Brought to you by London’s Child and Youth Network
“Our task is to help children communicate with the world using all their potential, strengths and languages, and to overcome any obstacle presented by our culture.” Loris Malaguzzi
Join us for the 10th Family Literacy Conference for Professionals! Participants partake in inter-professional perspectives, reflective dialogue, and collaborative inquiry as we consider all facets of literacy in relation to overall well-being, children’s rights, and in building safe, inclusive, and vibrant communities and learning environments.
This year, the Family Literacy Conference is going virtual! Through four special evening presentations, we will explore the power of story and storytelling in our work with children, youth, and families. How do stories shape us, connect us, challenge us, inspire us? And how can we engage with story as a tool to lift up and empower young voices?
For our second evening together on Monday, October 25, we are delighted to connect you with Summer Bressette. Summer is a community animator and organizer, educator, public speaker, storyteller, and Curator of Indigenous Programming for the London Arts Council. Summer will be joining us to share, Kinship and Land Based Storytelling. This session will explore the role of family, land, and language in Anishinaabe storytelling and the role that storytelling plays in shaping cultural identity.
Summer Bressette is Anishinaabe from Kettle and Stony Point First Nation; she was raised in the tradition of storytelling from her grandparents. Summer is currently working on her first play “Love Song for the Thunderbirds” that will be featured at the Grand Theatre in October 2021. She is passionate about Indigenous arts, language revitalization, and education – she is rooted in Anishinaabewin; and her practice is informed by land and kinship.
Monday, October 25
6:30 – 8:00 PM
The next offering of the Family Literacy Conference for Professionals is Tuesday, October 26, featuring award winning children’s book author, David A. Robertson. More information and registration details HERE.