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WWW Virtual Library: American Indians Index of Native American History Resources on the Internet

Source: Library and Archives Canada
Focus: Resources designed primarily to provide information resources to the Native American community and secondarily to the general community.

Summary: The information on this site is organized, insofar as possible, to make it useful to the Native American community and the education community. It is an online index of information sources that is made available to allow people to research their areas of interest. It contains a vast collection of current and archival information and resources from Canada and the USA and Mexico. The information presented here is the product of much cooperative work. The site is updated on a regular basis as more individuals make submissions to the site.

Council of Ministers of Education Canada (CMEC)

Focus: Teachers, Educators and Education Policymakers

Summary: In 2004, CMEC declared Aboriginal education to be a priority issue deserving targeted activity. This commitment was reaffirmed in Learn Canada 2020, the framework that the ministers are using to enhance Canada’s educational systems, in which Aboriginal education was identified as one of the specific activity areas.

In establishing Aboriginal education as a priority, ministers have acknowledged the need to find new and varied ways of working together and in partnership with Aboriginal leaders and communities and with the federal government to improve outcomes for Aboriginal students at all levels of education. The objective in Learn Canada 2020 presents the primary objective: eliminate the gap in academic achievement and graduation rates between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students by bringing together key stakeholders including ministers of education and Aboriginal affairs, national and regional organizations, and federal government representatives to discuss issues related to Aboriginal education. CMEC has two activities linked to Aboriginal education:

Planning Guide and Framework for Development of Aboriginal Learning Resources

Source: British Columbia Ministry of Education Skills and Training, Field Services and Aboriginal Education Team
Focus: All Elementary and Secondary grade levels

Summary: The Planning Guide and Framework includes best-practice examples from recent Aboriginal learning resources.

The Guide provides a brief overview of the process of creating a learning resource. It contains advice based on the findings and practice of other, experienced resource developers, and it provides tips on effective organization, research, writing, and production.

The Framework also provides some working materials that community researchers and writers can use to create their resource, including an open ended planning grid that will be helpful to any committee deciding what to include in the material from both historic and cultural perspectives.

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