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Online Event: Understanding Orange Shirt Day and the Lasting Impacts of Residential Schools on Wisconsin First Nations

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Join PBS Wisconsin Education, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction American Indian Studies Consultant David O'Connor, and three distinguished panelists to discuss Orange Shirt Day and learn truths about lasting impacts of Indigenous boarding schools, trauma, and resilience. This is the first of two webinars focused on Wisconsin First Nations. 

Register for this free webinar which takes place online Monday, September 26, 2022 from 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM CDT.

About the Panelists:
Dr. Jolene Bowman
 is a citizen of the Stockbridge-Munsee Community with more than 30 years of tribal work experience including being the Director of Education and Career Services for the past sixteen years. In addition, she is currently serving a second term on the National Indian Education Association (NIEA) Board of Directors while also serving on the Wisconsin Indian Education Association as an alternate for the Central Region, the Wisconsin Tribal Education Directors Association, and Governor's appointment as a Public Member of the Wisconsin Women’s Council (WWC).

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.

Kamewanukiw Paula Fernandez is the Culturally Responsive Practices Coordinator with the Wisconsin RtI Center. In her role, she provides training and supports with a Native American focus to assist Wisconsin public schools in developing a culturally responsive educational environment. Paula is a member of the Menominee Nation turtle clan, and her Menominee name Kamewanukiw – translates to “Rain Woman”.

Panel Moderator:
David O'Connor is a member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa (Ojibwe), and the American Indian Studies Consultant at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. In this role, he supports school districts' efforts to provide instruction on the history, culture and tribal sovereignty of Wisconsin's American Indian nations and tribal communities and provides training opportunities throughout the state.

In this webinar participants will:

  • Gain context for Orange Shirt Day: Every Child Matters, September 30, as a day to promote awareness of the history and lasting impacts of residential schools on Native American communities.
  • Learn about trauma-informed care in the classroom to discuss such impacts with students.
  • Participate in a Q&A session with panelists.

Certificates of participation can be provided after the webinar upon request.
Register here for this free online webinar.

This item was submitted by PBS Wisconsin Education.