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First Nations Studies 2022-2023 Webinar Lecture Series: Indigenous Truth: Questions About Justice and Reconciliation

Event Date

Monday, February 13, 2023 -
3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
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Event Description

First Nations Studies 2022-2023 Webinar Lecture Series (February)

Indigenous Truth: Questions About Justice and Reconciliation with Barb Blackdeer-Mackenzie

Doug Kiel

About the Lecture Series
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) - American Indian Studies Program in partnership with CESA 12 is offering a unique opportunity to participate in a series of webinars to continue your journey of personal and professional development around First Nations Studies.

These monthly 2-hour webinar lecture series workshops will begin in February 2023 and continue through June 2023. The lecture series will feature various Native American scholars in the fields of history, literature, education, among other academic content areas. At each session, you will have the opportunity to hear from and learn from Indigenous authors and speakers.

*NOTE: You must be present during the advertised date and time(s) to participate and watch the webinar. The webinars will NOT BE RECORDED. Additionally, participants do NOT have permission or authorization to record either via video or audio the contents of the session attending.*

Date and Time: Monday, February 13, 2023 - 3:30pm -5:30pm | Zoom Video Conference Opens at 3:00pm (Pre-registration Required)
Presenter: Barb Blackdeer-Mackenzie (Ho-Chunk Nation), Community Healer
Title: Indigenous Truth: Questions About Justice and Reconciliation
Description: Supposedly there are two sides to every story. Why does First Nations involvement in our texts seemingly start with Columbus or “the merciless Indian savages”? How did First Nations relations get so polarized and emotionally charged? What is the real story First Nations history? Come explore these questions and more with Barb Blackdeer-Mackenzie.
Bio: Barb Blackdeer-Mackenzie is an enrolled member of the Ho-Chunk Nation. The title of “community healer” was given to her while working with Healing Intergenerational Roots Wellness Center. She describes herself as a lifelong learner, educator, and helper. She is currently writing a book for Wisconsin school teachers on how to teach about American Indian genocide.
Adding to her growing repertoire of workshop topics, she also provides professional development to community groups, governmental organizations, and school districts. Her topics include, but are not limited to, Indigenous people and tribal nations; Teachings of the Medicine Wheel (by Charity Thunder); Mending Broken Hearts—Addressing Grief, Loss, Historical and Intergenerational Trauma from American Indian Boarding Schools (White Bison, Inc.); Survivors of Suicide, Homicide and Genocide (White Bison, Inc.); trauma-informed care; historic and intergenerational trauma and community resilience; Act 31; bias, stereotyping, and prejudice; recovering at-risk youth; physical violence, sexual violence, sex trafficking and the Missing and Murdered Indigenous People’s (MMIP or MMIWG2S) movement; and social justice advocacy. Barb lives in Black River Falls, WI with her husband, Drew, and has two adult children, Jo and William.
Participant Outcomes
As a result of attending this webinar series, participants will have an opportunity to:
  • have an opportunity to continue their journey of personal and professional development around First Nations Studies.

  • learn about and gain an understanding of the unique circumstances faced by Native people in the past and today and the effect it has on today's students, families, and communities.

  • receive information, resources to identify books, and strategies to support teaching and learning about Native peoples, communities, and nations.

  • deepen their understanding of the American Indian experience through stories and information shared by the speakers.

  • understand the historical experiences and contemporary issues of American Indian peoples and nations through storytelling, language, literacy, etc.

Target Audience
  • District Administrators and Principals
  • Classroom Teachers
  • Curriculum Specialists, Directors of Instruction, and Library Media Specialists
  • School Counselors, Social Workers, and Psychologists
  • Cooperative Educational Service Agencies (CESAs) Administrators and Staff
  • Tribal, Community, and School Liaison's (Home-School/Title VI/Johnson O’Malley Coordinators and Staff)
  • Tribal Education Directors and Staff
  • Head Start, Early Childhood, and Preschool Staff
  • College and University (especially Schools of Education) Students, Faculty, and Staff
  • Any others with an interest in American Indian Studies and education.
David J. O'Connor
Bwaakoningwiid David J. O'Connor, American Indian Studies Consultant, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction; Phone: (608) 267-2283 or
Additional Information/Disclaimers
The training webinar will NOT be recorded or otherwise shared after the scheduled dates. The DPI American Indian Studies Program has found that this allows for more candid conversations, richer dialogue, and increased participation.

This training webinar does NOT meet statutory license stipulations for "Wisconsin American Indian Tribes and Bands", which is often referenced as Wisconsin Act 31. For those seeking to address statuary license stipulations, please visit the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) Educator Preparation and Licensing - Statutory License Stipulations webpage for a list of approved courses and workshops. You can also visit the DPI American Indian Studies Program for further information.

* The DPI American Indian Studies Program reserves the right to prioritize enrollment to LEAs with federally-identified IDEA status, Wisconsin's First Nations, and districts with significant educational equity needs.

Training Format
Each webinar session will be 2 hours in length and facilitated by Bwaakoningwiid David J. O'Connor in partnership with the respective presenters for each session. The sessions are intended to be interactive and will include discussion time at the end of each session.

These sessions will be facilitated online using the Zoom cloud video conferencing platform.

Registration and Fees
There are NO registration fees to participate in these webinars offered by the DPI American Indian Studies Program, which are funded through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA).

Funding for this training limits individual acceptance to WISCONSIN RESIDENTS only. Registration is limited to 300 individuals per session. Pre-registration is required.

Registration: myQuickReg - Indigenous Truth: Questions About Justice and Reconciliation

***Each session must be registered separately for the First Nations Studies 2022-2023 Webinar Lecture Series.

Judy Ross
Judy Ross, Program Assistant III

CESA #12 - Center for Special Education and Pupil Services
American Indian Studies Program,
618 Beaser Avenue, Ashland, WI 54806
Direct Line: (715) 685-1837

For more great training opportunities offered by DPI American Indian Studies Program, please visit our webpage: Calendar of Events