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OPHEA: First Nations Inspired Daily Physical Activities

From OPHEA‘ s December 201 6 newsletter:

Ophea’s First Nations Inspired Daily Physical Activities (DPA) resource makes it easy and fun to incorporate DPA into school or community programs for primary, junior and intermediate students (ages 5-14). This free resource was developed in consultation with First Nations educators and includes 30 activity cards and related support materials that incorporate First Nations culture and traditions, as well as Ophea’s 50 Fitness Activities and Stretching Guide.

Access First Nations Inspired DPA resource!

The OPHEA website includes many additional resources supporting fitness and health.

Check it out! Rowan

January 3, 2017 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

CEA: Best practices to indigenize teaching practices

The Canadian Education Association has released the latest in the one-page  Facts on Education series , titled What is the Best Way to Indigenize Teaching Practices?

The authors offer 3 main suggestions to integrating teaching practices into Canadian Schools:

  1. Adapt initial teacher training to the pedagogical needs of indigenous students.
  2. Create stronger indigenous presence  in schools by implementing holistic, community-based teaching practices.
  3. Deconstruct the false representations about First Peoples.

You have to read the document for the details! Check it out, Rowan


October 18, 2016 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Listening Stone Project (Ontario FNMI report)

The Council of Ontario Directors of Education (CODE) has posted a report written by  Dr Susan Dion titled:  The Listening Stone Project:  Learning From the Ontario Ministry of Education’s First Nations, Métis and Inuit–Focused Collaborative Inquiry 2013 – 2014 

The following quote is from page 4. Briefly these sentences summarize the purpose of the inquiry project and the results:

“The purpose of the research and evaluation was to learn from the inquiry how educators, policy makers, and community members contribute to FNMI student well-being and achievement in provincially  funded schools.

This research shows that when educators work in collaboration with FNMI community partners, there are positive impacts on school systems including increased presence of FNMI people in the schools and consequently increased opportunities for teachers and students to learn from Aboriginal people. The presence of Elders, Traditional Knowledge and Wisdom Keepers, Indigenous artists, and language and culture teachers, supports and fosters FNMI students’ experiences of belonging and well-being in schools.” (page 4)

The report includes 6 key findings (p. 5)  and 8 key recommendations (p. 6).

Check it out!


December 22, 2014 at 12:38 pm Leave a comment

Aboriginal Student Success

The June 2014 issue of  Education Canada is a theme issue on Aboriginal Student Success.

English articles include:

  1. Teaching by the medicine wheel: An Anishinaabe framework of indigenous education
  2. Is BC getting it right? Moving toward Aboriginal education success in BC
  3. A truthful narrative: bringing First nations, Metis and Inuit contributions into the K-12 curriculum [note from me: this includes a series of curriculum tables that highlight curriculum inclusions at each grade level]
  4. Two-eyed seeing: Creating a new liminal space in education

Check it out!


June 12, 2014 at 4:11 pm Leave a comment

First Nations Education Act

May 6th update: As per this CBC news report, the Minister has put this act on hold:

“The federal government is putting its controversial First Nations education act “on hold” until the Assembly of First Nations “clarifies” its position on the legislation in the wake of the resignation of its national chief.

“Given the recent resignation of the national chief, following today’s second-reading vote, any further consideration of this legislation will be put on hold until the AFN clarifies its position,” Valcourt’s office said in an emailed statement.”


April 11, 2014: Yesterday, the feds introduced Bill C-33 the First Nations control of First Nations Education Act.

Here is the current version of Bill C-33.

Here is the news release.

“The proposed legislation will provide First Nations students with the education standards, supports and opportunities that most Canadians take for granted. It will require that First Nation schools design curriculums that ensure students can transfer seamlessly between schools on and off reserve, that students meet minimum attendance requirements, that teachers are properly certified, and that First Nation schools award widely recognized diplomas or certificates.”

Here is the landing page for the bill, with additional documentation.

Check it out!


April 11, 2014 at 4:48 pm Leave a comment

Transitions for FNMI students

The Ontario Native Education Counselling Association provides a Transitions page for students/parents/education professionals  to “help First Nations, Métis and Inuit students with their transitions from one educational stage to the next”.  Providing students with advice for health eating, making successful transitions helps keep students engaged and in school

The site includes strategies, videos and other resources, as well as a store with resources and toolkits available for purchase.

Check it out,


January 17, 2014 at 3:12 pm Leave a comment

First Nations (FNMI) Report

People for Education have released a new report titled First Nations, Metis, and Inuit education: Overcoming Gaps in Provincially Funded Schools . The gaps include: knowledge, resources and achievement. 

“It is important that teachers have knowledge about Aboriginal cultures and the history of colonialism so Aboriginal students and families can begin to experience schools as a place of belonging and respect.”

Rowan: Sorry,  this summary does not do justice to the report or the issue (end-of -the-day-brain). Check out the 19 page report for more information.


October 25, 2013 at 8:33 pm Leave a comment

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