First Nations Education

Penamujuiku's translatates "frost fish runs," this word is used to describe the month January in the Mi'kmaq Language.
The ASD-N First Nation Education Team is excited to share that Dr. Jan Hare and UBC Faculty of Education is offering a Massive Open Online Course: Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education beginning January 30, 2018. It is only a 6 week commitment and it is FREE for all participants. 
Check out the promotional attachment for more details.
Registration now open at:
Elder Gilbert Sewell visited with students in grade 3 (Mme. Wilbur) and 4/5 French immersion (Mr. Sylvain) to do storytelling, songs, dances and drumming. Students loved the interactive Mi'kmaq cultural teachings! Thank you Parkwood Heights for sharing your work towards embedding First Nation culture, traditions and history in the classroom!

Library Archives Canada: Kids' Site of Canadian Settlement- Mi'kmaq

Posted: November 30, 2017


We are pleased to share the Library Archives Canada website which covers the Mi’kmaq under the Kids’ Site of Canadian Settlement.

 Visit this site to learn more about Mi’kmaq customs, history, traditional ways of daily living, and culture.

 Content available on the site include: The Mi’kmaq Creation Story (condensed), First Arrivals from Europe, Treaties and War, Starvation, Mi’kmaq Today (incomplete, certainly needs more content), Food, Shelter Transportation, Education, Language, Religion (spirituality), and Arts and Crafts.

There are also five different crafts under the activities tab that are attributed to the Mi’kmaq. These activities offer step by step instruction on how to create the following:

1.      Birch Bark Container


      2.      Hand Drum and Beater

      3.      Porcupine Quill Style Bracelet

4.      Woven Bulrush Mat


5.      Woven Paper Basket

The content is kid friend and suitable for upper elementary and middle school.


Posted: November 28, 2017

ASD-N is committed to meeting Objective 6 in the provinces 10 Year Education Plan. As stated in the 10 Year Education Plan, only 7.8 % of educators in the province have received training on First Nation history, traditions and culture at the time of its publish. One of the ways ASD-N is addressing the need for more training is through the facilitation of the Kairos Blanket Exercise (KBE). The First Nation Education Team from ASD-N has completed multiple KBE’s across the district most recently on November 6th with members of the Integrated Service Delivery (ISD) team in Miramchi and November 10th with the staff of Miramchi Valley High School. We even had an opportunity to facilitate the exercise with grade 11 and 12 students from Dalhousie Regional High School on November 15th. This experiential exercise is a powerful teaching tool that explores the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples from contact to today. Participants are asked to imagine themselves as Indigenous peoples as they are randomly exposed to the true events that have taken place throughout the history of Canada from Lord Jeffrey Amherst and Charles Lawrence’s admission of knowingly trading smallpox infected blankets to Indigenous groups to the acceptance of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. At the conclusion of the script portion of the exercise the participants are given an opportunity debrief as a group through a talking/sharing circle facilitated by a local elder. To book a KBE at your school please consult the following link for the request form.
On the afternoon of October 25th, members of ASD-N's First Nation Education Team facilitated the Kairos Blanket Exercise (KBE) to the staff at Nelson Rural School. After experiencing a KBE himself last year, Todd Fitzpatrick principal of Nelson Rural School, found the experience to be a powerful learning opportunity that he believed his staff should have. Wednesday's early dismissal proved to be an excellent time to complete such an activity. The KBE is facilitated in two parts. The first part is an experiential exercise where participants imagine themselves as Indigenous Peoples of Canada and an interactive script is read chronicling the history of the relationship between Indigenous Peoples and the Crown. Participants randomly are impacted by the history as it unfolds leaving participants individually impacted by disease, land loss, Indian Act policy, Indian Residential Schools, Treaty denial etc. After the script portion of the exercise is complete, all participants are invited to share their feelings about their experience in a talking/sharing circle led by a local Elder. ASD-N has found this professional learning opportunity to be the best tool to foster empathy and understanding leading to meaningful reconciliation. One teacher who participated described the exercise as “truly transformational”. Visit the following link to learn more about KBE. If you would like a KBE facilitated to your staff or students I would invite you to fill out a request form which can be found using the following link.
On Wednesday October 18, 2017, Miramichi Valley High School raised a teepee in the courtyard outside the Cultural Room. This event introduced students to teepee teachings in an interactive way by constructing and dressing the teepee together. Selected students from grades 9-12 had the opportunity to roll up their sleeves and erect a teepee making memories they won’t soon forget. The school welcomed (p’jilasi) Mi’kmaq Elder Tulley Paul from Metepenagiag, Drug and Alcohol Counselor John Paul from Esgenoopetitj, Youth Worker Bobby Sylliboy from Esgenoopetitj, Youth Mentor Julian Augustine from Metepenagiag as well as people from district office demonstrating an act of reconciliation in action! This marks the third time, in as many years, that MVHS has erected a teepee celebrating Indigenous identity. Although this type of teepee was not a common dwelling for the Mi’kmaq people and is more associated with the Indigenous peoples of the Plains, Mi’kmaq people did use a similar structure called a wigwam (wikuom). You can learn more about this by following the link below.

Dear Educators,

October is Mi'kmaq History Month! October 1st is also Treaty Day! The ASD-N First Nation Education Team has created this PowerPoint to support high school teachers when teaching about Mi'kmaq history and treaties.  

Wela'lioq/Thank you,

ASD-N First Nation Education Team

Dear Educators,

October is Mi'kmaq History Month! October 1st is also Treaty Day! The ASD-N First Nation Education Team has created this PowerPoint to support middle school teachers when teaching about Mi'kmaq History and treaties.  

Wela'lioq/Thank you,

ASD-N First Nation Education Team

Posted: October 19, 2017

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On Friday October 6th, the Rexton area First Nation communities and schools celebrated Mi’kmaq culture and traditions with a multi-school Mawi’omi (Gathering) hosted at Bonar Law Memorial School. The event brought students in from Rexton Elementary, Eleanor W. Graham, Elsipogtog School, and Harcourt School to experience a Mawi’omi with traditional dancing, drumming, foods, storytelling and more! In the morning students from K-5 particpated and middle and high school students particpated in the afternoon which enabled the roughly 900 students in the Rexton area to be exposed to Mi'kmaq lanuage, culture, and traditions. The organizers did a great job planning and executing such an amazing event that showcased the beauty of Mi’kmaq culture and left students and guests from surrounding Mi’kmaq communities beaming with pride!!!


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