Curriculum – Numeracy Resources

Numeracy is having the confidence and habits of mind to use mathematics to meet the general demands of everyday life. Being a numerate person means using mathematics to make sense of something new and know what mathematics can and cannot do.

Numeracy provides First Nations, Métis and Inuit students the opportunity to discover connections on their own and apply strategies to solve real life problems. Throughout history, First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples have used real life traditional learning contexts to connect to their world.

In the Empowering the Spirit video series, students explore numeracy through Traditional Games, an elementary math class on probability and a high school physics class examining the structure of a tee pee and rocket nozzle.

Empowering the Spirit Numeracy Video Series

Literacy and Numeracy for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Students

Deepen your understanding of the importance of literacy and numeracy for First Nations, Métis and Inuit students. This motivational video highlights key messages from the Empowering the Spirit Forum in which 300 people came together to share their stories and knowledge about the power of literacy and numeracy learning.

Length: 3 minutes 52 seconds

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Exploring Numeracy through Traditional Games

Find out how a Traditional Games Day creates a context for meaningful numeracy learning. First Nations, Métis and Inuit Peoples traditionally used the context of games to teach skills needed for surviving on the land. This video illustrates how this traditional way of learning can be just as valid today.

Length: 5 minutes 21 seconds

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Engaging All Students through Numeracy

See first-hand how two different teachers engage their students in meaningful numeracy experiences through traditional contexts, including exploring probability through traditional rock hand games and calculating volume by examining the structure of a traditional tee pee.

Length: 5 minutes 56 seconds

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Other Supporting Resources

First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literacy and Numeracy Promising Practices

The learning guide focuses on key promising practices related to First Nations, Métis and Inuit literacy and numeracy learning, from First Nations, Métis and Inuit perspectives. This learning guide is designed for use by instructional leaders and learning communities or as a self-paced study. The resource provides a link to the Empowering the Spirit website that viewers are encouraged to explore. Key understandings from the website are provided along with questions for reflection and discussion.

FNMI May 2012 Empowering the Spirit Forum

The wiki contains links to presentations made on May 16 and 17, 2012, during the Empowering the Spirit Forum at the Mariott at the River Cree Resort in Edmonton. The two day forum provided participants with the opportunity to:

  • learn from literacy and numeracy leaders
  • expand their understanding of literacy and numeracy practices from First Nations, Métis and Inuit perspectives
  • gain tools and strategies to support First Nations, Métis and Inuit student success