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SPECIAL NOTE – UPDATE MAY 16, 2020

 

On the advice of the Provincial Health Officer, in-person instruction in public and independent K-12 schools was suspended effective March 17, 2020 as a precautionary measure in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Beginning March 30, 2020, public and independent K-12 schools were asked to ensure ongoing school care and in-person learning opportunities for children of essential service workers requiring school care, those in remote locations, vulnerable students requiring in person support, and learners with diverse needs. 

As of May 19, school districts will to begin planning how to gradually resume regular operations and return to in-class instruction – using a staged approach.  Sunshine Coast school principals, vice principals and district staff will be developing plans on for practical solutions to moving to the “Stage 3” learning environment on June 1st.  To make sure schools are safe for students and staff, the number of students in school each day will be reduced, with most receiving in-class instruction part time.  In order to ensure that students who wish to attend schools in June will be welcomed into a safe and enjoyable learning experience, the school district will be focused upon strategies and plans that include:

  • Healthy and safe learning and working environments
  •       cleaning, student and staff movement to, from and in schools – and other protocols
  • Matching work responsibilities with the staff time that is available
    • K to grade 5 students will be invited to attend school for 2 days/week.  Grades 6 to 12 will be invited to attend for 1 day/week. This leaves time for Teachers, Educational Assistants and Aboriginal Support Workers to continue a level of home learning support as well as non-instructional time. The amount of time for home support will vary from current Stage 4 practice.
    • Clear communication with families regarding their options and the changing level of staff availability for home learning.
  • Respect for the criteria prepared by the Ministry of Education
  • Consideration of input from Educational Partners

 

SD46 staff will determine scheduling for classes based on careful consideration of families and community needs and will create transportation arrangements as best we can.

 

 

Below is information and links to curriculum and learning ideas that might help with learning at home

 

GENERAL RESOURCES TO EXPLORE AND USE

The BC Ministry of Education website “Keep Learning” provides learning resources and supports for K-12 students while in-class instruction is suspended.

Keep Learning

 https://www.openschool.bc.ca/keeplearning/

Talking to Children about COVID-19

https://keltymentalhealth.ca/blog/2020/03/talking-children-about-covid-19?utm_campaign=buffer&utm_content=bufferfb421&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com

Dr. Evan Adams, Chief Medical Health Officer, 

First Nations Health Authority

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVLYraZM4oU&feature=youtu.be

 

Tips for Supporting Learning at Home

https://www.covid19parenting.com

 

Following the BC Curriculum

 

A video which explains BC’s Journey Towards Reconciliation in the Education System

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVTwt9gVif4

 

First Peoples Principles of Learning

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/education/kindergarten-to-grade-12/teach/teaching-tools/aboriginal-education/principles_of_learning.pdf

 

https://firstpeoplesprinciplesoflearning.wordpress.com

 

Aboriginal Worldviews and Perspectives in the Classroom: 

Moving Forward – A Handbook

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/education/administration/kindergarten-to-grade-12/indigenous-education/awp_moving_forward.pdf

 

 

Indigenous Knowledge and Perspectives – The BC Curriculum K-12

Indigenous Knowledge and Perspectives are intended to intersect with the curriculum in every area of learning at every grade level.   “Indigenous Learning for Everyone: Every Day”. Here is where you can find references to Indigenous knowledge and perspectives throughout the BC curriculum.

https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/curriculum/indigenous-education-resources/indigenous-knowledge-and-perspectives-k-12-curriculum

 

Indigenous Knowledge and Perspectives – Applied Design

https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/sites/curriculum.gov.bc.ca/files/curriculum/indigenous-knowledge-and-perspectives/adst-k-12-indigenous-knowledge-and-perspectives.pdf

 

Indigenous Education Resource Inventory 

This inventory is a non-comprehensive list of Indigenous education resources that has been compiled by the Ministry of Education in collaboration with the British Columbia Teacher’s Federation, the First Nations Education Steering Committee, and Métis Nation British Columbia. The intent of these materials is to help further incorporate Indigenous knowledge and perspectives into B.C. classrooms. The inventory includes guides, books and e-books, articles, websites, videos, and other materials. Educators may find this inventory useful for supporting personal and profession Indigenous learning. 

https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/sites/curriculum.gov.bc.ca/files/pdf/indigenous-resources-inventory.pdf

 

Authentic First Peoples Resources, Kindergarten – Grade 9

Published by FNESC and FNSA

 

The annotated listings provided in this guide identify currently available authentic First Peoples texts that students can work with to meet provincial standards related to literacy as well as a variety of specific subject areas.

