Quality Resource: WeAreHealers.org

For students to be “college and career ready,” they need to be able to see themselves within the careers they desire. The stories that make up We Are Healers will assist you (as an educator, librarian, or caregiver) in this process. In their own words: “We Are Healers is a 501c3 non-profit initiative featuring stories of American Indian health professionals. We aim to inspire American Indian youth to envision themselves as dentists, nurses, pharmacists, physicians, etc. – all through stories of Native role-models. Through a wide reach and national partnerships, we are able to connect American Indian students with Native-centric programs proven to provide successful academic enrichment. We Are Healers opens doors and provides opportunity.” Check out the 11 stories to learn more about American Indian health professionals. After each video there is a follow-up story and some additional information to better know each healer. They include (alphabetical by last name): Dr. David Baines: Retired Physician (Tlingit and Tsimshian) Dr. Bret Bennally Thompson: Clinical Assistant Professor (White Earth Ojibwe Minnesota) Dr. Erik Brodt: Physician and Assistant Professor (Minnesota Ojibwe) Dr. Amanda Bruegl: Surgeon (Oneida, Stockbridge-Munsee) Kayla Cornelius: Community Health Nurse (Oneida and Menominee) Dr. Amy Delong: Physician (Ho-Chunk) Lakita Maulson: Medical Student […]

Quality Resource: The Ways

The Ways are stories on culture and language from native communities around the central Great Lakes. There are twelve stories in total and they were created for 6th – 12th grade audiences (and of course, adults). For this reason, be sure to watch the film in it’s entirety before sharing with your students or children so you’re a bit more prepared for questions they may have (especially if your students or children are younger than 6th grade). There are great resources to accompany each video to assist in your learning. The Ways were created to: Expand and challenge knowledge and understanding of contemporary Native American culture and language. Explore the role of language and culture in Native identity and community empowerment. Provide resources to assist in meeting Wisconsin Act 31 requirements and Wisconsin Model Academic Standards for Social Studies. Leverage digital media to support accessibility, engagement, and integration of learning resources in educational contexts. You can use them to fulfill a wide variety of learning objectives or simply to include something new based in culture and story. While I enjoy each and every one of these stories, three of my favorites include Waadookodaading, Hunting Deer, and Prayers in a Song. […]