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Drumheller Valley Secondary School has teamed up with Strathmore High School to provide an exciting 3 days. ASLC 2020 kicks off Sunday May 24 in Drumheller with tourist activities, entertainment, and supper. Delegates then travel to Strathmore that night to participate in the rest of the conference. See below for directions to all the amazing places we will visit, hotel accommodations, registration package, and conference schedule. We can’t wait to see you there!

New Blood

New Blood: Is a widely acclaimed production that blends Blackfoot music and contemporary music by Peter Gabriel to create an amazing piece of theatre celebrating Blackfoot history and traditions. Featuring poetry, music, contemporary and traditional dance, the show is inspired by the life of Chief Vincent.


#ICANHELP Empowers students on your campus to use social media on a more positive, healthy way and provide them with the tools for good citizenship. #ICANHELP was sparked by a social media incident that tested the preparedness of a high school to handle online bullying and harassment. Over the past decade they have partnered with teachers, students, parents, policymakers, and corporations to create this movement and proactive programming. They are changing the lives of hundreds of thousands of students across the country and strengthening local communities, both online and offline.

Mike Smith

Whether it's motivating students or employees to change the culture of their school or their workplace; or teaching others how to start and maintain successful brands and organizations; or showing others how easy it is to give back to the homeless and less fortunate in their communities; Mike has the experience and expertise to inspire others to be extraordinary.

Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park

Enter a stunning facility and embark upon an unforgettable journey as you delight in fantastic exhibitions and dazzling performances, and enjoy an exciting, authentic, Blackfoot cultural experience.


Royal Tyrrell Museum

The Royal Tyrrell Museum is a Canadian tourist attraction and a centre of palaeontological research known for its collection of more than 130,000 fossils.


Atlas Coal Mine

Designated at both the national and provincial levels, the Atlas preserves the last of the 139 mines which operated in the Drumheller Valley from 1911-1979. Our mandate is to preserve and present the days when “Coal was King” in the Drumheller Valley. The site comprises 31 hectares with numerous buildings, trackways, machines, tools, and documents from the working mine.


Downtown Drumheller

In the heart of the Canadian Badlands, the Drumheller Valley offers spectacular unique scenery and fascinating experiences.



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Breakout Sessions

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Dance Pl3y: Dance and Mental Health

Movement and music are powerful tools to help people connect to themselves and to others. In this workshop, you will gain a better understanding of mental health and the factors that affect it, and experience an interACTIVE dance class that targets the 4 domains of well-being. Participants will leave equipped to help build healthier lifestyles and habits in their own lives!


Solar Laterns

Solar Lantern Building Challenge - work together to build a solar lantern as part of the STAR EcoWorks Leading Light Initiative that will see lanterns sent overseas at the end of the school year. Take your students on a critical thinking evaluation of electricity and get the big picture on generation and consumption.

Functional Fitness with Darryl Hargrove

This session will go over basic movements and techniques designed to promote improved fitness levels and ease of everyday stressors on the body that can be done in the comfort of one's home or adapted into a commercial gym setting.The focus will be body weight type exercises and core strength. Demonstrations and feedback will be given throughout the experience, so come prepared to sweat, laugh, smile and leave a bit stronger and wiser than when you arrived. Athletic clothing is encouraged, but not mandatory.

Medicine wheel with Joni Breaker

Joni Breaker is the FNMI Liaison/Counsellor at Strathmore High School (2018 – present). She received her education and training from Mount Royal University (Child and Youth Care Counsellor Program 2000 – 2003) and the Nechi Institute of Learning (Certificate of Community Addictions Training and Advanced Counsellor Training 2017-18). She was also a Home Visitor with the Maternal Child Health Program (2009-20016 and a Suicide Prevention Assistant (2016-17), both with Siksika Health Services. Her passion has always been supporting and educating her community members to follow a healthy healing journey.

Dogs, Dogs, and more Dogs

Are you a dog lover? Do you love snuggling dogs? Then join me for a session where you get to snuggle some pups, learn about dog training (and see some in action!), learn about the difference between a service dog and a pet, and ask any questions that you may have about dog training, breeding, or basic dog health/vet advice!

Magic Robert Metcalfe

I am a huge fan of a Card game called Magic: The Gathering, which in all honesty has really changed my life for the better. Magic: the Gathering is a card based battlefield game, where you use creatures, spells, enchantments, to outwit, outsmart, and out-strategize your opponents by using these methods to reduce their life total from 20 to 0. Despite how fun the game is, there are many other benefits of MTG (Magic: the Gathering) that you might not even realize! I will be giving away FREE MTG card decks, and teaching you how to play the game if you register for my session.


LGBT 101: This workshop is an introduction to the language, context and history of the LGBTQ2+ community, including resources for youth, teachers, and families. James Demers is the Executive Director of the Calgary Queer Arts Society and the lead educator of the OUTReels Diversity Education Program. He has worked as a trans activist in Alberta for 11 years, working a variety of organizations, cooperation and government institutions to create a more equitable world for LGBT people and their families.

