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Assembly of First Nations Launches Digital Resource for Teachers It’s Our Time First Nations Education Toolkit on iTunes U

on July 16, 2017

June 28, 2017

(Ottawa, ON) – 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.

“Education is key to reconciliation because it builds bridges of understanding,” said AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde. “The It’s Our Time First Nations Education Toolkit will help increase cultural competency and understanding of First Nations’ rights, histories and cultures, developed from First Nations perspectives. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission called for education to lead Canada’s reconciliation effort, and this Toolkit provides First Nation and non-First Nation learners, teachers, schools, institutions and the Canadian public with a resource that fosters a spirit of cooperation, understanding and, most importantly, action.”

The Toolkit on iPad is a resource for schools and teachers across Canada to ignite interest and encourage action, available on iTunes U and on the iBooks Store.

“One of our goals has been to advocate for education programs that allow teachers to incorporate accurate, culturally sensitive and appropriate Indigenous content in their program delivery,” says Floyd Martens, President of the Canadian School Boards Association.  “We are pleased to be able to promote the new It’s Our Time First Nations Education Toolkit to our school boards, in the hopes that a spirit of education for reconciliation can be achieved through this valuable resource.”

The Canadian Education Association and Canadian Teacher’s Federation also see the value of the Toolkit.

“The Canadian Education Association applauds the AFN for developing the It’s Our Time First Nations Education Toolkit. This comprehensive collection of learning materials will help to support thousands of Indigenous and non-Indigenous educators across Canada currently challenged with embedding Indigenous knowledge, perspectives and Worldview learning into their classrooms,” says Roger Paul, CEA Chair.

“I would like to commend the AFN for the production of this valuable comprehensive toolkit on First Nations,” says Canadian Teachers’ Federation President, Heather Smith. “This must-have reference for schools and school boards across the country will become a catalyst for enhanced learning and understanding.”

The Regional Chief for Saskatchewan, Bobby Cameron, holds the education portfolio at the AFN.

“It is important the teachers have the tools available to make their lessons achieve the goal of improving the relationship between Canada and First Nations. Education of history and culture is a crucial component of that,” Regional Chief Bobby Cameron said. “Education is a lifelong learning process and one of our inherent and treaty rights. I look forward to seeing teachers use the It’s Our Time toolkit in my area and across Canada.”

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

 

The AFN will continue to produce interactive and engaging digital material for the remaining modules. The resources and learning materials can be used for all grades and all teachers, but focus primarily on supporting grade 7-10 students during these important transitional years.

The Toolkit can be downloaded at: https://education.afn.ca/toolkit  

It’s Our Time AFN Education Tool Kit iTunes U course is available, for free, exclusively on iTunes at: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/course/its-our-time-afn-education-tool-kit/id1199604596

 

The AFN is the national organization representing First Nations citizens in Canada.  Follow AFN on Twitter @AFN_Updates.

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For more information, please contact: 

Jamie Monastyrski
Press Secretary – National Chief’s Office
613-241-6789 ext. 222
343-540-6179 (cell)
jamiem@afn.ca 

Michael Hutchinson
Communications Officer
613-241-6789 ext. 254
613-299-6330 (cell)
mhutchinson@afn.ca

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14-2016 Support for the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education 2017

on May 19, 2017

TITLE: Support for the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education 2017

SUBJECT: Education

MOVED BY: Chief Ava Hill, Six Nations of the Grand River, ON

SECONDED BY: Chief Don Maracle, Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte, ON

DECISION Carried by Consensus

WHEREAS: A. In 2017, as Canada celebrates the 150th anniversary of Confederation, Six Nations Polytechnic (SNP) in partnership with TAP Resources will host the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education,

A. Celebration of Indigenous Resilience, July 24-29, 2017 in Toronto.

B. The World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education (WIPCE) is the largest venue for Indigenous education in the world attracting over 4,000 Indigenous delegates.

C. WIPCE provides significant opportunity to strengthen cultural resilience, inspire cultural fluency among First Nation Youth and build understanding across cultures.

