Online First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Studies Courses

The diversity of cultural, linguistic, racial, and religious groups is a valuable characteristic of Canadian society; this program helps prepare all students to live harmoniously in a multi-cultural society in the interdependent world of the twenty-first century.

Canada is the land of origin for Aboriginal peoples, and the history of Canada begins with them. As the first people of Canada, Aboriginal peoples are unique in Canada’s mosaic. Thus, exploration of the development and contributions of Aboriginal societies is central to an understanding of the social fabric of this country.

This online program provides students with an overview of the issues and challenges that confront indigenous peoples worldwide. Students will develop an understanding of the concerns and aspirations of the world’s indigenous population, plan and conduct research on global issues that have an impact on indigenous peoples, and use information technology to consult materials related to the views of indigenous peoples throughout the world.

NDA3M Contemporary First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Issues & Perspectives, Grade 11 (University/College)

Learning to understand and appreciate diverse cultural perspectives, and to recognize that different cultures experience different realities, is an important aspect of becoming an engaged, thoughtful citizen in our increasingly interconnected world. This course provides students with an overview of the realities facing contemporary First Nations, Métis, and Inuit at the community, regional, and national levels, and of the global context for those experiences. Students are given opportunities to analyze diverse First Nations, Métis, and Inuit perspectives on issues and events related to land, community, governance, identity, culture, and global trends. Through their investigations, students learn to determine what needs to change and why. Their exploration of the factors shaping social action, and of Indigenous approaches to leadership and governance, help students appreciate the resiliency and persistence of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit cultures and identities in contemporary life, as well as the contribution that these cultures make to contemporary Canadian society.

 

NDW4M Contemporary Indigenous Issues & Perspectives in a Global Context, Grade 12 (University/College)

Despite the wide diversity of Indigenous peoples around the world, contemporary Indigenous cultures and communities share many perspectives, experiences, concerns, and aspirations. In this course, students examine global issues from the perspectives of Indigenous peoples, investigating topics such as identity, social justice, human rights, spirituality, resilience, and advocacy for change. Students draw on the depth and diversity of Indigenous cultures, traditions, and knowledge to consider how Indigenous communities around the world persevere despite current global political, social, and economic challenges.

 

Though our physical doors remain temporarily closed, the minds of our students stay open. Summer classes are continuing to meet on their regular daily schedules, in virtual classrooms with face-to-face instruction and peer interaction.  The Blyth Academy model of small class sizes, flexible scheduling and individualized approach have enabled us to remain faithful to our standards. Our commitment to ongoing and meaningful communication between school, teachers, students and families has been critical to this effort.

Although our students have transitioned into summer mode and COVID-19 restrictions have begun to loosen, we are looking ahead to what September will hold for our campuses and families.
We want to be clear - our preference and our priority is to get students back to our campuses, but we must ensure this is done in a safe and effective way. While we await official guidance from Public Health and the Ministry of Education, a "return to school" task force has been hard at work putting concrete operational plans in place for all likely scenarios. This includes a full return to campus with safeguards, a blended model of virtual and in-campus learning and the continuation of fully virtual classrooms. All scenarios will provide robust learning and live, daily instruction and interaction with teachers and peers. 
With ten campuses across Ontario, we realize that each one of our schools is a unique space and community. We will be implementing across-the-board policies on hand washing, facility cleaning and social distancing measures. Each school is also prepared to pivot individually based on the guidance of local health authorities and to best serve students and families. 
Our recent survey showed that over 80 per cent of Blyth Academy families are eager to return to campuses, and we are hard at work to prepare for this day. As September's scenario becomes clearer and more information becomes available, we will continue to communicate. 

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