News Archive

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Halq'eméylem version of the animated movie "Small Number and the Old Canoe" has been completed and posted on the website. This was possible thanks to Siyamiyateliyot, Kwelaxtelot, Kwosel, and Andy Gavel.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

An article about the Math Catcher Project titled Small Number: Breaking the Pattern and written by Veselin Jungic and Mark MacLean was published in the December 2011 issue of the Notes of the Canadian Mathematical Society, the Society's official newsletter. To access the aricle click here and follow the link for the section Education Notes.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Veselin Jungic has been invited to present about the "Math Catcher: Mathematics Through Aboriginal Storytelling" to the First Nation School Association Board on February 3, 2012.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Bella BellaOur attempt to visit the Bella Bella Community School didn't work out. On December 7, 2011, at 10:45am, a Math Catcher team, Alejandro Erickson, Jessica Humchitt, and Veselin Jungic, left Vancouver, B.C., and arrived to Port Hardy, B.C., one our later. It was a beautiful sunny day in Port Hardy, but there was a patch of thick fog over the Bella Bella airport and the flight to Bella Bella had to be delayed. Around 3:00pm we boarded the plane again and left for Bella Bella. We were told that the fog was still covering the airport but that the pilot would try to land, if possible. Well, he tried, but the fog was too thick and he turned the plane back to Port Hardy. The team arrived back to Vancouver around 6:00pm. 

Math Catcher will visit Bella Bella, B.C. in Spring 2012.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

The SFU News Aboriginal Peoples supplement No. 2  contains a few articles about activities originated by the Math Catcher Project and people that have been involved in the Project. The Project description is given in an article on Page 2 and a note about the Aboriginal Students in Math and Science Workshop is on Page 3. Dr. Eldon Yellowhorne, who translated and narrated the Blackfoot version of the Small Number Counts to 100 story, is portrayed on Page 1 and Ms. Jessica Humchitt, a volunteer in the Math Catcher Program, is portrayed on Page 2.  

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Ms. Laurie Ebenal, District Administrator for Aboriginal Education, has invited the Math Catcher Project to visit schools in School District No. 43 - Coquitlam. Ms. Terri-Mae Galligos, a resource teacher, will assist in organization of the program in ‘pilot’ schools.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Math Catcher Program has been invitied to visit Bella Bella.  On December 7, 2011, Veselin Jungic will meet a group of teachers from the Bella Bella Comunity School to talk about the Math Catcher Project and about promoting and teaching mathematics in general. On December 8, 2011, Jessica Humchitt, Alejandro Erickson, and Veselin Jungic will meet with students for the Math Catcher's activities.

Friday, November 18, 2011

In the SFU EDUC 320 (Instructional Psychology) class students did a specific context assignment paired with watching the film "Small Number and the Old Canoe." Alissa Bick Ehrenkranz, the course instructor, writes, "Although this purposing of art may horrify you, I am hoping that it demonstrates to my students a quest to engage education in creativity where ever the opportunity presents. I hope to see more Small Number adventures in the future."


Thursday, November 10, 2011

John McDonaugh, ABE Instructor, College of the Rockies, writes,"I want to thank you and the team that organized the Aboriginal Students in Math and Science workshop yesterday.  There were some great presentations and it was nice to network with others in the province."


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The Aboriginal Students in Math and Science: Situations and Solutions workshop was held on November 8, 2011, in the IRMACS Centre. More than seventy participans from all levels of the British Columbia education system spent one day talking about various issues related to teaching and promoting mathematics to Aboriginal learners. The worksop included the world premiere of the animated movie Small Number and Old Canoe in the Squamish language.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Veselin Jungic visited Hamber Secondary in Vancouver, B.C. and showed the animated movie Small Number Counts to 100 to two groups of students and their teachers. The math problem presented in the movie was discussed in detail.  

Monday, October 31, 2011

On Friday, October 28, 2011, a medie release about the workshop Aboriginal Students in Math and Science was posted on the SFU website. The workshop is inspired and partly supported by the Math Catcher Project.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Small Number is getting life on its own. The Squamish version of the animated film has been posted on Squamish web site. The motto of the site is "Reclaiming the Language of the Squamish People".

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Squamish version of the animated film "Small Number and the Old Canoe" has been completed and posted at The narrator is T'naxwtn Peter Jacobs from the Squamish Nation. Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Earlier today (Tuesday) we recorded the story "Small Number and the Old Canoe"
in Halq'eméylem language! The reader was Siyamiyateliyot, an elder from the Sto:lo Seabird Island Nation who also, together with Kwelaxtelot and Kwosel from Seabird Island Nation, translated the story.

After the recording session, William Lindsay, the Director of the SFU Office for Aboriginal Peoples, kindly invited our Sto:lo guests for lunch. 

The beginning of the story is available at