Projects – Upcoming Events
Curriculum Writers’ Gatherings move into Phase 2
On May 22, 2021 nine Indigenous curriculum doers convened to share their ideas, thoughts and challenges as curriculum writers responsible to community collective knowledges while working in systems that are framed in provincial education constructs including the Ontario curriculum. This was the third of three gatherings planned as phase 1 work in community culture-based curriculum development. The FNWSC will host the next session on June 26, 2021.
Elder Voices in Culture-based Curriculum
Beginning Monday, March 15, FNWSC hosted four open invite Zoom online forums to hear from Elders about learning in the culture. The knowledge shared has lent incredible insight into culture-based approaches to learning that will inform the curriculum planning work of the FNWSC. In phase 2 of the curriculum writers gathering project, writers/doers will draw on the stories shared to map out an framework for curriculum thinking based in Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee intellectual traditions, current perspectives, and issues.
Look for a new round of Elder invites as the FNWSC works with a facilitator to change the engagement strategy to allow for more Elders to participate.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Leslee White-Eye, Structural Readiness Coordinator, First Nations with Schools Collective, P: 519-902-4145 e: firstname.lastname@example.org www.fnwsceducation.com @FNWSCeducation
First Nation Education Funding Policy and Addressing Achievement Gaps
Listen to a podcast released May 19 with Gabriel Sekaly and Leslee White-Eye, FNWSC
The work of the First Nations with Schools Collective has informed the new StrategyCorp Institute’s paper on improving First Nations education entitled, A Critical Perspective on the Canadian Education Gap: Assessing First Nation Student Education Outcomes in Canada, by Gabriel Sekaly and Reema Bazzi released May 19, 2021 at https://strategycorp.com/…/assessing-first-nation…/
Gabriel is a consultant working on the FN Education Funding Formula for the FNWSC since 2017. He and I offer our take on FN Education Funding policy-making in Canada on the podcast called Unintended Consequences now available today May 19. You can listen to the conversation here http://podcast.strategycorp.com/episode-30-leslee-white…
Curriculum Framing Project Launched March 9 with Jim Dumont
The FNWSC will explore Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe culture-based curriculum thinking with Elders and curriculum writers in the form of online Elder forums and writers’ gatherings. Jim Dumont, Elder and Eastern Doorway Chief of the Three Fires Midewiwin Society launched the project with a talk on March 9. This follows a year of exploration in culture-centred metrics that continues as First Nation education leaders grapple with little to no data infrastructure with which to manage data.
FNWSC in the News
The FNWSC weighs in on the federal government’s December announcement of Bill C-15 in 1st reading. See Op Ed in The Star, December 15, 2020 by FNWSC Structural Readiness Coordinator Leslee White-Eye entitled ‘Let’s UNDRIP this, shall we?’ Achieving Human Rights for Indigenous People Now.
- Community Movements are Key to Education Self-Determination
- All means all: Reforming the funding formula is critical to success of First Nation learners
- Sharing school stories creates ‘sense of pride’
- A case for action: What’s needed now to improve education outcomes for First Nations students
- How to close the achievement gap
“We are in the same boat, this is helpful though, I mean it’s nice to have staff learn these techniques and the presentations are definitely useful, so thank you, it will help us kind of craft material that will have to go for approvals to those in charge of releases for our First Nation.” – Clint Jacobs, Walpole Island First Nation, responding during the FNWSC Media Relations Toolkit Training Session held on Nov.26 #Indigenouseducation #education #FirstNationsTweet