One aspect that has come up in the discussions is the point that many people would like to improve our practice but are at a loss when it comes to finding resources or information to help us expand our ideas.
This website is designed specifically for educators looking to expand their knowledge about First Nations, Inuit, and Metis worldviews. Their mission is to help teachers infuse these worldviews into teaching. This is a beautifully designed website, and absolutely packed with information.
One of the main themes for all of the different curriculums has been the importance of culture and history, and using stories to teach and help students connect with information and develop their skills. I was interested to see if there were resources for incorporating some of the oral history that has been documented.
This site has videos of different stories, plus teaching resources and information about including First Nations pedagogy into a classroom. http://firstnationspedagogy.ca/
The other aspect I was interested for my final project was Health initiatives. So I have also looked into organizations that provide information about health and wellness.
This organization provides a holistic approach and is focused primarily on healing physical and mental issues from residential schools. They fund a lot of different projects as well as publish documents relating to these concerns. http://www.ahf.ca/links
This organization works to make public health care more inclusive for all indigenous people. They mix together traditional knowledge with scientific processes such as case studies to help improve public health care. http://www.nccah-ccnsa.ca/318/How_We_Work.nccah
This website is a First-Nation directed environmental organization that works to provide solutions to environmental problems. It is a very extensive website, it includes sections on water, food, biodiversity, as well as youth and a section explaining why Indigenous knowledge is important. http://www.yourcier.org
This website is an organization that brings together other groups and individuals who are interested in environmental issues. They use traditional values to address environmental issues. http://www.fnen.org/
I really enjoyed the videos that we watched in this module. I love the idea of youth being able to explore their culture and create something that can be shown to a wide audience. I wanted to see what organizations were out there to support these types of endeavours.
I’ve just featured two of the organizations below, otherwise I would just be reproducing the page.
Going M.I.L.E.S. (motivate, inspire, lead, empower, succeed) promotes positive artistic environments for Aboriginal youth. They have a mentorship program with Aboriginal artists and they promote a variety of the arts, including traditional Aboriginal arts. http://www.goingmiles.org/
This organization travels around Quebec with their film making equipment to engage youth and help develop media skills as well as positive life skills. Their mission is to help combat isolation and suicide while helping to develop artistic and technical skills while using the creations to help bring awareness to Aboriginal issues. http://www.wapikoni.ca/home
There is also a good website for First Nations youth from Quebec and Labrador. Most of the general information is in English but some of the event posting information is in French (for example the June 12 event on Decolonizing Street Art). http://www.fnyouthnetwork.com/