New Paths for Education: Innovation activities

Opportunities for First Nations to pilot innovative education approaches and share results.

The 2018-2019 call for proposals for Innovation activities between April 1, 2018 and March 31, 2019 is now open. The deadline for national organizations to submit a proposal is May 15, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST).

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About this activity

The Government of Canada is committed to working collaboratively with First Nations to ensure that all students receive a culturally responsive, high quality education that improves student outcomes, while respecting the principle of First Nations control of First Nations education.

The call for proposals for new Innovation activities within the New Paths for Education program allows First Nations to try new academic programs, strategies, and technologies, and develop evidence-based solutions that can be shared with other schools. It is intended to assist band-operated schools to:

2018-2019 themes

For 2018-2019, the call for proposals has three themes:

Land-based education

Land-based education provides First Nations students with the opportunity to learn while connecting with the land. It challenges students to discover new personal limits and build leadership skills and confidence by using traditional knowledge and teachings.

Land-based education also strengthens intergenerational knowledge transfer which contributes to positive identity formation, increased self-esteem and pride. It has the potential to improve the well-being, mental health and academic success of Indigenous students; and enhance student engagement in school.

For the 2018-2019 Innovation call, proposals are being sought that pilot:

  • a new land-based education program or curriculum in a First Nation school

or

  • an adaptation of an existing program or curriculum to include a land-based education component

or

  • an adaptation of an existing land-based education program or curriculum for a new audience or purpose

Physical activity and sport

The Aboriginal Long-Term Participant Development Pathway is a roadmap for developing quality physical activity and sport programming. It:

  • represents a shift in the way that physical activity and sport is led and delivered for Indigenous peoples
  • uses a holistic approach that considers the mental, cognitive, emotional and physical development of an individual
  • outlines the key elements that need to be considered when planning, developing and implementing physical activity and sport programs
  • was developed by the Aboriginal Sport Circle and the Sport for Life Society

In a school environment, the Aboriginal Long-Term Participant Development Pathway can be used to design and implement programming which has the potential to improve the well-being, mental health, and academic success of Indigenous students; as well as enhance student engagement in school.

For the 2018-2019 call, proposals are being sought that are based on the Aboriginal Long-Term Participant Development Pathway, demonstrate quality physical activity and sport programming and pilot:

  • a new physical activity or sport program or curriculum

or

  • an existing physical activity or sport program or curriculum for a new audience or purpose in schools

or

  • an adaptation of an existing program or curriculum to include a physical activity and sport component

or

  • an adaptation of an existing physical activity or sport program or curriculum so it aligns with the pathway

If you are applying under this theme, please contact Heather Kaulbach, Executive Director at the Aboriginal Sport Circle (hkaulbach@aboriginalsportcircle.ca), to discuss the proposal before submitting your application.

Quality physical activity and sport programming

  • is welcoming and inclusive: it is fun, adapts to meet participant needs, actively welcomes participants of different abilities, genders and backgrounds
  • is safe and well-run: it is well-organized, outcome-oriented in a safe environment
  • is technically sound: it is developmentally appropriate for the participants, builds on skills and capabilities, led by knowledgeable, capable leaders for students from kindergarten to Grade 5 would include exposure to a wide range of movements, which provide a base for all other sports:
    • running, jumping, throwing
    • agility, balance, coordination, speed and dance
    • swimming
    • slipping and sliding, on snow, ice or water

Music and dance

Music and dance are crucial expressions of nationhood and cultural identity, essential for communities to transmit their values, beliefs and histories from generation to generation. Quality music and dance education programs that are developmentally appropriate and culturally sensitive provide an opportunity to empower students as they acquire diverse skills and an understanding of physical literacy and aesthetic literacy, while learning traditional dance and song.

For the 2018-2019 call, proposals are being sought that pilot:

  • a new music and/or dance program or curriculum in a First Nation school or
  • an adaptation of an existing program or curriculum to include a music and/or dance component or
  • aptation of an existing music and/or dance program or curriculum for a new audience or purpose

Who can apply?

Deadline

The deadline to submit a proposal is 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on May 15, 2018.

How to apply?

Applicants must:

To get the standard proposal template, please email aadnc.npep.aandc@canada.ca

Applicants are strongly encouraged to closely review the New Paths for Education – National Program Guidelines 2018-2019 before submitting an application for more requirements.

To get the standard proposal template or find out more, contact Indigenous Services Canada:

The New Paths for Education Innovation National Selection Committee selects proposals, based on these criteria. To learn about the members of the 2017-2018 selection committee, read their biographies.

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