An understanding of First Nations, Metis and Inuit (FNMI) knowledge and perspectives are becoming increasingly common in our schools and classrooms. With clear links to social studies, science, sustainability and outdoor education, the Teacher Librarian and the Learning Commons are uniquely positioned to infuse Aboriginal perspectives throughout the curriculum to support all students. Learn how my school implemented a school-wide focus around the ‘Seven Grandfathers’ Teachings (truth, love, humility, courage, honesty, respect and wisdom) and their link to character education that many schools and boards observe. Our goal was to address and improve learning skills, particularly self-regulation, collaboration and responsibility through the teachings. The work done through this initiative includes staff training, First Nations Elder mentorships, guest visitors and curricular integration (through collaborative inquiries, guided reading and literature circles based on First Nations books and First Nations author visits).
– Learn how a school wide focus on the ‘Seven Grandfathers’ Teaching served as a way to increase students’ awareness about FNMI perspectives and improve learning skills
– Discover why Aboriginal perspectives are important to teach in Ontario schools and classrooms
– Learn how the Teacher Librarian can play a pivotal role in the process