Circle of Learning – Education Initiative
Through the Circle of Learning – An Urban Indigenous Education Framework, ANFCA began to explore how to engage urban Indigenous parents to support the success of the children in the public education system. ANFCA has partnered with Napi and Hinton to determine good practices from a community lens with the desire to expand to provide supports across the Friendship Centre movement.
The goal of this initiative is to determine:
- What role does Indigenous culture play in supporting urban Indigenous families within the education structures?
- How can Friendship Centres support urban Indigenous families in school transitions? What does this look like specifically?
- How can Friendship Centres support the current education system to better support urban Indigenous families?
- What/why are current education systems not working for urban Indigenous families? What is working? Where are the greatest challenges?
- What does an Urban Indigenous Education Framework look like?
- Why are urban Indigenous parents not engaged in the public education system?
- What are the barriers/gaps to being engaged?
United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) – Truth and Reconciliation 94 Calls to Action
ANFCA is working to ensure that Alberta-based Friendship Centre movement and urban Indigenous populations in those communities are well-informed, knowledgeable about UNDRIP and are prepared to undertake a meaningful role in current and future United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) community phases.
The focus over the past couple years has been to:
- To create resources to determine how to educate/engage member Friendship Centres on UNDRIP.
- To educate ANFCA youth council and Rise Up Youth about UNDRIP and the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action
- To work with the Alberta Government to understand their UNDRIP engagement needs.