Block G : 17 octobre, 11 h 15 à 12 h

 

Abstract:

Since 2016, the Quebec government has established, in collaboration with the Regroupement des Centres d’Amitié Autochtones du Québec (RCAAQ), the Urban Accessibility Tables for Indigenous People, an inter-sectoral consultation and coordination structure for services for Indigenous people in urban areas. As part of this presentation, we will focus on the local table in Sept-Îles and, more particularly, on its sector subcommittee on education and higher education. Its purpose is to promote to education for Indigenous people notably through an annual action plan developed based on a comprehensive understanding of the issues and proposing synergistic initiatives to address them. The subcommittee consists of representatives from the Commission scolaire du Fer School Board, the Eastern Shores School Board, the Cégep de Sept-Îles, the Centre des Premières Nations Nikanite de l’Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, Centre d’amitié autochtone de Sept-Îles, Tshakapesh Institute, Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux (CISSS) de la Côte-Nord, RCAAQ, Secrétariat aux affaires autochtones and Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur.

Abstract:

In this workshop, teachers with the Western Quebec School Board will share their experiences and best practices in shifting teaching practices to positively impact Indigenous student learning. Grounded in research on how Indigenous students learn, teachers have embedded experiential, authentic learning opportunities and adapted the curriculum to make it relevant and meaningful across divers subjects (science, English language arts and social sciences). Teachers will share the impact it has had on their own practice and professional learning as well has the impact they have observed in student engagement, enjoyment and success.

Abstract:

How is a decolonization/indigenization process approach addressed? How does one develop one’s cultural humility? How do we learn to name its shortcomings and admit its colonial reflexes? This presentation will expose in a concrete way the process in which an indigenization approach can be operationalized in a populated, multicultural and urban college with numerous, both pre-university and technical programs.

For several years, Collège Ahuntsic has been involved in outreach projects with First Nations (e.g.: Rencontres autochtones project in Opitciwan, Indigenous collaborations at the college). Since the spring of 2018, a global and institutional approach has been undertaken, in collaboration with the Mikana Indigenous organization, to continue what has already been implemented, but also to support the inclusion of Indigenous students and work for sustainable development of inter-nation links. The process revolves around a will to:

  • Raise awareness in all staff members and students to the different realities of Indigenous peoples and to recognize their importance;
  • Empower Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth to value their contributions in different areas;
  • Create bridges with Indigenous communities and partners related to various current issues;
  • Reflect on ways to develop admission and service mechanisms for Indigenous students.

Abstract:

During the 2019 winter session, professionals from Cégep de Jonquière of the Media Art and Technology (ATM) program visited high schools, adult education centres and community organizations to meet First Nations students from various locations in Quebec, including Sept-Îles and Mashteuiatsh, to give them interactive workshops related to the media world. Approximately one hundred students were able to discover this field through workshops on topics such as journalistic writing, conducting a good interview, and careers in television production and oral communication. The impressions of Indigenous students, teachers, and staff confirmed that the goal of creating a spark of interest in the media world and making a difference, no matter how small, in these students has been achieved. We also saw many of these young people experience personal achievements. In this presentation, we wish to share the results obtained through these workshops, and the practices adopted by other organizations wishing to trigger interest in Indigenous students and give them a motivation to pursue their studies.

Abstract:

La Boite Rouge vif (BRv) is an Indigenous organization working in partnership with First Nations and Inuits on culture transmission. During the last 20 years, it has developed a dozen artistic productions presenting a contemporary self-portrait rooted in Indigenous realities. These productions represent a very broad educational potential for students of all levels. During the years 2019–2020, BRV will work with two schools (elementary and secondary) in Lac-Saint-Jean to integrate these productions into the curriculum. This workshop will present these connections as well as the unique teaching approach focusing on inclusive education. The educational activities developed are aimed not only at the Indigenous clientele, but at all students through a comprehensive approach. This pilot project is intended to support the educational success of Indigenous people in urban areas. The role of La Boîte Rouge vif will be to act as a mediator between teachers and students in order to co-build toolboxes rooted in Indigenous cultures as a pretext for teaching and to experiment them in the classrooms in all school subjects. This approach is a first phase of experimentation before proposing the project across Quebec. The presentation will highlight the foundation of the project, from the creative process to the classroom experimentation, as well as the many challenges encountered.