Model UN Forum in the C4D Regarding Indigenous Peoples

While the Indigenous Peoples of the world make up only 5% of the world’s total population, they account for 15% of the world’s poor. Much of their situation is the result of historical discrimination carried out through policies promoting assimilation, expulsion, relocation, and even extermination. The international community and the United Nations are concerned about the rights of Indigenous People and hope to address the deep-rooted problems to improve their lives.

The grade 10s in Ms. Woolf’s and Ms. Broughton’s Socials classes looked at global governance; climate action; and, land rights for Indigenous Peoples around the world.

In the Centre for Dialogue they presented their findings, debated the issues and drafted resolutions to solve these problems.

Learn more at the International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs site.

Byrne Creek Biology Students Explore the Value of Local Forests

Ms. Virani’s Biology 11 class recently created websites cataloguing the biodiversity of Byrne Creek Ravine Park as part of their exploration into ecosystems, classification, and ecology. This project entailed a field trip to the park to photograph and identify the plants they found. Students then created websites to showcase their findings:
Byrne Creek Park Ecology 1
Byrne Creek Park Ecology 2

September 30th: Orange Shirt Day

“Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake in the spring of 2013.  It grew out of Phyllis’s account of losing her shiny new orange shirt on her first day of school at the Mission, and it has become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually.  The date was chosen because children are back in school and teachers have time to plan, and because it is an opportunity to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the year.  Orange Shirt Day is also an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and community agencies to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.” www.orangeshirtday.org

Learn more about the legacy of residential schools:
Byrne Creek Library’s Books and DVDs on Residential Schools

Art, Social Studies, Zeemaps, QR Codes, and Pipelines

Byrne Creek Secondary students worked on a cross curricular project involving art and Social Studies, inspired by the activist artist known as Banksy.  Banksy has a graffiti style and uses a stenciling technique to comment on the social and political issues of our time.  In his art he embeds a QR code that links to a website which explains the issue that inspired his art.  Social studies classes studied BC’s economy both past and present; geographical factors; and attitudes and practices in resource development, particularly in relation to the Kinder Morgan Pipeline. Students created works of art that responded to the potential expansion of the Kinder Morgan Pipeline and connected their responses to the communities along the pipeline by means of an interactive map. Click zeemaps.com, and then each individual pin to see their work.

Read more about this project in Burnabynow article by Cornelia Naylor.

WORDS Writing Project Winners

Congratulations to Madison Luney for creating the artwork for Burnaby’s WORDS Writing Anthology and to Anthony Trebunski and Angelica Angeles for their winning poetry submissions! You can view the Word Play 2016/17 Anthology here.

[gview file=”http://blogs.sd41.bc.ca/byrne-library/files/2017/05/Alone-on-the-Moon2.pdf”]

[gview file=”http://blogs.sd41.bc.ca/byrne-library/files/2017/05/White-Walls.pdf”]

BC Elections: Student Vote!

On May 9th you have the opportunity to shape the next 4 years in British Columbia!
Under 18? You still can learn about the issues and discuss them with friends and family!

PARTICIPATE in the Student Vote on May 8th and MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD!

The General Voting Day is May 9th but advance voting starts now! Check here to find advance voting locations near you!

Do you think there should be LIMITS on corporate, union and individual DONATIONS to parties?  Should STUDENT LOANS be interest-free? What do think about the KINDER MORGAN PIPELINE?

Check out the BCGreen, BCLiberals and BCNDP party platforms to find out where parties stand on the issues. Take the Vote Compass survey to find out how your views align. You might be surprised by the results!