CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS 2017 Assembly of First Nations (AFN) First Nation Directors of Education National Forum (K-12 and Post Secondary Education)

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CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS 2017 Assembly of First Nations (AFN) First Nation Directors of Education National Forum (K-12 and Post Secondary Education)

February 28, March 1 & 2, 2017, Grey Eagle Resort, Tsuut’ina First Nation / Calgary, AB

It is with great enthusiasm and excitement that the AFN announces this National Forum which will provide an opportunity for First Nation Directors of Education and educators to network, share successful education practices and give voice to invaluable insights and perspectives regarding life long learning. The potential for the creation of a National Directors of Education Association will also be a conversation at the conference.

The theme of the National Forum is “Leading Educational Change: Restoring Balance”. Using the medicine wheel as a teaching tool, a holistic approach to education considers the four aspects of nature: physical, emotional, intellectual (mental), and spiritual needs of the learners, teachers, parents and families, schools, institutions, school boards, and educational systems. To be successful, it is necessary to journey to all four quadrants of the medicine wheel many times throughout life to develop the gifts and potential within, to understand the interconnectedness of all things, and to keep all aspects in balance. First Nations know that they must lead the process of educational change within communities, nations, regions, and within Canada; they know that this journey must be undertaken to restore balance in First Nations education. First Nations also know that in this time of reconciliation, working collaboratively with the Government of Canada to build a new relationship and make change is also a priority.

First Nation Directors of Education, principals, teachers, educators, Indigenous Institutes and partners in First Nations education are invited to join us and take part in this National Forum.
Using the four quadrants, please select topics related to the following themes for the presentation that you would like to make at the National Forum.

1) BODY (physical, doing, place):
• Culture and language
• Northern and remote communities
• Early childhood education
• Experiential learning
• Land-based learning

2) HEART (emotional, heart, passion):
• Cultural identity, self identity & self esteem
• Parental engagement
• Substance abuse and suicide prevention
• Working with Provincial or First Nations schools

3) MIND (intellectual, knowledge, reasoning):
• Post-secondary education
• Education systems
• Education funding
• Measuring success and mutual accountability
• Technology

4) SPIRIT (spiritual, wisdom, support):
• Storytelling
• Cultures and ceremonies
• Cultural teachings
• Instructional leadership
• Elders supporting students, classrooms & institutions

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