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October 12
Indigenous Education News!

ORANGE SHIRT DAY!

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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.

UPCOMING POWWOW

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.

TREATY EDUCATION

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.

ELDER VISITS

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 their culture.

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:

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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.

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STUDENT PROJECTS

SCIENCES HUMAINES GRADE 9

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SOCIAL STUDIES GRADE 5

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