D. Truth and reconciliation is a growing international movement and presentations at WIPCE 2017 will address the status of the reconciliation in Canada and other countries.

E. WIPCE 2017, A Celebration of Resilience, will also examine the role and impacts of Indigenous knowledge and languages in reconciliation thereby providing unique opportunities to profile and share Indigenous peoples education issues and successes in Ontario, across Canada and internationally.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Chiefs-in-Assembly: 1. Provide full support to the WIPCE 2017 Host Committee in their pursuits of sponsorship for this historic celebration of Indigenous resilience.

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14-2016 Support for the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education 2017

on May 19, 2017

TITLE: Support for the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education 2017

SUBJECT: Education

MOVED BY: Chief Ava Hill, Six Nations of the Grand River, ON

SECONDED BY: Chief Don Maracle, Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte, ON

DECISION Carried by Consensus

WHEREAS:

A. In 2017, as Canada celebrates the 150th anniversary of Confederation, Six Nations Polytechnic (SNP) in partnership with TAP Resources will host the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education, A Celebration of Indigenous Resilience, July 24-29, 2017 in Toronto.

B. The World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education (WIPCE) is the largest venue for Indigenous education in the world attracting over 4,000 Indigenous delegates.

C. WIPCE provides significant opportunity to strengthen cultural resilience, inspire cultural fluency among First Nation Youth and build understanding across cultures.

D. Truth and reconciliation is a growing international movement and presentations at WIPCE 2017 will address the status of the reconciliation in Canada and other countries.

E. WIPCE 2017, A Celebration of Resilience, will also examine the role and impacts of Indigenous knowledge and languages in reconciliation thereby providing unique opportunities to profile and share Indigenous peoples education issues and successes in Ontario, across Canada and internationally.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Chiefs-in-Assembly:

1. Provide full support to the WIPCE 2017 Host Committee in their pursuits of sponsorship for this historic celebration of Indigenous resilience.

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39-2016 First Nations National Working Group on Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC)

on May 7, 2017

TITLE: First Nations National Working Group on Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC)

SUBJECT: Education

MOVED BY: Chief Maureen Chapman, Skawahlook First Nation, BC

SECONDED BY: Chief David Crate, Fisher River Cree Nation, MB

DECISION Carried by Consensus

WHEREAS:

A. The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples states:

  • Article 21: Indigenous peoples have the right, without discrimination, to the improvement of their economic and social conditions, including, inter alia, in the areas of education, employment, vocational training and retraining, housing, sanitation, health and social security.

B. The 2016 Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s report also urges the federal government as part of its reconciliation agenda to work with Aboriginal governments to develop culturally appropriate early childhood education programs for young children and their families.

C. In November 2015, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau mandated the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) and the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development to launch consultations with provinces and territories and Indigenous Peoples on a National Early Learning and Childcare Framework as a first step towards delivering affordable, high-quality, flexible and fully inclusive child care..

D. A March 2016 budget commitment of $100 million for Indigenous communities beginning in 2017-18 provides First Nations with an unprecedented opportunity to identify priorities, strategies and actions for improving access to quality early childhood and other family strengthening supports while developing First Nations capacity to re-assume control of early childhood and child care pursuant to their inherent and human rights.

E. Few early childhood development and child care policies have been created by the federal government since the mid-1990’s. Policies to support young First Nations children and families are in valuable and have the potential to transform the lives of children, families and communities. However, the lack of a comprehensive policy or funding approach has resulted in limited and unequal access to programs and comprised the quality and effectiveness of those programs. Yet there is increasing scientific evidence from the United States regarding the effectiveness of quality ECD programs in increasing high school graduation rates and improved health outcomes, reduced incidence of substance abuse, and fewer criminal arrests among children who attended these programs.

