First Nations Education

ASD-N will be particpating in Orange Shirt Day on September 29!

Please visit for contest guidelines. Best wishes!


First Nation Cultural Activities at Terry Fox Elementary: A student in Janet Ramsey's Grade 5 French Immersion class is from Pabineu First Nation. After seeing her picture as part of the Orange Shirt Day presentation at her school she asked her teacher if she could share her culture with the class. With support from the First Nation's Lead Patricia Miller, Enhancement Tutor Jessi Stever and Elder Gilbert Sewell the students were able to learn about the four sacred colours and the dream catcher. Thank you Mrs. Ramsey and Terry Fox Elementary students for being champions of First Nation cultural teachings!

CBC News: First Nations WE DAY

Posted: December 5, 2016

Congratulations to the FNEII Cultural Coordinators, Ashley Julian, Jenica Atwin and Rosa Barlow for organizing New Brunswick's very first WE DAY event for First Nation Youth! Click the link to review CBC's news article on this well recieved event!

Hello Readers,

Please see attached, the very first newsletter from the Office of First Nation Education! There are many initiatives to celebrate across the province! Wonderful work folks!   


ASD-N First Nation Education Team

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The Secret Path Film: CBC

Posted: November 22, 2016

Echoing the TRC's Calls to Action regarding education, New Brunswick has set an educational goal of teaching 100% of NB students K-12 about residential schools and treaties by 2025/26. To support this goal we have decided to share Gord Downie's (lead singer of The Tragically Hip) animated film "The Secret Path" (click blue title to access website). This film is based on the true story of Charlie Wenjack, a First Nation student who died during his escape from a residential school in Canada. Please advise, contents are emotionally sensitive and may not be suitable for younger audiences. For more information about and support with teaching about residential schools and or treaty education, please contact any member of the First Nations Education team for ASD-N.

* Note: The first hour of the video covers the entire album/animated film, the second hour covers a panel discussion on reconciliation.

Wela'lin/Thank You

Katrina Clair

Elizabeth Price

Patricia Millier

Matthew Sweezey



Posted: November 3, 2016

Hello All, 

Cultural Transition Coordinators from across the province are organizing New Brunswicks very first WE DAY event for First Nation students! First Nation students grades 8-12 are invited to attend the Richard J. Currie Centre at UNB on November 30th to enjoy, celebrate cultural pride, and engage in social justice solidarity. The organizers need your support in recruiting students and are also seeking chaperones for the event. Transportation arrangements will be announced shortly.  
Check out the attached memo to learn more about this exciting opportunity!
Wela'lin, Thank you,
Katrina & the FN Education Team
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Posted: October 24, 2016

Dear Educators,

October is Mi'kmaq History Month! If you haven't already had a chance to incorporate some lessons about the Mi'kmaq people this month, here's a general powerpoint. We realize that it is late coming and that you may not have time to deliver the presentation, however are hopeful that it serves as a starting point for planning future lessons and units about the First Peoples of this land.

Wela'lioq, Thank You,

Katrina Clair


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Teaching About the Mi'kmaq

Posted: October 3, 2016

Visit this site for supplementary materials, video resources and Mi'kmaw translations for the "Teaching About the Mi'kmaq" resource book.

Posted: October 3, 2016

Dear Educators,

Please find attached, a resource book titled "Teaching about the Mi'kmaq." This resource book was developed by Mi'kmaq educators with the assistance of a Mi'kmaq Elders advisory committee. TATM provides a rich background of Mi'kmaq history, cultural values and excellent lessons about residential schools, treaties, and governance. TATM is a starting point for building your background knowledge as a culturally responsive educator.

Wela'lin, Thank You and Enjoy,

The First Nations Education Team


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