Surrey School District Aboriginal Enhancement Agreement

Surrey School District Aboriginal Enhancement Agreement

The Martin Family Initiative offers a wide range of programs that assist students, teachers and school administrators across Canada. The scope, purpose, impact of these programs on student success, partnerships and resources used are discussed. Dr. Sean Lessard is co-founder of Growing Young Movers Youth Development, a nationally recognized youth research program that improves the school experience for urban Indigenous learners. Sean is Woodland Cree and is originally from the Lake of Montreal Nation in the Northern Territory of Saskatchewan Treaty 6. He is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Alberta in High School and a Professor of Adjunct at the University of Regina. Sean received the 2015 PAT Clifford Award for Early Career Research from CEA. Gloria Raphael (Nlaka`pamux Nation) believes in supporting learning environments in which students feel caring and belonging. Prior to retiring from the Principal District (Aboriginal Education) position at School District #36 (Surrey), Gloria worked in partnership with District Officers, Aboriginal communities and site managers to focus on deepening understanding of issues related to helping Aboriginal learners. Ron Canuel has been President and CEO of the Canadian Education Association since 2010 and has over 40 years of experience in the public education sector. Ron was one of Canada`s first 1:1 laptop programs for students and teachers and has received numerous awards in recognition of this revolutionary initiative. He has participated in national and international conferences on student and teacher engagement, change management, and providing a guide that helps Indigenous and non-Indigenous educators and their communities promote change in their schools. In May 2016, 36 Indigenous youth, aged 20 and under, representing all provinces and territories, collaborated in Mnidoo Mnising (Manitoulin Island) for the Gathering of Youth Wisdom, convened by the Rideau Hall Foundation.

Three of these young leaders, Cheyenne, Greg and Mélanie-Rose, will present the Youth Declaration, which addresses four key recommendations for improving Indigenous education. From a youth perspective, they will call on Allies to work towards an equitable education system for all youth in Canada. With educators across Canada currently facing the challenge of integrating Indigenous knowledge, perspectives and learning from the worldview into their classrooms, First Nations schools are the first! is a contemporary event that will bring together both First Nations and provincial teachers working to integrate effective Indigenous practices into Canadian K-12 classrooms. This case study presentation will tell how this program has developed in collaboration with communities that are trying to provide positive youth development experiences, both inside and outside of school. Learn how Growing Young Movers also serves as a research space to understand the transitions, well-being and intergenerational knowledge experienced by First Nation youth and their families as they negotiate about both school and life. The Department of Education also encourages districts to cooperate with First Nations, Métis or local Inuit communities in the implementation of an Initial Education Agreement (AEEA). . . .

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