First Nations Education

ASD-N will be particpating in Orange Shirt Day on September 29!
Max Aitken Academy’s grade 6-8 students hosted Margaret (Ward) Barnaby from Natoaganeg (Eel Ground) First Nation on Friday, September 15. She spoke to the students about Orange Shirt Day and the importance of recognizing and understanding the history and legacy of the Indian Residential School system in Canada. This is an important topic for Margaret because she is a Survivor of this dark chapter in our history as well as, her mother and other family members. She attended what was known as Shubenacadie Indian Residential School located in Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia. Margaret provided testimony to students about her experience at the school and also emphasized the importance of honouring Survivors of the schools and commemorating those who did not make it home. She recalled her arrival at the school and how they took her belongings which included a new dress her mother had bought for her. This story is one that is shared by Survivors including Phyllis Webstad who began the Orange Shirt Day campaign in 2013. Follow the link below to hear Phyllis’ story. http://www.orangeshirtday.org EVERY CHILD MATTERS!

Hello Readers,

Check out the latest newsletter from the Office of First Nation Education! There are many great projects underway and many that have met completion!

Enjoy,

ASD-N First Nation Education Team  

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Posted: September 7, 2017

Hello 4-12 Educators,

Please help us promote orange shirt day by reviewing the attached powerpoint with your students. Orange shirt day will be celebrated across ASD-N on September 29th and is a day to honour those who attended residential schools in Canada.

Thank you for your participation and commitment to reconciliation in Canada,

Wela'lin,

 

ASD-N First Nation Education Team  

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Posted: September 6, 2017

Hello K- 3 Educators,

Please help us promote orange shirt day with your little ones. Orange shirt day is on September 29th and is a day for honouring Indian residential school Survivors. First Nation Education Lead, Patricia Miller, created the attached PowerPoint on Orange Shirt Day for K-3. The content in this PowerPoint DOES NOT go into detail about the harsh realities that Survivors experienced, rather, gently reminds us that EVERY CHILD MATTERS.

 

Wela'lin/Thank You,

ASD-N First Nation Education Team

 

 

 

Through collaboration between First Nation Lead Patricia Miller and Dalhousie Regional High School Art teacher Jennifer McGloin, the grade 12 Art students were asked to paint panels depicting the 7 Sacred Grandmother/Grandfather Teachings. Jennifer used this project as one of the year end projects students could choose to create. The students had to follow specific criteria following a rubric while completing this project as part of their year end mark. Students were given a brief overview of the 7 Sacred Teachings and each student or group, using the symbols for each teaching, came up with a design for each panel. They drew and painted each teaching which are on display on the third floor of the high school section at Dalhousie Regional High. Thank you Jennifer McGloin and the grade 12 Art students for your dedication to this project!

Celebrate National Aboriginal Day on June 21!

This is a day to celebrate the historical and contemporary contributions that Indigenous peoples have made to the growing state of Canada. The attached PowerPoint is designed for middle school and highlights the local contributions of the Mi'kmaq peoples, as well as, other indigenous nations in Canada. It also explains the history of National Aboriginal Day and why it was proclaimed to be celebrated on the summer solstice of each year.    

Enjoy,

 

The First Nation Education Team     


Celebrate National Aboriginal Day on June 21!

This is a day to celebrate the historical and contemporary contributions that Indigenous peoples have made to the growing state of Canada. The attached PowerPoint is designed for an elementary audience and highlights the local contributions of the Mi'kmaq peoples, as well as, other indigenous nations in Canada. 

Enjoy,

The First Nation Education Team     


Katherine Halas-Moulton has been intrigued by the idea of two-eyed seeing as proposed by Albert Marshall as a way forward with reconciliation. Her Graphic Arts students created this piece of art to demonstrate that concept. From the Environmental Science curriculum: "Etuaptmumk is the Mi'kmaq word for Two-Eyed Seeing introduced by a Mi'kmaq Elder from Eskasoni First Nation, Albert Marshall. It refers to learning to see with one eye the strengths of Indigenous knowledge and ways of knowing, and with the other eye the strengths of western knowledges and ways of knowing, and to learn to use both eyes together to gain a clearer understanding of the world. A Two-Eyed Seeing approach is one way to integrate, and develop a greater understanding of, and appreciation for Indigenous worldviews in our classrooms. It is also a way to offer First Nations students more opportunities to succeed in the dominant culture without compromising their own culture. "

Students at Tide Head School enjoyed the Two Nations Teaching presentation about the historical friendship between the Mi'kmaq and Acadian peoples of New Brunswick.

Posted: March 21, 2017

Hello Everyone, we are honoured to share the Legacy of Hope Foundation's "100 Years of Loss" exhibit which will be hosted at the following schools during these dates: Max Aitken Academy from April 3 to 14, Eleanor W. Graham from April 17 to 28, Sugar Loaf Senior High School from May 1 to 12, Dalhousie Regional High School from May 15 to 26. For more information about the exhibit please visit: http://100yearsofloss.ca/en Please contact Matthew Sweezey to book a time for your class (grades 5-12) to visit the exhibit. The Legacy of Hope has provided a scavenger hunt to help students engage with the exhibit which is available in both French and English. We can also provide additional engagement activities upon request. Wela'lin, The First Nation Education Team

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