ARPDC Professional Development Resources
Dedicated to ongoing professional learning at the local, regional and provincial level.

Our Way Is a Valid Way Professional Educator Resource

This resource is intended to enhance all teachers’ understanding of the diverse FNMI traditions, values, and attitudes, and of the historical and contemporary realities of FNMI peoples in western and northern Canada. The guiding questions in the creation of this resource are:

  • What aspects of WNCP Indigenous ways of knowing should be weaved into K–12 professional development resources for teachers?
  • What are the professional development methods of delivery that respectfully reflect the cultural aspects of ways of knowing, intellectual property rights, and holistic learning environments?
  • What practices promote success for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students?
  • What supports enhance teachers’ understandings of WNCP peoples?
  • How can the First Nations, Métis, and Inuit professional development resource be effectively implemented in school jurisdictions?

This resource is focused on professional development for teachers, districts and schools and supports a student/classroom connection.

Focus(s):First Nations, Métis, Inuit
Audience(s):Instructional Leaders, Teachers
Teaching Quality Standards:
  • Apply knowledge of First Nations, Métis, Inuit
Principal Leadership Quality Standards:
  • Support knowledge of First Nations, Métis, Inuit
Keyword(s):Culture, FNMI, Indigenous, Residential schools
Level(s):Elementary, Junior High, Senior High