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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.
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Raven Murphy teaches about the Medicine Wheel during Aboriginal Awareness Day in Picton, Ontario.


NDA3M Current Aboriginal Issues in Canada

This course focuses on existing and emerging issues of importance to Aboriginal peoplesin Canada. Students will investigate issues related to identity, relationships among Aboriginal peoples and between Aboriginal peoples and other Canadians, sovereignty principles as presented by Aboriginal peoples, and the contemporary challenges posed by these issues. Students will also examine such topics as language preservation, the responsibilities of Aboriginal women and men, and the need for dialogue between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples. NDA3M Curriculum Guideline from the Ontario Ministry of Education


Prerequisite: Aboriginal Peoples in Canada, Grade 10, Open or Canadian History in the Twentieth Century, Grade 10, Academic or Applied

Identity

Identity is a concept created in response to the question Who am I? The investigation of identity is a personal journey of discovery and realization, which is part of the maturation process of all students during the adolescent years. Historical events, such as the Indian Act, have made the issue of identity a particular concern to Aboriginal peoples and all Canadians.

By the end of the NDA3M Current Aboriginal Issues in Canada course, students will:

  • describe the relationships among language, culture, and identity;
  • demonstrate an understanding of how Aboriginal identity is linked to the physical

environment;

  • demonstrate an understanding of the influences on Aboriginal societies that have an impact

on their sense of identity;

  • describe Aboriginal perspectives related to issues of identity and sovereignty;
  • describe the impact of media, literature, and popular culture on contemporary Aboriginal

society.

Relationships

By the end of the NDA3M Current Aboriginal Issues in Canada course, students will:

  • describe the historical basis for the contemporary relationship between Aboriginal peoples

and Canadian society;

  • describe the social, legal, and political environments in which Aboriginal peoples and non-

Aboriginal peoples are constructing new relationships;

  • demonstrate an understanding of Aboriginal peoples’ strong relationship to the land;
  • explain the need to promote dialogue and reconciliation in the relationship between

Aboriginal peoples and Canadian society;

  • demonstrate an understanding of the interrelationships that characterize an Aboriginal

world view.

Sovereignty

By the end of the NDA3M Current Aboriginal Issues in Canada course, students will:

  • describe sovereignty and self-determination in terms of the political assertions of Aboriginal

peoples;

  • describe the principles required for the establishment of Aboriginal self-government;
  • describe the relationship of principles of respect and mutual interdependence to the exercise

of self-government in contemporary Aboriginal societies;

  • describe the historical relationships between Aboriginal peoples and the Canadian government,

as reflected in specific treaties and agreements and the intent behind them;

  • describe how Aboriginal peoples adapt to external forces.

Challenges

By the end of the NDA3M Current Aboriginal Issues in Canada course, students will:

  • identify social, political, and economic issues currently being addressed by Aboriginal

individuals and communities in Canada;

  • demonstrate an understanding of the active involvement of Aboriginal peoples in legal and

political agreements with the provincial and federal governments;

  • identify the challenges facing Aboriginal youth in Canada and suggest how these challenges

can be addressed at a personal, community, and governmental level;

  • demonstrate an understanding of contemporary Aboriginal education and health issues.


Unit Struture

Guest Speakers

Field Trips

Resources

List of Schools Offering NDA3M

To have your school added to this list, please contact David Spencer.

  • John Fraser Secondary School,
    2665 Erin Centre Blvd., Mississauga, Ontario Canada L5M5H6
    Member of the Peel District School Board
    For more information, contact teacher Gord Kerr.
  • Peel Alternative School North,
    315 Bartley Bull Parkway, Brampton, Ontario Canada L6W 2L4
    Member of the Peel District School Board
    For more information, contact teacher David Spencer.
  • Stephen Lewis Secondary School,
    3675 Thomas Street, Mississauga, Ontario Canada L5M 7E6
    Member of the Peel District School Board
    For more information, contact teachers Raj Gill and Amie Tolton.