First Nations, Métis and Inuit Services
Tansi, Oki Napi, Abawashded!
It is my pleasure to introduce myself as the newest liaison of Strathcona's FMNI family. My name is Devon Shanks and I begin my humble journey with you all from very modest beginnings. Originally from Lac La Biche Alberta, it is here where I spent a very pronounced part of my life in proximity of the culture - building the friendships, relationships and experiences that have helped guide me in reconnecting with my Metis roots. I continue to build upon my expertise here in the city of Edmonton, where I have been teaching for 8 years. This has allowed me to connect with youth and their families, with the hope of bringing a more unified sense of belonging amongst a fantastically diverse group of people. I very much look forward to the connections, conversations and celebrations I will have with you all in the near future! Hiy Hiy
We offer Aboriginal Studies 30 in the schedule:
Aboriginal Studies 30 is a provincial course for all Alberta students. Students will gain a greater understanding of the current issues facing Aboriginal peoples in Canada and worldwide. Aboriginal Studies 30 enables students to demonstrate an understanding of the issues of Aboriginal rights and self-government, Aboriginal land claims, Aboriginal peoples in Canadian society and Aboriginal world issues.
The course allows students to learn about Aboriginal issues and history from an Indigenous perspectives. Students will have the opportunity to engage in a variety of cultural experiences. Students will be faced with both the academic rigor of a 30 level course including unit exams, essays and a final. They will also be engaging in experiential learning including circles, discussions,cultural events, elders and guest speakers applying Indigenous knowledge
There are endless amounts of scholarships and bursaries available for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Students. Ask the school’s First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Liaison for the big blue binder of scholarship information!
There are some Post-Secondary institutions that have unique admission requirements for Indigenous Students. Visit the First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Liaison to help you discover how admission policies differ between schools and which school may be right for you.
Strathcona’s First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Liaison is able to connect students with members of the community that will support students in their personal growth. Some of the benefits of these connections include: employment, volunteer opportunities, academic support, cultural growth, health and wellness.