The guide is intended to introduce resources that reflect First Peoples knowledge and perspectives in respective ways. The inclusion of authentic First Peoples content supports all students in developing an understanding of the significant place of First Peoples within the historical and contemporary fabric of this province and provides culturally relevant materials for Indigenous learners in British Columbia.

This guide lists resources (story and informational text) written for a student audience.

http://www.fnesc.ca/wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/PUBLICATION-61460-FNESC-Authentic-Resources-Guide-2016-08-26.pdf

 

https://resources.fnesc.ca

 

First Nations, Métis and Inuit Educational Sites

 

The First Nations, Métis & Inuit Education Association of Ontario 

is a subject association for First Nations, Métis and Inuit education in Ontario.  The information is to help educators understand issues as well as offer strategies for teaching about these issues to all learners. 

http://www.fnmieao.com

 

 

First Nations, Métis and Inuit Knowledge and Resources

Traditional Foods

Fact Sheet

https://www.fnha.ca/Documents/Traditional_Food_Fact_Sheets.pdf

First Nations Food Guide

https://www.health.gov.nl.ca/health/findhealthservices/canada_food_guide_first_nations_inuit_metis.pdf

 

Healthy Foods

https://www.unlockfood.ca/en/Articles/Aboriginal-Health/Traditional-Food-for-Aboriginal-People.aspx

 

Inuit Traditional Foods

https://livehealthy.gov.nu.ca/sites/default/files/resource_attachments/EN_WEB_itf–nutrition-fact-sheet-series.pdf

 

Inuit Storytellers and Health Promotion during Changing Times

http://www.fao.org/3/i3144e/I3144e09.pdf

 

Recipes

http://iffculture.ca/recipes/

 

Métis Cookbook

https://www.mnbc.ca/app/webroot/uploads/Education/Metis_Cookbook_SecondEdition.pdf

 

A First Nations Cooking Class On  National Indigenous Peoples’ Day

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ftbZgbapkI

 

 

Mathematics Indigenous Knowledge

http://mkn-rcm.ca/indigenousknowledge/

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLC-h5KFwALU2nI4lL7gu4xRjSPfDBiX8W

 

Comic Books and Gaming for Kids – For family research and discussion before linking or viewing – not promoted or endorsed by School District 46

 

Honour Water

http://www.honourwater.com/#intro

 

Thunderbird Strike

https://www.thunderbirdstrike.com

 

I am Not Alone

http://neveralonegame.com

 

 

https://www.cbc.ca/parents/learning/view/how-the-comic-book-and-gaming-community-is-reclaiming-indigenous-perspectiv?fbclid=IwAR3zsmQ4YcLcl2bQweev4c-_j8sJZFEsJQgdaFZwoAvXGQR1oks_sydR3EY

 

Stories

Sacred Fisher Story – Cree

https://www.helpingourmotherearth.com/sacred-fisher-story.html

 

Colouring Books/Pages

Nuu-chah-nulth Ocean Animals

http://www.uuathluk.ca/web_sara_colouring_book.pdf

 

Alphabet with Salish Design

http://abed.sd79.bc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/Salish-Alphabet.pdf

 

 

Colouring by Ronnie Dean Harris

https://www.ronniedeanharris.com/colouring?fbclid=IwAR0I9opFkhlKsSpy7taqIrIMDZBRsiP4A7_Z_rmtfX_rOd3IYEC9vzuonT8

 

 

 

Dragonfly by Michelle Stoney, Gitxsan

https://aboriginalresourcesforteachers.weebly.com/uploads/3/0/3/5/30354089/dragonfly.jpg

 

Count to Ten the Métis Way

http://abed.sd79.bc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/The-Metis-Way.pdf

 

Christi Belcourt

https://aboriginalresourcesforteachers.weebly.com/uploads/3/0/3/5/30354089/91393446_10157820451735272_3674020908827148288_n.jpg

 

Inuit Healthy Foods Colouring Book

https://livehealthy.gov.nu.ca/sites/default/files/resource_attachments/EN_WEB_colouring-book-small-en%2Bfr%2Bin%2Biu.pdf

 

