First Nations Studies Expo

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First Nations Studies Expo

$1,000 - $10,000
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My name is Danita Lewis and I am the First Nations studies teacher. I have put together a pretty exciting, fun and hands on program that all grade 7 students will take as part of the exploration rotation during the school year. The program is successful because it not only supports the Aboriginal learner but it increases all grade 7 students’ knowledge and respect for Aboriginal histories and culture. I would invite other school districts to incorporate a class such as this one because it makes a difference in the school culture by creating an inclusive atmosphere which celebrates Aboriginal cultural diversity.

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Southgate Middle School

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What categories best describe who your group or organization serves (check all that apply)

First Nations, Métis and Inuit people.

What best describes your group or organization

Elementary or Secondary school.

How long have you, your group, or your organization been operating?

Less than a year

Define your idea / project in 1-2 short sentences

The students learn about Aboriginal cultural diversity by exposing the grade 7 students to many Aboriginal traditions and activities.

Select the stage that best applies to your solution

Growth (the project is up and running and is starting to move forward)

Social Impact
Please tell us about the social impact of your idea or proect

The impact of the project is transforming students who know very little about Aboriginals to students who have an appreciation and new respect which honours Aboriginal culture and traditions.

Your Future Goal(s): Tell us what you hope to achieve with your idea or project in the next year

My goal is to have this program available to Grade 8's and to have other school districts start programs similar to this one.

In 5 years, what will be different as a result of your idea/project?

In 5 Years the difference made is an increased awareness of Aboriginal people and their culture which supports the Aboriginal learning style through 21st century learning. There is an increased awareness and knowledge which honours and respects Aboriginal history and culture. There will be an increased participation in Aboriginal families and communities in education by supporting the Aboriginal learners and their families.

Tell us about the people/ partnerships that are already involved and why they are important to your idea or project.

The partnerships created are through Aboriginal Education and Southgate Middle School sharing the funding costs to run an expo. These partnerships are important because they rely on each other for the program to be successful.

If there are other people/partners that you will reach out to tell us who they are and why they will be important to your idea or project.

The other people I have reached out to are the teachers who are teaching similar programs, through these professional networks we share ideas, resources and lesson plans. The local Friendship Centers and Metis Associations have also been invited to participate in the program.

Describe the kinds of support you receive (other than money) or will need to support your idea or project (e.g.: donated, space, equipment and volunteers)

In the future in order to maintain the project, computers are a priority to connect with other teachers and for student research. Paying honorariums to elders and guest speakers also adds up in a hurry. Purchasing a camera to document the expos is a fun way to remember where the students started from and how far they have come in their learning and appreciation for Aboriginal culture. The following items are purchased for the class: ingredients for foods: salmon and bannock, craft supplies for projects (mask making) supplies to make dream catchers, supplies to make button blanket picture frames, supplies for cedar weaving and transportation costs for the field trips. I would love to have books on hand, a class camera and a computer available.

Do you currently have funding for your idea or project?

Yes (answer the next two questions)