F. A strong policy approach supported by First Nations leadership and informed by community and stakeholders from health, early childhood education, child and family services and education, offers a real opportunity to transform and shape early childhood development, education and care policies to ensure First Nations children aged from birth to six years and their families are supported to achieve optimal health, development and well-being.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Chiefs-in-Assembly:
1. Direct the Assembly of First Nations (AFN), National Chief and Executive Committee to obtain funding from Canada to immediately establish a national expert working group on Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC), comprised of experts from across disciplines of health, education, child and family services and early childhood, with a mandate to oversee a 4-6 month community engagement process that would identify and confirm the key principles, priorities and actions of a First Nations ELCC framework along with an action plan that takes into account regional priorities, needs and circumstances.

2. Request the AFN National Chief and Executive Committee to:

  • Strongly advocate in writing to Ministers Bennett and Duclos for a separate First Nations ELCC framework and funding stream; and
  • Collaborate with the federal government on an accountability framework to ensure current and future investments in early learning and child care reach the children and families who need them.

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Education

on November 29, 2016

Education

Celebrating the present and transforming the future through equitable and sustainable First Nations education

ANNUAL REPORT 2016

AFN Education has always worked to support First Nations in their efforts to further Treaty and inherent rights to education and First Nations Control of First Nations Education, which includes:

  • Equitable and sustainable funding for First Nations education within a lifelong learning context;

  • Quality of education based on First Nations driven education systems;

  • First Nations driven timelines and priorities; and

  • First Nations language recognition and revitalization.

HISTORY & BACKGROUND

First Nations first published the concept of “Indian Control of Indian Education” in 1972. In 2010 the Chiefs in Assembly endorsed the updated and adapted document First Nations Control of First Nations Education as an AFN policy document.

At the 2016 AFN Annual General Assembly Resolution 16/2016 mandated the AFN to enter into an honourable process to develop recommendations to support First Nations Education Reform. Following this mandate, First Nations – Government of Canada Terms of Reference for Joint Collaboration was created and adopted in November 2016.

FEDERAL BUDGET

2017

The 2017 federal budget announced $90 million over 2 years to support First Nations students. Budget 2017 also announced the Government will undertake a comprehensive and collaborative review with Indigenous partners of all current federal programs that support Indigenous students who wish to pursue post-secondary education. The purpose of the review will be to ensure that these programs meet the needs of individual students while supporting attendance at, and completion of, a post-secondary degree or credential.

2016

On March 22, 2016, Prime Minister Trudeau tabled his first federal budget. An historic $8.4 billion over 5 years in investments will be made on Indigenous issues, including lifting the 2% cap on education programming. Specifically, the federal budget invested $3.7 billion over 5 years for First Nations education, including $969 million for education infrastructure and $275 million over 5 years for languages and cultures.

 

AFN First Nation Directors of Education Forum

The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) hosted the National First Nation Directors of Education Forum on March 1-2, 2017 in Alberta, on traditional Tsuut’ina First Nations territory. The Forum brought together over 800 participants and speakers for keynote presentations, panels and interactive workshops, while encouraging discussion among all in attendance about ways forward for First Nations education.

JOINT TASK TEAMS

To provide specialist advice regarding various aspects of regional First Nations education, five joint national Task Teams were established, including: Funding Mechanisms, Statutory Funding Framework, Early Childhood Education, Post-Secondary Education, Measurement and Mutual Accountability. In 2017 two more national Task Teams will be added to focus on Infrastructure and the unique needs of Northern and Remote Communities.

Each Task Team is incorporating regional First Nations frames of reference in all discussion in order that all developments are steeped in and build on existing regional systems that honour the diversity and autonomy of First Nations across Canada.

The Joint Task Teams focus on the following areas and are mandated by Operational Terms:

 

Recommendations

The Joint Task Teams meet regularly to develop recommendations for education reform. From there recommendations are moved through the joint process for collaboration.

Joint Process for Collaboration

Memorandum to Cabinet

Budget 2016 and the Joint Collaborative Process are a unique opportunity to transform the way that First Nations education is funded.

