Local Teachers Have New Resource to Teach Native Studies

    TORONTO, Oct. 3 /CNW/ - A new locally-developed teachers resource is a
welcomed initiative that will help address a gap in Native Studies curriculum,
says the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO).
    According to ETFO President David Clegg, the 'Six Nations Iroquois Clans
Program' offers educators another teaching resource to help their students
gain a greater understanding of Aboriginal people and the development of their
culture and traditions.
    "Much of the curriculum materials currently available to teachers are
lacking in 'real life' information in the area of Aboriginal culture and
traditions. This new resource, which addresses that gap, will be particularly
useful in local elementary classrooms.
    "By presenting the history of local First Nations Clans, this new
resource can help non-Native students understand and appreciate the history,
culture and traditions of their aboriginal classmates while instilling a sense
of pride in Aboriginal students."
    The 'Six Nations Iroquois Clans Program' resource focuses on the
Haudenosaunee/Six Nations/Iroquois history and culture. Lesson plans and
activities aligned with the Ontario Curriculum Guidelines for Native Studies
are supported by Native stories, visual support material, and a 'word wall'
glossary and pronunciations of Native names.
    The resource was developed by curriculum experts, as well as Native and
non-Native educators throughout the Boards of Education in Brantford, Six
Nations Territory along the Grand River, and Brant County.

    The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario represents
73,000 elementary public school teachers and education workers across the
province and is the largest teacher federation in Canada.

For further information:

For further information: David Clegg, President, ETFO, (416) 962-3836
(Office), (416) 948-1592 (Cell); Larry Skory, ETFO Communications, (416)
962-3836 (Office), (416) 948-0195 (Cell)

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