To Learn: Sharing, Wisdom, Strength and Unity is a pilot project to be launched in early March 2012. Committed to working with the Assembly of First Nations Education section, and through the Canadian Teachers' Federation's Imagineaction program, we are attempting to bridge the distance between classrooms and offer a common virtual platform to share stories.
The impetus for this project is to give voice and leadership to a segment of our Canadian student population that has traditionally been marginalized, silent and invisible. Students from First Nations Schools will determine which aspect of their culture they wish to inform and share with others – historical, heritage, environmental, physical, emotional, political, and spiritual. The students’ idea for a story project will be linked to one, or more, of the six Imagineaction themes – Relationships, Citizenship, Health & Wellness, Leadership, Environmental Sustainability, Elimination of Poverty. Once the cultural determinant(s) and the Imagineaction theme(s) have been identified, students can embark on their storytelling project framework. Students will need to decide:
• “How does our project relate to our local community?”
• “What do we want our project to look like?”
• “What do we require to make this story-telling project happen?”
Once the project framework is determined by First Nations students, those classrooms will be twinned with public classrooms. The public classrooms will undertake a similar project, attempting to meet the same cultural determinant(s) and Imagineaction theme(s) as presented by the First Nations students, and the sharing experience begins.
This pilot project offers the opportunity to enrich awareness and knowledge of First Nations’ culture to all students in Canada. It provides a link to bridge cultural distances and to increase understanding and motivate action. The pilot project offers the possibility of focusing on our respective communities and learning from one another; it’s about celebrating commonalities and respecting differences. Most importantly, this pilot project offers an opportunity for reflection, critical thinking, leadership, action, creativity, and empowerment of the individual student.
Visit our website: www.imagine-action.ca