First Nations Education

November in Mi'kmaq is geptʼgewiguʼs which means Month of Frost

Posted: May 24, 2019

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Grade 3-4 students in Ms. Jennifer’s class, at the Jacquet River School, spent several weeks learning about Indigenous Treaties during their Social Studies period. Over the course of seven weeks students learned the meaning of Turtle Island and its relationship with the Mi’kmaq people. They made their own connections to their relationship to Turtle Island through discussion about recycling and how they too have a responsibility to keep Turtle Island healthy. Students learned what a treaty is and discussed what happens when you make and/or break a promise. During one classroom activity they participated in a scaled down Blanket Exercise and sharing circle. All the students learned about and participated in the voting process, wording and writing their treaty, as well as, learning about consequences and rewards in violating or upholding the treaty. As lessons ended the class and teacher worked together to create their very own classroom treaty. Through discussions and coming to a consensus, students were able to sign their treaty titled, Ms. Jennifer’s Grade Three/Four Special Promise. A special sharing of a snack completed the lessons as a celebration of their teamwork and commitment to upholding this treaty.
ASD-N, through the First Nation Education Team, offered a grant to support increasing Indigenous perspectives in schools and classrooms throughout our district. Several schools and teachers have taken advantage of this great opportunity! Tuesday, March 26, the students at the Campbellton Learning Centre were introduced to the traditional knowledge of black ash basket making, a cultural tradition of the Mi’kmaq people. Students also had the opportunity to create their very own basket, through perseverance and positive attitudes, thirteen baskets were completed and taken home. The basket making session was led by craftsmen Stephen Jerome of Gesgapegiac, Quebec. At a very young age, Stephen was taught how to harvest the black ash trees, prepare the ash and make the baskets by his father. He has been making baskets and perfecting his skills over the last 39 years. Stephen guided the students to the completion of their baskets with a gentle patience and of course, Mi’kmaq humor. A great day was had with a wonderful group of students! Thank you Regan Metallic, Fane Dezan and Leslie Philips for your continued work incorporating Mi’kmaq perspective and cultural knowledge at the Campbellton Learning Centre.
The Red Shawl Campaign is a spinoff of the Red Dress Project which started in 2010 as an art instillation by Jamie Black, a Metis artist based in Winnipeg. The RED Shawl Campaign started at the University of New Brunswick by the Mi'kmaq-Wolastoqey Centre Elder-in-residence, Imelda Perley. The aim of both campaigns is to bring awareness to the murdered and missing Indigenous women in Canada which includes Mi’kmaq and Wolastoyeq women of New Brunswick. It is also a way to promote and incite dialogue surrounding the increasing numbers and lack of response to the murdered and missing indigenous women in Canada. Three high schools in the northern area of ASD-N have initiated the Red Shawl Campaign this year. Bathurst High, Dalhousie Regional High and Sugarloaf Senior High have had introductory presentations to this campaign through Native Studies, Personal Development Career Planning, Art, and/or Sociology courses. In February and March two of the high schools, Sugarloaf Senior High School and Dalhousie Regional High School, participated in a school wide assembly. Bathurst High School’s assembly is scheduled for April. These assemblies are to bring awareness to all staff and students and to kick off the campaign. Each assembly was student led, the students did a wonderful job spreading awareness in their respective schools. Many thanks to Patty Miller for all her hard work and making this happen. As part of the goal of the Red Shawl Campaign we hope to incorporate this topic in classroom lessons, develop social justice projects and use Mi’kmaw perspectives and teachings to guide students on building healthy relationships as they move forward in their post high school lives/careers. The district will look to expand the campaign into other parts of the district in 2019-2020.

Posted: February 28, 2019

Tabusintac school K-5 students had the opportunity to learn and create with local Mi’kmaq Elder Esther Ward from Esgenoopetitj First Nation. Elder Esther visited with the students once per week over a 5-6 week period. The students learned about Mi’kmaq culture, language, made their own replica rattles and drums, chanted and danced. Thanks to teachers Amanda Simpson and Kendra Breau for taking on this initiative which educated all involved! This is a wonderful example of how we can work toward the TRCs Calls to Action and Objective 6 of NB’s Education Plan to: Meet the needs of First Nation learners and ensure that provincial curriculum is reflective of First Nation history and culture.

Posted: December 21, 2018

ASD-N and all other Anglophone school districts made a commitment with the Office of First Nation Education to document the work being done in First Nation Education through the creation of a newsletter. The newsletter is distrubuted bi-monthly to keep all informed of the great work being done!

Posted: December 14, 2018

A teacher was selected from every elementary school in ASD-N to participate in a hand drum workshop that took place on December 4th in Dalhousie and December 6th in Miramichi. Each teacher constructed their own hand drum and learned about the teachings and care for the drum in morning. In the afternoon, Elder’s Gilbert Sewell and Esther Ward, taught the teachers how to use the drum and an intertribal chant they can use in their classrooms. It was truly an amazing day for all involved. #ReconciliACTION

Posted: November 19, 2018

New video on Treaties and Reconciliation

This is a video that just came out on Treaties and Reconciliation that is awesome!!. 13 mins. It was created in Nova Scotia but is relevant  to our region of NB.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8h5QhkZzrbY

Posted: November 5, 2018

New Website: a great resource for information on the Mi'kmaq

A wonderful collection of  teaching resources on Wabanaki peoples. The Mi'kmaq of our area are one of the five nations included in the Wabanaki Confederacy.

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