First Nations Education

January in Mi'kmaq is Penamujuiku's which means Frost Fish Run
The ASD-N Spirit Bear family tree grew last week when Ms. Beaven and Mrs. Bourque's class from Terry Fox Elementary welcomed a Spirit Bear into their classroom. Students worked with Elder Stephen Peter-Paul from Pabineau First Nation to name the bear and as part of the ceremony students had a feast of salmon. There was special signifigance to this particular bear because it is the first female bear in the family tree. Students narrowed down potential names after some group discussion and decided to name her Honey Berry which in Mi'kmaq would be Sismoqnapu Minijk. The students were joined by some honoured guests which included Superintendent Mark Donovan. He was so impressed by the program that he would like more Spirit Bears added to the family tree throughout the school district. Spirit Bear adds an Indigenous perspective into the classroom while learning valuable social emotional skills. Mrs. Bourque shared that this was the best program she has been involved with in her 38 years of teaching. The positive changes she has observed in her students has been phenomenal. A huge thank you and appreciation goes to First Nation Education Lead Patricia Miller for integrating and developing the Spirit Bear program in ASD-N.

Posted: January 24, 2020

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Posted: January 20, 2020

Sipu Mui'n (Riverbear’s) adventures with K-2.    Before Christmas he went bowling with his friends and had a blast stealing snacks and playing in the arcade and then on Friday, January 17, he took part in the Earth Rangers presentation

Posted: January 14, 2020

Mi'kmaq Pronunciation Helper

To assist with pronunciation, open the page, click on the month to hear the way it is pronounced. Give it a try and share with a friend! 

Two classes of MVHS students have the oportuniuty to learn from Elder Esther Ward from Esgenoopetitj First Nation. She has been visting the classes every Wednesday afternoon. These are a few of the studnets creations modelling the traditional way moose and deer hide was/is  stretched on wooden...

Posted: October 24, 2019

Lesson on Netukulimk: harmony with nature

These lessons on Netukulimk, a Mi'kmaq term meaning many things including harmony with nature, not taking more than you need etc. can be adapted for many grade levels. It could be used in LA, Science and/or  SS.

Posted: September 16, 2019

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