Continuous Improvement Performance Management System (CIPMS) Training Guide

This CIPMS guide is a guide for anyone wanting to develop a deeper and broader understanding of the CIPMS initiative.

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Self Management – Back to Basics

The Self-Management, Self-Direction: Back to Basics program is designed to help. Literacy and Basic Skills students and practitioners communicate effectively about the many beginnings that can be explored in the journey of learning as an adult student. Thinking – Feeling – Behaving, these are integral parts of who we are as adults—where we have been, where we are now and where we hope to go with our accomplishments.

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Completing the Circle

The Completing the Circle: Teaching Our First Teachers program is a flexible course designed for Aboriginal adults who want to help their children’s literacy development and who are interested in talking about their parenting strategies. The program consists of eight sessions which include detailed Facilitator’s Notes and a full set of handouts that can be copied and used with the participants.

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The Holistic Approach Developing OALCF Task-Based Activities – Practitioners Guide

The purpose of this Practitioner Guide is to show how the Aboriginal Framework to Life/Learning, most often referred to as the Medicine Wheel – or the Wheel of Life – relates to the Ontario Adult Literacy Curriculum Framework (OALCF), in particular the development of task-based activities; and to make it easier for practitioners who are accustomed to working holistically with learners to understand how their approaches, methodologies and resources meet the requirements of the OALCF.

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The following are units included in the Rekindling the Spirit Curriculum.

Teachings of the Seven Sacred/Seven Grandfathers – Unit 1 – Unit Description

The traditional concepts of respect and sharing, that form the foundation of the Aboriginal way of all life, are built around the seven natural laws or sacred
teachings. Each teaching honours one of the basic virtues that are necessary for a full and healthy life. Each can be seen as an animal to point out that all our actions and decisions affect the world we live in. The animal world taught man how to live close to the earth. For those who follow the traditional Aboriginal way, the respect for all life is based in this connection between the animal world, man and the environment.

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Teachings of the Medicine Wheel – Unit 2 – Unit Description

The Medicine Wheel is a circular symbol representing the wholeness of traditional Native life. It is a perfectly balanced shape without a top or bottom, length or width. It represents constant movement and change. It also represents and symbolizes unity, peace, harmony and courage. It is a testimony of the human being’s ability to survive and to maintain balance. The ultimate goal is to strike a harmonious balance in life. The circular form of the Medicine Wheel shows the relationship of all things in a unity, a perfect form, and suggests the cyclical nature of all relationships and interactions. Everything in the universe is part of a single whole.

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The Great Tree of Peace Teachings – Unit 3 – Unit Description

In this unit students will be introduced to the Great Tree of Peace and examine how it functions as a teaching/learning tool. This unit helps fill the gap that exists in studies related to Aboriginal peoples, in particular, where the study of Haudenosaunee or Iroquois peoples is concerned. This unit is not all-inclusive, but focuses on who the Haudenosaunee or Iroquois are, what they value and believe, and how their society is structured to live in harmony with others and with the environment. These teachings are designed to guide and help Aboriginal peoples to cope with and survive through the influence of change in today’s world.

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Thirteen Moons – Practitioners Guide – LBS Levels 2 & 3

This practitioner’s guide is a tool to help the practitioner construct lessons around the thirteen moons of Ojibwe, Cree and Mohawk cultures. The sample lessons can be adapted to each nation.

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Personal Growth and Exploration – Practitioners Guide – LBS Levels 4 & 5

This guide will attempt to help the learner gain a better picture of their roots, their past, and their culture and take them forward into the present and the issues facing Native peoples within Canada. The activities will focus on the 9 essential skills as well as the basic reading, writing and numeracy skills our learners need, and also pride and self-esteem in the knowledge gained about themselves as a people.

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Native Literacy In Ontario Environmental Scan

The “Native Literacy In Ontario Environmental Scan” is a report conducted to identify current and projected Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) programs needs and issues in Ontario Aboriginal communities and agencies serving Aboriginal clients.

