Sharing histories, cultures and world viewsTop of page

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 the Walking Together: Education for Reconciliation Professional Learning Project.

Design and development Top of page

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 communityTop of page

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 2017, newly developed workshops will be offered to school jurisdiction representatives to facilitate knowledge sharing throughout the province.

Workshops and ResourcesTop of page

Workshops

2017 Teachers' Convention Walking Together
Workshop schedule

First Nations, Métis and Inuit Workshops and Resources Brochure
Applying Foundational Knowledge About First Nations, Métis and Inuit Through Workshops And Resources 

Blanket Exercise

The Blanket Exercise is a participatory workshop in which educators will experience over 500 years of history by taking on the roles of Indigenous peoples in Canada. Standing on blankets that represent the land, they will walk through time and explore the impacts of colonization, treaty-making, and modern legislation.  The Blanket Exercise is concluded by a facilitated debriefing in which participants have the opportunity to discuss the experience as a group. By engaging participants on an emotional and intellectual level, this workshop is a powerful tool for increasing empathy and understanding.

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

Treaty 6 KAIROS ATA Adaptation Blanket Exercise
(PD-WS-8a 2016 10) - Download a Copy 

 

Treaty 7 KAIROS ATA Adaptation Blanket Exercise
(PD-WS-8b 2016 10) - Download a Copy 
Treaty 8 and Métis KAIROS ATA Adaptation Blanket Exercise
(PD-WS-8c 2016 10) - Download a Copy 

Booking a Professional Development Workshop

The History and Legacy of Residential Schools

The History and Legacy of Residential Schools Facilitator Guide
(PD-WT-11a 2017 04) - 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 aboriginal writers, this guide is intended to make teachers more aware of the history, culture, worldviews and present-day concerns of Alberta’s First Nations, Métis and Inuit people.
(PD-80-7 2016 12, 80pp) - 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 04, 123pp) - Download a Copy 

 

Stepping Stones Series

Stepping Stones is a publication of the Alberta Teachers’ Association
Walking Together Project 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 2017 07, 4pp) - Download a Copy 
Remarque sur la Terminologie (Terminology Reference)
(PD-WT-16aF 2017 07, 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.
An Introduction to the Inuit
(PD-WT-16c 2017 07, 4pp) - Download a Copy 
This Stepping Stone looks at who are the Inuit, and how their unique history and culture shape contemporary Inuit society.
First Nations Treaties in Alberta: Treaty 6
(PD-WT-16d 2017 04, 4pp) - Download a Copy 
Traités avec les Premières nations en Alberta : Le Traité N° 6 (Treaty 6)
(PD-WT-16dF 2017 07, 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.
Timeline of Alberta's Indigenous History
(PD-WT-16e 2017 08, 12pp) - Download a Copy 
This Stepping Stone summarizes Alberta’s Indigenous history to support the Alberta Teachers’ Association / KAIROS Blanket Exercise.
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.

 

 

We Are All Treaty People Map 

Nous sommes tous visés par un traité 

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. Méits settlements are included and indicated within their designated Métis Nation of Alberta.





Contact us Top of page

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

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Brochure for Walking Together: Education for Reconciliation Professional Learning Project

 


From top left to bottom right: Crystal Clark (Treaty 6), Terry Lynn Cook (Métis and Treaty 8), Cheryl Devin (Métis), Hali Heavy Shield (Treaty 7), Shannon Loutit  and Julia McDougall (Treaty 8).