New CTF book honours Aboriginal storytelling

January 21, 2008

(CTF Office – Ottawa) The Canadian Teachers' Federation (CTF) has launched a new publication – Many Voices, Many Journeys – an inspiring collection of stories written by Aboriginal teachers from across Canada. The collection explores the often difficult and complex journeys taken by Aboriginal educators, as well as the critical role education plays on that path.

The idea for the book originated from the work of the CTF Advisory Committee on Aboriginal Education as a follow-up to the 2002 national conference bearing the same name.

“We are happy to share this wonderful book with our teachers and the public,” says CTF President Emily Noble. “At the heart of every great teacher is a storyteller. Stories play a crucial role in Aboriginal culture, as the mainstay of the Aboriginal approach to teaching and learning.”

The CTF President further explains how the collection’s artwork, poetry and short stories touch a number of powerful themes.

“First, not all the journeys are easy or pleasant; yet stories have the power not only to educate, but to heal. Second is the connectedness between education and cultural values, the necessity of preserving the language, and the ultimate bond with the land. Finally, references to the spirit world, spirituality and mythology will light the fire of everyone’s imagination.

“It is a joy to bring together items that are both educational and entertaining. We encourage everyone to embark on this wonderful journey and exploration of Aboriginal culture,” concludes Noble.

Many Voices, Many Journeys is available for purchase online at (http://www.ctf-fce.ca/bilingual/ctf_publications/pubno.asp?pub_no=65). The cost is $15 plus taxes and shipping.

CTF speaks for 220,000 teachers in Canada as their national voice on education and related social issues. CTF membership includes Member organizations in every province and territory in Canada as well as an Affiliate Member in Ontario. CTF (http://www.ctf-fce.ca) is also a member of the international body of teachers, Education International (http://www.ei-ie.org).

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