September & October 2022 – Keyword: Sharing

Indigenous Adult Education Network News

Welcome Message – keyword: sharing.

How wonderful it was, to see so many of you earlier this month at the first in-person Indigenous Adult Education Network (IAEN) meeting in over two and a half years! The last time the network met in person was back in January of 2020. So much has changed since then.

A big thank you to Kativik Ilisarniliriniq and the First Nations Adult Education School Council for co-hosting the event on October 6 and 7 in Montreal. Another big thank you to Nutaraaluk Jaaka, librarian at Kativik Ilisarniliriniq, for opening and closing our meeting in a good way.

During the meeting, we decided to try sharing courses and resources across the network via the IAEN website. So, if you visit the homepage, you will see a new button – Courses. For now there is one set of courses there and we trust that there are many more to come.

It was a great start to a year of sharing and support!

Nia:wen, Welàlin, Tshinaskumitin, Migwetc, Merci, Thank you

Network Sharing – Highlights

If you have something to share in the newsletter – please reach out to Tracy or share it at a monthly network meeting so we can make sure to include it in an upcoming issue. Our next issue will be in November 2022.

Centre of Excellence for Construction in Indigenous Communities

Tanu presented a pilot program currently under way at the First Nations Regional Adult Education Centre at Gesgapegiag. See below for the presentation.

  • 3 stage construction trades program – semi-skilled, AEP, DEP
  • Grounded in culture
  • Flexible
  • Employability in construction
  • Addressing housing needs in communities
  • Hoping to recreate this in other communities

CST courses – pedagogical sequences

Julie and Curran are developing course outlines within an Indigenous framework for the Commitment to Success (CST) program. They include the use of a digital portfolio to help learners organize their work.

At our meeting, they presented one of the course outlines:

Becoming an Asset to my Community (CST 5002-1: My Learning Plan, previously ORS 4001-1 and ORS 3006-1)

Becoming an Asset to my Community – 7 Generations Philosophy Infographic

You can read the full course outline here: Becoming an Asset to my Community

They will share their work with the public on a website and they launch it this week! Once it is launched, we will add it to the Courses page on the IAEN website here.

You are invited to attend the launch and presentation of the project on October 20 (in English) or October 19 (in French) from 3:00 – 4:00. Click on the image below for more information.

Official Launch of the Website – Digital Ped Sequences around CST Courses.

Favouring Vocational Training in Indigenous Contexts

Jo Anni Joncas from University of Sherbrooke presented an update on the project that began last year. Contact her if you are interested in learning more.

Here is a one page outline of the project:

Balanced Health Curriculum

Diane developed this curriculum earlier this year and Tracy has been working on creating & locating resources to accompany the Balanced Health website.

So far, the Cree board has collaborated in adding some resources created in their communities. We would love to see resources from other communities as well! Please contact Tracy and Diane if you have something you’d like to add.

Balanced Health is also migrating to a new website, which we have added to the IAEN network Courses page, here:

Balanced Health on the IAEN website

Other News

Quebec Social Integration Network

The Quebec Social Integration Network is a group of teachers and consultants who support each other in their work within Social Integration (SI or SVI) programs.

Quebec Social Integration Network Website

Any teacher or consultant who works within Social Integration programs is invited to participate in the network. They had their first meeting on October 17 in which they talked about:

The next meeting date is to be determined, likely in December. Let Tracy know if you are interested and she’ll make sure you are added to the SI network mailing list.

Please share this with anyone at your centre who works in SI who may be interested in getting involved or just accessing the multiple resources on their website!

**Note – this is an English School Boards initiative and so the work and resources created will be in English for the most part. Anyone is invited to participate, as long as you are comfortable communicating in English and you work in Social Integration!

Monthly Gift!

Poster Series

This is part of a growing series of small posters to honour teachers & learning. Here is a folder of the images with and without the FNAESC logo. Feel free to use them and add your own logo if you like. The images used are all from, unless otherwise noted, and are in the public domain.

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Nia:wen, Welàlin, Tshinaskumitin, Migwetc, Merci, Thank you

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