First Nations Education Plans

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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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First Nations Education Plans

  1. Canadian Aboriginal Writing Challenge is a creative writing contest for young Aboriginal Canadians (ages 14-18 and 19-29). Participants can showcase their talent and creativity and win great prizes.
  2. "Aboriginal Education Strategy" from the Ontario Ministry of Education. Ontario's Aboriginal Education Strategy will help more First Nations, Métis and Inuit students achieve their full potential. The strategy includes initiatives that support learning and achievement for Aboriginal students. It will also help raise awareness about First Nations, Métis and Inuit cultures, histories and perspectives in schools.
  3. Aboriginal Services of Aboriginal Student Community at York University Provides culturally-appropriate support services to the Aboriginal student population. Liaison with First Nation communities and Aboriginal organizations.
  4. British Columbia's Aboriginal Education Plan
  5. Incorporating Aboriginal Perspectives: A Theme-Based Curricular Approach with resource templates.
  6. Manitoba's Aboriginal Education Action Plan
  7. Manitoba's Aboriginal Identity Declaration
  8. Manitoba's Aboriginal Education Curriculum
  9. Manitoba's Aboriginal Languages
  10. Ontario's Aboriginal Education Strategy
  11. Aboriginal Services department at the British Columbia Institute of Technology
  12. Aboriginal Community The University of Manitoba is home to a strong, vibrant, and dynamic Aboriginal community with more than 1600 students in attendance
  13. Resources for Aboriginal Studies from the University of Saskatchewan Libraries
  14. Northern Nishnawbe Education Council
  15. Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board Aboriginal Education Resources

Bursary and Scholarship Awards for First Nations Students

  1. The National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation has evolved into the largest non-governmental funding body for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis post secondary students across Canada. Bursary and scholarship awards are provided to First Nations, Inuit, and Métis students annually across a diverse range of disciplines.


First Nations Literacy

  1. Learning About Walking in Beauty: Placing Aboriginal Perspectives in Canadian Classrooms Report prepared by the Coalition for the Advancement of Aboriginal Studies (CAAS) for the Canadian Race Relations Foundation. In 2000-2001, the CAAS conducted a national Student Awareness Survey, measuring awareness, attitudes and knowledge of facts about Aboriginal Peoples' histories, cultures, worldviews and current concerns. Five hundred and nineteen young adults (460 Canadian, 35 Aboriginal and 24 Newcomer students in first year university and college courses across Canada) responded to this 12-page survey. The survey questionnaire was developed and administered by Aboriginal and Canadian educators, scholars, traditional Elders and advocates within the 300-member CAAS network. The Learning About Walking in Beauty report includes the findings from this survey, together with pedagogical, social and historical analyses. The report offers a pedagogical framework and proposals for learning about "walking in beauty" together.
  2. Literacy in the Aboriginal context from the Canadian Education Association]
  3. James K. Bartleman Summer Camps for Literacy and Mental Wellness The Honourable David C. Onley, Chancellor Bartleman’s successor as Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, has pledged continued support for these Aboriginal youth initiatives. The camps and other literacy programs, delivered on behalf of the Lieutenant Governor’s office, are administered by Frontier College, Canada’s oldest literacy organization.
  4. Report: Redefining how success is measured in First Nations, Inuit and Métis Learning
  5. The State of Aboriginal Learning in Canada: A Holistic Approach to Measuring Success

Lesson Plans for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education

  1. Aboriginal Peoples of Canada - Indian, Métis and Inuit Lesson plans from Saskatchewan
  2. PRIDE – Exploring Aboriginal Identity Through Art Unit Plan (PDF) unit developed for NAC1O (Expressing Aboriginal Culture), students create a collaborative art piece that expresses Aboriginal identity in a variety of areas. Students are provided with an opportunity to discover why Aboriginal peoples identify and are concerned with certain social and political issues. They are also given the opportunity to research an assigned topic, express themselves creatively, work in a group setting, discuss salient issues, and present to their peers. The project also fosters a sense of classroom unity via large group collaboration.
  3. PRIDE – Exploring Aboriginal Identity Through Art - Appendices (PDF) (from OSSTF)
  4. Aboriginal Perspectives: A Guide To The Teacher's Toolkit is a collection of electronic resources from the Ontario Ministry of Education to help elementary and secondary teachers bring Aboriginal perspectives into their classrooms.
  5. Business Grade 12 BOH4M – Culture and Leadership Style (PDF, 174 KB) Practical teaching strategies for the secondary classroom from the Ontario Ministry of Education
  6. Economics Grade 12 CIA4U – Resource Development (PDF, 165 KB) Practical teaching strategies for the secondary classroom from the Ontario Ministry of Education
  7. English Grade 11 ENG3E – Media Portrayal (PDF, 169 KB) Practical teaching strategies for the secondary classroom from the Ontario Ministry of Education
  8. Geography Grade 11 CGT3E – Geotechnologies (PDF, 152 KB) Practical teaching strategies for the secondary classroom from the Ontario Ministry of Education
  9. Career Studies Grade 10 GLC20 – Language as a Career Asset (PDF, 150 KB) Practical teaching strategies for the secondary classroom from the Ontario Ministry of Education
  10. History Grade 10 CHC2P – Cultural and Historical Contributions (PDF, 172 KB) Practical teaching strategies for the secondary classroom from the Ontario Ministry of Education
  11. Law Grade 11 CLU3M – Aboriginal Rights (PDF, 158 KB) Practical teaching strategies for the secondary classroom from the Ontario Ministry of Education
  12. Politics Grade 11 CPC3O – Political Landscape (PDF, 153 KB) Practical teaching strategies for the secondary classroom from the Ontario Ministry of Education


Universities and Colleges with Aboriginal Courses and Themes

  1. Opening Of The First Nations University Of Canada on June 21, 2003
  2. Minister calls for emergency meeting on First Nations University
  3. Saskatchewan cuts funding to First Nations University on February 3, 2010 from CBC News
  4. First Nations University board dissolved on February 4, 2010 from CBC News
  5. Ottawa cuts funding to First Nations University on February 8, 2010 from CBC News