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Developing and Applying First Nation, Metis and Inuit Foundational Knowledge - What Counts?

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Facilitator(s): Etienna Moostoos Lafferty
Corrie Ziegler
Date:May 10, 2019
Time:9:00 am – 3:30 pm
No charge
(includes lunch, which is not prepared in a nut/gluten-free environment)
Location: Edmonton (ERLC Office at Elmwood School)
Room 17/18, 16325 - 83 Avenue
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Course code: 19-AB-465

Target Audience

K- 12 teachers, department heads, assistant principals, principals

About this learning opportunity

As you read the title of this session: Developing and Applying First Nation, Metis and Inuit Foundational Knowledge - What Counts? what comes to mind for you? As a leader in your district, what do you believe 'counts' when building Indigenous foundational knowledge in classroom, school and/or across your district? Join Etienna and Corrie for a guided conversation that will help you reflect on this statement from your perspective and your role within your school community. We will work together to create a common understanding of what 'counts', as well as explore what valid and reliable evidence might be with respect to the Competency 5 in professional quality standards (Teaching Quality Standard and the Leadership Quality Standard) and with students in classroom environments.

In this full day session, you will be engaged in dynamic learning and conversations to deepen your awareness and understanding of:

  • First Nation, Metis and Inuit foundational knowledge;
  • establishing what quality and proficiency look like in relation to Indigenous foundational knowledge;
  • strategies and processes for collecting evidence of the development and application of Indigenous foundational knowledge; and
  • cycles of feedback.

Whether you have questions about how to lead classrooms or schools to deep levels of implementation, or you have questions about ways in which quality assessment practices can be harnessed to demonstrate the development and application of Indigenous foundational knowledge, this session is for you!

Come prepared to inquire, talk, and reflect – on your own and with colleagues from across the region!


This session addresses the LQS competency #5: Supporting the Application of Foundational Knowledge about First Nations, Metis and Inuit
This session addresses the TQS competency #5: Applying Foundational Knowledge about First Nations, Metis and Inuit

About the facilitator(s)


Etienna Moostoos-Lafferty was born and raised in Grande Prairie Alberta. Etienna's family is from the Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation in Treaty 8 territory. Etienna has 7 years of teaching experience both on and off-reserve, and also in public and Catholic school systems. Etienna spent 4 years working for an Indigenous perspective school with the Calgary Board of Education where she learned the importance of culture and language in Indigenous education.

Etienna has since moved back to Edmonton has worked provincially as an Indigenous Education consultant helping to develop and implement workshops aimed at promoting reconciliation through teacher education. Etienna has created resources for the ATA and ARPDC that help teachers better understand topics such as Residential Schools, Metis Settlements, Inuit history, Myths and Stereotypes of Indigenous people, progression of the TRC, and treaty relationships.

Today, Etienna is an Indigenous Education Coach for Evergreen Catholic Schools and is completing her masters full time at the University of Alberta. She is a mother to a 4 year old daughter named Layla and her husband is also a teacher and works as an assistant Principal for Edmonton Public Schools.

Corrie Ziegler has been an educator for over 36 years and prior to joining Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium, she worked as a teacher, principal, supervisor and director with Edmonton Public Schools. She has led AISI projects, managed teams, and has facilitated numerous sessions on a broad spectrum of topics related to teaching and learning.  Corrie believes in the power of collaboration and has coached numerous learning communities in working together to achieve high levels of engagement and learning for all students.

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