The Government of Canada is seeking proposals for “New Paths for Education: Innovation activities” which allow First Nations to try new academic programs, strategies, and technologies, and develop evidence-based solutions that can be shared with other schools. It is intended to assist band-operated schools to:
- pilot a new program in school
- pilot an adaptation of an existing program for a new purpose or for a new audience in school
- assess and measure the impact of the pilot program on New Paths for Education objectives and outcomes
- share the story of successfully piloted innovations nationwide
The objectives of the New Paths for Education program are to:
- Strengthen First Nation education management and governance capacity through local capacity and educational institutional development;
- Improve the effectiveness of classroom instruction through curriculum and language development, pedagogical improvements, Information and Communications Technology (ICT);
- Support parental and community engagement in the education of children and youth which is conducive to a supportive learning environment;
- Assist band-operated schools to recruit and retain qualified teachers and educators and provide them with professional development opportunities;
- Enhance Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in the school; and
- Support research on, and the measurement and evaluation of, Indigenous education initiatives in Canada of current or potential benefit to First Nation students, and support awareness raising and knowledge sharing on identified best practices.
Land-based education: Land-based education provides First Nations students with the opportunity to learn while connecting with the land. It challenges students to discover new personal limits and build leadership skills and confidence by using traditional knowledge and teachings.
Physical activity and sport: The Aboriginal Long-Term Participant Development Pathway is a roadmap for developing quality physical activity and sport programming. It:
- represents a shift in the way that physical activity and sport is led and delivered for Indigenous peoples
- uses a holistic approach that considers the mental, cognitive, emotional and physical development of an individual
- outlines the key elements that need to be considered when planning, developing and implementing physical activity and sport programs
- was developed by the Aboriginal Sport Circle and the Sport for Life Society
Music and dance: Music and dance are crucial expressions of nationhood and cultural identity, essential for communities to transmit their values, beliefs and histories from generation to generation.
- Funding for New Paths for Education may be flowed directly to band councils, or to organizations designated by band councils, such as tribal councils, education organizations, political/treaty organizations, public or private organizations engaged by, or on behalf of Indian bands, provincial ministries of education, provincial school boards/districts or private education institutions, to provide education services.
- Organizations designated by band councils must submit documented support from the designating First Nations with their proposal, such as Band Council Resolutions or formal letters of support.
How to Apply
Interested applicants must apply online via given website.
Eligible Country: Canada
For more information, please visit https://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1488201235288/1488201554951#sec1.