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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 Themed Professional Learning Opportunities for Educators

  1. Awâsis Aboriginal Education Conference Awâsis is a Special Subject Council of the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation. This Council has existed for over 35 years. Its primary goal ensures and assists in the continued growth and improvement of Aboriginal education by hosting an annual conference. The primary mandate of Awâsis is the holistic approach consisting of four strands: wellness, spirituality, culture, and education.
  2. Visiting Schools Program of the native Canadian Centre of Toronto. This 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 Visiting Schools Program 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.
    The Visiting Schools Program facilitates various educational workshops and presentations to daycares, schools, post-secondary institutes, Boy Scout and Girl Guide troupes, conferences, correctional facilities, business corporations and organizational gatherings across and outside of the Greater Toronto Area.
  3. Circle of Light: A First Nation, Métis and Inuit Education Conference These conferences provide an opportunity for provincial and First Nation educators, administrators and academics to come together and share effective practices that support the implementation of the Ontario First Nation, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) Education Policy Framework and First Nation, Métis and Inuit student success. Circle of Light Conferences have taken place in 2009 and 2011.
  4. Aboriginal People Resources from the Government of Ontario
  5. Resources for Teachers from the Aboriginal Canada Portal
  6. Native American Lore Index Page
  7. Video: Teachers Learning About First Nation Culture
    Durham District School Board teachers preparing for the launch of First Nations studies in September 2008. Teachers attended the Aboriginal Education Symposium.
  8. Curricular Resources in Aboriginal Studies
  9. Instructional Materials in Aboriginal Studies
  10. First Nations History Theme Page
  11. United Nations Indigenous People Teaching Resources
  12. Native Studies from digital-librarian.com
  13. Aboriginal Peoples at Learning Library
  14. First Nations Links and Resources from National Adult Literacy Database.
  15. Center for World Indigenous Studies based in Olympia, Washington U.S.A.

Curriculum for Aboriginal Studies

  1. Course Profile Current Aboriginal Issues in Canada Ontario curriculum