Source: Julian Kitchen, John Hodson & Erin Hodson
Focus: Teachers and community care-workers
Summary: The purpose of this study is to examine the impact of the four major focuses of Biwaase’aa: Cul-tural Activities = Spiritual, Structured Activities = Emotional, Academic Activities = Mental, Food Security Activities = Physical through the experiences of Grade 6 Aboriginal students en-rolled in Biwaase’aa for a minimum of two to a maximum of three years.
The objectives of the study are:
- To qualitatively assess the impact of the Biwaase’aa Cultural Activities—including Cultural Teachings, Pow Wows, Singing, Regalia & Dance, and Curriculum Supplementation—on the spiritual well-being of participating students.
- To qualitatively assess the impact of the Biwaase’aa Structured Activities—including Field Trips, Life Skill Courses, Role Models/Mentors, and Girl Power—on the emotional well- being of participating students.
- To quantitatively assess the impact of the Biwaase’aa Academic Activities—including Litera-cy Enhancement, Numeracy Enhancement, and Homework Support—on the mental well-being of participating students.
- To qualitatively assess the impact of the Biwaase’aa Food Security Activities—including: Healthy Supplements, Traditional Teachings, Kids Can Cook, and Sports Activities—on the physical well-being of participating students.