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New curriculum emphasizes Indigenous 'ways of knowing,' says education department

Thursday, August 16, 2018 10:26 AM | Anonymous member

The Yukon First Nations New Teacher Orientation program was made available this year to all new teachers and administrators.

Some at the workshop are new to Yukon. Others have years of experience already. 

Sarah Aasman has more than a decade of experience working as a substitute teacher, but attended the workshop because she's starting as a full-time contracted teacher in Grade 2 at Christ the King Elementary in Whitehorse.

"I like how [the new curriculum] is allowing us to be more project-based and experiential," she said. "There's integration between the subjects rather than having the subjects be separate. We can mix the science and First Nations [content] and math and do more integrative projects."

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The CASC office is situated in Robinson Huron Treaty territory and the land on which we learn and live is the traditional territory of the Atikameksheng Anishnawbek. We strive for reconciliation by working to transform existing relationships to emphasize open dialogue, mutual understanding and respectful collaborations.

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