On May 22, 2018, The Canadian Network for Arts & Learning in partnership with the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board presented an Eduarts Hub called "Meaningful Indigenous Education Through the Arts" at the Art Gallery of Hamilton. 30 participants took part in this engaging session of professional development to discover ways to authentically and respectfully use the arts as a powerful medium for teaching Indigenous learning. Led by artist-educator facilitator Jasmin Glaw, participants acquired new understanding of the history of Indigenous art and how to meaningfully integrate these art forms in the classroom without appropriation. There was also an opportunity to network with Hamilton area artists and educators for exploring partnership and collaborative opportunities.
Participants were also invited to a presentation and discussion regarding The Canadian Network for Arts & Learning's ‘Mapping Project’ – an innovative digital map representing arts and learning across Ontario. Through focus groups and guided discussion, attendees helped guide the development of this vital tool for arts and learning in Ontario.
4:00 - Welcome and Introductions
4:05 - Professional Development Session with Jasmin Glaw
5:15 - Networking and Refreshments
5:30 - Mapping focus groups and discussion
6:25 - Wrap up and reflection
Cha Nimke Nagwagin Kwe, also known as Jasmin Glaw, is a self-driven Indigenous Artist and youth advocate of Algonquin and German decent from Hamilton, ON. She has a Diploma in Journalism and a B.A in French as a Second Language and Minor in Spanish. Jasmin currently works for Right To Play as the Training and Program Development Officer for the PLAY program wherein she supports the design and delivery of professional development and training opportunities for local youth workers and staff; strives to enhance elder and youth engagement; and, has a strong focus on cultural inclusion and online safety.
Much of her childhood was spent between her home in Hamilton and her mother's home community of Pikwàkanagàn First Nation. From a young age she found solace in an unconscious awareness of her identity through Jingle Dress dancing and within the Pow Wow ceremony as a whole. Having been of the next generation of children who were raised off-reserve and with a lack of exposure to traditional knowledge, she was motivated to become the self-driven artist that she is today.
As a visual/textile artist she draws her inspiration from dreams, a place of which she feels the outside world has little influence and her spirit is left to wander free. Much of her work is centralized around the themes of identity, belonging and the teachings of the strawberry.
The Hamilton Eduarts Hub is presented in partnership with the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board.
The mapping project and the Ontario Eduarts Hub series are supported by a grow grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.