First Nations, Métis and Inuit: Eliminating the Achievement Gap

Alberta Education Business Plan Goal 2

The achievement gap between First Nations, Métis and Inuit students and all other students is eliminated, focuses on success for every student.  

Educator capacity for supporting the diverse needs of students in schools, specifically First Nations, Métis and Inuit students is required. The Eliminating the Achievement Gap project identifies outcome based successful practices that various districts have applied in support of First Nations, Métis and Inuit student learning.

Promising Practices

Schools Authorities across the province work with parents and community members to implement innovative programs and strategies that support First Nations, Métis and Inuit student success.

Initiatives across the province are enhancing success in the areas of student and parent engagement, relationship-building, governance, language and culture. For more information and to see a few examples of programs and initiatives in the province, visit Alberta Education’s Promising Practices Page.



Lakedell School, Westerose

  • Focus on getting kids to school, welcoming environment, breakfast & school clubs
  • Literacy strategies and interventions
  • Liaison workers
  • Staff collaboration where teachers co-plan and observe LA and Math classes

For more information, download the Learning Guide.



Hillside Community School, Grande Prairie

  • Safe & welcoming
  • Family events
  • Community partnerships
  • Local elder and invited guests
  • Support from division staff

For more information, download the Learning Guide.



Kainai School, Blood Reserve

  • High school students built three tiny houses
  • 10 week program
  • Collaboration between industry, suppliers and the school along with a Canada-Alberta job grant
  • End result: increased student confidence, skills and optimism for the future

For more information, download the Learning Guide



Eastglen High School, Edmonton

  • Welcoming environment
  • First Nations, Métis and Inuit lead teacher and liaison
  • Monthly PD for staff
  • Student leadership group
  • Elders and community involvement
  • Linking students to resources

For more information, download the Learning Guide



Grande Yellowhead Public School Division #77

  • Success for all – One year’s growth
  • School transitions
  • Community relations
  • Elders and Eagle Feather program
  • Liaison workers, counselors & Cree teacher
  • Responsive supports to remove barriers

For more information, download the Learning Guide


Eliminating Achievement Gaps: Promising Practices in Alberta Presentation

This presentation is designed to tell a story about First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education in Alberta including where we are at, promising practices from around the province and resources and tools available to all. The story is ongoing. There is no beginning and no end…



Supporting Resources

Considering the Medicine Wheel: Effective Strategies for Increasing Achievement Among FNMI Students

In this powerpoint, the South Slave Divisional Education Council shares their work to increase achievement of the First Nations, Metis and Inuit (Deninu) students. The powerpoint shares data, processes and priorities set by the Council, as well as culturally responsive pedagogy used to increase achievement.


First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education: Promising Practices in Fort McMurray

This report provides a summary of the research conducted by four FNMI and Field Services Education Managers to uncover promising practices that have resulted in success for FNMI students in Fort McMurray Catholic Separate School District and Fort McMurray Public School District. The 2012 Accountability Online Reporting Initiative (APORI) measures indicate that First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) students in Fort McMurray are doing well compared to First Nations, Métis and Inuit students in the rest of the province in specific areas.