First Nations

Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada – First Nations

https://indigenouspeoplesatlasofcanada.ca/section/first-nations/

 

First Peoples’ Map of BC

https://maps.fpcc.ca

 

First Peoples – A Guide for Newcomers

https://vancouver.ca/files/cov/First-Peoples-A-Guide-for-Newcomers.pdf

 

The shíshálh Nation

https://shishalh.com/culture-language/culture/

 

Strategic Land Use Plan for the shíshálh Nation

https://shishalh.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/SLUP.pdf

 

Self-Government Act

https://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/s-6.6/fulltext.html

 

Masters of the Pacific Coast

https://www.knowledge.ca/program/masters-pacific-coast

 

Languages

First Voices

FirstVoices is a suite of web-based tools and services designed to support Indigenous people engaged in language archiving, language teaching and culture revitalization

https://www.firstvoices.com

 

Poles

The Gwaii Haanas Legacy Pole

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vT4Yc9ask58

 

UBC Reconciliation Pole

https://students.ubc.ca/ubclife/what-reconciliation-pole

 

 

Elders

 

Gerry Oldman teaching – 

https://www.teachingsintheair.ca/podcasts/season-3/national-treasures

 

Terry Aleck

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omS98GIoV18

 

Elders Speak – What would you say to your 20 year-old self?  (Some sensitive topics)

https://www.contextresearch.ca/work/elders-speak-video.php

 

 

Métis

Métis Nation of British Columbia Education Resources

https://www.mnbc.ca/documents-resources/education

Gabriel Dumont Institute

https://gdins.org/metis-culture/

Rupert’s Land Institute

http://www.rupertsland.org/teaching-learning/resources/

Learning with the Métis Community – Ontario

http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/aboriginal/3JLearnMetisCommunity.pdf

Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada – The Métis

https://indigenouspeoplesatlasofcanada.ca/section/metis/

 

Inuit

Free Inuktut Digital Books for Families

https://www.qia.ca/free-inuktut-books/

Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada – Inuit

https://indigenouspeoplesatlasofcanada.ca/section/inuit/

Traditional Dog Teaming

Movie – produced in 1995, depicting mid 1940s lifestyle

http://www.isuma.tv/isuma-productions/qimuksik-dog-team

 

Truth and Reconciliation

Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada – Truth and Reconciliation

https://indigenouspeoplesatlasofcanada.ca/section/truth-and-reconciliation/

 

 

National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation

 

Reports and Findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada

http://nctr.ca/reports.php

 

Teaching Resources

https://education.nctr.ca/link-to-page-2/

 

 

Indigenous Author Readings  (videos) 

 

Fatty Legs – until June 30th

Christy Jordon-Fenton and Margaret-Olemaun Pokiak-Fenton

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YdFHpF0Ka2g

Copying or reproducing this video or the book Fatty Legs (Annick 2010 and Annick 2020) is prohibited without permission. 

 

My Heart Fills with Happiness

Monique Gray Smith reads her well known children’s book

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hu1oeuDlikg

 

You Hold Me Up

Monique Gray Smith reads her well known children’s book

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMCKX53WwPc

 

When We are Kind

Monique Gray Smith reads her well known children’s book

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBbFzlYdt6I

 

 

Connecting families in need

 

Having access to reliable internet is increasingly important in today’s interconnected world.  But for low income families, it can still be a struggle. 

 

Internet for GoodTM is an innovative partnership between TELUS, the British Columbia Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, and the Ministry of Community and Social Services in Alberta that provides eligible families with the tools and connectivity they need to succeed.

 

Click here for more information

https://www.telus.com/en/about/company-overview/community-investment/how-we-give/cause-campaigns/internet-for-good

 

 

Please explore the links for Families & Students by clicking on “Curriculum”, “The Learning Journey” and “Scholarships and Bursaries” above.

 

 

Please feel free to contact us with questions or comments:

Kerry Mahlman
District Principal
Indigenous Learning
School District No. 46 (Sunshine Coast)

Phone: 604 885 8345
cmahlman@sd46.bc.ca

Jane Kowalcyzk
Director of Education
shíshálh Nation 

Phone: 604-885-9404 ext. 257
jkowalczyk@secheltnation.net

First Nations Liaison Officer (Sunshine Coast)
Capilano University, Sunshine Coast Campus
Phone: (604) 885-9310

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