Professional Learning Resources

Professional learning resources support implementation of the First Nation, Métis and Inuit competency from the three draft professional practice standard documents for Alberta teachers, school leaders and system authority leaders.

Support Resources

Alberta Education First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education

Alberta Education is committed to improving education outcomes and creating opportunities for First Nations, Métis and Inuit students in Alberta. This website provides information and links to guiding documents and external websites. The First Nations, Métis and Inuit Policy Framework (2002), Alberta’s Expression of Reconciliation, and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples provide a framework for First Nations, Métis and Inuit education in Alberta.

Buffalo Trails Public School First Nations, Métis and Inuit Teacher Resource Website

Staff in the Buffalo Trails Public School district have built a website with a large variety of First Nations, Métis and Inuit resources. To honour teachers’ busy schedules, this website is meant to be a one-stop-shop where teachers can quickly access ideas, lesson plans, internet resources, PD options, etc, that include First Nations, Métis and Inuit perspectives and are relevant to all subjects areas of Alberta curricula.

Education is our Buffalo

This is a teachers’ resource for First Nations, Métis and Inuit education in Alberta. In addressing the particular needs of First Nations, Métis and Inuit teachers and learners, this collection of materials sheds light on issues of diversity, equity and human rights as they touch the day-to-day life in Alberta schools and society. It provides information on developments in K-12 Aboriginal education and how to incorporate Aboriginal teaching into today’s classrooms.

First Nations, Métis and Inuit Educator Resources – Padlet

This padlet includes a presentation created by Sherri Johnston, ERLC, along with several related FNMI resources, including:

  • an article describing a blanket exercise
  • CBC 8th Fire Documentary
  • Elder in the Making – A Treaty 7 road trip documentary
  • Teaching of the Tipi power point
  • The Brain Architecture Game
  • links to other resources for educators

First Nations, Métis and Inuit Success Videos

This series of videos were created through the work of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Provincial Professional Learning Project with the Northwest Regional Learning Consortium (NRLC) and the Alberta Regional Professional Development Consortia (ARPDC). Several videos have been produced over 2011-2013 featuring students, community, school, and leadership success projects and programs from across Alberta. These are all connected to the success of all students.

Our Way Is a Valid Way Professional Educator Resource

This resource is intended to enhance all teachers’ understanding of the diverse First Nations, Métis and Inuit traditions, values, and attitudes, and of the historical and contemporary realities of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples in western and northern Canada. The guiding questions in the creation of this resource are:

  • What aspects of WNCP Indigenous ways of knowing should be weaved into K–12 professional development resources for teachers?
  • What are the professional development methods of delivery that respectfully reflect the cultural aspects of ways of knowing, intellectual property rights, and holistic learning environments?
  • What practices promote success for First Nations, Métis and Inuit students?
  • What supports enhance teachers’ understandings of WNCP peoples?
  • How can the First Nations, Métis and Inuit professional development resource be effectively implemented in school jurisdictions?

Promising Practices in First Nations, Metis and Inuit Education: Case Studies of Two Alberta Schools

This report shares information about in-depth case studies of two Alberta schools in response to Alberta’s Commission on Learning Recommendation #40 supporting an education system that encourage diversity of programming for First Nations, Métis and Inuit students. The report provides a literature review of research in Aboriginal Education and an overview of the project. The report also provides successful strategies in the context of five themes: First Nations, Métis and Inuit parent and community engagement; First Nations, Métis and Inuit cultural and language programming; teachers, instruction and curriculum/resources; professional development and individual student support.

Supporting First Nations, Métis and Inuit Learners – In Conversation with Mayor Don Iveson

Explore the importance of supporting First Nation, Métis and Inuit learners by viewing this series of short videos with accompanying learning guides. Mayor Don Iveson shares his perspective on our roles in supporting the success for First Nation, Métis and Inuit learners.