-12 Symposium at the First Nations Longhouse, UBC on May 12, 2016. This symposium is an opportunity for teachers, administrators, Ministry representatives, community members, and academics to connect, explore, imagine and share new ideas, resources and
research on Aboriginal mathematics education from kindergarten to Grade 12. Together we hope to:

  • Learn about new research in mathematics and Aboriginal education
  • Discuss and share approaches, research and educational projects for improving Aboriginal math
  • Develop community connections to facilitate and support improving Aboriginal math education

Program Description

During the day we will work on activities that involve the connections of mathematics, students, and
community. Participants will have opportunities to do mathematics, explore cultural connections, network
with others, share stories, and discuss and share their research and teaching strategies with each other.

Agenda: 8:45 am – 3:00 pm
8:30 – 9:00 am Pick up registration material. Coffee/Tea available. Meet & Greet.
9:00 – 9:15 am Welcoming Remarks and Story
9:15 – 9:45 am Math Activity with Shawn Desaulniers
9:45 – 10:45 am Weaving Aboriginal Ways of Knowing and Ethnomathematics with Carolyn Roberts
(20 minute presentation followed by 20-30 min discussion)
10:45 – 11:00 am Refreshment Break
11:00 – 12:00 am When Math Meets Weaving with Karla Gamble, Matthew Houghland, Daryl Goeson
and Maria Nicolidakis
(20 minute presentation followed by 20-30 min discussion)
12:00 – 12:45 pm. Lunch is provided
12:45 – 1:45 pm Doing Mathematics While Building Community with Lori Bernard
(20 minute presentation followed by 20-30 min discussion)
1:45 – 2:45 pm Math and Drum Making with Don Bowser, Katrina Melan, and Rob Wielgoz
(20 minute presentation followed by 20-30 min discussion)
2:45 – 3:00 pm Wrap-up Discussion, Door Prizes.

Thank you to all those who attended, our amazing student volunteers, and our sponsors for making this event such a success.

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