(Report date: March 2015)

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“Daughters, Sisters, Mothers & Wives” Education Kit

The first of the series of Indigenous Women’s Roles Education Kit – Haudenosaunee

This E-Kit developed for LBS programs covers the Haudenosaunee and the series will continue for the Anishnaabe and Cree in coming years. The E-Kit is designed to be used as a stand-alone resource for individual task based activities or for a 3-5 week boutique program utilizing all the components in the package. This material promotes active student participation in group environment but can also be used by independent students with support from their teachers/practitioners.

The E-Kit includes:

  • A reader entitled  “Daughters, Sisters, Mothers & Wives”
  • A video in the back cover of the reader entitled “Onkwe’nistensera”
  • A Mohawk language workbook
  • A CD in the back cover of the language workbook to accompany the language book as a complete translation in Mohawk
  • A poster of the Haudenosaunee roles and interconnectedness
  • A three set of posters of the clans of the Haudenosaunee
  • Two beautiful posters of cornhusk dolls
  • A poster of the Thanksgiving Address
  • Two possible task based activities (thank you to Aili Childs, Program Coordinator at the Hamilton Native Learning Centre)
  • Implementing Language and culture into the OALCF (thank you to Ardina Fiddler, Program Coordinator at Katkwenyes Literacy & Basic Skills Program, Fort Erie, ON)

A  free download of the “Daughters, Sisters, Mothers & Wives” – Reader and “A Mohawk Language Book” is available below

To obtain the full E-Kit Please refer to Request a Resource

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Additions to the Indigenous Women’s Roles – Education Kit – Haudenosaunee

Adding to the Indigenous Women’s Roles – Education Kit – Haudenosaunee

– 2 Language learning work books – with CD’s

  • A Cayuga Language Work Book
  • An Oneida Language Work Book

A  free download of the these additions are available below

To obtain the full E-Kit Please refer to Request a Resource

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Daughters, Sisters, Mothers & Wives Education Kit – continued

The second of the series of Indigenous Women’s Roles Education Kit – Anishinaabe

This E-Kit developed for LBS programs covers the Anishinaabe perspective. The E-Kit is designed to be used as a stand-alone resource for individual task based activities or for a 3-5 week boutique program utilizing all the components in the package. This material promotes active student participation in group environment but can be used by independent students with support from their teachers/practitioners.

The E-Kit includes:

  • A reader entitles “Daughters, Sisters, Mothers & Wives – An Anishinaabe Reader”
  • A DVD video found in the cover of the reader
  • A language work book entitled “Daughter, Sisters, Mothers & Wives – An Anishinaabe Language Workbook”
  • A CD found in the cover of the language workbook to accompany the language workbook as a complete translation in Anishinaabe
  • 2 posters – “The Medicine Wheel as a Teaching Symbol for all Anishinaabe”, “Doodemag (Clans)”

A  free download of the “Daughters, Sisters, Mothers & Wives” – An Anishinaabe Reader and An Anishinaabe Language Wookbook is available below

To obtain the full E-Kit Please refer to Request a Resource

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Traditional Knowledge and Skills as a Business

Turn your passion for your traditional knowledge and skills such as hobbies, arts and crafts into a money making business. This course is designed to help you learn the basics and how to avoid the pitfalls that many people have encountered and help you decide whether to pursue a small business as a profession.

* This course includes 12 lessons

* Each lesson is divided into five parts followed by one small assignment and one quiz to assist with the student’s understanding of the material.

* The lessons include areas in which the potential business owner will discover how to find your niche in the market, how to determine which venues will be best for your product, and what the student will need to represent themselves in a professional manner.

* The student will also learn how to price their work; learn some of the secrets to marketing, how to set long- and short-term goals, and how to stay artistically inspired while running their own business

To obtain the full E-Kit Please refer to Request a Resource

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