FNMI Programs

East Central Catholic Schools continue to explore new strategies to permeate FNMI outcomes across all grade and subject areas. Activities ranged from a four-day Trickster Theatre production which included 6 artists and 18 workshop groups that focused on FNMI in the context of the elementary social studies curriculum, participating in Orange Shirt Day and teaching students about residential schools and the reconciliation process, purchasing FNMI library resources, author visits (Christy Jordan-Fenton, Margaret Pokiak-Fenton), to a full day school-wide community event at St. Jerome’s where students and staff got the opportunity to participate in drumming, bannock making, hand games, jingle dress, storytelling, tipi teachings, and Cree language activities.

Many of the division's FNMI accountability pillar measures, especially in comparison to Alberta Education, are relatively high. The percentage of First Nation, Metis and Inuit students achieving the acceptable standard increased from 34.1% to 67.9% ↑ an increase of 33.8%. The PAT Acceptable standard results increased from 34.1% to 67.9%↑ and the PAT Excellence standard was 14.3%. ECCS is committed to providing supports for our First Nation, Metis and Inuit students and will maintain a focus on improving achievement in this area.  The ECCS dropout rate for First Nation, Metis and Inuit students increased by 11.0% and the Division will be identifying the factors contributing to increasing this variable. The number of First Nation, Metis and Inuit students qualifying for the Rutherford Scholarship remained the same at 45.5%.

ECCS Key Strategies For Improvement

  • Utilize Vermilion Is Being Empowered (VIBE), and FSL staff and programming to support the pyramid of intervention models. Identify and align FNMI history and reconciliation teachings across all grade levels.

  • Continue to support academic counselling services aligned to current programming and scholarship information for FNMI students.

  • Bring in First Nation, Inuit and Metis speaker/presenters to workshop days at SOH centers.

  • Promote the use of culturally sensitive instructional materials, First Nation, Inuit and Metis fine arts, guests, and experiential learning activities that meet the diverse needs of First Nation, Metis and Inuit students.

  • Ensure that school administration and instructional staff access the SIS and IPP program analytical information to inform instruction and assessment practices.













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