Buffalo Woman Enterprises- buffalowomanmh@gmail.com

Premium Services in Curriculum support, Consulting and Professional Development Education!  With many years of experience working in school systems, in general education settings within community, with  the Alberta Teacher's Association,  working on several boards and her work on a wide variety of government initiatives to  draw from, Buffalo Woman  offers her services to you!

Buffalo Woman Enterprises provides numerous workshops and will develop workshops and presentations specific to your needs. Just request a topic and  BWE staff will work with you to fulfill that need. 

 SPECIALIZING IN  WORKSHOPS IN :

STORYTELLING AND TRADITIONAL CONCEPTS IN LEGENDS 

"Walking With Kokum" PROGRAM:

Take a walk with kokum and hear her stories on chosen legends! This workshop can also include an entry level study of traditional medicines. This workshop will take place near a waterway in your community to provide the setting for the stories and the search for traditional medicines this is a full day workshop. (see services page for school program) Buffalo Woman - Deborah Lloyd is Kokum (grandmother)


MUSIC AND STORYTELLING SHOWS

Buffalo Woman - Deborah Lloyd is a singer and plays guitar and hand drum to bring in elements of music to storytelling. Students are modeled and taught the art of storytelling using books and the aural tradition to build skills in storytelling. Students will learn the responsibilities of story telling and how to develop a trust in listeners and being a great storyteller! There's a storyteller in all of us!

UNDERSTANDING  CIRCULAR THOUGHT THROUGH THE MEDICINE WHEEL:  

Circular thought processes are central to understanding world view of indigenous peoples! BWE provides a study of the medicine wheel in ways you have never seen! Such studies bring clarity to your practice whether it be teaching, nursing or practicing medicine! Full day workshop includes making a medicine wheel. (the medicine wheel kit is included in this workshop)

UNDERSTANDING THE INTER-GENERATIONAL EFFECTS  RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL WHILE

ADDRESSING THE CALLS TO ACTION OF THE TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION COMMISSION : 

The work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission will come to light in these workshops and you will understand some of the history around the residential school experience. This experience will bring light to the inter-generational affects of residential school experiences. 

Full or half day workshop includes the option to make a personal medicine bag to initiate the healing process. (cost per bag not included each participant must pay for their own bag)

NEW!!!         YOUTH WELLNESS  - THE HOPE BAG 

This workshop provides service providers with tools to instill hope in our youth. The "Hope Bag" concept allows youth to devise their own tools to self diagnose and enrich their own lives based on the traditional medicine bag concept it allows youth to furnish their bag traditional and personal items so they can connect to their own world and ground themselves and to demonstrate how to develop hopeful relationships with those around the! By putting these tools into their bag for future use in times of discontent youth can recall better times and good connections with people who love them and whom they love to help them heal the hurts.   This tool can assist in suicide prevention initiatives within your agency or school.  BWE will come in to your school and deliver the workshop to youth or  after you have had the training you can work with your youth group.

(This workshop is based on per person registration and bag is included in registration price, if you wish to buy kits for your youth see the product page)


BWE provides INDIGENOUS perspectives to assist you in teaching and developing your curriculum and practice!   

Primary , secondary and tertiary resources are provided with experiences, speakers, crafts and displays to enhance your experience!

You can choose one or more of BWE's options to meet the needs of students and teachers alike. For professional development in any sector you will be provided with excellent development in Native culture. 

See product page for Sale of Craft Kits!



 Buffalo Woman Traditional Women's Dancer at History in the Hills 2012 Powwow in the Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park at Elkwater, Alberta! for more information on History in the Hills visit the link below.

www.historyinthehillssociety.com

 

Introduction:

Welcome to Buffalo Woman Enterprises, Consulting and Education Services!  Deborah Lloyd is a Cree woman of distinction. Her traditional name is Buffalo Woman  (Puskwa Mostos Iskwew in her Cree Language). 

Deborah has been teaching and consulting for many years in k-12 public school systems. She was awarded the distinguished Esquao award for Contributions to Education in Alberta in 2010 and has won several other awards in her field! She has spent many years on the Alberta Teacher's Association Instructor's Core teaching Alberta teachers in First Nation's, Metis and Inuit education. 

