The Southern Alberta Professional Development Consortium, in partnership with Livingstone Range School Division and Piikani Traditional Knowledge Society (PTKS) is pleased to offer a 2 day Traditional First Nations Games training workshop where all participants will learn about, make, and take home kits for various games including, but not limited to Hand Games, Double Ball, Atl-Latl, and Hoop and Arrow. Upon completion, participants will receive their Level 1 certification.
PTKS Traditional Games promote healthy and active living, abundantly infused with Blackfoot culture and heritage. Come learn a unique and comprehensive First Nation worldview and stories on how the games originated, how the games were played, where the games were used, and what skill they enhanced and how they incorporated strategy and teamwork. In addition to physical activity, stamina, and good mental health, these ancient skills are important and relevant to all people in all walks of life and can be infused into classrooms in a variety of ways and settings. “The games teach honour, respect, and responsibility to others-key values that have been lost, as modern society promotes to be “the individual best. The games address American Indian (First Nation) health from a holistic stance as education is paired with spiritual, mental, and physical survival skills of the past”- International Traditional Games Society.
Oki Niitaniko sooyaniskipoyi niimihtoto Piikani Nation. Jaron Weasel Bear comes from the Piikani Nation where he teaches Blackfoot culture out of Piikani Traditional Knowledge Services (PTKS). Jaron’s Traditional Blackfoot name is Singing in the Water and has been with the PTKS for the past 4 years. He is qualified as a Level 3 instructor for Traditional Games and received his certification with the International Traditional Games Society out of East Glacier Montana. He has been introducing Traditional Games to his local school division for 3 years now and believes that just like storytelling, the values of the Blackfoot culture can be infused into the games, preserving its heritage while at the same time promotes social skills and development in children in a world where technology can sometimes take over.
May 29, 2019
*this session is partially funded through the Education for Reconciliation Grant*