The First Nations, Métis and Inuit competencies in the professional practice standards for teachers, school leaders, jurisdiction leaders, and superintendents are integral to Alberta Education’s efforts to fulfill the government’s commitment to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Calls to Action and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).
These standards set out clear expectations for what teachers, school leaders, jurisdiction leaders and superintendents need to know about the histories, experiences, cultures, contributions, and perspectives of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit people.
This foundational knowledge about First Nations, Métis and Inuit is critical for teachers, school leaders and education stakeholders to understand and apply new ways of knowing necessary to advance reconciliation and shift thinking and attitudes. It will also help to ensure the education system continues to build capacity to include First Nations, Métis and Inuit perspectives in the classroom and curriculum.
Through the Joint Commitment to Action Alberta Education, the Alberta Teachers’ Association, the Alberta Association of Deans of Education, the Alberta School Boards Association, the Alberta Regional Professional Development Consortia, the College of Alberta School Superintendents, and the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation are collaborating to ensure that the professional learning needs of all education professionals related to First Nations, Métis and Inuit education are addressed. These organizations have developed numerous supports for professionals and are a source of understanding this competency.
Walking Together: First Nations, Métis and Inuit Perspectives in Curriculum- This cross-curricular resource provides historically accurate and culturally authentic information about Alberta’s First Nations, Métis, and Inuit for teachers to use as they bring First Nations, Métis, and Inuit perspectives and Indigenous pedagogical approaches into teaching and learning.
Guiding Voices: A Curriculum Tool for Infusion of First Nations, Métis and Inuit Perspectives - Guiding Voices was created to guide the development and evaluation of provincially and locally developed curriculum (programs of study, assessments, as well as learning and teaching resources), and is intended to assist those involved in development to include accurate and relevant First Nations, Métis, and Inuit perspectives and content across curriculum.
Our Words, Our Ways: Teaching First Nations, Métis and Inuit Learners - This resource offers information and sample strategies that classroom teachers can use to help their Indigenous students be more successful learners, and provides information on Aboriginal cultures and perspectives. Our Words, Our Ways discusses the importance of family and community involvement; includes shared wisdom from Elders and Aboriginal scholars and related stories shared by teachers of Aboriginal students; and provides information on learning disabilities and recognizing the gifts of individual students.
Facilitator Guide for the Impact of Residential Schools Workshop - This workshop facilitator guide provides content and processes to support the Impacts of Residential Schools Workshop. The guide contains a variety of learning opportunities and is intended to be adapted based on participant and community needs.
First Nation Métis and Inuit Collaborative Framework: Building Relationships - The FNMI Collaborative Framework serves as a guide to strengthen collaborative processes between school authorities, parents, communities and other stakeholders as they work together to improve the educational outcomes of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students.
Aboriginal Collection: A Thematic Listing of Resources with Aboriginal Content - This resource consists of bibliographic information and annotations for a selection of children’s books and other resources containing Aboriginal content. Resource listings are correlated with the Alberta Social Studies Program of Studies and are sorted by grade level. The listings include reviewer ratings and recommendations.
Teaching and Learning Through Culture: Incorporating Aboriginal Perspectives into the Elementary Curriculum - This document provides teachers with background information and describes effective practices to support Aboriginal perspectives within the Alberta Social Studies Program of Studies.