For more information please review our Memorandum to Cabinet Presentation 

Education Staff

Janice Ciavaglia
Director


Julie Williams
Sr. R&P Analyst


Jessyka Simard
Executive Assistant


Jarrett Laughlin
Sr. Policy Analyst


Dakota Edwards
Administrative Coordinator


Renee St. Germain
Sr. Policy Analyst


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Heroes of Our Time Scholarships 2015

on March 24, 2015

ATTENTION: AFN would like to announce that deadline has been extended for the Heroes of Our Time (HOOT) 2015 scholarship in the category of Medicine (Robert Smallboy Award).  The new deadline is now TUESDAY, APRIL 7, 2015.

Note that this deadline extension only applies to the Medicine (Robert Smallboy Award) category.

HOOT 2015 Application Package

Since 1988/1989 the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) has sponsored the Heroes of Our Time scholarships to recognize the hard work, dedication and academic achievements of First Nations post-secondary students who demonstrate excellence in a variety of categories. The scholarships are divided into eight categories that represent eight First Nations heroes and academic disciplines, each with a value of $2,000. The scholarships are made possible through the sponsorship of the RBC Foundation.

The Heroes of Our Time scholarships provide an excellent opportunity for the AFN to acknowledge and celebrate the success of First Nations students in achieving their educational goals. It gives us great satisfaction to know that we are helping those who hold the future of First Nations in their hands.

The deadline for submitting applications to the Heroes of Our Time scholarship will be March 1, 2015. Applications must include a completed application form, 1,500 word essay, official transcript, two (2) reference letters, and proof of First Nations ancestry.

The essay should outline why you should receive the Heroes of Our Time scholarship. Be sure to include reasons why you chose your field of study, various accomplishments, future career plans, interests, volunteer and community work with any First Nations community or organization.

It is strongly encouraged that the letters of reference are included in your application package to ensure they arrive on time. Please include names and contact information for your two references as well.

Applicants are only eligible for one category. Applications with more than one category selected will be considered ineligible.

Only official transcripts will be accepted. No photocopies or faxed copies. All application packages can be sent to:

HOOT Scholarship Awards Selection Committee
Assembly of First Nations
55 Metcalfe St., Suite 1600
Ottawa, ON K1P 6L5

OR they can be faxed to (613) 241-5808. Official transcripts must still be mailed.

 

 

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Mno-Bimaadiziwin – March 17, 2014

on March 18, 2014

Nipissing Nation and the Assembly of First Nations proudly present

MNO-BIMAADIZIWIN (“A Good Life”)

View the webcast of the panel discussion held March 17, 2014 at Nipissing Nation with First Nation educators taking stock, presenting promising approaches and offering insights on advancing education in First Nation communities.

Featuring Dr. Lorna Wanosts’a7 Williams, Verna J. Kirkness and Tory Fisher.

View the archived webcast here:
http://flash.nipissingu.ca/videos/Bimaadiziwin.html

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Virtual Summits and PSE Information

on March 18, 2014

Virtual Summit PSE-Report 2012

Virtual Summit PSE-Report 2011

AFN Virtual Summit on Indigenous Institutes of Higher Learning


Taking Action for First Nations Post-Secondary Education: Access, Opportunity and Outcomes

Parliamentary Standing Committee Report – No Higher Priority: Aboriginal Post-Secondary Education in Canada

Katenies-Chignecto Review of the Indian Studies Support

*PSE Factsheet

ACCC 2010 Environment Scan of Colleges serving Aboriginal Learners and Communities

ACCC 2010 inventory of Aboriginal programs chart

ACCC 2010 inventory of Aboriginal student services

ACCC inventory of college programs offered with Indigenous institutes

AUCC – Answering the call 2010

AUCC – Aboriginal directory 2010

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Chiefs Committee on Education

on September 23, 2013

Chair
Regional Chief
Morley Googoo
P.O. Box 219
Waycobah, Nova Scotia
B0E 3M0
902.756.2213
902.565.2422 c
902.809.6092 c
902.756.3392
E-mail: mgoogoo@afn.ca
EA: Cheryl Simon
Cherylannsimon@gmail.com
NWT
Regional Chief
Bill Erasmus
Dene Nation
5125-50th Street, 1st Floor
P.O. Box 2338 Yellowknife, NT X1A 2P2
867-873-4081
867-920-2254
Email: berasmus@afn.ca

