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First Nations, M├ętis, and Inuit Education

Vision Statement

We envision First Nations, Métis and Inuit students who are successful and confident; who have pride in their cultural heritage, unique gifts, strengths and abilities. We are committed to an educational partnership that acknowledges, honors and respects the culture of our First Nations, Métis and Inuit students, families and elders.

Guiding Principles

In the development of areas of focus for First Nations, Métis and Inuit students we acknowledge the collective responsibility that we have for the success of students. The principles below describe how we will work together to support the success of  First Nations, Métis and Inuit students. We believe these principles serve as reminders of the joint responsibilities we have with our  First Nations, Métis and Inuit families and communities, as we work towards achieving our goals.

  •  Strong relationships are the foundation on which First Nations, Métis and Inuit students will succeed; these relationships must be nurtured and sustained through on-going respect and dialogue.
  • The needs of First Nations, Métis and Inuit students must be continuously assessed and supported on an individual basis using a strength based approach.
  • First Nations, Métis and Inuit families are welcomed into a school environment that respects their culture language and inspires pride.
  • Our ongoing commitment to continued reflection and review will support a vibrant, living learning environment for present and future generations.

Northern Lights School Division - First Nations, Métis and Inuit Success Strategies

Northern Lights School Division - First Nations, Métis and Inuit Educator's Handbook  (large document-may take a few minutes to download fully)

Success for All Newsletters

Alberta Education Resources:

Professional Resources:

 - Programs of Study

 - Learning Resources 

 - Assessment Resources 

 - Aboriginal Language and Cultural Resources 

Elementary Book List 

Junior High Booklist 

Division Resources:

  • 100 Years of Loss Kit – Target audience youth aged 11 – 18; supports teaching that raises awareness about the history and legacy of Residential Schools. Please contact Dual Credit Coordinator, Mark Centazzo (Bonnyville Division Office) to borrow this resource.
  • Treaty 6 Education Kit – Saskatchewan Ministry of Education, K to 12 Resource; Students will understand that Treaty relationships are based on a deep understanding of peoples’ identity which encompasses: language s, ceremonies, worldviews, and relationships to place and land. Please contact Dual Credit Coordinator, Mark Centazzo (Bonnyville Division Office) to borrow this resource.
  • Medicine Wheel Teachings, Native Reflections Resource Kit, K to 9 Resource; The Medicine Wheel plays an important role in Aboriginal Culture, This resource contains a teacher’s guide, books, workbook, posters, bulletin board sets and much more. Please contact Kathy McKale, Principal, Cold Lake Elementary School to borrow this resource.