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The Martin Family Initiative (MFI) launched the Promising Practices in Indigenous Education Website (PPW) in December 2009. PPW is a virtual library/clearinghouse of curriculum resources and research for policy makers, researchers, health professionals, community workers and funders, those who work directly and indirectly with Indigenous students. Its goal is to improve elementary and secondary Indigenous student success.
PPW collects and publicizes curriculum materials, learning strategies, relevant policies and research, Early Childhood Education resources, Parent/Community Engagement, and other promising initiatives. The website hosts curriculum guides, videos, research papers, and resources for Indigenous and non-Indigenous teachers and learners. It also provides links to other Indigenous education organizations.
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Source: Government of Canada
Summary: The health, safety and well-being of all people in Canada, including First Nations, Inuit, and Métis People, is and will remain a top priority for all.
Canada recognizes that First Nations, Inuit and Métis are among the most at risk and that during this crisis, in particular, those in remote and fly-in only parts of the country are uniquely vulnerable. Communities are incredibly resilient and full of solutions and innovative ideas. This is why we must support distinctions-based measures to improve public health response for Indigenous communities and provide them with the flexibility they need to address the specific needs identified by communities and their members.
This fund provides Indigenous leadership with the flexibility needed to design and implement community-based solutions to prevent, prepare and respond to the spread of COVID-19 within their communities. These funds can be used for measures including, but not limited to:
- support for Elders and vulnerable community members
- measures to address food insecurity
- educational and other support for children
- mental health assistance and emergency response services
- preparedness measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19
Source: Gouvernement du Canada
Résumé: La santé, la sécurité et le bien-être de tous les résidents du Canada, y compris les membres des Premières Nations, les Inuit et les Métis, sont une priorité absolue pour tous et le demeureront.
Le Canada reconnaît que les membres des Premières Nations, les Inuit et les Métis comptent parmi les plus à risque, et pendant cette crise en particulier, ceux qui vivent dans des régions du pays éloignées ou accessibles seulement par avion sont particulièrement vulnérables. Les communautés sont incroyablement résilientes et débordent de solutions et d'idées novatrices. C'est pourquoi nous devons soutenir toutes les mesures fondées sur les distinctions afin d'améliorer la réponse de la santé publique pour les communautés autochtones et donner à celles‑ ci la souplesse nécessaire pour répondre aux besoins spécifiques cernés par leurs membres.
Ces fonds permettront d'offrir aux dirigeants autochtones la souplesse dont ils ont besoin pour concevoir et mettre en œuvre des solutions communautaires pour prévenir la propagation de la COVID-19 dans leurs communautés, s'y préparer et y répondre. Ces fonds peuvent être utilisés pour appuyer les mesures suivantes, sans s'y limiter :
- soutien aux Aînés et aux membres vulnérables de la communauté;
- soutien pour contrer l'insécurité alimentaire;
- soutien à l'enfance, notamment en éducation;
- aide en santé mentale et services d'intervention d'urgence;
- mesures de préparation pour prévenir la propagation de la COVID-19.
Source: Child Safety Commissioner, Australia
Summary: This booklet assists Kindergarten, primary, and secondary teachers, and other school personnel in understanding and working with children and young people whose lives have been affected by trauma. The majority of such children will have come from backgrounds of abuse and neglect, although some of them will have suffered as refugees, or experienced war or dislocation overseas. An even smaller number will have experienced illness, painful medical interventions or one-off traumas such as disasters or accidents. Calmer Classrooms particularly addresses the needs of children who have been traumatized by abuse and neglect. These children may be involved in the child protection and family support systems. Some may not be able to remain in the care of their families and are living in foster care or other forms of state care.
Source: Dufferin Peel CDSB
Focus: Junior/ Intermediate students
Summary: This resource critically explores our relationships and responsibilities to water through many perspectives including Indigenous Peoples views and knowledge.
It provides a collection of videos and resources to support teachers’ background knowledge.
Source: University of Victoria
Focus: Intermediate/ Senior students (and post secondary)
Summary: Curriculum Connections for Ontario
A guide for teachers is available for each of the 12 Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History, and includes background materials, activity sheets and detailed lesson plans for one or more grade-specific units for elementary or secondary students. Some suggestions are relevant for college and university classes. Just fill in our online registration form and download the guides in PDF format.
There are short, focused, age-specific, single-lesson MysteryQuests lesson plans relating to one or more of the Mysteries.
You can also download classroom posters.
Source: Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO)
Focus: Secondary students
Summary: This video challenges the stereotypical portrayal of First Nations peoples in the media and offers insight into how First Nations People today are changing past ideas and empowering themselves.
A video exploration offering insight as to how First Nations people today are changing old ideas and empowering themselves in the greater community.
Source: Ontario’s Universities
Summary: With a shared commitment towards advancing reconciliation, Ontario’s universities continue to work to better support Indigenous voices and peoples in university environments across the province.
The insights within the sector-driven report, Lighting the Fire: Experiences of Indigenous Faculty in Ontario Universities – the first of its kind in Canada – will serve as an important step towards gaining a deeper understanding into the experiences of Indigenous faculty members at our institutions.
While Indigenization initiatives vary across universities, they help fuel the development of knowledge and skills that will follow individuals beyond university walls.
From inclusion to fundamental transformation, Ontario’s universities are:
- Increasing the number of Indigenous students, faculty and staff in university settings;
- Offering support programs for students;
- Bringing cultural elements into the university space, including practices such as smudging and events such as powwows; and
- Adjusting aspects of university structures and spaces in order to more fully include Indigenous peoples and cultural practices, and more.
Source: Indigenous Education: National Centre for Collaboration
Summary: This searchable database (while not exhaustive) features a diverse array of documents and on-line resources about and for Indigenous education across Canada. NCCIE researchers have generated these lists based on what they could find in their respective regions. If you would like to recommend another resource to add to the library, please click here.
Source:Éducation Autochtone: Le centre national pour collaboration
Résumé: La banque de données interrogeable (bien que non exhaustive) comprend une multitude de documents et de ressources en ligne sur et pour l’éducation autochtone au Canada. Les chercheurs du Centre ont dressé ces listes en fonction de ce qu’ils ont pu trouver dans leurs régions respectives. Si vous désirez recommander une autre ressource pour qu’elle soit ajoutée au Centre, veuillez cliquer ici.
What matters in Indigenous education: Implementing a Vision Committed to Holism, Diversity and Engagement
Source: People for Education
Summary: Dr. Pamela Toulouse explores an Indigenous approach to quality learning environments and the Measuring What Matters competencies and skills. The paper draws out the research, concepts and themes from Measuring What Matters that align with Indigenous determinants of educational success. It expands on this work by offering perspectives and insights that are Indigenous and authentic in nature.