First Nations Education

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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 an elementary audience and highlights the local contributions of the Mi'kmaq peoples, as well as, other indigenous nations in Canada. 


The First Nation Education Team     

Katherine Halas-Moulton has been intrigued by the idea of two-eyed seeing as proposed by Albert Marshall as a way forward with reconciliation. Her Graphic Arts students created this piece of art to demonstrate that concept. From the Environmental Science curriculum: "Etuaptmumk is the Mi'kmaq word for Two-Eyed Seeing introduced by a Mi'kmaq Elder from Eskasoni First Nation, Albert Marshall. It refers to learning to see with one eye the strengths of Indigenous knowledge and ways of knowing, and with the other eye the strengths of western knowledges and ways of knowing, and to learn to use both eyes together to gain a clearer understanding of the world. A Two-Eyed Seeing approach is one way to integrate, and develop a greater understanding of, and appreciation for Indigenous worldviews in our classrooms. It is also a way to offer First Nations students more opportunities to succeed in the dominant culture without compromising their own culture. "

Students at Tide Head School enjoyed the Two Nations Teaching presentation about the historical friendship between the Mi'kmaq and Acadian peoples of New Brunswick.

Posted: March 21, 2017

Hello Everyone, we are honoured to share the Legacy of Hope Foundation's "100 Years of Loss" exhibit which will be hosted at the following schools during these dates: Max Aitken Academy from April 3 to 14, Eleanor W. Graham from April 17 to 28, Sugar Loaf Senior High School from May 1 to 12, Dalhousie Regional High School from May 15 to 26. For more information about the exhibit please visit: Please contact Matthew Sweezey to book a time for your class (grades 5-12) to visit the exhibit. The Legacy of Hope has provided a scavenger hunt to help students engage with the exhibit which is available in both French and English. We can also provide additional engagement activities upon request. Wela'lin, The First Nation Education Team

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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!

Posted: December 5, 2016

CBC News: First Nations WE DAY

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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Posted: November 22, 2016

The Secret Path Film: CBC

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





Added: Mon, Sep 16 2019


Post date: September 22, 2016
Post date: September 22, 2016