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The CSBA Indigenous Education Committee works at a national level to develop and support a framework to contribute to Indigenous education across the country, and for all students. This has been identified as a priority area in our strategic plan.

Our guiding principles can be found in the 2014 CSBA Charter of Commitment; First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education at CSBA Charter of Commitment; First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education.

We have built a cross country overview of how school boards are presently structured to ensure representation of FNMI interests, school boards response to the TRC Calls to Action and promising practices across the country. Read the full report below:

Indigenous Education Structure, Initiatives and Promising Practices

The CSBA has held multiple online panel discussions on the topic of Indigenous Education, with expert speakers sharing valuable information for the education community. Visit our YouTube channel to see the recordings from the events.

We have partnered with the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation to align our efforts on the Calls to Action that will impact education for all Canadian children. Their website provides a wealth of resources which you can access here. 

Art for Aid, a grassroots initiative that puts art supplies into remote Indigenous schools in Canada, as well as supporting outdoor winter land-based learning programs, produced over 25 Indigenous language posters that say “Wash your hands”, with the understanding that hand washing is still the best way to help control viral spread. They can be downloaded in any size format here.

The Assembly of First Nations has developed a Tool Kit for Educators to use in classrooms to raise awareness and provide history and a cultural perspective for Indigenous Education that has become so important to our Canadian Identity.  Find the free tools on Apple iTunes at https://education.afn.ca/toolkit/

Educators can sign up to get a free Legacy School toolkit from the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund.! Toolkits include copies of the Secret Path book, educational resources (virtual & in class), a reconciliACTION Guidebook, tote bag, and more. Educators also get access to free virtual resources (K-12) and live engagements with Indigenous and non-Indigenous musicians, artists, scientists, writers and more! www.LegacySchools.ca

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Sponsored by the Martin Family Initiative (MFI) , this site provides access to a virtual library of resources related to K- 12 curriculum, research, multi-media, classroom practices and relevant policies.

Educators, researchers and others use the site to enhance and share learning opportunities and to improve educational success for Aboriginal students. The site also includes materials related to Early Childhood Education, Parent/Community Engagement and Issues. The site is updated monthly with new materials. By registering with them, you will receive these updates directly as they are posted. If interested in sharing practices and/or learning more about these initiatives, please visit their website here: https://www.themfi.ca/