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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. https://www.kairosblanketexercise.org 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. http://asd-n.nbed.nb.ca/node/1624/documents
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. http://www.muiniskw.org/pgCulture1d.htm

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!!!

Posted: October 4, 2017

October 4th has been desginated as a day for social change by the Native Women's Association of Canada. This movement is called Sisters in Spirit and is a day to honour, remember, and raise awareness of Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women and Girls in Canada. It also serves as a day to support families affected by loss of loved ones by providing a space for healing. With support from Cultural Transition Coordinator, Ashley Julian, students from Miramichi Valley High School held a silent vigil to honour the reported 1181 missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls in Canada. Aboriginal women represent 3% of Canada's population, yet are over represented as victims of violence. With awareness, perhaps violence will be reduced, and perhaps Aborignal women will feel safe again. Wela'lioq and thank you to all schools that participated in this movement!

Mi'kmaq Talking Posters

Posted: October 3, 2017

Access Atlantic Canada's First Nation Help Desk to learn simple Mi'kmaq greetings, numbers, songs, etc.  

This link directs you to the Mi'kmaq Talking Posters featuring Mi'kmaq Months of the Year!

Click the link to learn the Mi'kmaq pronunciation for Wikewiku's (October)!

In the Mi'kmaw language, Wikewiku's translates: animal fattening time!

Welalioq!

ASD-N First Nation Education Team

 

Posted: October 3, 2017

Here are some photos of schools and staffs across ASD-N that participated in Orange Shirt Day 2017!

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!

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