Education: Introduction to bundles

Ono gashkapideginan

Today’s learners have different values and interests, and have different ways of thinking, reacting, responding, and getting motivated. They are part of a generation connected to technology with skills and competencies often times better than those of their teachers. They come from more diverse backgrounds and ‘cultural identity’ and as a result, the new generation of learners have new traits of independence, creativity, open-mindedness, and enterprising minds.

The teaching and learning bundles are based on four pillars of learning that provide a holistic framework on which to enrich the teaching and learning process to help learners reach their fullest potentials. Learning to know provides the content and competencies needed by learners in the 21st century. Learning to live together helps learners develop social skills and values such as respect and concern for others, and appreciation of diversity among people – these are skills and competencies needed for life and work in the 21st century. Learning to do helps prepare them to become productive, working citizens after they leave the portals of the school. Finally, learning to be, allows them to develop all aspects of their being – body, mind, spirit.

Today we recognize the truths of the relationships between First Nations peoples and the Crown, the history of colonialism and the need to make change. In the bundles (lessons) provided, we wish to speak to the strength and resilience of Indigenous peoples rather than focusing on the historical trauma. We are resilient people with much to offer and share. The teaching and learning bundles are intended to teach of Indigenous brilliance and success.

Renée McGurry, B.A., B.Ed., PBDE

Noongom ge-gikenjigewaad, bakaan gegoon ogitendaanaawaan, aaniin gaye ezhi-maminwendamowaad, bakaan gaye izhi-inendamoog, aaniin gaye ge-wiikojitoowaapan bebakaan gegoon. Mii gaye bebakaan gegoon waasiganinig odizhi-nagajitoonaawaa’ naanigoding apiich wiin gaa-gikina’amaagowaad. Bebakaan ningoji wawonjiiwag, bakaan gaye izhitwaawag iwe onji. Mii noongom oshki-aya’aag, nishikewiziwag, nagajiiwag, nawach gaye bebakaan gegoon onoonde-gojitoonaawaan.

Ji-gikendaman gashkapidegin, niiwin apikweshimonan aabadadoon ji-gikenjigaadeg aaniin ji-izhi-gikina’amaading, nawach ji-wiiji’igowaapan gaa-gikina’amawindwaa. Gikenjigewin owiiji’igonaawaa’ igi ani-niigaan akiiwang ge-ani-gikendamowaapan. Wiiji-ayaanding owiiji’igonaawaa’ igi gegoo noonde-gikendamowaad wiijichigendiwin zhigwa gegoon getendaagwakin daabishkoo manaaji’aawaad awiya’. Zhigwa gaye gitendamowaad bebakaan awiya aaniin ezhi-gashki’ewizinid, mii owe ani-niigaan onji. Gikendaman aaniin gegoo ji-izhi-doodaman, giwiiji’igon aaniin -gizhizhawiziiwin, maadanokiiwin ishkwaa gikina’amaagoowin. Ishkwaach idash, ji-aawiyan, gikenindizowag memindage ezhi-aawiiwiwaagwen.

Noongom gigikendaamin aaniin ezhi-wiijiiwindiwaad Anishinaabeg zhigwa Gichi-ogimaawin, aaniin gaa-izhi-dibenjiged Waabishkiiwe, aaniin gaye ji-izhi-meshkwajichigeng. Ini gaa-gashkapidegin etegin, ninoonde-ganoodaamin aaniin ezhi-zoongaadiziwaad Anishinaabeg apiich wiin aaniin gaa-bi-izhi-banidoodawindwaa. Gigashki’ewizimin gegoo ge-bakweningeyangiban. Ini gashkapidegin ji-aabadakin ji-wiiji’indwaa Anishinaabeg ji-mino-gashki’ewiziwaapan.

