The Calgary Catholic School District First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) Education team focuses on supporting FNMI students as they balance maintaining a strong link to their culture and heritage with learning the skills necessary to live successfully in today’s society.
The district works collaboratively with Alberta Education and the FNMI community to support the success of students. FNMI home and school liaison workers facilitate effective communication between the home and the school community, assist school personnel and encourage active parental involvement in their child’s education.
The FNMI team works as part of the larger Diverse Learner team and with the Teaching & Learning team to support the First Nation, Métis and Inuit population in Calgary Catholic Schools. The role of the Diverse Learning team is to provide a wide range of supports to schools to assist the schools in providing programming for students with diverse learning needs. Support may include consultation, specialized assessment, learner support plan development, special education class placement or access to health-related services, including the Regional Collaborative Service Delivery (RCSD). The district provides programming for students with diverse learning needs according to the Alberta Education Standards for Special Education document.
The FNMI team directs its focus specifically on the needs of the FNMI student population as well as promotes an appreciation for the diversity among Aboriginal cultures in our schools. The First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education team engage students both academically and socially to increase class attendance, support student resiliency, and provide curricular support leading to high school completion. In addition the team provides various services, including:
- Delivery of a cultural component in the context of instructional programs
- Provision of academic support, as required, to FNMI students
- Provision of instructional programs on FNMI history, traditions, art, beliefs and contemporary issues
- Consultation regarding FNMI issues
- Support to district and school administrators regarding the needs of FNMI students
Calgary Catholic School District Resources:
Supporting the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calgary Catholic School District Call to Action
Alberta Education FNMI
Our Words, Our Ways: Teaching First Nations, Métis and Inuit Learners
Walking Together: First Nations, Métis and Inuit Perspectives in Curriculum
FNMI Collaborative Framework: Building Relationships
In addition, the district works with a number of community partners to provide additional support for FNMI students to achieve academic and personal success.
Calgary Aboriginal Services Guide