Deborah is currently assisting the ATA to bring the KAIROS "Blanket Exercise" to 40,000 Alberta teachers to begin the implementing the Calls to Action of the TCR. This process will assist Alberta teachers to increase their own competencies and put more Aboriginal content into the curriculum.  This initiative is being delivered through the Walking Together for Reconciliation Program with funding provide by the government and delivered through the ATA.

https://www.teachers.ab.ca/For%20Members/Professional%20Development/Walking-Together/Pages/Index.aspx

Buffalo Woman provides premium services as a primary resource in delivery of this specific curriculum.  She has developed programs at every educational level.  She has provided professional development for many professionals in teaching, post secondary education, various levels of government and children's services personnel. She has developed traditional methodologies in the teaching process to enhance educational experiences for young and old. Her company, BWE collaborates with and employs traditional elders to assist her in ensuring needs are met in a culture specific way. She focuses on employing Aboriginal youth and Aboriginal peoples with disabilities.

Services

  • Consulting Services - BWE can assist your agency or school in increasing and enhancing services that you currently offer. BWE can assist in evaluation of your programs and services, providing feedback and assistance in acquiring agency accreditation, development of funding proposals or increasing accountability in your service. BWE can help you better serve your First Nations, Inuit and Metis client base and all people that you serve!
  • Through traditional storytelling, song, dance and hands on experience Buffalo Woman will immerse you in Native Culture.  BWE staff will visit your class room, place of business or provide you with a traditional classroom and setting. BWE specializes in providing opportunities to develop cultural competencies! 
  • BWE provides professional development sessions lecture style or workshop format.  
  • BWE provides problem solving and conflict resolution through mediation in talking and healing circles.  These services can be provide through sessions or through retreats in a traditional camp setting.
  • BWE teaches culture through crafting as well.  Craft kits are available, email us to order!  Kits can be purchased in class sets, reasonable prices! (individual kits can be made available upon request)
  • BWE promotes Aboriginal youth talent and acts as a booking agent for such talent.  Contact us now! Email: buffalowomanmh@gmail.com


 Deborah is promotes the work of  the ATA to bring the KAIROS "Blanket Exercise" to all teachers to begin the implementing the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TCR). This process will assist Alberta teachers to put more Aboriginal content into the curriculum at the grassroots level of the educations system.  Deborah is now Certified by KAIROS to deliver the Blanket Exercise to all Canadians.


http://kairosblanketexercise.org/about http://www.teachers.ab.ca/Pages/Home.aspx
https://www.teachers.ab.ca/For%20Members/Professional%20Development/Walking-Together/Pages/Index.aspx

Buffalo Woman Enterprise's Philosophy = Balance

Utilizing the Medicine Wheel philosophies Buffalo Woman accesses traditional elders and teachings to address contemporary problems and issues to come up with balanced solutions.  It is the prime goal of BWE to educate and empower all people to understand and explore Native Cultural practices to seek balance in their lives.

 BWE provides Aboriginal Awareness Training that will provide 8 and 16 hour AAT Certificated sessions for social workers and agency staff. Next session will begin in the Summer of 2018!! BWE can provide your staff and agency staff with any other professional development upon request. 

Cost of workshops (call for details)

booking suggestions  for schools:


Negotiation points- $650 under 4 hours excluding lunch Full day workshop- $1200 over 4 hours and up to 8 hours including lunch and or supper Travel costs = within 200 km included in price over 200 km negotiable plus accommodation.  Schools/hosts must provide a certified first aid person at each session especially for field trips and retreats, also all transportation for students and other participants are the responsibility of the hosts and host is required to book venue in their own community. I.e. if you want to go to a park in the City of Edmonton you must clear it with the city first. Provincial parks will need to know that you group is visiting for the day Please provide proof of insurance for your school or institution  All documentation must be in place prior to event


PLEASE NOTE: WORKSHOPS WILL REQUIRE DISPLAY SPACE,  ROOM FOR TALKING CIRCLES, CRAFTING AND DANCING MORE THAN ONE SPACE WOULD BE OPTIMAL OR A LARGE FLEXIBLE SPACE WOULD WORK WELL!!

COMMUNICATION IS THE KEY!

Buffalo Woman Enterprises will negotiate to work within your budgetary restrictions!  

Please look at funding applications through Alberta Foundation for the Arts for  special programming. BWE will help you design a multi-day program to work in several divisions   and develop an immersion program for you across grades!  

 

 Buffalo Woman Enterprises, Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada | buffalowomanmh@gmail.com

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