A Truthful Narrative
This article provides educators with strategies to integrate First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) contributions into the Kindergarten to Grade 12 classroom. The self-esteem of FNMI learners and the fostering of relations with non-FNMI peoples benefits from this inclusionary approach. Building community with students by challenging stereotypes and providing a culturally rich lens that highlights the 500 Nations and their gifts is presented. Each level of education, from elementary to secondary, is briefly described with the appropriate FNMI terms, contributions and across-the-curriculum pedagogical opportunities. The developmental levels of students is also a critical consideration in the presenting, positioning and acquisition of a broader and more truthful narrative about FNMI nations.Read Full Article
Teaching by the Medicine Wheel
This article explores the teachings of Medicine Wheels from an Anishinaabe cultural perspective. A focus on its applications to education is addressed through pedagogy and the transmission of Medicine Wheel teachings. These concepts are then illustrated with an example of Medicine Wheel pedagogy in practice through the Anishinaabe Bimaadiziwin Cultural Healing and Learning Program, an Anishinaabe culture-based school.Read Full Article
Is B.C. Getting it Right?
The collective efforts of people working in Aboriginal communities, organizations, schools, universities, and provincial government are finally showing signs of increased high school completion rates for Aboriginal learners in K-12 public schools in British Columbia. These efforts are multi-dimensional, inter-related, and involve a long-term commitment. This article highlights the role and impact of Indigenous teachers and Indigenous teacher education, public school accountability and Aboriginal engagement, and First Nations community leadership in moving Aboriginal education forward. However, there are still many issues that need to be addressed in order to improve the quality of education for Aboriginal learners and to ensure that Aboriginal Knowledge is included in educational systems in respectful and meaningful ways. The collective and sustained efforts of educational stakeholders in British Columbia can address these issues in order to make Aboriginal education success better.Read Full Article