Resources Developed by the ATA to Support Aboriginal Education
The Association has developed the following resources to inform teachers and schools about aboriginal curriculum outcomes and to help ensure that aboriginal students succeed in school:
- Education Is Our Buffalo—A Teachers’ Resource for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education in Alberta
- Written by a team of aboriginal writers, this guide is intended to make teachers more aware of the history, culture, world views and present-day concerns of Alberta’s First Nations, Metis and Inuit people. One copy of the publication is free to ATA members. The cost to non-members is $7.50.
- *First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education Taking Root, Branching Out—Workshop Series
- This series of workshops is designed to help teachers understand the histories, cultures and world views of First Nations, Métis and Inuit people. Having this background will help teachers not only to ensure that aboriginal students succeed in school and meet the prescribed learning outcomes but also to deal with prejudice and discrimination. It is strongly recommended that these workshops be taken in sequence and—because changing pedagogical practice takes time—over a period of several months. A full day should be set aside for the first workshop and at least half a day for Workshop 2.
- Walking Together: Education for Reconciliation
- Walking Together is being led by six First Nations, Métis and Inuit education consultants from across Alberta, all of whom are experienced classroom teachers with strong knowledge and expertise in Indigenous education. The consultants will lead the way toward ensuring that teachers are ready to meet the foundational knowledge of First Nations, Métis and Inuit as outlined in Alberta Education’s new draft Teaching Quality Standards.