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Trainer Lessons from the First Peoples Principles of Learning

Trainer Lessons from the First Peoples Principles of Learning

Tuesday, November 14, 2023
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM (EST)

Event Details

This session is part of the 2023 Fall Nonprofit Learning Series hosted by Nonprofit Learning Center.

Indigenous Elders, scholars, and knowledge-keepers articulated nine learning principles to guide the development of curriculum and teaching in British Columbia, Canada. These First Peoples Principles of Learning identify common elements in the varied teaching and learning approaches that prevail within Indigenous societies.

First Peoples Principles of Learning
Developed by First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNSEC)

  • Learning ultimately supports the well-being of the self, the family, the community, the land, the spirits, and the ancestors.
  • Learning is holistic, reflexive, reflective, experiential, and relational (focused on connectedness, on reciprocal relationships, and a sense of place).
  • Learning involves recognizing the consequences of one‘s actions.
  • Learning involves generational roles and responsibilities.
  • Learning recognizes the role of Indigenous knowledge.
  • Learning is embedded in memory, history, and story.
  • Learning involves patience and time.
  • Learning requires exploration of one‘s identity.
  • Learning involves recognizing that some knowledge is sacred and only shared with permission and/or in certain situations.

What lessons do these principles hold for trainers or learning leaders working in nonprofit spaces? How might we apply these principles to create more inclusive and effective trainings? 

Join us for a conversation about the First Peoples Learning Principles, how they are experienced by Indigenous people, and what any teacher can learn from them. We will explore knowledge and knowing, the role of land and space in learning, the non-linearity of time, and storytelling as teaching, among other topics. You will gain a general appreciation for the Principles and leave with concrete steps to take as you design effective, inclusive learning experiences for whatever community you serve.

In Coast Salish culture, the month of November brings the Moon of the Dog Salmon, a time when salmon continue to be fished, shellfish are harvested, and the last of the bracken ferns roots and camas bulbs are harvested. There is also hunting for waterfowl and game. We used this term for this conversation because it reminds us that the time of year matters as we think about learning and growing.

The 2023 Fall Nonprofit Learning Series focuses on how we design for deeper learning. You create a workshop or webinar because people need help doing something. You put a lot of work into delivering these workshops. You want to be sure that the diverse people in the room learn and can take action on what they learned. You want their feedback to further strengthen the learningfulness of your trainings. What a virtuous cycle—they learn, you learn, and they learn more!

Every year we invite experts to share their unique knowledge, tools, and perspectives with people who deliver workshops, webinars, or conference sessions within the social sector.  These sessions are also relevant for association learning leaders who hire speakers or plan learning events. It is designed to be action-focused, meaning that you will complete the series with actionable next steps and tools to support your success.

Design for Deeper Learning builds on the information presented through The Trainer Academy, which has trained hundreds of people over the past three years. The Trainer Academy is available on-demand at Participants in the Design for Deeper Learning series will receive a discount code to access The Trainer Academy with a 50% discount.

The Nonprofit Learning Series is moderated by Nancy Bacon, a teacher, instructional designer, and learning strategist who has worked for over 25 years in the nonprofit sector. Now in its fourth year, the Nonprofit Learning Series creates the space for a community of consultants, trainers, and learning leaders to hone their practice. You are encouraged to register for the full series to experience the full collection of knowledge and tools; you may register for just one of the sessions if you prefer.

Closed captioning will be available in all sessions in the series. We will do our best to accommodate any other accessibility needs expressed through the registration system.

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Cost + Registration

  • MANP Members save 10%!
  • $63 Members | $70 Nonmembers
  • Save by attending the entire series! The full 3-session series is available for $144.
  • Enter promo code MANSERIES10 to receive discounted registration rate. This code is valid for individual session registration as well as the full series.
  • This is a virtual event. You will receive an email with a Zoom link in advance of the event 
  • All sessions will be recorded. All registrants will receive the recordings and have access for 3 months. If you are unable to attend the session, we encourage you to register anyway so you receive all of the related materials. 

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About the Presenter

Jill La Pointe is the Executive Director of Lushootseed Research, and a member of the Upper Skagit Indian Tribe and Nooksack tribal descendant. She earned her MSW from the University of Washington. In 2006, when her grandmother, Vi Hilbert, retired as Director of the nonprofit Lushootseed Research, Jill humbly agreed to carry on the work. Under Jill’s leadership, Lushootseed Research has successfully hosted an Annual Lushootseed Language Conference since 2010, hosted by Seattle University, has continued to provide resource materials, and most recently completed a documentary on the Healing Heart of Lushootseed, about her grandmother’s dream to bring healing to the world through music. She draws strength and healing from her work with Lushootseed Research and envisions a day when all people who visit or live in Seattle and the surrounding area will be able to see and hear the beautiful Lushootseed language and learn from the traditional culture and values of the first people of this land.

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Nancy Bacon is a teacher, instructional designer, and learning strategist who has worked for over 25 years in the nonprofit sector. Nancy began her career in international education, leading an ESL school in Boston and teaching social studies in the Philippines. She worked for ten years leading nonprofit fundraising and capacity building efforts alongside a community of Afro-Brazilian women in Salvador, Brazil. Nancy collaborates with diverse communities and organizations to design and deliver relevant outcome-based learning tools and experiences. Nancy has partnered with Native Action Network in its Native nonprofit capacity building work since 2018.