Mindfulness: Resetting Your Device with Roger Hamm

Mindfulness. The first mindfulness techniques I learned were in a High School drama class - we called them focusing and relaxation exercises. Over the years terminology has shifted but the core intentions have remained the same: how do you remain emotionally connected and physically focused in stressful times, especially when it seems ‘everything’ in your life is turning upside down. I am still learning how to be mindful. Mindfulness is not a magic bullet that fixes your life. Mindfulness is a variety of techniques that can help stabilize this moment in your life.

Global Citizenship with Operation eyesight

Discuss how you can be a global citizen and why that’s important with Operation Eyesight Universal President and CEO Aly Bandali. Learn how you can practice global citizenship and take an active role in creating a more equal, fair and sustainable world at both the local and global level.

Disc golf With Josh Kennedy

My name is Josh Kennedy. I'm an avid disc golfer throughout the summer and a competitive swimmer throughout the school year. I own a small business with my Dad called where we sell disc golf supplies. I have competed at the Junior Disc Golf World Championships and finished 1st place at the Alberta Provincial Championships.

Rise above challenges with Levi Stanford

So often the adversity we face leaves us with stress, anxiety, and the feeling of being overwhelmed. Learning to acknowledge, control, and alleviate these emotions can prevent destructive behavior such as addiction, eating disorders, abuse, etc. and is crucial in turning a victim into an achiever and a follower into a leader. Through the experience of losing his hand and almost his life, Levi teaches the 3 easy to remember principals that he used to maintain a positive and determined attitude. Through the acceptance and self-responsibility of his circumstances, Levi has learned and shares what it truly means to be in control of one's own attitude.

YOGAPL3Y: Yoga, Physical Literacy, and Self-Regulation Skills

Bring movement and mindfulness to your life with a yoga class that is designed to develop physical literacy and self-regulation skills while promoting positive mental health through play. Learn simple sequences that will take you on a journey to engage the mind, activate the spirit and calm the body as you connect with yourself, each other and the world. Leave with practical ideas to inspire your peers to #stretchoutsidethebox


Environment Expo

Energy, climate, and Environment Expo. Our experienced team of educators are ready to energize your students with hands-on exploration of key energy. We have a wide variety of curriculum enhancing, station-based activities including wind turbine models, virtual reality goggles and more! Each station is designed to answer a big question through hands-on play, problem-solving, and teamwork.

Takeda with Curtis LaPierre

Mr. LaPierre has been a teacher/administrator of the Drumheller Valley Secondary School for the past 31 years. He has also taught and run the Drumheller Taekwondo & Hapkido School for 25 years training for 38 years and currently holds a 4th Dan Black Belt in Taekwondo and a 1st Dan Black Belt in Hapkido. Please join him for some kicking, punching, yelling, and screaming. Learn some down and dirty, easy to implement, self defence techniques that will have an attacker back off.

Golden Hills Alumni

Ideas share session. Come meet our Leadership Alumni and see how they have taken the skills they developed in high school into the adult world. This session is an interactive one where students will share their best ideas and play (of course!).

Girl Power

This session targets female identifying and gender non conforming folx who find themselves looking for a way to feel more positive and confident about themselves and the world around them. Relational aggression and elevated stress levels are an unfortunate part of daily life - teens are no exception! Do you find yourself looking for ways to tame worry and find positive solutions? If making life more enjoyable and less pressured is a goal, this session is for you!
In the confines of a safe and inclusive environment we will cover topics that pertain to the daily lives of youth.


#Icanhelp Empower students on your campus to use social media on a more positive, healthy way and provide them with the tools for good citizenship. #ICANHELP was sparked by a social media incident that tested the preparedness of a high school to handle online bullying and harassment. Over the past decade we have partnered with teachers, students, parents, policymakers, and corporations to create this movement and proactive programming. We are changing the lives of hundreds of thousands of students across the country and strengthening local communities, both online and offline.


Hoop Dancing

Niisto, kiisto, Iisto
(Me, You, Them)
Growing Culture.
The Hoop Dance is a storytelling dance, Learn Hoop patterns and create a story with Hoops. This Hoop Dance Workshop focuses on Community, Connection and Collaboration. Learn together, Work together, Play together.

Moving Student Vision into Action in Creating Healthy School Communities

Student voice is essential to creating a healthy school community. In this session, student leaders will share and celebrate the ways they currently contribute their voices and leadership to creating healthy, safe, and welcoming schools. With student input fresh in our minds, we will vision and plan further action using the internationally recognized Comprehensive School Health framework.

Thrive Quest with Carman Murray

Carman is a former RVS educator and student leadership advisor who has recently moved on from the profession to pursue a career in health and wellness coaching. She is a long-time volunteer with the RVS Student Leadership Academy and continues to be a champion of students’ mental and emotional well-being in our program. Her creative “Thrive Quest” workshop aims to develop students’ skills in self-care, building awareness of the things in their lives that deplete or energize them.

Sleep Symmetry with Carman Murray

Learn how to align your body, mind and spirit to support your systems in getting a better night's rest and feeling rejuvenated in the morning.

Landscape Painting with Dana Alsafi

In this class, we will explore the use of pastel on mixed media and pastel paper drawing landscapes and other fascinating stills and objects. Whether you are attending to enhance your artistic skills or for the witty banter, we look forward to seeing you there.