EA: Sonny ‘Barrett’ Lenoir
Email: blenoir@denenation.com

NWT
Education Rep.
Alternate
Berna Landry
Dene Nation
5125-50th Street, 1st Floor
P.O. Box 2338 Yellowknife, NT X1A 2P2
867-873-4081
613-859-5063 c
867-920-2254
berasmus@afn.ca
EA: Sonny ‘Barrett’ Lenoir
blenoir@denenation.com
AA: Alice Lisk
alisk@denenation.com

YK
Regional Chief
Mike Smith
2166 – 2nd Avenue
Whitehorse, YK Y1A 4P1
867-393-9207
867-333-9209 c
867-668-6577
E-mail: afnregionalchief@cyfn.net

YK
Alternate
TBD

BC
TRIBAL CHIEF
Tyrone McNeil
Stó:lo Tribal Council
PO Box 440, 27773 Chowat Road
Agassiz, BC V0M 1A0
604 796 0627
ext 235
604-798-1509 c
604-796-0643
E1: tye@stolotribalcouncil.com
E2: tyrone@fnesc.ca

AB
Chief
Rose Laboucan (T8)
Driftpile First Nation
PO Box 148
Brownvale, AB T0H 0L0
780-355-3868
780-355-3650
Email: dfnchief@telus.net

AB
Chief
Gayle Strikes With a Gun (T7)
Piikani First Nation
PO Box 70
Brocket, AB T0K 0H0
403-281-9779
403-965-2030
Email: gswag@piikanination.com

AB 
Chief
Cameron Alexis (T6)
Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation
PO Box 7
Glenevis, AB   T0E 0X0
780-967-2225
780-967-5484
Email: cam.alexis@alexisnakotasioux.com or calexis@treatysix.org

SK
Interim Executive Director
Mary Callele
306-667-2685
mary.callele@fsin.com
Alt. Gerry Hurton
gerry.hurton@fsin.com
306-667-2682
FSIN
Suite 100-103A Packham Ave.Saskatoon, SK S7N 4K4
AA: Rhonda Bluehorn
Rhonda.Bluehorn@fsin.com

MB
Chief
(Alternate)
Michael Yellowback
Manto Sipi First Nation
General Delivery
God’s River, MB R0B 0N0
204-366-2011
204-366-2282
TBC

MB
Education Rep.
(Alternate)
Katherine Whitecloud
Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs
Suite 200-275 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3B 2B3
204-987-4115
204-768-3036
MB Chiefs EA: Melanie Everette meverette@manitobachiefs.com
kpaul@hotmail.com
gmclean@hotmail.com
** info to be faxed as well
kwhitecloud@manitobachiefs.com

ON
Grand Chief
Gord Peters
Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians
387 Princess Avenue
London, Ontario
N6B 2A7
519-434-2761
519-675-1053
gpeters@aiai.on.ca

ON 
Deputy Grand Chief
(Alternate)
Goyce Kakegamic
Nishnawbe Aski Nation
100 Back Street
Unit 200
Thunder Bay, ON
P7J 1L2
807.625.4942
807.623.8228
807-623-7730
dgckakegamic@nan.on.ca

QC
Chief
Gilbert Whiteduck
P.O. Box 309
1 Paganakomin Mikan
Maniwaki, QC J9E 3C9
819 449-5170
819 449-5673
E1: gwhiteduck@hotmail.com
Darlene Twenish ext.2229

NB/PEI
Chief
George Ginnish
Eel Ground First Nation
40 Mic Mac Road
Eel Ground, NB E1V 4E6
506 627 4600 ext. 9
506 627 4602
chiefgeorge@bell.blackberry.net
EA: Kim Muzerall
eelgroundfirstnation@nb.aibn.com

NS/NF
CHIEF
Leroy Denny
Eskasoni First Nation,
RR#2, East Bay
Eskasoni, NS B0A 1H0
902-379-2800
902-751-0383 EA
902-379-2172
leroy@ecry.ca
EA: Alaina Jebdore

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