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Issue #3
February, 2010

Literacy Numeracy Secretariat and Self Identification Oral Language Project (LNS/SIP) Report 2008 – 2009

Source: Ontario Ministry of Education:Literacy Numeracy Secretariat
Focus: Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Kindergarten students and Northern Ontario Education Leaders (NOEL).


This is a report on the testing and data collection carried out in 2008-09 as part of Phase 3 of the LNS/SIP Oral Language Project. LNS/SIP is a research project to develop and evaluate strategies and approaches to oral language assessment and instruction that will assist the language development of all students and help close the literacy achievement gap between Aboriginal and non Aboriginal Junior and Senior Kindergarten students.

Teacher Education Programs and Post-Secondary Links in British Columbia

Source: Aboriginal Teacher Education Consortium (ATEC)
Aboriginal People in British Columbia who are considering becoming certified teachers

Summary: ATEC’s goal is to increase the number of certified Aboriginal teachers in order to bring more Aboriginal perspectives and Aboriginal role models into British Columbia schools, for the benefit of all students. This site provides links to post secondary institutions offering teacher education as well as links to other professional development opportunities.

Movie Gallery – Stories from Western Australia

Source: Australian Museum
Focus: Elementary and secondary students

Summary of Document: Aboriginal Storytelling: Min-na-wee – Why the Crocodile Rolls is a dreaming story from the GWINI people.

Peace and harmony are essential in any community. Find out what happens when someone is determined to cause trouble. The story of Min-Na-Wee and why the crocodile rolls contains a powerful message for young people about the effects of their behaviour on others.

Australia’s National Curriculum Services: Indigenous Education Resource Update

Summary: A joint project with:

  • the National Curriculum Services (NCS), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Victorian Commercial Teachers Association (VCTA)
  • Dare to Lead, a Commonwealth funded national project with a focus on improving educational outcomes for Indigenous students
  • What Works. The Work Program which helps schools plan and take action to improve educational outcomes for Australian indigenous students
  • Australia’s Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations

This initial newsletter highlights emerging resources in Indigenous education in Australia. It contains research and statistics on literacy and numeracy as well as resources that are classroom-ready.

British Columbia First Nations Studies 12: Integrated Resource Package

Source: British Columbia Ministry of Education
Focus: Grade 12 Native Studies

Summary: This Integrated Resource Package (IRP) provides basic information teachers will require in order to implement British Columbia First Nations Studies 12. It focuses on the diversity, depth, and integrity of the cultures of British Columbia’s Aboriginal peoples. In emphasizing the languages, cultures, and history of First Nations peoples, the course addresses an important part of the history of British Columbia. Designed to introduce authentic Aboriginal content into the senior secondary curriculum with the support of Aboriginal peoples, the course provides an opportunity for British Columbia students to acquire knowledge and understanding of the traditions, history, and present realities of British Columbia Aboriginal peoples, as well as a chance to consider future challenges and opportunities.

British Columbia First Nations Studies 12 addresses the richness and diversity of First Nations languages and cultures by exploring them within their own unique contexts. It is intended to provide a conceptual foundation for all learners to develop an appreciation and respect for the similarities among and differences between the diverse cultures of the world. As such, it will help to promote understanding of First Nations peoples among all students. A curriculum that concentrates on Aboriginal content can lead to enlightened discussion of Aboriginal issues and can also contribute to Aboriginal students’ sense of place and belonging in the public school system.

Aboriginal Curriculum Integration Project (ACIP)

Source: South Australia Department of Education
Focus: Kindergarten to Grade 8

Summary: APAC is a project that aims to broaden and deepen students’ and teachers’ understanding of Aboriginal cultures and ways of being. APAC assists all students to be able to look at the world from an Aboriginal viewpoint and understand the different Aboriginal points of view on a range of issues such as reconciliation, social justice and equality.

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