Indigenous Education and Walking Together


 

Sharing histories, cultures and world views

In June 2016, Alberta Education, the Alberta Teachers’ Association, the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation and four other education stakeholder organizations in Alberta signed the Joint Commitment to Action to ensure that all students learn about the histories, cultures and world views of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples. The Alberta Teachers’ Association has begun to fulfill its commitment by establishing Walking Together: Education for Reconciliation.

Design and development

Walking Together is being led by six First Nations, Métis and Inuit education consultants from across Alberta, all of whom are experienced classroom teachers with strong knowledge and expertise in Indigenous education. The consultants will lead the way toward ensuring that teachers are ready to meet the foundational knowledge of First Nations, Métis and Inuit as outlined in Alberta Education’s new draft Teaching Quality Standards.

Engagement with community

Walking Together will engage local Indigenous communities by establishing regional advisory committees that include representation from Elders and local knowledge keepers. This process will ensure that the professional development programs and resources developed include regionally specific content for teachers. In Spring 2018, newly developed workshops will be offered to school jurisdiction representatives to facilitate knowledge sharing throughout the province.

Brochure for Walking Together: Education for Reconciliation


Professional Practice Standards

An overview of the professional practice standards for teachers, principals/central leaders and superintendents are available on Alberta Education's website.


Professional Development Opportunities and Resources—External and Internal

Monthly updates of additional recommended internal and external professional development opportunities and resources are available here.  Please check back often!

Workshops and Resources

Check back here soon—NEW resources and workshops will be coming Spring 2018!

Workshops

Booking a Professional Development Workshop

The History and Legacy of Residential Schools

The History and Legacy of Residential Schools Facilitator Guide
(PD-WT-11a 2018 05) - Download a Copy 

 

 

The History and Legacy of Residential Schools Participant Guide - Download a Copy 
The History and Legacy of Residential Schools Powerpoint
- Download a Copy 

Residential schools were agents of assimilation and cultural genocide for First Nations, Métis and Inuit children across Canada.

Today, Alberta schools are working towards reconciliation by cultivating positive and respectful relationships among both Indigenous and Non-Indigenous students.

This workshop will examine the history, impacts, and legacy of residential schools including the effects of intergenerational trauma. Tools, resources and strategies that contribute to the development of mutually respectful relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians will be explored. Participants will leave honouring the TRC’s Calls to Action and make a professional and personal commitment to action.

Length: Half-day session.
Language of Instruction: English

Booking a Professional Development Workshop

Additional ATA Workshops

Resources

Education is Our Buffalo

Written by a team of Indigenous writers, this guide is intended to increase awareness of Indigenous history, cultures, languages, worldviews, and contemporary realities.
(PD-80-7 2016 12, 80pp) - Download a Copy          

 

  Ce guide, produit par une équipe de rédacteurs autochtones, vise à mieux faire connaitre l’histoire, les cultures, les langues, les visions du monde et les réalités contemporaines des peuples autochtones.
(PD-80-7F 2018 01, 81 pp) – Download a Copy  

 

Professional Learning Pebbles

Professional Learning Pebbles is a collection of 24 short activities created by the Alberta Teachers’ Association Walking Together Project to support certificated teachers on their learning journey to meet the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Foundational Knowledge competency in the Teaching Quality Standard.

(PD-WT-19 2017 09, 123pp) - Download a Copy 

 

 Bibliography

This is a collection of First Nations, Métis and Inuit resources available through library@ata.ab.ca.  These resources support the development and application of foundational knowledge about First Nations, Métis and Inuit.

Download a Copy 

 

Stepping Stones Series

Stepping Stones is a publication of the Alberta Teachers’ Association
Walking Together: Education for Reconciliation and is intended to support certificated teachers on their learning journey to meet the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Foundational Knowledge competency in the Teaching Quality Standard.

Please check back regularly as new additions to the series will be posted soon.

Terminology Reference
(PD-WT-16a 2018 03, 4pp) - Download a Copy 
There are many terms used to describe First Nations, Métis and Inuit in Canada. This Stepping Stone discusses the appropriate terms to use when referring to and discussing Canada’s Indigenous peoples.

Remarque sur la Terminologie (Terminology Reference)
(PD-WT-16aF 2018 04, 4pp) - Download a Copy 
Plusieurs différents termes sont employés pour décrire la réalité des Premières nations, des Métis et des Inuits au Canada. Ce document de la série Pierres d’assise aborde les termes appropriés pour désigner et discuter des peuples autochtones du Canada.
  Alberta Métis Settlements and Agreements
(PD-WT-16b 2018 03, 4pp) - Download a Copy 
The Métis are the largest group of self-identified Aboriginals in Canada and Alberta; therefore, it is likely the vast majority of schools in Alberta have students who self-identify as Métis. Reconciliation is about understanding the past and working together to build a new future. Who are the Métis and how did there come to be Métis settlements in Alberta? Having a knowledge of Alberta Métis history and current issues will support teachers as they work with these students and their families.

