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Aboriginal Education and Native Studies Resources from David Spencer's Education Paragon

  • Connect with Aboriginal elders and educators and join Native Education Association of Ontario Circle (NEAO Circle) formerly The Aboriginal and Environmental Education Circle (AEE Circle) e-newsletter. The NEAO Circle is a professional learning and sharing network of educators, teachers, college instructors, university professors, Aboriginal elders and leaders. Through e-mail, they share First Nation, Metis and Inuit and native studies resources, curriculum and teaching strategies that will help Canadian teachers integrate school curriculum with current cultural, environmental and historical contributions of our Canadian First Nations, Inuit and Metis brothers and sisters.
  • Join the Native Education Association of Ontario and NEAO Circle on Facebook.
  • See photos and read about past gatherings of The Aboriginal and Environmental Education Circle (AEE Circle).
  • Join the First Nation, Metis & Inuit Education Association of Ontario (FNMIEAO) the Ontario Ministry of Education recognized provincial subject association for teachers and educators of First Nation, Metis & Inuit Studies and Native Languages. From 2011 to May 2014, this subject association was previously called the Native Education Association of Ontario (NEAO). Special thanks to Marg Boyle for her three years of leadership, encouragement and support.
  • The shortcut to this page is http://aboriginal.davidspencer.ca.


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Aboriginal Education

Institutions and organizations that provide teaching about aboriginal culture, history and current issues.

  1. National Aboriginal Day
  2. Resources to help secondary teachers bring Aboriginal perspectives into the classroom from the Ontario Ministry of Education
    a) Business Grade 12 BOH4M – Culture and Leadership Style (PDF, 174 KB)
    b) Economics Grade 12 CIA4U – Resource Development (PDF, 165 KB)
    c) English Grade 11 ENG3E – Media Portrayal (PDF, 169 KB)
    d) Geography Grade 11 CGT3E – Geotechnologies (PDF, 152 KB)
    e) Career Studies Grade 10 GLC20 – Language as a Career Asset (PDF, 150 KB)
    f) History Grade 10 CHC2P – Cultural and Historical Contributions (PDF, 172 KB)
    g) Law Grade 11 CLU3M – Aboriginal Rights (PDF, 158 KB)
    h) Politics Grade 11 CPC3O – Political Landscape (PDF, 153 KB)
  3. Resources to help elementary teachers bring Aboriginal perspectives into the classroom from the Ontario Ministry of Education.
  4. Aboriginal Studies at the University of Toronto The program was launched in the fall of 1994. The Aboriginal Studies Program focuses on the languages, cultures, histories, creativity and well-being of Indigenous Peoples and on their knowledge within Canada and globally. It is an ever-growing interdisciplinary program, drawing from the wide range of resources of the University of Toronto and it is associated with the Faculty of Arts and Science on the St. George Campus.
    Aboriginal Studies' mandate conforms to the goals of the University of Toronto as a whole, with a focus on critical analysis and logical and creative thinking, and is concerned with the re-conceptualization of knowledge, requiring all of its students to examine their own knowledge and experiences from different perspectives. In addition, the program strives to fit the needs of all of its students, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal. The University of Toronto also runs First Nations House which provides a number of culturally supportive student services and programs to Aboriginal students and the general university community.
    They also produce a radio show on CIUT 89.5 FM called "Indigenous Ways". Indigenous Waves is a celebration of Indigenous cultures; locally, nationally and globally. Through music, storytelling, interviews, panel discussions, art and humour we explore the diversity of Indigenous Peoples.
  5. First Nations University of Canada provides a holistic approach to post-secondary education begins with the Elders, whose presence, wisdom, and counsel are the mainstay not only for students but also for the University as a whole. Their knowledge of First Nations’ traditions, culture, and spirituality creates a unique support service.
  6. Indigenous Studies at Trent University brings the richness and depth of indigenous cultures and knowledge to your classroom. Explore the knowledge and cultures of indigenous peoples and find a place for yourself in the new world.
  7. Aboriginal Education Outreach Program (AEOP) of the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto is an interactive project that has been set up to promote and foster a greater understanding of Native People in North America and their distinct cultures. Through the AEOP students are exposed to the teachings and traditions of Indigenous Nations: First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people. The Program ensures that students get relevant information and a thorough understanding of Native culture and an up close, in person lesson that brings Native people out of the history books and into a contemporary context, moving away from common stereotypes and misconceptions.
  8. The Anishinabek Educational Institute post-secondary diploma programs are fully accredited and recognized by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities through Articulation Agreements with St. Clair College in Windsor, Canadore College in North Bay, Niagara College in Niagara Falls as well as Ryerson Univeristy in Toronto. Graduates of our programs receive a Joint Diploma from the Anishinabek Educational Institute and our corresponding partner Institute.

Aboriginal Student Support

  1. Aboriginal Services at Conestoga College Be-Dah-Bin Gamik (Place of New Beginning) has been developed and is eager to serve students whether you’re status/non-status First Nations, Métis or Inuit, we are here waiting to welcome you! Read our blog.
  2. The Aboriginal Resource Centre at the University of Guelph provides a warm and caring environment - a home away from home - for all Aboriginal students and the community.
  3. UW Aboriginal Services at the University of Waterloo services provided by University of Waterloo's Aboriginal Services are premised on understanding, respect, and trust as well as a recognition of and sensitivity to the different cultural values and rights of Aboriginal Peoples and cultures. They hold a Pow-wow each September.
  4. [Indigenous Connect Web Portal at the University of Manitoba] The University of Manitoba has launched a new web portal to connect Indigenous students and staff with the growing number of resources and opportunities available. The University of Manitoba will work with a variety of partners to make Manitoba

the national centre for Indigenous education and research and in particular to allow First Nation, Metis and Inuit students to be prepared for and to achieve education success in the full range of academic programs we offer.