Empowering the Spirit – First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education

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First Nations, Metis and Inuit Education – Literacy and Numeracy Practices

This website will provide opportunities to expand your understanding of literacy and numeracy practices from First Nations, Métis and Inuit perspectives and gain tools and strategies to support First Nations, Métis and Inuit and all students' success in your community.

In support of First Nations, Métis and Inuit students' success – and to support the educators that work with those students – a variety of online resources have been developed. This work is a result of a grant from Alberta Education, to Alberta Regional Professional Development Consortia (ARPDC), to support implementation.

Empowering the Spirit – First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education

http://www.empoweringthespirit.ca/

First Nations, Métis and Inuit students experience greater success as engaged participants when learning is authentic and connected to their personal values and life experiences. 

Based on the Empowering the Spirit Forum,  in which 300 people came together to share their stories and knowledge about the power of literacy and numeracy learning, various online learning opportunities have been developed and posted at

http://www.empoweringthespirit.ca/

This website will provide opportunities to expand your understanding of literacy and numeracy practices from First Nations, Métis and Inuit perspectives and gain tools and strategies to support First Nations, Métis and Inuit and all students' success in your community.

Direct links to videos and learning guides; designed for use by professional learning communities, learning coaches and teacher leaders or as a self-paced study are describe and available at the following links:  

Call to Action/Motivational  video

This short video begins the journey as we explore the role of literacy and numeracy in developing self-knowledge and personal success for First Nations, Métis and Inuit students. 

Importance of Storytelling

Learn how storytelling, a traditional way of sharing the culture and values of a community, remains a valuable teaching tool for today.

Storytelling: Understanding Who We Are

This video explores the central role that stories hold in First Nations, Métis and Inuit world views, and how stories reflect our universal experience.

Storytelling: Its Many Forms

This video features First Nations, Métis and Inuit artists, educators and scholars sharing their perspectives of how the tradition of storytelling permeates their cultures and world views.

Exploring Numeracy through Traditional Games

First Nations, Métis and Inuit Peoples traditionally used the context of games to teach skills needed for surviving on the land. This video illustrates how this traditional way of learning can be just as valid today.

Engaging All Students through Numeracy

See first-hand how two different teachers engage their students in meaningful numeracy experiences through traditional contexts, including exploring probability through traditional rock hand games and calculating volume by examining the structure of a traditional tee pee.

Please pass this information on to all those in your network/district who are interested in learning about Alberta promising practices approaches, based on research, that are supporting First Nations, Métis and Inuit student success. 

For further support for implementation of these resources please contact Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium (ERLC) at info@erlc.ca