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Saskatchewan French Immersion School: A Case Study in Best Practice for Aboriginal Students

Michael Cottrell
Ted View
Suzanne Bronkhurst
Kelly Cardinal

Responding to the needs of Indigenous learners to ensure more equitable outcomes in the education system is a pressing issue within the province. This project is a case study exploring the success of Indigenous students at a French emersion school in the province where the majority of Indigenous students are performing at or above grade…

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Language Loss: A Deformity in Education

Belinda Daniels

This is an investigation of how the learning and teaching practices of Indigenous ways of knowing and being, through informal learning on the land during summer camps, can inform mainstream education. The language camp is a playground of learning, speaking , knowing and doing which honours the spirit, body, mind and emotion of those who…

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Revitalizing Nêhiyawewin: Our Language, Stories and Perspectives

Gail Mackay
Linda Wason-Ellam
Darlene Arcand
Pamela Fosseneuve
Coreen Sakebow
Dwayne Swiftwolfe

This research project aims to explore the development of storytelling curricula grounded in Nêhiyaw language and knowledge at a school in Saskatoon. Working with visiting Elders who are story keepers, Cree immersion speakers in grades 1-3 will listen to Elder stories and participate in a number of oral language storying activities in Cree. Indigenous storytelling…

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The Muskrat/Wuchusk Project: The Practices

Renee Carriere
Bonnie Werner

This project builds on a recently completed project and continues to examine how to connect curriculum content and Ministry outcomes with Indigenous science and ways of knowing in secondary science courses.  The study integrates local community knowledge, scientific data collection and Indigenous and Western ways of knowing in ways that engage students in meaningful, outdoor…

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The Journey to Reclamation Through Oral Tradition

Dianne Peekeekoot
Charlotte Campbell
Shaun Sasakamoose
Loretta Ballantyne
Irene Dumais

This project follows up on a completed project and examines the impact on students of incorporating Elders into grades 7-9 Cree classes.  The Elders will share stories in Cree to support both language and cultural fluency.  Including Elders in the classroom will allow students to interact with both their peers and adults in traditional ways…

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Catholic Schools Teachers Enacting Papal Encyclical Laudato si’ (Praise Be To You-On Care For Our Common Home)

Mel Sysing
Dustin Kasun
Dr. Richard Manning
Dr. Brad Harasymchuk

This project draws on both Indigenous knowledge and Catholic doctrine to disrupt settler/colonialist education. The project draws on anti-racist and anti-oppressive education to strengthen understandings of critical pedagogy and provide opportunities for social justice-based action research.

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High School Teachers Working Towards Reconciliation: Examining the Teaching and Learning of Residential Schools

Dr. Tana Mitchell
Dr. Jennifer Tupper

Responding to the Call for Action in the Truth and Reconciliation (TRC) report, this project will explore how teachers integrate and teach about residential schools, how students make sense of themselves as Canadians as they learn about the history and legacy of residential schools and how classrooms can become a space for reconciliation.

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Identifying Consistent Social Supports That Would Benefit FNIM Adult Learners at Royal West Campus

Kimberley MacLeod
Deidra Evans
Cody Dill

The focus of this research was to learn from First Nations, Métis and Inuit students attending an alternative adult learning program about their experiences with both supportive and non-supportive teaching environments. The students described the importance of community or a sense of belonging, cultural teachings within the school, relationships with teachers or the school community…

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E-kiweyitotamakh Kitayisinewinanaw Reclaiming Our Cree Language Through Oral Tradition

Charlotte Campbell
Diane Peekeekoot

This project was student-driven and came about as the result of a school survey sent home to families. Students had expressed the desire to learn their traditional language, Cree, and the goal was to revitalize traditional Cree language in the school. An invitation was issued to community Elders to share lunch at the school as…

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Creating a Culturally Responsive Learning Program That Benefits All Learners: Exploring the Work of Catalyst Leadership Teams in Selected Saskatchewan Schools

Brandon Needham
Dr. Michael Cottrell

This inquiry explores the efforts of selected educators to transform schools into more invitational and culturally affirming learning environments as a means of improving Aboriginal student achievement and enhancing cross-cultural harmony in Saskatchewan. In addition to enhancing teaching and learning in K-12 contexts, the project also considers how insights from this research might inform teacher…

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