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Braided Journeys

The Braided Journeys Program

Braided Journeys ​programming is intended to support First Nations, Métis and Inuit youth to become leaders of character, vision and action. FNMI youth are provided multi-component, culturally-based programs that challenge their creativity, build on their skill set, and increase their support network. In addition, youth have the opportunity to develop citizenship skills, thus, enhancing self-esteem and confidence. Participants also gain skills from a variety of cultural and leadership activities such as:

  • Goal Setting
  • Problem-Solving
  • Healthy Risk-Taking
  • Physical Competence
  • Interpersonal Interaction
  • Cooperative Teamwork
  • Leadership and Outdoor Education

These activities are achieved by coordinating and planning of a number of programs. 

The Artist-In Residence Program features well known artists from the community. Students learn new skills using several art mediums as well Aboriginal history and culture. The program encourages discussion and dialogue between instructors and students allowing students to seek information, improve language skills, share opinions and self-reflect. 

Individualized career counseling for FNMI students including career investigations, funding and post-secondary information. The program also coordinates sessions with post-secondary institutions and student-for-the-day opportunities.

Canada’s First Farmer: Students will learn the sacredness of corn and how it benefited the Aboriginal farmers. 
Program of Studies: Social Studies: Culture and Community.

Dance Teachings: A traditional dancer will share her/his life as a dancer and discuss the symbolism of the regalia. 

Program of Studies: Social Studies: Culture and Community; Religion.

Flute Stories: Traditional Aboriginal Flute presentation and storytelling. 

Program of Studies: Language Arts; Social Studies: Culture and Community

People of the Plains: History of the Plains People with artifacts. 

Program of Studies: Social Studies, Culture and Community

For more information, please contact:      

Who to Contact​​

Pam Sparklingeyes
Program Manager, Aboriginal Learning
780-944-2000 Ext.324