Indigenous education and Walking Together

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Walking Together: Education for Reconciliation began as a professional learning project supporting Alberta’s teachers and school leaders with First Nations, Métis and Inuit foundational knowledge. In response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, the program developed in 2016 aligns with the Joint Commitment to Action signed by the ATA, the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation and other education organizations in Alberta. The legacy of the ATA’s commitment continues to this day.


Our commitment to supporting the Calls to Action and the Indigenous-focused competencies and indicators, as outlined in the Leadership Quality Standard and the Teaching Quality Standard, includes resources, workshops and other professional development supports to enrich teachers’ and school leaders’ foundational knowledge.

Opportunities

Indigenous education PD facilitator

Become an Indigenous Education professional development (PD) facilitator

Indigenous Education PD facilitators provide specific expertise to members related to the Indigenous-focused competencies and indicators, including the facilitation of Indigenous Education and Walking Together workshops. The Indigenous Education PD facilitators assist in developing and maintaining relationships with First Nations, Métis and Inuit Elders and Knowledge Keepers, including following local cultural protocols and sharing Indigenous education expertise for members, locals and various subgroups.

What do Indigenous Education PD facilitators do?

  • Facilitate 7–10 workshops throughout the year 
  • Attend ATA training sessions, Professional Development Area Conferences and Summer Conference
  • Provide ongoing support for members, locals and various subgroups in assigned regions related to Indigenous education and cultural protocols
  • Support members in developing and maintaining relationships with local First Nations, Métis and Inuit Elders and Knowledge Keepers

Eligibility

You must

  • be an active or associate ATA member,
  • have five or more years of teaching experience and
  • hold an Alberta teaching certificate.

How to apply

As a courtesy, please advise your superintendent and principal before you apply.

The application process has two parts:

1. Provide a letter of interest, including the following details:

  • Areas of interest and expertise in Indigenous education
  • Experience leading professional development
  • Reasons for applying

2. Provide a resumé that outlines the following:

  • Education
  • Work experience
  • Leadership experience
  • Publications
  • Presentations
  • Volunteer experience

Send or e-mail your letter of interest and resumé to Melissa Purcell, ATA Executive Staff Officer, Indigenous Education, Alberta Teachers’ Association, 11010 142 Street NW, Edmonton AB T5N 2R1; e-mail melissa.purcell@ata.ab.ca.

In making application to become an Indigenous Education PD facilitator for the Alberta Teachers’ Association, you are voluntarily providing your personal information to the ATA. Visit the ATA website for more information.

Mentorship program for Indigenous teachers and school leaders

wîcihtotân (nehiyawewin/Cree—let’s help each other

Indigenous teachers and school leaders are invited to join wîcihtotân gatherings throughout the school year. Connect with other Indigenous teachers and school leaders across the province to share learnings, experiences and support each other.

Contact Melissa Purcell at melissa.purcell@ata.ab.ca, Walking Together at walkingtogether@ata.ab.ca or PD@ata.ab.ca.

Indigenous Education Specialist Council

The Indigenous Education Specialist Council is open to all Indigenous and non-Indigenous educators.

It acts to

  • facilitate professional development related to First Nations, Métis and Inuit education;
  • advocate for First Nations, Métis and Inuit student issues;
  • connect educators to Indigenous classroom resources specific to Alberta; and
  • build capacity with the Alberta Teachers’ Association.

The Indigenous Education Council fosters relationships with Elders and Knowledge Keepers in each community to bridge the gap between the community and local schools.

Join IESC

Important dates

Important Indigenous dates run throughout the year—learn more about these days and what they stand for.

Mark your calendars

Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada

This gym-size floor map engages students and teachers in the history of Indigenous Peoples. The map identifies the locations of Indigenous communities, residential schools and reserves, as well as the many Indigenous languages spanning Canada.
The kit includes

  • a teacher’s guide,
  • hard copies of all learning activities available for download,
  • a gym-size floor map (10.7 m x 7.9 m) and
  • a three-week loan period (free).

For more information or to book, e-mail walkingtogether@ata.ab.ca.

ATA Library

Discover numerous First Nations, Métis and Inuit resources available to borrow.

Access the web guides

Contact Us

Melissa Purcell, Executive Staff Officer, Indigenous Education

melissa.purcell@ata.ab.ca
walkingtogether@ata.ab.ca

Partners
  • Indigenous Education Council of the Alberta Teachers’ Association
  • Indigenous Advisory Council