Who we are is where we come from : a historical curriculum resource for the Pic Mobert First Nation
Instruction and study
Native language and education
Indians of North America
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This qualitative study was undertaken in order to create a curriculum resource for use at the Netamisakomik Centre for Education (K-Grade 8 School) on the Pic Mobert First Nation. The Pic Mobert First Nation is located in the province of Ontario, within the Robinson Superior Treaty area. Combining archival data and interviews with community Elders, this study will provide teachers at the Netamisakomik Centre for Education with a tool for the development of historical and culturally relevant teaching and learning material. Data collection focused on the history of the Pic Mobert First Nation and used purposeful sampling, recorded interviews and both primary and secondary document sources. The study used an interpretational approach to data analysis with a focus on identifying constructs, themes, and patterns relating to Pic Mobert's history. The National Indian Brotherhood, the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples and the Union of Ontario Indians' Restoration of Jurisdiction in Education Process attest to the need for educational opportunities for Aboriginal students that are inclusive of their language, history, and culture. Furthermore, the literature shows that although there is documented data related to First Nation histories, individual community histories are not making their way into the classroom. The Elders highlighted the importance of teaching Pic Mobert children the Anishinabe language, of restoring wholeness to Anishinabe history and of what it means to be Anishinabe. It is hoped that this study will assist the Pic Mobert First Nation in its efforts to provide students at the Netamisakomik Centre for Education with an educational experience that is reflective of who they are and where they come from.