Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Phyllis Webstad speaks about Orange Shirt Day

of Residential school

Orange Shirt day is an annual event held each September 30th in remembrance of the Canadian Residential School system and the impact of this government policy on First Nations. Phyllis Webstad presents her memories of Residential schools and the meaning of Orange Shirt Day.


Friday, September 15, 2017

Michif Language Project 2013

An early childhood Michif immersion project

"An educational concept which began in the fall of 2012 has now turned into reality and with its launch an imaginative learning tool for young Michif learners. The Michif Language Learning Project began with the concept that the younger you are the easier it is to learn language. Repetition is required and access to Michif speakers can be problematic in many communities. It was this lack of early learning resource that prompted Marilyn Bean and Jan Ovans of the Cowichan Valley Métis Association, to apply for a Canadian Heritage grant, to develop an early childhood Michif immersion project.​" 


Digital Resource for Teachers - "It's Our Time"

First Nations Education Toolkit on iTunes U

The Assembly of First Nations' digital education resource It's Our Time First Nations Education Toolkit is now on iTunes U. The free, downloadable package for iPad is a resource for teachers, providing culturally relevant, accessible, hands-on educational tools on First Nation culture and history.

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There are 21 modules available through the Toolkit's iTunes U Course. AFN has currently worked with education technology company Ebou Learning to enhance each module with six interactive textbooks:

    • Cultural Competency
    • First Nations Holistic Lifelong learning Model
    • First Nations Performance Indicators Checklist
    • The KAIROS Blanket Exercise
    • Residential School
    • Role Models

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Meet the "People of the River"

Sq'éwlets - A Stó:lō-Coast Salish Community

Visit this multimedia-rich site about the Sq'éwlets Nation and their traditions.
he ancient home of our Sq'éwlets community is where the Harrison River rounds the bend and flows into the Fraser River. Sq'éwlets, in earlier times and documents, was spelled 'Scowlitz'. At the heart of this website is our Sq'éwlets history. We tell both our sxwōxwiyám and our sqwélqwel. These are our origin stories and the true stories that tell our history.

These stories were once passed from grandparents to grandchildren in our language, Halq'eméylem. They were shared beside the fire in the longhouse. They were shared at our fishing rocks as we stood side by side with our lines and nets. Now they are passed in these ways and by other modern means. They are shared through books, video, audio, and the internet.
​ (This site is also available in French.)​


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

2017 North American Indigenous Games

he largest sporting and cultural gathering of Indigenous Peoples in North America

​his website is available in French and English.

The Toronto 2017 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) are expected to be the largest sporting and cultural gathering of Indigenous Peoples in North America. ​It will host more than 5,000 participants, 2,000 volunteers and countless spectators for 14 sport categories being held within world-class venues located across the Greater Toronto Area, including the Region of Hamilton and Six Nations of the Grand River.​ ​The Games provides Indigenous youth, aged 13-19, an opportunity to showcase their athletic abilities through 14 sport​s ​​​and to celebrate their heritage through numerous cultural events​. ​Participating teams include all 13 provinces and territories of Canada, as well as 13 regions from the United States.


Monday, June 26, 2017

Circle of Caring - Short Animated Films

 from Elders

Available in both French and English
Watch our animated short films starring the Capsule Families produced especially for Indigenous families, and schools. The films are also available on DVD in our Circle of Caring toolkit.

They can be viewed in seven Indigenous languages or in English or French. Each film includes an introductory segment with teachings from Elders and discussion guides to help jumpstart dialogue and change for safe, strong and free families and communities.


Friday, June 23, 2017

Hide & Seek - the story behind the video

​Urban Voices speak​ out

​The N'we Jinan project involving a handful of Surrey Schools high school students has had a profound impact on how they see themselves, and how they speak about their identity and culture. This video gives us a window into the hearts of students and their parents as they share the impact of the project. 
See the full video of the song here:

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Handbook for Aboriginal Mentoring: what. why. how. who?

​Helping Youth survive
 and flourish


​his handbook, prepared by Alberta Children's Services, offers perspectives and strategies for supporting Aboriginal youth using mentoring.
Aboriginal wisdom suggests that there are certain things without which young people cannot survive and flourish. Mentoring is one of them (Weinberger, 1999). Although the term mentor is uncommon in Aboriginal communities, the concept of mentoring is not. Mentoring preserves a way of life based on spirituality, sacredness, reciprocity, education and social responsibility by helping to integrate cultural factors that preserve and protect the health and well-being of the young (Weinberger, 1999). Mentoring is a primary intervention to prevent or address many of the problems that youth face today. By supporting and redirecting young people, mentoring focuses attention on successful behaviours and encourages the attainment of potential, provides direct assistance to young people, promotes school achievement and helps youth to avoid violence and abstain from drugs and alcohol.


Plans to rename National Aboriginal Day to National Indigenous Peoples Day

A ​
milestone in building the nation-to-nation relationship.


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau marked National Aboriginal Day by promising to strip the name of a residential schools proponent from a federal building and to rename the annual occasion as National Indigenous Peoples Day.

Trudeau also formally announced that 100 Wellington St. in Ottawa, a heritage building and former U.S. embassy, will become a space dedicated to Inuit, Métis and First Nations communities. 

During an event outside the building located across from Parliament Hill, Trudeau said there has never been a space dedicated to Indigenous peoples.


Friday, June 16, 2017

Indspire hosted Webinars on Indigenous Education

how to integrate Aboriginal culture


​Multiple archived webinars on a range of topics of interest to those working to integrate Indigenous content and perspectives into their instruction.

Topics are wide ranging:
  1. Supporting Métis content
  2. Cree language revitalization
  3. Aboriginal literature
  4. Lifeskills
  5. Medicine Wheel teachings
  6. Canoe as a teaching tool