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First Nations, M├ętis, and Inuit Education

Wolf Creek Public Schools aligns with the Ministry of Education’s focus on improving student engagement and achievement among First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students in the areas of academics with a specific focus on literacy to close the gap for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students in student achievement, retention in school, graduation rates, and advancement to postsecondary studies.

The First Nations, Métis, and Inuit portfolio is housed in Inclusive Learning Services and as a division supports developing a holistic understanding of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit cultures, worldviews, histories, and current realities. Schools that embody effective principles and practices of inclusion coordinate and unify education programs and supports in order to ensure that all students belong and can learn effectively. This approach fosters relationships that welcome, nurture and honor individual student’s stories and cultures and encourage the blending of both culture and curriculum to strengthen the learning for all students.

Wolf Creek Public Schools is committed to collaboration with students,staff, district office staff, interagency partners, Maskwacis First Nations community members, Métis and Inuit organizations, and stakeholders to develop strategies, resources, programs and initiatives that support student success in and out of school.

Wolf Creek Public Schools formed its Wisdom and Guidance Committee in September 2014. The Wisdom and Guidance Committee provides an opportunity for First Nations, Métis Elders, parents, and students to meet with Wolf Creek School Personnel to discuss issues related to student success.

Purpose:

  • Provide guidance on strategies to improve programming for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students within Wolf Creek School Division

  • Provide guidance on strategies to infuse culture into the schools such as Elder programs and cultural days
  • Identify issues, gaps, and barriers to Aboriginal students receiving equitable access to services across the school district and identify strategies to address these issues

  • To bring awareness among teachers and school support staff of the particular learning styles of Aboriginal students and Aboriginal cultures, histories and perspectives

  • Provide support for school staff to acquire knowledge of Aboriginal student learning profiles, and to realign programs and teaching styles to support Aboriginal student learning

  • Focus on the school culture - it is essential that Aboriginal students are engaged and feel welcome in school and that they see themselves and their culture in the curriculum and the school community

  • Provide in-service to schools on the Provincial First Nations, Métis, and Inuit  Professional Learning Project

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For more information, please contact:

Shelagh Hagemann, M.Ed.
First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Student Success Coordinator
Wolf Creek Public Schools
6000 Hwy 2A
Ponoka, AB  T4J 1P6
Telephone:  (403) 783-3473
Fax: (403) 783-3140
email: shelagh.hagemann@wolfcreek.ab.ca

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