Fatty Legs Webinar Series, Grades 5-8
(with Christy Jordan-Fenton, Margaret Pokiak-Fenton and Kerry Aiken)

About this Learning Opportunity

This archived two part webinar series is about the book ‘fatty legs’ which shares the story of Margaret’s experience in a residential school.  You will learn the origin of the book and how it can be used to support student learning about the topic of residential schools.  Meet the author and her mother-in-law (about whom the book is about) in the first webinar.  In the second webinar, a teacher shares how she has used the book with her grade seven students.

The topic of residential schools can be a sensitive topic in First Nations, Métis and Inuit people. Teachers interested in using Fatty Legs with their students need to be aware of the local context with regards to residential schools. As a background to the issue of residential schools, you are encouraged to read the article, They Came For The Children - The Truth & Reconciliation Commission Of Canada.

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About the Facilitator(s)

Christy Jordan-Fenton has been an infantry soldier, a pipeline labourer, a survival instructor and a bareback bronco rider. Christy has also worked with street children. She was born just outside Rimbey, Alberta and has lived in Australia, south Africa, and the United States of America. Christy now lives on a farm near Fort St. John, B.C. , where she and her husband are raising three small children, a few chickens, three dogs, a llama, two rabbits, and enough hourses to outfit an entire town. Christy worked with her mother-in-law, Margaret Pokiak – Fenton to write both Fatty Legs and A Stranger at Home.

Margaret Pokiak-Fenton was born on a tiny island far north of the Arctic Circle. She spent her early years on Banks Island; when she was eight years old she travelled to the mainland to attend the Catholic residential school in Aklavik, Northwest Territories. In her early twenties, while working for the Hudson’s Bay Company in Tuktoyaktuk, she met her Husband-to-be, Lyle, who was working on the Distant Early Warning (DEW) project. She followed him south to Fort St. John. Together they raised eight children. Margaret can be found most Saturdays at the local farmer’s market, where she sells traditional Inuit crafts and the best bread and bannock in the North Peace.

Kerry Aiken is a grade 7 teacher at Summitview School in Grande Cache, part of Grande Yellowhead Public School Division #77 (GYPSD). Kerry is passionate about literature and Native Studies (her major while studying at the University of Lethbridge). Kerry weaves these two passions together in a Native Studies option that is being delivered to grades 4 - 8 students at Summitview School. She was the driving force behind the implementation of this option and plans and prepares for all these classes every week. She has presented professional development sessions within GYPSD, weaving Literature into the Social Studies curriculum as well as using Literature with an FNMI perspective and content to enhance student success.

This resource was developed by ERLC as a result of a grant from Alberta Education to support implementation.