Empowering The Spirit- This website will provide opportunities to expand your understanding of literacy and numeracy practices from First Nations, Métis and Inuit perspectives and gain tools and strategies to support First Nations, Métis and Inuit and all students’ success in your community.
Our Way Is a Valid Way- The purpose of the Our Way is a Valid Way courses on the ARPDC Moodle site is to provide educators an opportunity to engage in professional learning in an online environment as part of a professional learning plan which is based on the Provincial First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Professional Learning Strategy.
Exploring Numeracy through Traditional Games- Find out how a Traditional Games Day creates a context for meaningful numeracy learning. First Nations, Métis and Inuit Peoples traditionally used the context of games to teach skills needed for surviving on the land. This video illustrates how this traditional way of learning can be just as valid today.
Engaging all Students through Numeracy- See first-hand how two different teachers engage their students in meaningful numeracy experiences through traditional contexts, including exploring probability through traditional rock hand games and calculating volume by examining the structure of a traditional tee pee.
Storytelling, Its Many Forms- Learn how the different forms of storytelling give students channels for expressing their voice and connecting to culture. This video features First Nations, Métis and Inuit artists, educators and scholars sharing their perspectives of how the tradition of storytelling permeates their cultures and world views.
The Importance of Storytelling- Learn how storytelling, a traditional way of sharing the culture and values of a community, remains a valuable teaching tool for today.
Storytelling: Understanding Who We Are- Tap into the power of stories to engage students and help them better understand themselves and the human condition. This video explores the the central role that stories hold in First Nations, Métis and Inuit world views, and how stories reflect our universal experience.
Literacy and Numeracy for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Students- This short video begins the journey as we explore the role of literacy and numeracy in developing self-knowledge and personal success for First Nations, Métis and Inuit students.
Working Collaboratively with FNMI Parents, Families and Community- This learning playlist centers on the theme of Working Collaboratively with FNMI Parents, Families, and Communities.
Supporting Successful Transitions For FNMI Students- This playlist is for school-based administrators to use with their staff to develop and enhance FNMI cultural awareness. Specifically, it provides information, strategies and resources to promote successful transitions in support of improving FNMI student success.
Where the Spirit Lives Film - "This period Canadian drama tracks the difficult life of Komi (Michelle St. John), a First Nations child who is abducted from her traditional home and forced to live at a boarding school where she is taught how to behave in "civilized" culture. Given the new name of Amelia, Komi endures strict and often violent treatment as she is made to learn English and behave in a typical Canadian fashion. Intent on maintaining her identity, however, Komi embarks on a bold escape." Wikipedia
Classroom Reading Resources - This article provides information regarding various books that you may want to use in your classroom.
FNMI Cultural Awareness For Administrators- This learning playlist centers on the theme of Leadership. In addition to providing you access to the complete Facilitator's Workshop Guide for FNMI Cultural Awareness for Administrators, it will also help you and your team answer these three important questions surrounding FNMI Awareness.
Engaging FNMI Students using Culturally Relevant and Responsive Education Practices and Strategies- This playlist is for school-based administrators to use with their staff to develop and enhance cultural awareness to support FNMI student success. Specifically, it provides insight into culturally relevant and responsive pedagogy and instructional strategies that have shown promise in improving FNMI student success.
FNMI Collaborative Framework: Building Relationships- The Collaborative Frameworks serves as a guide to strengthen collaborative processes between school authorities, parents, communities and other stakeholders, as they work together to improve the educational outcomes of First Nations, Métis and Inuit students.
Fatty Legs Webinar Series, Grades 5-8 (with Christy Jordan-Fenton, Margaret Pokiak-Fenton and Kerry Aiken)- This archived two part webinar series is about the book ‘fatty legs’ which shares the story of Margaret’s experience in a residential school. You will learn the origin of the book and how it can be used to support student learning about the topic of residential schools. Meet the author and her mother-in-law (about whom the book is about) in the first webinar. In the second webinar, a teacher shares how she has used the book with her grade seven students.
Supporting FNMI Student Success (with Debbie Mineault)- This archived webinar examines strategies to deepen and strengthen understanding of cultural uniqueness around FNMI families and communities and the impacts on teaching and learning. You will learn practical skills, ideas and strategies in working with FNMI families, parents and communities.
Walking Together to Support FNMI Student Success- This series of three archived webinars supports exploration and implementation of the digital resource Walking Together and is intended to promote further dialogue and deepen understanding of three concepts within the resource as a model for how it might be used in staff meetings, PLCs or for individual learning to enhance your awareness and knowledge of FNMI culture and perspectives.
Reconsidering the Universality of Nation and Nationality: Exploring Indigenous Notions of Land, Citizenship, and Nation- During this presentation, Dwayne Donald addresses the ideas of identity, citizenship and nation within the Canadian context from the First Nations perspective. He explores, using specific examples, how First Nations in Canada belong but don't belong in the constructed understanding of nationalism. This presentation sets the stage for further discussion on the concept of nationalism and its varied perceptions and meanings.
FNMI Curriculum Collection- The Faculty of Education sponsored the development of this First Nations Métis, and Inuit (FNMI) Curriculum Collection. It is a collection of lessons and resources designed to help pre and inservice teachers incorporate FNMI content in their teaching across subjects and grade levels.