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Nixing plans to add Indigenous content to Ontario curriculum is a travesty

Jul 30, 2018 jjamison
Nixing plans to add Indigenous content to Ontario curriculum is a travesty

Theodore Christou Associate Professor, Social Studies and History Education, Queen's University, Ontario Ontario’s newly elected government has dismissed a plan to revise the province’s social studies and history curriculums to add Indigenous content. There was no reason offered for Premier Doug Ford’s decision. I was part of the group rewriting the curriculum. I am not annoyed at the Ontario…

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Why your child will benefit from inquiry-based learning

Jul 30, 2018 jjamison
Why your child will benefit from inquiry-based learning

David Scott Director, Student Experiences Community-Based Pathway, University of Calgary “Inquiry-based learning” is a hot topic in education these days, both in Canada and around the world. In Canada, Ontario’s incoming premier Doug Ford recently declared his opposition to recent curriculum reforms including the inquiry-based “discovery math.” “Kids used to learn math by doing things like memorizing…

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Mathematics talent abounds in Indigenous communities

Jul 30, 2018 jjamison
Mathematics talent abounds in Indigenous communities

Veselin Jungic Professor, Simon Fraser University After attending the First Nations Math Education Workshop in Banff in 2009, I launched the Math Catcher Outreach Program at Simon Fraser University (SFU), which uses the model of the Indigenous storytelling as a tool to attract youth to the study of mathematics. The main goal of the program is to encourage both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students…

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New World Ideas Presents: "The Three Sisters" and "The Birch Bark Canoe"

Jul 23, 2018 jjamison

This is our latest video: The Three Sisters: Renewing the World. Go to our videos page to watch the The Birch Bark Canoe: Navigating A New World. For ideas on how to incorporate The Three Sisters and The Birch Bark Canoe videos into your curriculum download the books in PDF format: Three Sisters: Renewing The World and The Birch Bark Canoe Book: Navigating A New World. https://newworldideas.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Three-Sisters-WEB-VERSION-720.mp4?_=1

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Multimedia resources help teachers share Indigenous knowledge in the classroom

Jul 23, 2018 jjamison
Multimedia resources help teachers share Indigenous knowledge in the classroom

Picture a lake as smooth as polished granite parted by the keel of a narrow vessel with lines that gently curve from stem to stern. This shapely canoe, the icon of Canada, continues to be the most efficient means of transporting people through unforgiving terrain. The canoe’s design in all its wonder exemplifies the intersection of art and science and epitomises balance, strength, beauty, function…

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