Category Archives: Opening Message

Many Paths project promotes careers

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Kwayaciiwin is proud to launch our latest project. Many Paths is an initiative to inspire First Nations youth and children to explore the many career and education opportunities that are available. The project features First Nations individuals from a variety of educational and career backgrounds.

Our vision is for teachers/educators to use Many Paths in the classroom to talk about career options by showing First Nations individuals from the region. Posters are also being distributed to our member community schools. The website features even more individuals, as well as Q&A’s, videos, and photos.

Visit the Many Paths website at www.manypaths.info

New Immersion and Language catalogue available

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Kwayaciiwin is pleased to introduce our new catalogue specifically created for language and immersion teachers. It’s designed to equip  classrooms with in-class tools, posters, charts, as well as for teachers to use and develop resources, materials, workbooks and storybooks that are tailored to their community dialect and for their program.

Click the image to view or download the catalogue:

These resources are available to our member communities at no cost. To find out if your community is part of the Academic Readiness Program and eligible for free resources, check out the communities partners page.

For other communities and organizations, please contact us for a quote. Email info@kerc.ca or call us at 807-737-7373.

Also, don’t forget to check out our Materials Catalogue to see our full inventory of resources and materials.

Chiefs Endorse Plan to Establish First Nations School Board

Sioux Lookout, Ontario: At the recent Annual General Meeting for Kwayaciiwin Education Resource Centre, First Nation leaders supported a plan to establish a Regional First Nation School Board for communities in the Sioux Lookout area.

The plan was presented to First Nation leaders after a yearlong community engagement process that explored three options to transform the on-reserve school system for 13 communities that Kwayaciiwin works with. This process included community visits by meeting with community leaders, educators, principals, education directors, local education authorities, and community members. In addition, a survey distributed to each of the 13 communities found that 82 per cent of respondents supported option two, to create a regional school board. First Nation leaders supported the school board option by approving Resolution 07/2018 – First Nations School Board System at the March 27-28, 2018 annual general meeting in Thunder Bay, Ont.

Jeannie Beardy, Executive Director for Kwayaciiwin, says a regional First Nations school board system will support and strengthen communities in their approach to education by providing academic resources, expertise, management, and culturally appropriate resources and curriculum. It is also a crucial step for First Nations to assume greater control and independence of education.

“With strength in unity and collaboration, we can build a strong direction and future for our children that meets their learning needs,” Beardy says.

Kwayaciiwin will now work with communities to establish a new relationship for moving forward to create the Regional First Nations School Board and will work with the federal government to access the necessary funding. Initial estimates for roll out of the new system are by the Fall of 2020.

Since 2002, Kwayaciiwin has worked with communities to help students succeed academically by providing culturally appropriate resources and materials, and by supporting schools in areas of literacy, numeracy, data collection, technology, and governance.


Background Information:

Kwayaciiwin hosts AGM

Kwayaciiwin was pleased to host Chiefs, proxies, education directors, and various guests in Thunder Bay for our Annual General Meeting on March 27 & 28, 2018.

Managers presented the 2016/17 Annual Report and Financial Audit. Numerous resolutions were also passed by Chiefs and proxies in attendance.

Please see the full list of resolutions below, as well as a copy of the 2016/17 Annual Report.

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2016/17 Annual Report

2018 Resolutions

Kwayaciiwin hires new Executive Director

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Kwayaciiwin Education Resource Centre is pleased to officially announce the hiring of Jeannie Beardy as Executive Director.

Jeannie, whose maiden name is Cutfeet, brings many years of experience working for her home community of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug. She is an educator, mother, grandmother, and a fluent speaker in English and Oji-Cree. She has served as Curriculum Developer for Native Language for her community and has worked on numerous grassroots projects related to social issues that incorporated Elder women’s knowledge and wisdom.

As Executive Director, Jeannie wants to ensure Kwayaciiwin is a relevant and effective organization for the people it serves. “Most of all, I want to continue to see Kwayaciiwin as a respected and growing organization, a living mechanism and a vehicle of Native language and culture,” she says.

Micheal Bottle, chair of the Kwayaciiwin Board of Directors, says the board is thrilled to have Jeannie join the organization. “Her grassroots experience and knowledge, her education background, and her knowledge of the culture and language make her a perfect fit for Kwayaciiwin,” says Bottle.

The Executive Director is responsible for carrying out Board policies, directives, and strategic plans established by the Board of Directors, and special mandates through resolutions from the corporate members (17 District Chiefs) of Kwayaciiwin as well as to supervise the overall operations and daily management of the organization.

Matthew Angees, out-going executive director, who lead the organization for five years, says, “Jeannie must carry on with the original vision set in 2002 by district Chiefs, elders and founders of Kwayaciiwin to close the academic gaps by working together.”

Kwayaciiwin Education Resource Centre is a regional organization that provides support services to on-reserve schools to ensure the bilingual, bicultural success of students. It works with 13 First Nation schools on its First Nations Student Success Program, Academic Readiness Project, and Structural Readiness Project. It also provides language and culture resource development and materials to 21 First Nations schools.

OPENING MESSAGE:

Mathew With each passing generation, we are leaving behind our language and are in the process of becoming an English speaking people. Through the Kwayaciiwin program, we can provide the opportunity for our children to continue to use and learn our language and culture. Our language enables us to express our worldwide view, beliefs, philosophy, values, traditions and customs. Our language is our vehicle for learning and passing on our culture to our children.

Matthew Angees – Interim Executive Director

 


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KERC’s 2015-16 Annual Report- click on the image to read the report

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The following key resolutions were passed at this years AGM:

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