Artwork by Bruce K. Beardy, a First Nation member of the College and the Education Advisor at the Independent First Nations Alliance in Thunder Bay
TEACHING ABORIGINAL EDUCATION
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Statement of intent
This resource was created to assist teachers in learning more about Aboriginal education and how it can be applied in the classroom. Teachers have the opportunity to create culturally relevant curriculum that aids children's cultural/learning needs and development. It is my hope that this resource can assist teachers in the creation of this curriculum and provide them with a list of useful tools that can be used in the classroom or for further professional development and learning opportunities. This resource will provide you with community organizations, programs, and events, lesson plans, and a blog on topics related to Aboriginal education. Please recognize that there is much to learn about Aboriginal education and that this resource is under consistent development since learning is continuous. It is important to use this resource to build on your knowledge of Aboriginal education and to also go out and seek new learning opportunities that can further develop your understanding of Aboriginal education. Thank you. - Olivia
2019 IS THE YEAR OF INDIGENOUS LANGUAGES
The International Year of Indigenous Languages is a United Nations observance in 2019 that aims to raise awareness of the consequences of the endangerment of Indigenous languages across the world, with an aim to establish a link between language, development, peace, and reconciliation
SPEAK MOHAWK APP
As it is the International Year of Indigenous Languages, focusing on language revitalization and reclamation is essential to Indigenous people and allies. The application 'Speak Mohawk' created by the Six Nations Polytechnic allows people to learn everyday words in Mohawk as well as test their knowledge through interactive games and quizzes. Click here to find out more about this application. Nia:wen/Thank you, Ed Maracle at Queen's University for sharing this resource with me. Do you know of a really great app? Contact me!
RESOURCES AND OPPORTUNITIES AT QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY
Image Source: Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre Website; Homepage.
four directions Indigenous student centre
144 & 146 BARRIE ST., QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY
Image Source: Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre Website; Subsection Academic Success.
The Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre (FDISC) offers workshops to help meet the needs of students. Tutoring and support are also offered to first-year students for free.
Located at the FDISC there is a Resource Library; a comfortable place for students to read or study. At this library you will also find a multitude of Aboriginal education resources and general Aboriginal resources. ATEP lends these resources to members of the Queen’s community. Some of these resources include books, tapes, videos, kits, etc.
Contact Vanessa McCourt the Aboriginal Advisor for further information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
BENEFITS OF HAVING AN ELDER IN RESIDENCE
Image Source: Queen's University Website; Homepage.
The Elder in Residence provides support to Aboriginal students in the Aboriginal education program.
Check out this article by Eleni Fortis a non-aboriginal student in the Aboriginal Teacher Education program about the benefits of having an Elder in Residence at Queen's University and how it benefited her both as a student and as a teacher.
For more information about the Elder in Residence position and how you can receive support visit:
Image Source: Google Images; Acorn Christian Healing Foundation.
There are many volunteer opportunities available throughout the year with each one of these groups (ATEP, 4D, KIKI, RIGHT TO PLAY, QNSA, ETC.). Visit their websites/email/follow them on social media to find out how you can get involved! Don't miss out on the chance to make a difference in your community!
Image Source: Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre Website; Subsection KIKI.
“The Kahswentha Indigenous Knowledge Initiative (KIKI) is designed to impact both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students.
This initiative seeks to remedy the knowledge deficit and misunderstandings of Aboriginal peoples by raising awareness and providing knowledge sharing among non-Aboriginal students, staff and faculty, providing opportunities for experiential learning not offered in the classroom, and fostering alliances and building communities among the local Aboriginal community.” (FDASC - KIKI, 2018).
For more information visit: https://www.queensu.ca/fdasc/undergraduate/get-involved/kiki.
Image Source: Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre Website; Subsection QNSA.
"The QNSA is an AMS ratified university club compromised of a diverse group of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students that share an interest in Aboriginal cultures and traditions. Undergraduates, graduates and professional students are all represented in the QNSA.
The QNSA functions as a forum for students to discuss contemporary and historic issues pertaining to Aboriginal peoples and cultures." (FDASC - QNSA, 2018).
For more information visit:
https://www.queensu.ca/fdasc/undergraduate/get-involved/queens-university-native-association and https://qnsaclub.wordpress.com/.
rIGHT TO PLAY
Image Source: Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre Website; Subsection Right to Play.
The Right to Play program acts as a bridge, a partner and an ally so communities can lead the way in transforming the lives of Aboriginal youth across the country. The Promoting Life-skills in Aboriginal Youth (PLAY) program partners with more than 85 First Nations communities and urban Aboriginal organizations across Canada to deliver safe, fun and educational programming for Aboriginal children and youth. Each uniquely tailored play-based program is designed to enhance educational outcomes, improve peer-to-peer relationships, increase employability and improve physical and mental health amongst Aboriginal children and youth." (FDASC - RIGHT TO PLAY, 2018).
Right To Play offers many volunteer programs such as LET, FIT FAM, and the ABORIGINAL YOUTH LEADERSHIP PROGRAM.
For more information visit: