Indigenous Awareness & Protocol 101

12:00 – 1:30 pm, Tuesday, March 26th – Virtual

Join Indigenous Educator Sissy Thiessen Kootenayoo of Wase Saba (Black Bear) Experiences as we explore the first steps of building symbiotic relationships with First Peoples of the land. This session will explore flora used for medicines, ceremony and protocol offerings. Those who attend will get the chance to practice a smudging ceremony, as well as offering protocol. Which is essential for any work and consultation with First Peoples who maintain many industry and wildlife sites. We’ll learn what protocol is, how and why it’s offered, and make tobacco ties for offering. This session will also include an overview of commonly used terminology, community-titles & traditional names, which can inform positive work and volunteer practices. 

Sacred Speech & Allyship 101

12:00 – 1:30 pm, Thursday, March 28th – Virtual

The session training in this series will consult the nationally-consulted Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report and subsequent Calls to Action. Which will empower participants to leave the session with direct action-items to work toward peace, friendship and balance, which are necessary for all ecosystem functions. As well as what was written in the original treaties of Canada, represented by two canoes travelling beside one another down the same river. This participatory-session will include learning about historic & current events adversely impacting the First Peoples, generating ideas for reconciliation and positive impacts using the TRC recommendations, 7 Sacred Teachings informed by Indigenous animalia. And will finish with drafting individual Land Acknowledgments with statements for action.  

Workshop Facilitator

Wase (Wah-ha-seh) Saba (Sah-bah) Experiences is a full-service Indigenous cultural education and performance provider. Specializing in the areas of: awareness, allyship, cultural activities, performances and event openings. 

Sissy Thiessen Kootenayoo (KOOH-TEN AY-YO) Treaty 6 Nakota (NAH-KO-TAH) Sioux (SOO) Cree & German Indigenous: business owner, cultural educator, performer and consultant. Sissy’s education and consultation has been featured on stages all over Turtle Island, including: New York, San Francisco, Montana, Edmonton Folk Fest and more.

She studied Communications & Journalism at Mount Royal University and has won various awards in the areas of community enrichment, cultural involvement and journalism. For the past 10 years, Sissy has been living her passion of educating people of all ages on Indigenous history, issues & culture. 


This event is made possible by the generous support of the Government of Alberta’s Multiculturalism and Anti-racism grant. 


Pricing for each workshop is as follows:

Students: $15
Regular Members: $30
Non-members: $50

If registering for both workshops, the second workshop is available at half price:

Students: $22
Regular Members: $45
Non-members: $75

To view membership rates, please log in to your ACTWS account. 

After registering, participants will receive meeting details and required materials via email.

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Edmonton AB
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Rooted in Wisdom: Deer Aging Techniques

Embark on a journey of precision and insight with the Lethbridge College Wildlife Analytics Lab (WAL) at the ACTWS Conference in Jasper! Join our workshop, ‘Rooted in Wisdom: Deer Aging Techniques‘, to explore the secrets hidden within wildlife teeth. Explore both the field technique of ‘tooth eruption and wear’ and the laboratory marvel of ‘cementum analysis’ – both dedicated to unraveling the mysteries of ungulate ages. Delve into the heart of these techniques, comparing their accuracy and precision, with a revelation of the superior accuracy of cementum analysis. Learn the art of tooth extraction and witness the seamless process of submitting your own wildlife teeth to the WAL for aging through cementum analysis. Elevate your understanding of deer populations and contribute to the advancement of wildlife knowledge and bolster your resume with applied experience. Participants will gain hands-on familiarity with the field technique of jaw aging, and the lab process of tooth extraction, inspection, preparation, and cementum analysis. Join us in Jasper for a transformative experience at the intersection of field expertise and cutting-edge laboratory analysis!

Facilitated by the Wildlife Analytics Lab, Lethbridge College

Cost: $15

Professional refers to someone who works with wildlife and/or their habitats in a professional setting.

In this context, it is not in reference to a legal professional designation.