CSBA Research – Indigenous Education

Executive Summary While education is the responsibility of the individual province or territory, the ways in which education for Indigenous students is organized varies across the country. A large number of Indigenous students in Canada are educated for all or part of their education in provincial/territorial public schools. Many Indigenous students are educated in federally…

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Provincial initiatives in Aboriginal Education: Having an impact at the local level

Last week, CSBA presented three of its provincial associations’ initiatives in the area of aboriginal education at the CMEC Educators’ Forum on Aboriginal Education. Local initiatives are having a powerful impact on student engagement, community engagement and student success. As there were many requests for the resources and documentation that we provided at the forum,…

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Best Practices in Public Education Across Canada: The Urban Aboriginal Education Project – Lakehead District School Board

Lakehead District School Board is located in the Thunder Bay area of Ontario. With a student enrollment of just over 13,000, the board consists of twenty-five elementary, four secondary and one adult education centre. Lakehead District is one of the boards that participated in the Urban Aboriginal Education Project, an innovative provincial pilot project in the area of aboriginal…

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Saving the Haida language through immersion – and just in time

This post, written by Melanie Jackson of the British Columbia School Trustees’ Association, is an excerpt from “The Way Forward is the Way Back: Saving the Haida Language.” When Haida Gwaii Trustee Wayne Wilson was a boy, his parents spoke their native Haida only when they didn’t want him to know what they were saying….

Canadians Celebrate National Aboriginal Day

June 21st marks National Aboriginal Day, a day to celebrate the contributions and achievements of First Nations, Métis and Inuit people of Canada. National Aboriginal Day was officially proclaimed by former Governor-General Roméo LeBlanc in 1996. In addition, the month of June is Aboriginal History Month. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QlARu_S-wZg A number of websites offer information on the history…

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Register now-National Aboriginal Trustees Gathering, June 19th-21st in Saskatoon

The Saskatchewan School Boards Association‘s Aboriginal Council is hosting a National Gathering of First Nations and Métis School Board Members in Saskatoon, from June 19th-21st. The goal of this National Gathering is to share information regarding best practices for engaging First Nations and Métis people in strengthening achievement for First Nations and Métis students. A…

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National Day of Action for Shannen’s Dream

Today marks a National Day of Action to make Shannen’s Dream a reality. Hundreds of students in Ottawa will support this Day of Action by marching on Parliament, demanding the Federal Government to address the issue of educational equity for First Nations students. Shannen Koostachen was a student activist who advocated for funding equality and safe conditions for…

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CSBA Presents 21st Century Learning Initiatives to Council of Ministers of Education, Canada

Last week, the CSBA presented to CMEC during their 99th meeting (CMEC 99). This meeting provided Ministers the opportunity to advance work on the priorities outlines in Learn Canada 2020, a guiding framework and joint ministerial statement that focuses on lifelong learning in four areas: early childhood learning and development, elementary and secondary schooling, postsecondary…

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Best Practices in Public Education Across Canada: Abbotsford School District’s Aboriginal Hub

Abbotsford School District, located in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia, is home to The Aboriginal Hub, a truly unique initiative in British Columbia. The Aboriginal Hub, part of the Aboriginal Education Centre, offers a range of community programs for families and children in one central location. Programming is a joint effort between the Abbotsford…

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Best Practices in Public Education Across Canada: Saskatchewan School Boards Association-First Nations and Métis Education Action Plan

The Saskatchewan School Boards Association (SSBA), in collaboration with the SSBA Aboriginal Council, has identified a strategic plan to address First Nation and Métis education in the province’s public schools. The “First Nations and Métis Education Action Plan 2010-2012” contains four strategic results: To ensure that Saskatchewan School Boards are supported in establishing a representative…