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8TuesdayMarch122013WESCLEANNORTHERNSALESLTD.isalovelyyoungfemalecat.Sheisalwaysplayfulandhertastefulgreywhitecoatisenoughtokeepyouwarmduringthelongwinterseason.Pleaseleaveamessageat872-5543fordetails.Congratulationstothe2012recipientsoftheNorthwestTerritorieswww.ntpc.comEMPOWERINGFUTURESLauraKrutkoTulitaKylaGrayTylerBellZacharyBayhaTulitaNorthlandimprovesuseofAboriginallanguagesSchooldivisionstartsnewreviewtomeasureprogressByRENEFRANCOEURAboriginallanguageandcultureisbecomingincreas-inglyvisibleacrossAlbertasNorthlandSchoolDivisionNSDastheauthorityserv-ingmostlyFirstNationsandMtisstudentsinthenorthernpartoftheprovinceembarksonnewcommunitypartner-shipsandhostsmoreculturecamps.Therehasbeenanin-terestingshifthappeningoverthelasttwotothreeyearswhereweareseeinganincreaseinAboriginallanguageandcultureinourlearningsystembe-causethatswhatwevebeenworkingtowardsDeloresPruden-BarrieNSDsupervi-sorofAboriginalprogramstoldTheJournal.WehavemoreAboriginalresourcesandbooksonhand.WevegonefromhavingonelessonplantounitplanstowholelongrangeplansnowformoreAboriginalcontent.Includingexperientialon-the-landlearningthroughrecurringeventslikeculturecampsaspartofthecurric-ulumhasbeenabigpartofthatshiftPruden-Barriesaid.TheresCreeimmersioncampsinsomeofourschoolswildernesscampsinthewin-terthingslikethatwherethestudentslearninacommu-nitysettinginsteadoftheclassroomallthetimeandtheylearnfromcommunityleadersandelderssothetra-ditionallanguageisusedandbecomesapartofthistooshesaid.Languageenhancestheirsenseofidentityandthatinturnaffectshowweallinteractandrelatetotherestoftheword.Itsthemostimportantthing.InlateFebruaryNSDandKeeTasKeeNowTribalCouncilKTCmadeupofFirstNationsfromtheAtika-megAlta.areaheldawinterculturalcampwhereover60studentsparticipatedintra-ditionalactivitiesincludingsnowshoeingre-makingandsettingshnets.ThesecampswhichNSDdidnotprovideasrecentlyasveyearsagoofferavenueforcommunitymembersandelderstogetinvolvedintheirchildrenseducationaswellPruden-Barrienoted.OneyoungmalestudentstoodupduringthetalkingcircleattheendoftheKTCwintercampandsaidhehadlearnedsomuchaboutleadershipatthecamphowtolookaftersleddogshowtosetsnaresandculturalteachingslikethewomanwhocameandtalkedabouthowtheteepeeissymbolicofamotherandchildinthewomb.Hesaidthosearethethingsheneeds.AndthisisonlyonestudentPruden-Barriesaid.AdditionallyNSDisen-gagedincommunityprojectssuchastheBigstoneCreeNationStewardshipProjectandbandactivitiesinPeer-lessLake.ComponentsoftheBig-stoneprojectareactuallybeingtaughtintheclass-rooms.Twostudentsmadesuggestionsaboutwhatdirec-tionthecommunityshouldgointermsofnewtechnol-ogysocialmediaetceteraPruden-Barriesaid.Supportingmoreofthesetypesofactivitiesinthecurriculumhasstrength-enedAboriginallanguagesinthedivisions23schoolsDonnaBarrettNSDsuper-intendentadded.YearsagotheAborigi-nallanguagesweretaughtintheirclassesandthatwasittherestofthedaywouldgobacktonormal.Nowteachersunderstandthatlanguageandculturehavetoinltratethewholedaythatexperientiallearningisapriorityandthatitsapartofthestudents.DivisiondraftsactionplanbeginsauditNSDsetupaFirstNationMtisandInuitFNMIadvi-sorycommitteeinDecembercomprisedofprincipalsandelderstoprovidedirectioninthedraftingofanewactionplanforincreasedinfusionofAboriginalcontentintocurricula.TheactionplanstemsfromatroubledNSDhis-tory.FormerAlbertaEduca-tionMinisterDaveHancockredtheentire23-memberboardoftrusteesin2010duetoconcernsabouthighstaffturnoverandlowratesofstudentsuccess.Aninquiryboardwasthenappointedtomakealistof48recom-mendationsmanyofwhichcalledforthebolsteringofAboriginalcultureandlan-guageintheschools.Thisactionplanfurthertacklesthetopvepriorityrecommendationsidentiedoutofthe48bytheNorth-landcommunityengagementteaminMarch2011.RightnowwehavethecommitteeandwehaveatentativeactionplandraftedPruden-Barriesaid.TheyreviewedtheplanatthelastmeetinganddecidednowisthetimetodoaFNMIprogramauditorreviewinalltheschoolssothenwecankeepmov-ingthisforward.LastThursdayNSDsentoutthereviewwhichisintheformofaquestionnairetoprincipals.Thepurposeofthisisjusttomeasurewhatweredoingwellrightnowandwhereweneedtogofromhere.ItinvolvesquestionslikewhatAboriginalmaterialsarebeingpresentlyusedinsciencemathhealthetcet-erahowcanwestrengthenuseofAboriginallanguageBarrettexplained.Pruden-BarrieplanstostartcompilingresultsfromthereviewbyApril.PhotoscourtesyofNorthlandSchoolDivisionEducationAboriginalLanguagesDeloresPruden-BarrieNSDsuper-visorofAboriginalprogramsworksonunitplansinherofce.StudentslearnaboutpartsofadogsledatawinterculturalcamphostedbytheNorthlandSchoolDivisionNSD.DonnaBarrettNSDsuperintendentsaysAboriginallanguageshavebeenstrengthenedacrossthedivisions23schools.