We are a leader in integrating Aboriginal perspectives into the learning environment in all 42 of our schools through our Aboriginal Academic Achievement (AAA) programming.
AAA aims to:
- Strengthen the sense of belonging and pride among Aboriginal learners in their cultural heritage
- Deepen the understanding and appreciation of Canada's First Peoples among students from other cultural backgrounds
- Support teachers and students in curriculum and classroom program development
- Enhance Aboriginal academic achievement
The program – funded through a special grant from Manitoba Education – allows us to provide authentic and successful Aboriginal cultural programming to our students and staff by integrating Aboriginal history and perspectives into the curriculum and offering a variety of cultural and curricular learning activities in our schools.
Some of our learning activities include:
- Team teaching to enhance students' learning experiences
- Traditional teachings by our Divisional Elders
- Smudge ceremonies and Sharing Circles
- Guest presenters and teachers sharing cultural wisdom on Drumming, Tipi, Medicine Wheel, Seven Sacred Teachings, dance, and plant medicines
- Afterschool cultural clubs for students from grades 4 to 8
- Aboriginal role model/mentorships from our AAA staff for students
- Divisional community Powwows
- Culturally-focused field trips
- Cultural professional development for our school staff
- Curriculum development and program planning with our schools
- Classroom presentations on the history of the First Peoples of Canada
A main factor in our success is our "Medicine Wheel – All Four Nations" approach to sharing cultural knowledge, which means students and staff from all cultural and ethnic backgrounds participate in our AAA activities.