K-12 Institute: Nurturing Capacity Evaluation Reports

Indspire supports communities to improve educational outcomes through the documentation and evaluation of their innovative practices. This community-led process is supported by an Indspire-funded Indigenous scholar, who works with programs on the ground to provide training on data collection and evaluation methodology. Nurturing Capacity projects are proven Successful Practices.

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Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey Eskasoni Mi’kmaw Immersion School

Results show the continued comparability of reading and math scores of immersion graduates and regular stream students. Immersion students learn cultural pride, values, customs, and respect.

Father Patrick Mercredi High School Nurturing Student Success

Clear evidence of Indigenous educational practices integrating Indigenous and Western knowledge, holistic learning, communal learning and education as a process of reconciliation.

The Mother Teresa Middle School: Supporting Regina’s Vulnerable Youth

Providing urban youth who are struggling in impoverished neighborhoods with extensive academic, extracurricular, and travel/experiential opportunities during Grades 6, 7, and 8.

Little Red Spirit, Aboriginal Head Start Program

An early childhood education program for Indigenous children based on six key components: culture and language, education, health promotion, nutrition, social support, and parental involvement.

The Everlasting Tree School A Waldorf Education and Kanyen’keha Rotinonhsonni Culture Based Model of Learning

An innovative model of Indigenous education at the Six Nations community, grounded in Kanyen’keha (Mohawk), Rotinonhsonni culture, and the principles of Waldorf Education.

Northern Youth Abroad: Evaluating The Canadian Placement Program

A work placement program that seeks to provide northern youth with opportunities to travel, gain critical skills, learn the necessity of education, and to value their culture.

University of Manitoba Verna J. Kirkness Science and Engineering Education Program

Providing the opportunity to meet Indigenous role models, explore hands-on research in university labs, live in residence, complete fieldwork, and learn about support systems.

RB Russell Vocational High School Morningstar Program

An integrated support system for students providing wraparound supports to students so that they may achieve success within the education system and in the future.

Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools Indigenous Education Initiative: The Development of a Cree Language School and Curriculum, St. Frances School, Saskatoon, SK

A bilingual program with a Cree-based learning model combining academic, culture, and faith teachings. Literacy, numeracy, and academic growth in all subjects is also deeply embedded.

Seven Oaks Met School

Incorporates notions of contemporary, mainstream schooling with multigrade flex programs, off-campus classrooms, work placements and internships to offer an alternative to basic high school.

Seven Oaks Co-operative Vocational Education Program

A learner-centred model relying upon a three-way partnership between a student, a classroom and teacher, and an employer/mentor, features eight unique programs in cutting edge trades and technology.

Sacred Seven Healthy Relationships Program Wii Chiiwaakanak Learning Centre

Offers students the opportunity to improve their basketball and hoop dancing skills, and teaches how to integrate the Seven Sacred Teachings and Medicine Wheel philosophy in navigating relationships.

Kainai High School Student Success Program: Evaluating ‘The Quarter System’

Rooted deeply in the educational principle that systems and structures must be changed in order to meet the needs of the learner, rather than attempting to mould the learner into archaic structures.

Elmwood High School Student Success Initiative

An in-school program focused on supporting at-risk students through proactive and culturally-relevant participation for satisfactory high school experiences leading towards graduation.

The Royal Conservatory, Learning Through the Arts Youth Empowerment Program in the Wood Buffalo Region – In-class Program with the Fort McMurray Catholic School District

Brings specially-trained Artist-Educators into the schools to work alongside teachers to deliver lesson plans through engagement in arts-based learning in order to make learning exciting and engaging.

The Royal Conservatory, Learning Through the Arts Youth Empowerment Program in the Wood Buffalo Region – After-School Program with the Fort McMurray Catholic School District

Provides a safe place for youth to congregate, acquire life skills, and engage in creative, supportive, fun arts-based activities fostering strong cultural connections.

Children of the Earth Medical Careers Exploration Program Program Evaluation Report

An innovative career exploration program exposing Aboriginal youth to the medical field and encouraging post secondary education.

Margaret Park School, Building Student Success with Aboriginal Parents

Collaborate to focus on Indigenous pedagogies and perspectives, academic supports, cultural practices and community needs and aspirations for a successful education experience.

The Pen Pal Project: Children Coming Together in Friendship

Brings youth from Six Nations and local communities together for peaceful relationships. Evaluation results report increased literacy, credit accumulation and graduation rates of Six Nations students.

Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools Indigenous Education Initiative: Oskāyak “Young People” High School

Re-imagines and reshapes the delivery of high level educational programming for Indigenous youth and an innovative force in the resurgence of community.

Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools Indigenous Education Initiative: A Partnership Between Education and Wellness, St. Mary’s Wellness & Education Centre

Innovative model offering a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, collaborative care approach to education focused on holistic well-being, where culture, academics and health are at the heart.

Wii Chiiwaakanak Learning Centre – Summer Indigenous Math Camp: Report of Key Evaluation Findings

A program for students from urban schools in the high-poverty areas of Winnipeg, providing the opportunity to improve their math skills, while also enjoying activities and outings.

High School Graduation Coach Program Evaluation

The program has contributed to the marked improvement in Indigenous student results at St. Joseph’s High School including an increase in graduation rates and retention rates.

Listuguj Education Directorate Increasing Literacy through Language Immersion

Demonstrates students learning basic reading, writing and conversing skills in Mi’gmaq Language have greater confidence, as well as English language fluency and improved literacy rates.

Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey Supporting Student Success

Represents the educational interests and supports 12 Mi’kmaw communities in delivering language immersion and other culturally rich programs resulting in high graduation rates.