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First Nation Student Achievement Strategy

How the Strategy came about

At the Political Confederacy (PC) meeting of September 1-2, 2010 a motion was passed stating:

The Political Confederacy direct the Chiefs of Ontario Education Coordination Unit and the First Nations Education Coordination Unit to establish an Ad Hoc working group and invite participation from the Federal and Provincial government to explore and identify potential strategic focuses regarding second level services and support at the First Nations level. 

On October 29, 2010, a preliminary meeting including representatives from Chiefs of Ontario, Ministry of Education - Aboriginal Education Office, Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs and Indian and Northern Affairs Canada was held to discuss Terms of Reference and priorities.

A Steering Committee of senior representatives from each organization was formed. Also, an all-party Working Group of technicians was created.

Strategy Priorities were identified as:

  • Literacy and Numeracy
  • Assessment
  • Infrastructure
  • Family and Community Engagement

Meetings continued with focus on creating a draft work plan to reflect the identified Strategy Priorities.

Implementation is proceeding on a project-by-project basis and will not compete for scarce funding available to First Nations and First Nation education organizations. Moving forward will rely on allocation of additional resourcing by the federal government.

The relationship between First Nation, provincial, and federal governments is to remain one based on collaborative working relationships, unless otherwise directed by leadership.

Projects underway or being planned:

Literacy and Numeracy

Free First Nation School Access to Ontario Educational Resource Bank : pilot project underway

Free First Nation School Access to Learn360 resources: part of the pilot project

Free First Nation School Access to OSAPAC software licenses: part of the pilot project

Free First Nation School Access to LMS: Pilot Project to be planned and launched in mid-2013

Develop approach to address “Summer Gap” (academic skills loss over summer months): in discussion

Learning Assessment

Gather First Nation perspectives on content of EQAO:  underway

Provide summary back to Ministry of Education to ensure EQAO has some First Nation content and is appropriate for our use

Infrastructure and Support

Preliminary estimates of technology needs for First Nation classrooms in Ontario: information being gathered

Identify Ontario First Nation schools’ repair and/or replacements costs : completed by Ontario First Nation Technical Services Corporation

Family and Community Engagement

Access funding for developing a First Nation Family and Community Engagement toolkit: completed

Implement a series of one-day information gathering sessions across Ontario with First Nation parents, guardians, grandparents, educators to include their perspectives and concerns in the toolkit: pending in early 2013

Continue to gather materials for the toolkits: ongoing

Rollup and summarize the information sessions to complete and distribute the toolkits: mid 2013

(Links below are provided for information only; all were active as of November 2012)

Links and resources for First Nation Educators, Education Administrators, Students, Parent, Guardians:


For Teachers:

Leveled First Nation readers:

Improving student writing:

Handwriting without tears:

Games and activities for early readers:

Leveled books:

Early Literacy research, tips:

Check with local First Nation Public Library for possible free access via their portal to:  or


For Teachers:

Math Stories in English and Cree:

Technology in the math class:

Khan Academy:


Ontario language curriculum:

Manitoba language curriculum:

Fun language site:

Cultural sites and resources:


Resources below are from Scotland, but information is transferable for program planning and implementation:

Assessment of outdoor education:


EQAO main site:

EQAO samples of assessments from previous years:

Using data to improve Student Outcomes:

San Diego reading quick assessment

First Nations Lifelong Learning Report

AIHC Indigenous Evaluation Framework

Maori Perspectives and Approaches to Evaluation

Comparing PM, DRA, Guided reading levels:

For early assessment of literacy (page 20); school readiness (page 31):

Aboriginal Reading Assessment:


Parents Reaching Out Grant:

Community program:

Toolkits from People for Education:

Starting a community reading circle:

Ways to get books into children’s homes at little or no cost:

Engagement ideas:

Family Literacy day:

Ministry research:


Reading and Writing with your child K- Grade 6

Doing mathematics with your Child: K-Grade 6

Choosing books:

For parents of children with special needs:

Guide from Manitoba:




One Laptop per Child- Aboriginal Initiative

Computers for Schools:


Smartboards: there are number of YouTube videos demonstrating how to use a Wii wand to create a cheap Smartboards; have a look, but NO PROMISES!


Resources for teachers:

Building resilience:

Improving Outcomes resource from Australia:

Alberta resource book:

        (Please forward suggestions for additional links to