The vision of our Education department is to contribute to quality education, where students are knowledgeable and proud of their culture and highly successful in academics. We strive to assist, support and enable ATC First Nations in their education endeavors through a variety of programs, committees, and events that we host.
We have key goals for our department, including:
- Developing and promoting effective communication among ATC First Nations and relevant organizations
- Facilitating and researching the development of ATC First Nations education programs
- Supporting students’ education through the boarding home program and post-secondary education support program
About the Boarding Home Program
The purpose of this program is to provide placement services to students from Chipewyan Prairie First Nation, Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation and Mikisew Cree First Nation who are interested in attending high school in the Alberta region, outside of their home community.
The boarding home family provides room and board to a high school student. The objective is to have the student integrate with the family, while being provided with residential accommodation and academic/personal support in a safe and supportive environment while the student pursues his/her high school education.
About the Post-Secondary Education Program
The objective of the Post-Secondary Student Support Program is to provide financial support to ATC Treaty/Status students, encouraging them to gain access to post-secondary education and graduate with the skills and competencies needed to pursue individual careers. Ultimately, this contributes to the advancement of First Nations self-governance and economic self-reliance.
ATC Cree and Dene apps
In an effort to preserve our Indigenous languages, and encourage youth, and anyone with a smartphone, to learn our languages, we are working hard to develop innovative, fun, and interactive apps for both the Cree and Dene languages within our 5 First Nation member communities.
The Cree app has already been developed and is available to download for free through your Google or Apple app store. This app has over 400 words, with a growing list, that will help those interested learn the language.
We worked closely with local Elders to develop this language app, and will soon be releasing the Dene language app containing more than 400 words.
We are encouraged by the opportunity to engage our youth, and others, through technology. Give it a try and let us know how you like it!
Other ways we support education for First Nations students
- Work in partnership with Northland School Division to develop the Education Standards Agreement (ESA)
- Relationship building with Fort McMurray Public and Catholic School Districts
- Annual support for the Traditional Celebration of Achievement (TCOA)
- Monthly meetings with the Treaty 8 Education Commission to further develop education opportunities for First Nations in the Region
- Regularly attend INAC and Alberta Education meetings on behalf of ATC First Nations
- Support for our annual Elders in Residence in the Northland School Division
- 2018-2021 Innovation in First Nations Education Grant Program Proposal for ATC First Nations and Northland School Division