First Nations Education Notes

June 21st is National Indigenous Peoples Day


Just completed a Blanket Exercise at Millerton School for all the middle school students. Elder Esther Ward helped facilitate and led us in a sharing circle afterward. A Blanket Exercise is a wonderful way to learn 500 years of Indigenous history in Canada in an interactive visual exercise. Millerton students were wonderful participants and many EAs also had the opportunity to participate. Thanks to Cindy Cosgrove for organizing!!

If you want to plan one for your middle or high school students or school staff, the request form is available on this site.

Posted: October 3, 2018

The ASDN First Nation Education team would like to thank everyone who participated in Orange Shirt day on Friday, September 28. We had 52 submissions to our contest and a winner was chosen randomly from this list on Monday, Oct. 1.

Congratulations to Melanie Sobey, Grade 2/3 teacher at Blackville School who is the lucky winner and will receive $300 to purchase resources for her class.

Orange Shirt day was first acknowledged by 4 schools in ASDN in 2015 and this year we had all 30 schools participating! This is huge move forward toward Objective 6 of the  NB 10 year Eduncation Plan, “...ensuring that provincial curriculum is reflective of First Nation  history and culture.” Thanks so much.

Posted: September 10, 2018


Please wear an orange shirt (or pin) on Friday, Sept. 28th to recognize all the survivors of Residential Schools and those who did not make it home. As we work towards reconciliation between Indigenous and Non Indigenous Canadians, an important step is recognizing the harm done to generations of children and their families due to the Indian Residential schools system. In our area Shubenacadie Indian Residential School was in operation from 1929- 1967. It is important for the students in our classrooms to learn about this sad part of our history and how it affects our indigenous friends and family today. There are two PowerPoints posted here for two different age groups that can be used in classrooms to educate students. A list of lesson ideas, suggestions on how to commemorate the day, as well as resources available will be emailed to each teacher. For support or further information please contact one of the ASDN First Nation Education leads. Patricia Miller or Elizabeth Price




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  


Posted: September 8, 2016

On Septmber 30th join ASD-N as we participate in "Orange Shirt Day" to honour those survivors of Canada's Indian Residential School System and commemorate the many who never made it home. Overall, the importance of this commemoration event is to recognize the harm and trauma inflicted on Aboriginal children for decades, and affirm a commitment to remembering those impacted. 

Fortunately, we have a resource in our district that will serve as a contact and facilitator of the promotion and execution of this initiative. Her name is Lorraine Clair and you can get in contact with her through her nbed account She is prepared to support you in your efforts to make this day a success in your school. She will also be available to help teachers use this day as an opportunity to teach students about residential schools and other related topics in the days leading up to Orange Shirt Day as well as the days that follow.