ORANGE SHIRT DAY!
A plethora of Reconciliation activities
took place across our district on September 28th. From our entire
District Office staff wearing Orange t-shirts to Elder visits – there was a
range of acknowledgements to ensure that we remember. Art projects, cultural
fairs, guest speakers, students and staff wearing orange, book clubs, daily
announcements, classrooms incorporating Education for Reconciliation lessons
into their learning, drum making, dream catcher making, musical presentations,
videos, the list goes on and on. We will continue to build on the lessons
learned on this day by furthering our cultural competence as a whole district.
Schools have been invited to attend the
Powwow being hosted by Mount Allison University on the 18th of
October. There are currently over 100 students signed up to attend.
MI’KMAQ HISTORY MONTH
Several middle school classrooms are using
the Mi’kmaq resources from NB and NS to embed historical and cultural learnings
into ELA, FILA, social studies and science. This integrated approach leads to
deep learning opportunities for our students and staff alike!
EDUCATION FOR RECONCILIATION
Grade 9 teachers received training last
year on the new supplement for the Grade 9 ‘Canadian identities’ social studies
program. They are currently incorporating this into their classroom with cross
curricular and/or project based learning opportunities.
FIRST NATIONS EDUCATION CHAMPIONS
Each school has a ‘Champion’ that will act
as a liaison and advocate for First Nations Education for his/her staff. They
are coming together formally as a group on the 24th of October and
will be participating in a smudging ceremony, Talking Circle and rotating
through five professional learning ‘Sharing Circles’ with Elders, First Nations
students, teachers and community members.
Grade 3 and 4 teachers are incorporating
the new grade 3 Treaty Education into their programs. This new curriculum will
continue to unfold for grades 4 through 8 and teachers are doing a fabulous job
with these resources.
NEW RESOURCES FOR TEACHERS
Two Kindergarten classes at different
schools are collaborating on a Play Based unit entitled ‘Seven Sacred
Teachings’ – this innovative teachers will be using puppets, Storytelling,
nature and a variety of resources to teach through play.
UNITED NATIONS YOUTH SUMMIT
A local high school will be hosting an
Indigenous Youth United Nations Summit in the coming Spring. Youth delegates
will be invited from communities around the province to work together on
Indigenous Issues facing our youth today.
A local Elder was the special guest for an
entire middle school population. She shared stories, history, music and her
cultural knowledge with a very engaged and appreciative group of youth.
A smudging ceremony and Sharing Circle at
one of our high schools left students moved and filled with gratitude. This
group of approximately 50 students could not get enough of their Elder and are
reaching out on a personal level to get further involved in learning about
FIRST NATIONS BOOK CLUB
One of our high schools has chosen a list
of 10 different books that have Indigenous content as an upcoming teaching and
learning opportunity for their students. Stay tuned for more!
ENGAGING FIRST NATIONS YOUTH
There are a number of student leaders who
are working on amazing projects at their schools through using Indigenous Ways
of Knowing and Learning. The First Nations coordinator is putting together a
youth group to discuss issues important to Indigenous youth and seek their
voice in our work as a First Nations Education coalition.
ART PROJECTS ACROSS THE DISTRICT
Walking into many schools in our district
means seeing incredible pieces of artwork. Many schools continue to grow their
First Nations Art lessons and have beautiful projects on the go or completed.
Here are a couple of beautiful examples:
CIRCLES – several teachers are
bringing Sharing Circles into their classrooms in innovative ways! Here you see
stories (written by Elders from NB), a drum, smudge kit, sweetgrass and
dreamcatcher used by teachers in the district.
SCIENCES HUMAINES GRADE 9
SOCIAL STUDIES GRADE 5