First Nation, Métis, Inuit (FNMI)
Aspen View Public Schools has developed a First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) Framework and Implementation Plan to guide our division in its role of supporting reconciliation with Indigenous peoples of Canada through education.
Aspen View’s FNMI Framework and Implementation Plan follows mandates established by Alberta Education, as well as the Calls to Action of Canada’s Truth & Reconciliation Commission.
Success for Every Student
Aspen View Public Schools is committed to creating inclusive learning environments where all students feel included, valued, safe and supported in their learning. Supporting and enhancing the achievement and success of First Nations, Métis and Inuit students is an overarching goal of the school division, as well as each of its schools, and is reflected in the division’s Three-Year Education Plan; a copy of which can be found at www.aspenview.org/reports.php.
Aspen View Public Schools is proud of the achievement of its First Nations, Métis and Inuit students, and outperforms the provincial FNMI cohort in five of the nine measures collected by the government; they include high school completion rate, PAT Acceptable, PAT Excellence, Rutherford Scholarship Eligibility, drop out rate.
The Aboriginal self-identification question, included on student registration forms, helps determine the number of First Nations, Métis and Inuit students enrolled with provincial school authorities. Alberta Education uses the information to track overall achievement measures for Aboriginal students. Knowing how Aboriginal students, as a whole, are doing in school helps Alberta Education and school authorities understand what programs are working; where additional programs, resources and supports are required; and what changes may be needed to improve the education system for the benefit of Aboriginal students.
For each student who self-identifies as First Nations, Métis or Inuit, Aspen View Public Schools receives an additional $1,178 per child from the Alberta Government. This means more funding for schools, which translates into more opportunities for students. Funding dollars go towards human resources, professional development and resources including:
- *New for 2019-20 Cree Language and Aboriginal Studies courses offered at Edwin Parr Composite School
- *New for 2019-20 Eagle feather and Métis sash graduation ceremonies
- FNMI Liaison Workers and Graduation Coaches
- Staff professional development to address the new Teaching Quality Standard 5
- Additional support for Land Based Learning Camp for all Grade 9 students
- Increased FNMI content in classrooms and libraries. Includes EduKits in all schools
- Elder teachings
- National First Peoples Day celebrations
- Guest drummers, dancers, storytellers and knowledge keepers
- Orange Shirt Day
- Blanket exercises
If you believe there is Aboriginal ancestry in your family, please consider declaring your child’s status. You are not required to declare proof of ancestry, and each year you have the option to verify, change, or remove the status if you choose.
Aboriginal self-identification is NOT done automatically. There is a specific section of the School Registration Update Form, which is signed by parents every year, which asks if you would like to self-identify your child. If you need assistance, please do not hesitate to ask your child’s school office staff or school administrator for assistance.
Incorporating Indigenous learning at the school level
Each administration team will determine how to incorporate Indigenous learning within their school. This may include:
- Foundational Teachings, including the Seven Sacred Teachings, Medicine Wheel Teachings, Tipi Teachings or Land-Based Learning;
- Ceremonies, including smudging, pipe ceremonies, sweat lodges, dancing, drumming or songs;
- High School Graduation; schools will assist in facilitating eagle feather and Métis sash presentations, as well as the awarding of blankets at high schools, during National Indigenous Peoples Day;
- History, including Indigenous history and European settlement; treaties, residential schools, the Indian Act, the Sixties Scoop, and Truth & Reconciliation;
- Games and Sports, including Indigenous handgames, Be Fit for Life traditional games, and lacrosse.
Expanding Indigenous knowledge within our school communities
School administrators are encouraged to incorporate, into each school council meeting agenda, opportunities to share information on Aspen View’s FNMI Framework and Implementation Plan. Topics may include:
- An overview of Indigenous learning taking place within the school
- Explanation of FNMI and Indigenous terminology
- Alberta’s treaties
- History of First Nations people in Alberta
- History and legacy of residential schools
- Overview of Canada’s Truth & Reconciliation Commission
- Advancing reconciliation
- Additional sessions using approved resources
Looking for more information?
Many of the resources being accessed for Aspen View’s FNMI Framework and Implementation Plan are taken from Advancing Reconciliation, a comprehensive resource on FNMI history and Indigenous learning compiled by the Alberta School Councils’ Association. Advancing Reconciliation is available from the ASCA website.
If you have questions regarding Aspen View Public Schools’ FNMI Framework and Implementation Plan, please contact Karen Penney, Associate Superintendent, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 780-675-7080.
FNMI Contact Information
3600 – 48th Avenue
Athabasca, Alberta T9S 1M8
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