Aanii Kina Weya,

There are a lot of great things that are happening at the Wiikwemkoong Board of Education! It is a honor to bring to you, by way of TVO TeachOntario TeachTalks, how we are growing as we meet the needs of our students and community.


In these videos you will find five different ways that we are offering an education to our students with the vision “to promote lifelong learning and academic success, guided by Anishinaabe world views.” We are creating ways to include Anishnawbe culture and language in everyday activities and classroom instruction.


The Wiikwemkoong Board of Education has appreciated the opportunity to highlight some of its’ successes through the work of our teachers and students. We hope you are inspired to utilize some of the teaching tools that we use to support Anishnawbe students. As life-long learners, our teachers are always learning how to inspire students to learn and continue to develop their understanding of ways of supporting our students in our community.


Miigwech,

Fay Zoccole

Education Director, Wikwemikong Board of Education


Wikwemikong Talks

  • Nimkii Lavell

  • Sharon Hunter

  • Ann & Cathy

  • Chris Mara

  • Valerie & Samantha

Nimkii Lavell | Land Based Learning Coach

Land-based education is based on an environmental approach to learning that builds on the relationship of Indigenous peoples to the Land. It is grounded within Indigenous knowledge and pedagogy and prioritizes the relationship between people and the land in which learning occurs. This relationship produces invaluable teachings. Nimkii Lavell works with staff, students and community members from Kindergarten to Grade 12 to incorporate land-based learning into the students’ experiences. The experiences are based in the outdoors and all are steeped in the rich cultural history of the Anishinabe. The connections between land, culture and language are interwoven.

The Wikwemikong Board of Education’s vision statement is “to promote lifelong learning and academic success guided by Anishinabe world views.”  In creating the position of Land-Based Learning Coach the Wikwemikong Board of Education is fostering meaningful and transformative outdoor learning experiences that encompass Anishinabe perspectives and values. Learning takes place in local outdoor settings, and in ways that also connect students to the landscape and practices of their ancestors. Nimkii describes his work as supporting students in connecting to their Anishinabe heritage, “there is a sense of belonging, we are creating that Indigenousness.” By engaging in complex, multi-layered activities from skinning a beaver to building a canoe the students are developing their knowledge and skills. And as these experiences originate in Anishinabe practices the students are also developing a sense of well-being about their cultural place in the world.

This project has had an incredible impact on everyone involved and the enthusiasm for learning is evident. As Nimkii describes, it provides far-reaching benefits such as building community connectedness, improving mental health and well-being as well as improving understanding of key curriculum concepts.

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