The Facts on Education: How can we create conditions for Aboriginal student success in our public schools?

11 June 2014

The Facts on Education: How can we create conditions for Aboriginal student success in our public schools?

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With a generous sponsorship from the Canadian School Boards Association (CSBA), CEA has teamed up with researchers from the University of Prince Edward Island’s Faculty of Education to conduct the research and produce fact sheets like What are effective approaches to improving students’ mental well-being? and other hot button issues.  


Shared Learnings: Integrating BC Aboriginal Content K-10

TDSB Professional Library, Education of Aboriginal Students in Canada: Selected Current References, August 2012

Resources for Rethinking: Aboriginal Voices in the Curriculum

Western Canadian Protocol for Collaboration in Basic Education: Aboriginal Languages and Culture Programs

Edmonton Public Schools

Successful Transitions for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Students

Promising Practices in Aboriginal Education

Ontario First Nation, Métis, and Inuit Education Policy Framework 



Aboriginal Education Strategy

Integrating Aboriginal Perspectives into Curricula

Aboriginal Education Initiatives in Saskatchewan Education:  1995-1998

First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education Policy Framework February 2002

British Columbia
Ministry of Education Aboriginal Education Policy



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