Constance will be available for in-person and virtual sessions in 2023-24. She is open to requests that require travel from Edmonton.
Constance Brissenden is an experienced presenter, in person and for virtual visits, with a Masters in Theatre from the University of Alberta. She has presentations prepared for K-12, but she is particularly fond of working with grades 3-12. She prefers single-classroom audiences but is open to discussing all requests to best meet a school’s needs.
Pricing for virtual visits:
$125 for 30-40 minutes
Pricing for in-person visits:
$325 for a half day of 120 minutes of session time (usually split into two or three sessions)
$550 for a full day of 240 minutes of session time (usually split into four or five sessions)
Have your students seen the Northern Lights? Have they seen a bison? In a presentation related to Wild Waters, Inside a Voyageur’s World (Indigenous Education Press), they will learn about the Northern Lights (aurora borealis) and share their own stories of the skies at night. A bison plays a major role in the book. Have they seen bison (also known as buffalo)? What wild animals have they seen? They will share in this session.
What was life really like in the voyageur world, when the roads across Canada were rivers and lakes? Larry Loyie’s great-grandfather, Tomma, was an 18-year-old Iroquois voyageur in 1828. He worked for the Hudson’s Bay Company, paddling and portaging from Montreal to the Pacific Ocean. Reading Wild Waters, Inside a Voyageur’s World (Indigenous Education Press) students learn about and compare their lives with this young paddler’s tough yet enlightening existence.
Voyageurs paddled the birchbark trade canoes for the Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC), often during 14-hour working days. Most were Indigenous, like Larry Loyie’s Iroquois great-grandfather, Tomma, and Canadiens (French fathers and Indigenous mothers), like his other great-grandfather, Bonhomme. Wild Waters, Inside a Voyageur’s World (Indigenous Education Press) is an historic novel set in 1828. It traces 18-year-old Tomma’s view of a fast-paced voyage of 5,250 km with George Simpson, all-powerful governor of HBC. Students learn about and discuss the fairness of a dramatic time in Canadian history, written with humour and insight.
Voyageurs paddled birchbark canoes for the Hudson’s Bay Company. They worked for 14 hours at a stretch, surviving on little sleep and food. Most were Indigenous, like Tomma, Larry Loyie’s 18-year-old Iroquois great-grandfather, and Canadiens (with French fathers and Indigenous mothers). In Wild Waters, Inside a Voyageur’s World (Indigenous Education Press), readers follow a fast-paced voyage of 5,250 km with George Simpson, all-powerful governor of the Hudson’s Bay Company. Students share an insider’s look at a dramatic time in Canadian history. Wild Waters asks the question: what price is Tomma willing to pay for personal freedom?