Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame is preparing to launch virtual educational opportunities that share the stories and triumphs of its members, specifically its Indigenous Hall of Famers.
The Indigenous Sport Heroes Education Experience (ISHEE) is a national education initiative available at no cost to all Canadians with a focus on K-12 students. It’s a multi-partner, multi-platform, web-based book, curriculum, and celebration of 14 Canadian Indigenous Hall of Famers. Join them on August 9, International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, for its free virtual premier.
Come September, ISHEE will be made available to every teacher and student, kindergarten to Grade 12 for free. The book is aimed at the Grade 6 reading level, but learning activities are tuned to older and younger sides of the academic spectrum. The ISHEE will provide educators with the opportunity to integrate Indigenous perspectives and ways of knowing and being into their classrooms.
“The Indigenous Sports Heroes Education Experience is an educational resource that inspires conversation about the rich sporting history of Indigenous Hall of Famers,” reads the events social media page.
Blessing ceremonies will kick off the free online event from First Nations, Métis, and Inuit elders. Following the ceremonies will be messages from Minister of Canadian Heritage Honourable Steven Guilbeault; Indigenous Hall of Famers and family representatives; Bob Rooney, board chair of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame; Trevor Haynes, CEO of Black Diamond Group; Larry Goerzen, president Alberta and Prairies Region of Rogers Communications; Raynie Wood, dean of School of Information and Communications Technologies and; Crystal Clark, Indigenous education specialist at Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame.
More information on the resource book will be explored through an exclusive virtual walk-through during the premier.
The Indigenous Sport Heroes Education Experience is the first of its kind educational exhibit and seven-year initiative with the aim to prompt conversation about equity and inclusion, through the lens of sport. To learn more, visit marketing.indigenousheroes.com and to register early for the event, visit indigenousheroes.eventbrite.com.