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Working Towards an Enhanced Understanding of First Nations, Métis and Inuit Learners

by Alberta Teachers' Association

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Course Description

This course is designed for administrators, teachers and support staff who wish to improve the educational outcomes for Aboriginal students by having a clearer understanding of Aboriginal identity, culture and history.

This course will provide a conceptual framework for all learners to enhance their understanding of the diverse Aboriginal cultures within their region, Canada and the world.

This course reflects a perspective that encompasses and integrates the past, present and future of Aboriginal peoples. This course will provide all with the opportunity to develop, explore and apply their own personal reflections on Aboriginal perspectives.


The resiliency of Aboriginal peoples’ cultural heritages and languages has promoted a survival of their nations. In spite of many challenges, the majority of Aboriginal peoples in Canada have maintained traditional beliefs and value structures within their cultural framework.


This course is based on Aboriginal worldviews and experiences, and incorporates the following concepts:

  • Aboriginal Identity
  • Aboriginal Culture and Language
  • Understanding Aboriginal Histories
  • Aboriginal Education: Past and Present
  • Worldviews
  • How Aboriginal Students Learn
  • Supporting Aboriginal Learners in the Classroom

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