It's Our Time

AFN Tool Kit

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Assembly of First Nations

About AFN Tool Kit

The Assembly of First Nations has developed the It's Our Time First Nations Tool Kit as the basis of a comprehensive strategy to reach out to First Nations students, teachers, schools, communities and the Canadian public at large. The resource is designed to bring together First Nations and non-First Nations people and foster a spirit of cooperation, understanding, and action.

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Featured Plain Talks

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Plain Talks

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Plain Talk 1: KAIROS Blanket Exercise

Plain Talk 1: KAIROS Blanket Exercise

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The KAIROS Blanket Exercise is an interactive, experiential teaching tool for youth and adults. The Exercise helps participants understand the historic and contemporary relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada.

Plain Talk 2: Pre-Contact

Plain Talk 2: Pre-Contact

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The First Nations peoples are the original inhabitants of Canada. Learn about First Nations prior to colonization and occupation by Europeans, a time that is generally referred to as the time of contact.

Plain Talk 3: Impacts of Contact

Plain Talk 3: Impacts of Contact

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The arrival of Europeans in North America is generally referred to as contact. Learn about contact and how it had profound influences on the lives of First Nations peoples, effects that are felt today.

Plain Talk 4: Treaties

Plain Talk 4: Treaties

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Learn about the kinds of agreements that were made between the colonial powers (mainly English and French) and First Nations, in this brief overview of the challenges, realities, and disappointments.

Plain Talk 5: The Indian Act

Plain Talk 5: The Indian Act

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Learn more about the Indian Act of 1876, a legal document and a set of laws that gave the Government complete control over the lives of First Nations peoples.

Plain Talk 6: Residential Schools

Plain Talk 6: Residential Schools

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Learn about the tragic history of Canada's residential schools, boarding schools for Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit and Métis) children and youth, financed by the federal government but staffed and run by several Christian religious institutions.

Plain Talk 7: Timelines, Maps, and Historical Documents

Plain Talk 7: Timelines, Maps, and Historical Documents

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Download this Plain Talk to see a timeline that graphically shows a sequence of events in the history of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people in Canada in order of their occurrence, as well as ten maps that show the location of First Nations across Canada.

Plain Talk 8: Cultural Competency

Plain Talk 8: Cultural Competency

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Cultural competency is a mindset or way of viewing the world. For those who commit to culturally competent practices, it represents a paradigmatic shift from viewing others as problematic to viewing how one works with people different from one’s self in a manner to ensure effective practices.

Plain Talk 9: First Nations Holistic Lifelong Learning Model

Plain Talk 9: First Nations Holistic Lifelong Learning Model

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First Nations people view learning as a continuous process throughout one’s life cycle. The First Nations Holistic Lifelong Learning Model captures this complex, inclusive and integrated process that also incorporates the many forms of intelligence.

Plain Talk 10: The First Nations Performance Indicators Checklist

Plain Talk 10: The First Nations Performance Indicators Checklist

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The First Nations Performance Indicators Checklist is a culturally relevant tool that communities can use to assess their educational strengths and weaknesses, and to develop programs to enhance educational success from a First Nations perspective.

Plain Talk 11: First Nations Control of First Nations Education

Plain Talk 11: First Nations Control of First Nations Education

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It is important that educators and the broader community understand clearly why First Nations People feel so strongly that First Nations be able to exercise their inherent right to education by developing their own policies and laws to provide linguistically and culturally-appropriate education that meets the individual and collective needs of their learners.

Plain Talk 12: First Nations Languages

Plain Talk 12: First Nations Languages

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Plain Talk 13: Role Models and Scholarships

Plain Talk 13: Role Models and Scholarships

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Pursuing post-secondary education plans for college or university may require financial assistance. Potential applicants for such help should be aware of what is available and how to go about taking advantage of programs,awards and scholarships. This Plain Talk also explores the concept of Role Models, with brief biographies of First Nations Role Models.

Plain Talk 14: Engaging the Community

Plain Talk 14: Engaging the Community

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Engaging the Community offers ideas for how communities can mobilize themselves to address important issues like supporting young people in their quest to achieve their potential.

Plain Talk 15: Student Success

Plain Talk 15: Student Success

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Learn how the First Nations Holistic Lifelong Learning Model, and a framework called the Change Paradigm, offer a road map for enhancing student success.

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Plain Talk 16: Health and Community Wellness

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Plain Talk 17

Plain Talk 17: First Nations Quality of Life

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Learn more about First Nations quality of life, the experiences and activities that are part of normal enjoyment of living.

Plain Talk 18: Ending Violence Against Women

Plain Talk 18: Ending Violence Against Women

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Current statistics about the incidence of levels of violence against First Nations Women and touches briefly on some of the chronic underlying risk factors.

Plain Talk 19: Economic Growth and Employment

Plain Talk 19: Economic Growth and Employment

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The world of work is changing at a dizzying pace. New occupations and jobs appear almost overnight. Learn how to find satisfying and productive employment and accessing jobs and occupations.

Plain Talk 20: Accountability

Plain Talk 20: Accountability

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First Nations governments across Canada are making progress in rebuilding their nations, assuming responsibility, and advancing recognition of inherent Indigenous rights. An important part of this process is confirming a genuine accountability relationship among the Government of Canada, First Nations governments, and the citizens they represent.

Plain Talk 21: Practical Guidelines for Writing Proposals

Plain Talk 21: Practical Guidelines for Writing Proposals

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Helpful tips and guidelines for preparing proposals and grant applications.

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