Ministry of Education Ontario: First Nation, Metis, and Inuit Education Policy Framework <click here>
Ministry of Education Ontario: Aboriginal Perspectives- A Guide to the Teacher's Toolkit <click here>
Books: <click here>
Video resources that can be streamed from web: <click here>
Lesson plans/ Activities: <click here>
What I learned in the Classroom today: Aboriginal Issues: http://intheclass.arts.ubc.ca/
ReVision Quest CBC Podcasts: <click here>
Virtual Museum of Canada: <click here>
Canadian Museum of Civilization: First Peoples <click here>
National Museum of the American Indian: <click here>
Seven Teachings Posters: http://www.nativereflections.com/products.php?view=3870&np=1
Sky Buffalo: Cultural workshops (based in Hanover, ON) for schools http://www.skybuffalo.net
Toronto Zoo: www.turtleislandconservation.com
Aboriginal Education in Canada
Education is the key to ending the cycle of poverty. Most jobs today use education level as an indicator of ability, which makes it very difficult for someone without a university degree, let alone a high school diploma, to get a job. Approximately 32 percent of Aboriginal people (First Nations, Métis and Inuit) reported in 2006 having less than high school education. Without a high school diploma, young people—Aboriginal and not—face higher risks of unemployment, crime, poor health and poor housing, not to mention feelings of not having control over their lives and low self-confidence. As with all children, it is crucial that Aboriginal students receive a quality education. Unfortunately, many of them do not. The school dropout rate for Aboriginal people in Canada is 43 percent and jumps to 60 percent among First Nations People living on reserves. This is much higher than the 9.5 percent dropout rate in Canada’s non-Aboriginal population. In order to start to address this inequality, it’s important to learn and examine why the education experience is so different for some Aboriginal students in Canada.
First Nations Background
This overview is intended to briefly explain the diversity of
First Nations people in Canada. It is important to understand
regional cultural diversity from earliest times in order to
understand the present.
Inuit are one of Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples, and
inhabit the country’s Arctic region. The word “Inuit”
means “people” in their language,which includes
Inuktitut, Inuinnaqtun and Inuvialuktun.
Developing their own distinct culture and language,
the Métis played key roles in the fur trade economy
along the trade routes between the Rockies and the
Please click here: http://nmai.si.edu/sites/1/files/pdf/education/HaudenosauneeGuide.pdf
This site was created to provide a central location online to learn about Canadian Inuit culture. This site is designed to serve as a resource for Canadian school age children and their teachers. It's purpose is to offer new a different ways of learning about Inuit culture and what it means to be Inuit.
This guide is intended to introduce the reader to the Medicine Wheel, outlining its history and
uses, and to show how the Medicine Wheel can be used as an evaluation framework. We
know that this framework is not appropriate for every organization or every project, but we do
hope that its use will enable some to break away from the traditional boxes, and to be able to
capture the stories and qualitative results that are often overlooked.
In this study, the FNESC and FNSA aimed to gather information about why teachers are attracted to employment opportunities in First Nations schools, as well as challenges, possible resource and support activities that may be offered.
Self-Esteem and Identity, A Living Teachings Approach
The connection between Aboriginal student success and self-esteem (identity) are explored and discussed in this article. The framework in which this paper is structured follows the seven good life teachings of the Ojibwe people. Each teaching has a companion principle which is the implication for educational practice. Each section is supported with research and offers strategies for student success. The question of ‘What works?’ is central to this discussion.
Canada's First Nations peoples value a legacy of oral tradition that provides an account of each group's origins, history, spirituality, lessons of morality, and life skills. Stories bind a community with its past and future, and oral traditions reach across generations, from elder to child. They bear witness to how women and men were created and populated the land. These descriptions of genesis are as varied as the religions of the First Nations, but all maintain that life began on the North American continent.
Creation Stories- found on this site, under Antiquity