The Eel Ground First Nation community in New Brunswick does not only provide technology incorporated learning opportunities to their students, they empower them to take charge of their own learning and learn with technology by manipulating various technology tools themselves. It is because of the focus on life-long learning with technology that warranted them one of Canada’s most technically advanced schools by the SchoolNet organization.
Here is a link tho the Eel Ground First Nation school: http://www.eelgroundschool.ca/
Here is a link to a government announcement on the award: http://www.ainc-inac.gc.ca/ai/scr/at/nwrm/gn/efn-eng.asp
This website hosts a great deal of factual information on the Mi’kmaq of Atlantic Canada. Main sections offer information on history and culture with historical timelines, language explanations, explanations of daily life, oral traditions, etc. In addition, a section is included on issues, whereby people are welcomed to submit essays on topics relevant to the Mi’kmaq people and culture.
This website can be used in conjunction with the resources available at the Glooscap Heritage Centre in Truro, Nova Scotia. Named after a figure often found in many Mi’kmaq legends, both encompasses a great deal of Mi’kmaq cultural information, history, and knowledge. Although only in it’s infancy, the website hosts online training, media, and educational resources.
This resources contains over 700 images and illustrations from the Mi’kmaq community. I was first torn to include it in my weblog as a resource because the initiative was not created and controlled by the Aboriginal community. I do however find a lot of the images to be powerful and interesting therefore I decided to include them within the module. The archival information I believe, presents a visual element in a culture that is rooted greatly in oral tradition. The visual component and resources, could be used within the classroom as an activity to have students (both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal) create narrative to encompass each of the diagrams. I it useful that the dates were included therefore students would be able to create the narrative based on the approximate historical background. Furthermore, some of the illustrations could be used to initiate classroom discussion on colonization and the roots of Western stereotypical attitudes.
This forum serves as a place to resolve common concerns between the Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq community and governments both at the provincial and federal level. Created in 1997, the main purpose of the union is to create a common vision and set of goals that will support the various communities in being “vibrant Mi’kmaw communities through partnership, commitment and respect”.
What makes this website and the included documents and resources valuable is the constant focus on the need for all agencies (both indigenous and non-indigenous) to work together, collaborate, and respect others at all times. Below is an image taken from the website that describes how all of the various committees within the forum are connected. In connection to module’s 3 focus on aboriginal youth, notice the role/focus of youth within the diagram. The main goal associated with youth are to ensure their success by scaffolding them during their path of life-long learning. In doing so, the forum hopes to involve youth in community decision making and governance as well as to encourage active healthy living.
Image taken from the Mi'kmaq-Nova Scotia-Canada Tripartite Forum 2006 Strategic Direction Document
Tripartite Forum : A partnership of: Mi’kmaq + Nova Scotia + Canada. Tripartite Forum : A partnership of: Mi’kmaq + Nova Scotia + Canada. Retrieved July 7, 2011, from http://www.tripartiteforum.com/
This book serves as a means of filling in the blanks often found in European centric history textbooks. The book discusses an array of subjects such as religious studies, law, intellectual history, oral history, and the varying perspectives of the arrival in America by Columbus in the 15th century up to the Mi’Kmaw concordat in the 17th century. A unique perspective present in this text is the analysis of the relationship between the Mi’kmaq people and the Holy Roman Empire.
Henderson, James Youngblood. The Míkmaw concordat . Halifax, N.S.: Fernwood, 1997. Print.