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Science First Peoples

fnesc had released a document on their website titled  Science First Peoples 5-9 Teacher Resource Guide. It may be downloaded for free or purchased online.

The resource guide includes 8 engaging multi-grade thematic units:

  • Unit 1 – Traditional Ecological Knowledge
  • Unit 2 – Plants and Connection to Place
  • Unit 3 – Power from the Land
  • Unit 4 – Bear and Body Systems
  • Unit 5 – Climate Change
  • Unit 6 – Shaking and Flooding
  • Unit 7 – Interconnectedness of the Spheres
  • Unit 8 – Ocean Connections

Check it out! Rowan

November 30, 2016 at 1:00 pm Leave a comment

CEA: Best practices to indigenize teaching practices

The Canadian Education Association has released the latest in the one-page  Facts on Education series , titled What is the Best Way to Indigenize Teaching Practices?

The authors offer 3 main suggestions to integrating teaching practices into Canadian Schools:

  1. Adapt initial teacher training to the pedagogical needs of indigenous students.
  2. Create stronger indigenous presence  in schools by implementing holistic, community-based teaching practices.
  3. Deconstruct the false representations about First Peoples.

You have to read the document for the details! Check it out, Rowan

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October 18, 2016 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

TDSB CELEBRATES ORANGE SHIRT DAY– 30 September 2016

Phyllis Webstad, a member of the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation in British Columbia, was forced to attend St. Joseph’s Mission Residential School, as her relatives before her.  She entered the school in 1973 wearing a brand new orange shirt which was immediately confiscated by the staff and replaced with a uniform.  She never saw the shirt again, and began to associate the colour with the traumatic experiences in the school and the loss of language and cultural identity she suffered.

In 2013, Webstad transformed her negative experiences into something positive by creating a nationally recognized Orange Shirt Day.  Celebrated annually on September 30th, this day acknowledges the residential school system in Canada, honours those who survived, and remembers those who did not.  It is a day to demonstrate, by wearing orange, that all students matter.

The Professional Library has created a resource list on Residential Schools  available to TDSB teachers as a Google document – remember to login with your TDSB account.

To get you started, here are some web sites:

British Columbia. First Nations Education Steering Committee and First Nations School Association. (2015).  Indian residential schools and reconciliation  resources. Teachers’ guides for  Grade 5 (PDF), Grade 10 (PDF), and Grades 11/12 (Book 1; Book 2).

Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada. (2016). Indian Residential Schools. Retrieved from http://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1100100015576/1100100015577

Legacy of Hope Foundation. Exhibitions including 100 Years of Loss: the Residential School System in Canada.

Library and Archives Canada. (2015). Residential Schools: Photographic Collections.  Retrieved from http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/aboriginal-heritage/Pages/residential-schools-photo-sets.aspx

Secret Path. (2016).  Retrieved from http://secretpath.ca/ .

  • Story of Chanie Wenjack, residential school student who died running away from a residential school.
  • Graphic novel and illustrations by Jeff Lemire
  • Songs by Gord Downie with Kevin Drew and Dave Hamlin

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

 University of British Columbia. First Nations and  Indigenous Studies. (2009). The residential school system. Retrieved from http://indigenousfoundations.arts.ubc.ca/home/government-policy/the-residential-school-system.html

Check ’em out! Rowan

 

 

 

 

September 30, 2016 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

CAP releases Winter 2016, Spring 2016 issues of journal

The Canadian Association of Principals (CAP)  has released the two  most recent  issues of CAP Journal:

  1. Winter 2016 – theme issue on  Indigenous Education in Canada
  2. Spring 2016  – theme issue on Mental Health: Solutions that work

I find their digital journals a little frustrating to use (reading/sizing/full screen)- so get in the zone before opening them.

Check it out!

Rowan

 

 

June 28, 2016 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

CBC Curio inlcudes collection of 6 new stories on Aboriginal education

As promoted in the June 2016 newsletter from Curio:

Aboriginal Education Then and Now: Issue Controversies and Concerns is a  “collection of six CBC News stories starts by delving into some of this year’s biggest news in Aboriginal education — recent revelations that Aboriginal children were subjected to nutritional experiments in residential schools. Justice Murray Sinclair and others weigh in on this controversy. The collection then explores issues cropping up in today’s classrooms: should Aboriginal students be permitted to smudge despite strict “no-scent” policies in schools? How did one Saskatchewan teen respond to her school’s demand she stop wearing her controversial Got Land t-shirt? Plus more…”

The stories are titled (note that the dates of these reports are from 2014):

  1. “Got land”: The controversial t-shirt slogan (2014)
  2. Aboriginal children used as test subjects (2014)
  3. An urban Aboriginal high school  (2014)
  4. First Nations teen told not to smudge before school (2104)
  5. Justice Murray Sinclair: Nutrition experiments on Aboriginal children (2014)
  6. Rideau high supports Aboriginal smudging tradition (2014)

June is National Aboriginal History Month, here and here.

TDSB teachers have access to free access to Curio via the TDSB Virtual Library >Teacher’s Resources > Curio.

Check it out! They are very apropos after this week’s announcement/apology from the Ontario government.

Rowan

June 3, 2016 at 1:00 pm Leave a comment

The Journey Together

The Journey Together : Ontario’s Commitment to Reconciliation with Indigenous People (2016) was released by the Ontario government on  Monday of this week. Read the summary or the full report.

From page 19:”The Province is also working with Indigenous partners to enhance the Ontario curriculum in order to support mandatory learning about residential schools, the legacy of colonialism and the rights and responsibilities we all have to each other as treaty people. As part of the comprehensive strategy, Ontario is also working with partners to create curriculum-linked resources and develop supports that will build educator capacity.”

From page 25: ” Ontario is working with Indigenous partners and post-secondary education stakeholders in developing a stand-alone Aboriginal Institutes Policy to incorporate Indigenous-owned and -controlled post-secondary institutes into Ontario’s post-secondary education and training system. ”

Check it out! Rowan

Links:

June 2, 2016 at 1:00 pm 1 comment

People for Education: What matters in indigenous education

People for Education has released a paper titled What Matters in Indigenous Education: Implementing a vision committed to holism, diversity and engagement, by Pamela Rose Toulouse.

From pages 1-2:

This paper, What Matters In Indigenous Education: Implementing A Vision Committed To Holism, Diversity And Engagement, explores an Indigenous approach to quality learning environments and relevant competencies/skills. It focuses on select work from People for Education and draws out the research, concepts and themes that align with Indigenous determinants of educational success. This paper also expands on this work by offering perspectives and FIGURE 1.0 Holistic Model of Balance in Living a Good Life Note: This model is an example of the Indigenous concepts that matter and extend beyond current student success measures in education. SPIRITUAL PHYSICAL INTELLECTUAL EMOTIONAL WHAT MATTERS IN INDIGENOUS EDUCATION PEOPLE FOR EDUCATION – MEASURING WHAT MATTERS 2 insights that are Indigenous and authentic in nature. The three sections that frame and further develop this textual/symbolic journey are:

  • Section One: Indigenous Issues, Indigenous Pedagogy And Educational Interconnections
  • Section Two: Reflections On The Four Domains And Their Proposed Competencies And Skills
  • Section Three: Embracing Indigenous Worldview And Quality Learning Environments

For more information see the People for Education Indigenous Education page.

Citation

Toulouse, P. (2016). What Matters in Indigenous Education: Implementing a Vision Committed to Holism, Diversity and Engagement. In Measuring What Matters, People for Education. Toronto: March, 2016.

April 20, 2016 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

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