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Project Profile

Project Title:
Aboriginal Perspectives
Initiative:
Imagineaction Social Action Projects
School Name:
Collège St. Norbert Collegiate
School board / First Nations school jurisdiction:
Seine River School Division
Project Theme:
  • Connect [relationships]
  • Lead [leadership]
  • Care [poverty]
Grade Level:
9, 10, 11, 12
Subject Areas:
Aboriginal Studies, The Arts, Guidance and Career Education, Social Sciences and Humanities
City:
St. Norbert
Province/Territory:
Manitoba
Community Partners:
Our Aboriginal Perspective Initiative group is only starting to meet and plan activities: planning is a slow but important process since student are very much involved in exploring and deciding what activities they wish to undertake.
Possible partners are:
Manitoba Treaty Commission (Speakers yet to be determined)
Aboriginal Center of Winnipeg (Presenters yet to be determined)

Aboriginal Perspectives

Aboriginal and non-aboriginal students meet in an informal setting with the guidance of a teacher and aboriginal community leaders to share, discuss and learn from each other. This is a social justice initiative that is fully in line with foundation for understanding and cooperation. Dialogue and democratic mobilization are the pillars of the initiative.
The group will be involved in working with students from the surrounding elementary schools to help promote and value aboriginal identity and culture. The Aboriginal Perspectives Initiative will also work on socio-economic projects aiming to alleviate poverty in the community.

Update (January-14-15)

The Aboriginal Perspectives Group has been working closely with many community members to explore, share and celebrate Aboriginal culture within the school walls. Handcrafts and artwork has served as a staring point for conversation that have led to learning and discussion about social justice issues. Student led initiatives are being planned for Spring.

Update (September-23-15)

Under the guidance of an Elder, students have participated in a Sweat Lodge ceremony. Learning and sharing that has occurred has served to motivate students to continue learning from the teachings of Elders and pursue working towards meaning social justice.