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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Help for First Nations Teaching

Grey Bruce | by John Divinski  

New Booklet and DVD will help teachers with First Nations school lessons.

Teachers within the public and separate school systems will soon have a better handle on what is expected of them in teaching First Nations, Metis and Inuit cultures.

The Bluewater District School Board has approved a booklet and accompanying DVD called "Guiding the Way:  First Nations, Metis and Inuit -- A Guide for Staff. "

One of the developers, Ray Auger says the material will provide background on heritage and traditions, along with cultural teachings, celebrations, treaties and best practices is presenting the material.

Auger says if a teacher is going to teach the course and has some questions, they will now have access to that information through the material and through Auger.

He says it helps guarantee that there will be no myths taught but facts on the First Peoples.

Saugeen First Nation trustee Theresa Root says the guide is a step forward.

She says they've been asking for accurate history for First Nation people for a long time and in school it hasn't always been portrayed that way.

This guide will go a long way towards achieving that.

Not everyone was sold on the presentation though.

Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation trustee Anthony Pedoniquotte expressed a concern wondering if the finished product was approved by all First Nations people.

He said there were some inaccuracies in the DVD presentation but would not comment further without approaching his council first.

Trustees were assured that all First Nation communities had approved the presentation before it went to DVD and to print.


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