We need to support and enhance First Nations, Métis and Inuit student intellectual, emotional, physical and spiritual success. As our First Nations, Métis and Inuit students are diverse, there is no one plan to fit all student and community needs.
The goal is to:
School authorities and First Nations and Métis communities need to come together to develop plans and initiatives to improve education outcomes for First Nations and Métis students. This model is a tool to support school authorities to begin or continue this collaborative process.
This model is to help school authorities:
Collaborative partnerships need to be developed to create culturally responsive educational practices. This collaboration needs to include:
Successful Practices in First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education offers information about First Nations, Métis and Inuit cultures and perspectives to support greater understanding and relationship-building. This resource also serves as a tool for school authorities as they consider incorporating the themes of collaborative partnerships, adaptive organizational practices, cultural responsive educational practices, capacity building and school communities into their three year education planning.
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The Government of Alberta is committed to improving education outcomes by creating and enhancing opportunities for Indigenous students. The Promising Practices in Supporting Success for Indigenous Students report provides a set of evidence-based practices that contribute to successful outcomes for Indigenous students. The study represents a partnership between the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Canadian provinces and territories, and New Zealand and Australia, in an effort to develop a stronger understanding of promising practices for improving Indigenous student outcomes.
Initiatives across the province are enhancing success in the areas of student and parent engagement, relationship-building, governance, language and culture. These are a few examples of programs and initiatives underway in the province:
St. Thomas More High School – Edmonton Catholic School Division
High school graduation coach – coaching grade 9 students to ease transitions to high school.
St. Andrew’s School – Holy Family Catholic Regional Division No. 37
Teachers are taking ownership of school plans, adding First Nations, Métis and Inuit perspectives.
École Springfield Elementary School – Peace River School Division No. 10
Tracking the progress of First Nations, Métis and Inuit students, and using data to inform teaching practice.
Ben Calf Robe School – Edmonton Catholic School Division
An Elder’s Circle and a strong Parent Council work with teachers to create a strong sense of belonging and community.
Bassano School – Grasslands Public Schools
All students who attend the school experience a warm, welcoming, respectful and safe environment. For First Nations, Métis and Inuit students, a designated cultural room offers access to services to support student success