Fall 2023 Online Conference: Relationship & Connection in Early Education

We are absolutely thrilled to invite Marla Klyne Kolomaya & Shanelle Bath of Gathering Our Medicine to facilitate our two-day, online Conference.

What does it mean to consider the work of reconciliation in early childhood education spaces?

Relationship and connection inform all human interaction, but never more so than when it comes to caring for children. A harmonious, interwoven approach to reconciliation informed by the science of attachment can provide a fulfilling experience for all those navigating the art of early childhood and primary-level education.

Join Marla and Shanelle in a safe, warm and inclusive virtual circle as they share nature’s wondrous design for children’s growth and development that naturally addresses the roots of reconciliation. We will explore shared understandings of human development found within the wisdom traditions of many Indigenous and ancient cultures, providing a hopeful framework that centers relationship for all. Participants will feel empowered to naturally support the flourishing of all children and families while honouring the ways of knowing and being of a particular family, community, and culture. This workshop will support anyone educating, caring for, and raising children and will contain insights that are applicable for both parents and professionals.

Tickets are available here

If you have questions, please contact Maryam: 604 817 2491 OR maryam@froghollow.bc.ca

Marla Klyne Kolomaya is a certified counsellor and parent consultant offering services for families struggling with making sense of often-perplexing behaviours commonly seen in children and adolescents. Marla specializes in providing consulting and professional development for parents, educators and helping professionals who are yearning to make sense of the kids in their care. Marla now serves on the faculty of the Neufeld Institute and has returned to her roots, supporting families within community through the Gathering Our Medicine model, and it is a most natural fit. She is eternally grateful to Dr. Gordon Neufeld and Denise Findlay for their teachings and wisdom. Marla approaches her consulting and teaching work rooted in the understanding that every child and adolescent has a unique capacity to flourish and reach their full potential when the conditions for this unfolding are provided for and supported. Marla proudly descends from both French and English Metis ancestry and lives in the beautiful northern Interlake of Manitoba on a small cattle ranch.

Shanelle Bath is a nehiyaw iskwew (Cree woman) of mixed ancestry from Treaty 6 & 8 Territory and also English and Norwegian settler ancestors. Her Kokum (grandmother) and mother are from Wapsewsipi, Swan River First Nation in Alberta. Her late Moshum (grandfather) was raised speaking Cree fluently, and living on the land in Alberta and is connected to Papaschase Cree Nation and also has Métis ancestry. Shanelle was born and raised on Coast Salish territory and has a large family with kinship ties to many First Nations communities in BC. She is an Auntie, and mother to french bulldogs. She is currently in her 4th year at the University of Victoria completing a bachelor of arts in Child and Youth Care (CYC). Shanelle has worked with youth since 2014 and spent the last 5 years working in support of youth with complex challenges at the Maples Adolescent Treatment Centre in the role of Indigenous Cultural Coordinator.


Friday, October 20th & Saturday, October 21st

9:30 am–1:30 pm Pacific, both days


Online, via Zoom.
Registered attendees will receive the Zoom link a few days before the event

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