CONNECTIONS is newsletter for Foster and Kinship Caregivers that shares cultural resources and activities for caregivers of Indigenous, Metis & Inuit children and youth and we hope the kids and teens enjoy it as well! Some of you will be less familiar with cultural teachings than others, but there’s always something new to learn and what better way to experience it then by sharing time learning together with the kids you care for with these great resources that are enjoyable and easy to integrate into your family and home routine. If you are a supervisor or service provider offering kinship/foster/group care, don’t forget to remind the caregivers that CONNECTIONS is here to assist them in their efforts to ensure Indigenous, Metis & Inuit children and youth are learning about their traditions and culture while in care. Enjoy and share! SUBSCRIBE HERE
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SEPTEMBER 20, 2022 CONNECTIONS
Spotlight on Truth & Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day. Lots of great learning activities for kids and caregivers and upcoming events being held on September 30th. Also see caregiver resources and upcoming fall cultural events and programs for Indigenous children and youth and their caregivers.
AUGUST 20, 2022 CONNECTIONS
SPOTLIGHT on the cultural significance of BERRY HARVESTING. Learn more about the different berries and the traditional berry harvest with links to stories, legends, videos, recipes and where to pick your own berries. Also see caregiver resources and upcoming cultural events and programs for Indigenous children and youth and their caregivers.
JULY 20, 2022 CONNECTIONS
SPOTLIGHT on the BUFFALO with fun activities, buffalo destinations and even a few recipes! Also includes lots of upcoming summer cultural programs across Alberta and some great resource for caregivers of Indigenous children and youth.
JUNE 21, 2022 CONNECTIONS
SPOTLIGHT on National Indigenous Peoples Day and ALIGN’s new Indigenous Online Jigsaw Puzzles for kids, youth and adults. Also includes upcoming child/youth awards, events and more!
JUNE 15TH 2022 SPECIAL EDITION CONNECTIONS
SPECIAL EDITION “Everything You Want to Know Before You Attend Your First Powwow
MAY 2022 CONNECTIONS
SPECIAL EDITION Features Indigenous History Month and 20 Great Ways for Children, Youth and Families to Honour and Celebrate National Indigenous History Month!
APRIL 2022 CONNECTION
Features the EAGLE FEATHER plus lots of additional caregiver resources and upcoming events for kids, youth and families!
March 2022 CONNECTION
Features the Seven Sacred Teachings plus lots of additional caregiver resources and family events.
February 2022 CONNECTION
Features Creation Stories and upcoming events
January 2022 CONNECTION
Features Traditional Winter Activities and upcoming events
December 2021 CONNECTION
Features Winter Solstice & Christmas Traditions
November 2021 CONNECTION
Features Memory Books for Kids in Care and Indigenous Gift Ideas
October 2021 CONNECTIONS
Features Traditional Fall Activities
September 2021 CONNECTIONS
Features the Fall Equinox and Indigenous Traditions for Giving Thanks
August 2021 CONNECTIONS
Features History of Traditional Sports
July 2021 CONNECTIONS
Features Indigenous language, with links to some great resources like First Voices, a website that offers kids the opportunity to hear how to pronounce words in nearly 60 Indigenous languages!
June 2021 CONNECTIONS
Features The Great Outdoors and Learning About Mother Earth
May 2021 CONNECTIONS
Features National Indigenous History Month and National Indigenous Peoples Day Resources & Activities