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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 Issues

  1. Aboriginal Studies Kit A collection of papers on issues for Aboriginal Christians in Canada, written by members of the EFC Aboriginal Task Force (2000). EFC is the The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada. Papers examine issues related to the Aboriginal Christian community in Canada, including a study of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples.
  2. Issues Facing Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples CBC Digital Archives
  3. Georges Erasmus: Native Rights Crusader CBC Digital Archives
  4. Alcohol and Drug-Free Pregnancy as reported by Health Canada on First Nations, Inuit & Aboriginal Health.
  5. Diabetes Issues as reported by Health Canada on First Nations, Inuit & Aboriginal Health.
  6. Diabetes in Aboriginal Communities as reported by the Public Health Agency of Canada.
  7. Drinking Water issues as reported by Health Canada on First Nations, Inuit & Aboriginal Health.
  8. Family Violence in Aboriginal Communities as reported by the Public Health Agency of Canada.
  9. HIV and AIDS as reported by Health Canada on First Nations, Inuit & Aboriginal Health.
  10. Influenza (The Flu) as reported by Health Canada on First Nations, Inuit & Aboriginal Health.
  11. Oka Crisis was a land dispute over the expansion of a golf course between a group of Mohawk people and the town of Oka, Quebec, Canada which began on July 11, 1990. It lasted until September 26, 1990.
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    1. Video: The Oka Crisis In the summer of 1990, all eyes were on the small town of Oka for a showdown between native people, Quebec police and eventually the Canadian army. The violent clash was triggered by something as simple as a golf course and as complicated as native burial traditions. The Oka Crisis drew worldwide attention, catapulting native land rights into the spotlight. (from CBC.ca Digital Archives)
    2. Oka Crisis Role Playing Activity for teachers and students from CBC.ca
    3. Oka mayor asks Ottawa to end dispute
    4. Oka Crisis legacy questioned
    5. Healing words: Oka's aftermath
    6. Oka Crisis healing sought as leaders meet
    7. Aid agreement signed for Quebec First Nations
    8. Oka crisis 20th anniversary march held July 12, 2010
  12. Residential Schools in Canada
  13. Solvent Abuse as reported by Health Canada on First Nations, Inuit & Aboriginal Health.
  14. Tuberculosis as reported by Health Canada on First Nations, Inuit & Aboriginal Health.
  15. Preventing Youth Suicide in First Nations
  16. West Nile Virus as reported by Health Canada on First Nations, Inuit & Aboriginal Health.
  17. Books and documents about Aboriginal Issues in Canada
  18. Native languages are in peril First Nations languages in B.C. are in deep trouble and most will be lost within six years if immediate steps aren't taken to improve language education, says a report
  19. The language of the Tsuu T'ina people is vanishing
  20. View the Prezi presentation and learn about the community of Attawapiskat.

Canadian Aboriginal People in the City

Almost half of Canadian aboriginal people are city dwellers, and a new study released to the CBC by the Environics Institute suggests many have no plans to return to their home reserve. Despite facing negative stereotypes, financial challenges, and significant tensions with the criminal justice system, the city is where these First Nations, Metis and Inuit populations believe they can fulfill their goals of obtaining an education, raising a family, and finding a satisfying career. The following are CBC News Reports

  1. Challenge of Higher Education
  2. Most urban aboriginal people opt to stay in city
  3. Streetz FM 104.7 radio station in Winnipeg. Official web site.
  4. Aboriginal Urbanites
  5. Read the full Urban Aboriginal Peoples Report PDF file


Land Claim Issues

  1. Our Land, My People a film where the Lubicon people tell the story of their 30 year struggle for justice. It's a story of environmental destruction and shocking discrimination. It's also a story of determination and hope.

Comments on Aboriginal Issues

  1. Janice G.A.E. Switlo Blog The private, independent effort of Janice G.A.E. Switlo intended as an educational tool and resource. It enables her to share her views and analysis of domestic and international issues.


Organizations Dealing with Aboriginal Issues

  1. PSAC's National Aboriginal, Inuit and Métis Network Public Service Alliance of Canada during their 2003 PSAC Convention, a resolution was adopted that mandated the Union to create a National Aboriginal, Inuit and Métis (NAIM) Network.


Reports on Aboriginal Issues

  1. Learning About Walking in Beauty: Placing Aboriginal Perspectives in Canadian Classrooms comes from the Coalition for the Advancement of Aboriginal Studies (CAAS) with funding support from the Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF). Walking in Beauty is a term that speaks of conducting oneself in harmony with all of the living world, and is respectfully borrowed from the Navajo People. Published by Canadian Race Relations Foundation.
  2. Racism in our schools The establishment, all over the country, of residential schools for Aboriginal children from the late 1800s continuing through the 1970s, served as means to alienate thousands of native children from their families, language and culture and to assimilate them. Published by the Canadian Race Relations Foundation.


Self Government

  1. Support for Aboriginal Self-Government CBC Archives

Aboriginal Solutions

  1. National Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program (NNADAP) is an example of a Health Canada program now largely controlled by First Nations communities and organizations. Since its origins in the 1970s, the program's goal has been to help First Nations and Inuit communities set up and operate programs aimed at reducing high levels of alcohol, drug, and solvent abuse among on-reserve populations.
  2. National Youth Solvent Abuse Program (NYSAP) is a national residential in-patient treatment program that compliments community-level activities aimed at preventing youth solvent abuse. Run through a network of ten Youth Solvent Addictions Centres, the program provides culturally appropriate treatment, specialized treatment and recovery programs for First Nations and Inuit youth with chronic solvent abuse problems.
  3. Suicide Prevention Health Canada is committed to improving the health status of First Nations people and Inuit. One of its priorities is the development and implementation of a National Aboriginal Youth Suicide Prevention Strategy that aims to increase resiliency and protective factors, and reduce risk factors associated with Aboriginal youth suicide.