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Manitoba Aboriginal Perspectives curricula

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  • Lessard, George
    Aboriginal Perspectives found on http://www.edu.gov.mb.ca/metks4/curricul/k-s4curr/elements.html Aboriginal perspectives
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      Aboriginal Perspectives
      found on
      http://www.edu.gov.mb.ca/metks4/curricul/k-s4curr/elements.html

      Aboriginal perspectives
      http://www.edu.gov.mb.ca/metks4/abedu/index.html
      are being integrated into curricula to enable students to learn the history
      of Manitoba and Canada before European settlement and to give the
      perspective of Aboriginal people since that time. Each subject area will
      address the perspectives and accomplishments of Aboriginal people, as
      appropriate. The goal in integrating Aboriginal perspectives into curricula
      is to ensure that all students have opportunities to understand and respect
      themselves, their cultural heritage, and the cultural heritage of others.

      Aboriginal perspectives apply to learning experiences for all students.
      However, there may be unique and particular learning experiences that apply
      specifically to Aboriginal students. Aboriginal students are learners and
      participants in Aboriginal cultures, not necessarily experts in the culture.
      Their knowledge about their culture may be the same as that of other
      students in the class but if they do have extensive knowledge about their
      culture, it can benefit the entire class.

      All students learn in a variety of ways and this should be taken into
      consideration to maximize learning for Aboriginal students as well. The
      intent is to ensure that high expectations in supported learning
      environments apply to Aboriginal students just as they do to non-Aboriginal
      students.

      Goals of Aboriginal Perspectives for Aboriginal Students

      to develop a positive self-identity through learning their own histories,
      cultures, and contemporary lifestyles
      to participate in a learning environment that will equip them with the
      knowledge and skills needed to participate more fully in the unique civic
      and cultural realities of their communities
      Goals of Aboriginal Perspectives for Non-Aboriginal Students

      to develop an understanding and respect for the histories, cultures, and
      contemporary lifestyles of Aboriginal people
      to develop informed opinions on matters relating to Aboriginal people
      Gender Fairness
      To address the challenges of gender fairness and to develop student
      understanding in all subject areas in a balanced way, teaching, learning,
      and assessing must be equally accessible, relevant, interesting,
      appropriate, and challenging to male and female students. This will ensure
      that all students have opportunities to succeed regardless of gender.

      Curriculum documents, learning resources, and classroom practice should
      reflect a commitment to gender fairness and inclusion. All students,
      regardless of gender, should be encouraged and supported to develop to their
      full potential.
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