Établissements Métis et accords concernant les Métis de l’Alberta
(PD-WT-16bF 2018 04, 4pp) - Download a Copy 
Les Métis constituent le plus important groupe d’individus s’identifiant comme Autochtones au Canada et en Alberta; il est donc probable que la majorité des écoles de l’Alberta comptent des élèves qui s’identifient comme Métis. Pour qu’il y ait réconciliation, nous devons comprendre le passé et collaborer afin de bâtir un avenir nouveau. Qui sont les Métis et comment les établissements Métis de l’Alberta ont-ils vu le jour? Une connaissance de l’histoire et de la situation actuelle des Métis de l’Alberta soutiendra les efforts des enseignants qui travaillent avec ces élèves et leurs familles.
An Introduction to the Inuit
(PD-WT-16c 2018 03, 4pp) - Download a Copy 
This Stepping Stone looks at who are the Inuit, and how their unique history and culture shape contemporary Inuit society.

Les Inuits : Une introduction
(PD-WT-16cF, 2018 04, 4pp) - Download a Copy 
Ce document de la série Pierres d’assise traite du peuple inuit et de la façon dont son histoire et sa culture uniques façonnent la société inuite contemporaine.
           
Timeline of Albertas Indigenous History
(PD-WT-16e 2018 03, 12pp) - Download a Copy 
This Stepping Stone summarizes Alberta’s Indigenous history to support the Alberta Teachers’ Association / KAIROS Blanket Exercise.

Chronologie de l’histoire des autochtones en Alberta
(PD-WT-16eF 2018 04, 12pp) - Download a Copy 
Ce document de la série Pierres d’assise résume l’histoire des Autochtones en Alberta et sera utile dans le cadre de l’exercice des couvertures proposé par l’Alberta Teachers’ Association et KAIROS.
Elder Protocol
(PD-WT-16g 2017 07, 4pp) - Download a Copy 
Inviting an elder to participate in meetings or events is an opportunity to share Aboriginal knowledge, cultural beliefs and traditional practices with the education community. This Stepping Stone outlines their respected roles and what protocols to follow when reaching out to them.

Protocole relatif aux ainés
(PD-WT-16gF 2018 04, 4pp)Download a Copy 
Inviter un ainé à participer aux réunions ou évènements facilite le partage du savoir, des croyances culturelles et des pratiques traditionnelles autochtones avec les intervenants du domaine de l’éducation. Ce document de la série Pierres d’assise fournit un aperçu du respect qu’inspirent les ainés par les rôles qu’ils occupent, ainsi que des protocoles à suivre lorsqu’on prend contact avec eux.
  Numbered Treaties Within Alberta: Treaty 6
(PD-WT-16d 2018 03, 4pp) - Download a Copy 
This Stepping Stone reviews the history of Treaty 6, and the 17 First Nations in the central west portions of Alberta and Saskatchewan in which Treaty 6 encompasses.

Traités Numérotéen Alberta : Le Traité N° 6 (Treaty 6)
(PD-WT-16dF 2018 04, 4pp) - Download a Copy  
Ce document de la série Pierres d’assise examine l’histoire du Traité no 6 et les 17 Premières nations du centre-ouest de l’Alberta et de la Saskatchewan établies dans la région visée par ce traité. 
  Numbered Treaties Within Alberta: Treaty 7
(PD-WT-16f 2018 04, 4pp) - Download a Copy 

Traités Numérotéen Alberta : Le Traité N° 7 (Treaty 7)
(PD-WT-16fF 2018 04, 4pp) - Download a Copy  
  Numbered Treaties Within Alberta: Treaty 8
(PD-WT-16h 2018 03, 4pp) - Download a Copy

Traités Numérotéen Alberta : Le Traité N° 8
(PD-WT-16hF 2018 04, 4pp) - Download a Copy  

Acknowledging Land and People Map 

This map shows the approximate area and locations of treaty land and the encompassing First Nation language groupings of Cree, Dene, Saulteaux, Stoney, Nakoda, Sioux and Blackfoot tribes and nations. Métis settlements are included and indicated within their designated Métis Nation of Alberta.

Reconnaissance des Territoires et des Peuples

Carte indiquant la superficie et l’emplacement approximatifs des régions visées par un traité, ainsi que les grands groupes linguistiques (cri, déné, saulteaux, stoney, nakota, sioux et pied-noir) associés aux différentes tribus et Premières nations. La carte indique également l’emplacement des établissements Métis à l’intérieur de leur région respective de la Métis Nation of Alberta.


Land Acknowledgements

  

Land Acknowledgements Bookmark
Download a Copy

Reconnaissance des territoires, Traités nos 6, 7 et 8
Download a Copy 

Land Acknowledgements Poster
Treaty 6 (Eng/ Fr) - Download a Copy 
Treaty 7 (Eng/ Fr) - Download a Copy 
Treaty 8 (Eng/ Fr) - Download a Copy 
 


Webinars

Cultural Appropriation (April 10, 2018)

Misconceptions and stereotypes of Indigenous peoples can be perpetuated with appropriation of cultural practices, symbols, ceremonies and items. Participants will gain awareness of the issue of cultural appropriation when making space for Indigenous cultures in their schools.

December 5, 2017

Teacher Talks: Deconstructing Draft Teacher Qualification Standard (TQS)

Recorded Event

The purpose of this webinar is to analyze and organize the draft Teaching Quality Standard to better understand and build personal meaning around the new competencies that specifically outline First Nations, Métis and Inuit education.

November 4, 2017

Recorded Event

This case study-Participants will develop an understanding of the impacts that assimilation has exacted on indigenous peoples of Canada by unpacking the experiences of one Inuit community.


Contact us

For further information on the Walking Together: Education for Reconciliation, contact WalkingTogether@ata.ab.ca

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