First Nations Education

Siewkesiku's translates "forerunner of Spring" in the Mi'kmaq language. On March 20th, we celebrate the Spring equinox.

Posted: February 27, 2018

In collaboration with local First Nation communities, ASD-N hosted a Mawi’omi (Mi’kmaq word for gathering) over a two-day period at MVHS and JMH, Feb 15 & 16. More commonly referred to as a Pow Wow, students at both schools had an opportunity to experience customary music and dance as well as listen to a Mi’kmaq storyteller who put on sessions throughout the two-day event. The Mawi’omi’s at Miramichi’s two local high schools offered an opportunity to showcase aspects of Mi’kmaq culture that was suppressed, marginalized, and even prohibited for a period of time in Canada. When the Indian Act was written in 1876 traditional celebrations and healing ceremonies were against the law. Although amendments to this Act would take place throughout the years it wasn’t until 1951 that Indigenous Peoples in Canada could practice their traditional ceremonies and celebrations such as the Pow Wow. In addition to JMH and MVHS, students from other surrounding schools participated in these events. A total of about 2500 students were able to participate in such amazing events that demonstrated Mi’kmaq culture in a positive light. ReconciliACTION was the theme of these events. ASD-N continues to work hard at improving its relationship with Mi’kmaq communities and taking the 94 Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission seriously as we forward together. ASD-N would like to thank all those who supported and attended the events. They were a great success! You can read more about the history of Pow Wow’s by consulting the following link.

Posted: February 7, 2018

The superintendent for Anglophone School District North (ASD-N) in New Brunswick announced that all students in the north will have a cultural learning experience through a traditional Mawi’omi. A Mawi’omi is a cultural and social gathering for celebration of new seasons and renewal of relationships. This celebration involves drumming, singing/chanting, prayer and ceremony. The theme of this two-day Mawi’omi is ReconciliAction. ReconiliAction is termed after Reconciliation, defined as: the restoration of relations and the action of making one view or belief compatible with another. ReconiliAction is action toward repairing the damaged relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada. To equip students with background information, Melissa Dedam and First Nation Education Team members have created two Mawi’omi PowerPoint presentations, one for middle and one for elementary. These PowerPoints are available to download here: Wela’lioq/Thank You, ASD-N First Nation Education Team

Posted: February 7, 2018


In preparation for your school attending one of the muilt school Mawi'omis (Pow wow), Melissa Dedam and ASD-N First Nation Education team have created a PowerPoint highlighting Mawi'omi dances, regalia, drums/songs, etc. Please review this PowerPoint with your students prior to attending any of the scheduled Mawi'omis. 

Wela'lin/Thank You, 

ASD-N First Nation Education Team  

File mawiomi_pp_for_elem.pptx3.44 MB

Posted: February 7, 2018

If you and your students have never attended a Pow Wow or Mawi'omi, please review the attached PowerPoint. The PowerPoint includes traditional styles of dance, regalia, types of drums, conduct, etc. There are several videos embeded and will take several days to review.

Wela'lin/Thank You,

ASD-N First Nation Education Team

File mawiomi_powerpoint_fv.pptx180.24 MB

Imagine a Canada Through the Lens of Reconciliation

Submission Deadline: March 1, 2018

Posted: January 25, 2018

Imagine a Canada Through the Lens of Reconciliation

Imagine a Canada

The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) is calling on all young people to Imagine a Canada through the lens of Reconciliation! What is your vision of Reconciliation? What does it look like?

Imagine a Canada is an invitation for all young people, from across the country, from kindergarten to post-secondary, to share their own vision of what Reconciliation can be. It can be a poem, a song, a painting, a sculpture, a rap, a drawing, an essay, anything! See link for guidelines and submission forms!

Submission deadline: March 1, 2018

Best wishes,

ASD-N First Nation Education Team

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!

Posted: November 30, 2017

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


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.


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Added: Tue, Feb 27 2018