Renée McGurry, B.A., B.Ed., PBDE

Teaching Bundle: Overview

Ono gashkapideginan

Indigenous Education requires both long- and short-term planning, research, commitment and understanding. Lack of knowledge in anything is an enemy to all peaceful relations and when there is so much to learn about the history and the truths of Indigenous peoples, it is critical that educators be provided with a knowledge bundle that includes the tools to embrace this work with confidence.

Anishinaabeg gikina’amaagewin wiiba onji ji-onachigeng, waasa gaye niigaan ji-izhichigeng, onjida ji-gikenjigeng waa-doodaman. Giishin gegoo gikendanziwan, aabimiitaagemagad aaniin ji-izhi-mino-wiijichigemad awiya, aapiji niibowag gegoon ji-gikenjigaadeg odaanaang Anishinaabeg, onjida gaa-gikina’amaagewaad ji-gikendamowaad ini geshkapidegin, ji-wiiji’igod anokaadang gegoo.

(← Zhaaganaashiimong, Baakwayishimong eta)

Early Years (K-5) 

Wiiba Gikino’amaagewin (K-5)

Early years students are ready to learn about their world and their place in it. They learn best through experiential, “hands-on” type of approaches that immerse them in practical and fun activities. These students are visual learners and need stimulation to catch their interest; they learn best when they are curious about the topic and their place in it.

Abinoojiiyag wiiba gikino’amawindwaa onoonde-gikendaanaawaa’ aaniin ezhigaabawiwaad omaa akiing. Gegoon owenji-gikendaanaawaa’ dazhiikamowaad aaniin gegoo ji-izhi-doodamowaad. Onagadaabandaanaawaan gegoon ji-noonde-dazhiikamowaad, nawach owiiji’igonaawaa’ giishin gegoon jiikendamowaad doodamowaad aaniin gaye ezhi-wiiji’igowaad.

(← Zhaaganaashiimong, Baakwayishimong eta)

Middle Years


What matters to Indigenous peoples with regards to education is that our students have the opportunity to share and develop their gifts in a safe and equity-based space. When infusing Indigenous perspectives into classroom curricula, it’s important to include authentic knowledge and experiences. This includes topics that dispel myths about who we are; identifying our community leaders; and learning how to live a life of balance as demonstrated with the Medicine Wheel. The following bundle explores these topics in a meaningful way.

Anishinaabeg ogitendaanaawaa’ aandi gikina’amawaagan endazhi-gikina’amawind gegoo, ji-naniizaanisinog gaye ge-dazhi-gikina’amawind. Giishpin gegoo Anishinaabewang dagonigaadeg imaa gaa-gikina’amawind gikina’amawaagan, onjida gagetin gegoon ji-dagonigaadeg. Daabishkoo giiwanimong awenen igi-Anishinaabeg, awenen gaa-niigaaniwaad, ji-ondaadizing aaniin ekidong imaa Medicine Wheel gaa-ijigaadeg. Biminizha’aman imaa geshkapidegin, giga-wiiji’igon ji-gikendaman.

(← Zhaaganaashiimong, Baakwayishimong eta)

Senior Years


Indigenous ways of knowing and doing are all based on the truth that everything in the universe is connected in some way. Everything in the universe is part of a single whole, and that everything is connected in some way. In the Senior Years bundle, students will explore identity through story, learn how the rights of Indigenous peoples are essentially rights for all people; and how we all need to create a pathway to Reconciliation.

Aaniin Anishinaabeg ezhi-gikenjigewaad, gegoo doojigewaad, mii owe gakina gegoo eyaamagak waawiijiiwesemagadoon. Gakina gegoo eyaamagak, bebangii onji imaa, gakina dash waawiijiisewan. Ishkwaach gichi-gikina’amaading gashkapideg, da-gikenjigewag gikina’amawaaganag dibaajimong onji, aaniin Anishinaabeg ogashki’ewiziwiniwaan naanaasaab gakina awiya, aaniin gaye gakina ji-maamiinochigeyang.

(← Zhaaganaashiimong, Baakwayishimong eta)