First Nations Education

We are all treaty people. Use resources below to teach about the Mi'kmaq and the significance of treaties
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!

Posted: October 3, 2017

Mi'kmaq Talking Posters

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!


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. 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!


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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,



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.    



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