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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Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre Yellow Shawl Housing Program

A structured independent living program for youth between 16 to 21 years of age that supports youth with adequate housing while they complete their educational programming.

Miyo Wahkohtowin Education (MWE) Restorative Practices

Restorative practices build healthy communities, increases social capital, reduces the impact of crime, decreases antisocial behavior, repairs harm and restores relationships.

Miyo Wahkohtowin Education Ehpewapahk Alternate School

A transition school offering a different environment where students work on improving literacy and math skills, personal wellness, employment preparation and life skills.

Westmount Community School’s Métis Cultural Program

Combines Métis-based classes with extracurricular activities and seeks to strengthen students’ academic success while improving confidence and developing critical social skills.

Physical Activity and Wellness Program (PAW)

Increased physical activity and wellness experiences leading to higher rates of wellness, community/parental engagement, a decrease in behavioural referrals, and gains in academic outcomes.

The Lightning Trail – Indigenous Youth Summer Retreat

One-week program is a learning experience that immerses Indigenous youth in the skilled trades. Infused throughout are the teachings, ceremonies, and worldview of Indigenous Elders and Knowledge Keepe

L’Nu Sipuk Kina’muokuom: A Successful Mi’kmaw School

Offers pre-school and primary through to Grade 12 education, specializing in Mi’kmaq studies and Mi’kmaq language courses in a hands on learning environment.

‘Kids and Cats – A Literacy Program’ Evaluation

A Literacy Program created in partnership, combines reading interventions with animal therapy to strengthen students’ reading levels while improving confidence and developing critical social skills.

In.Business: A National Mentorship Program for Indigenous Youth

This program encourages Indigenous high school students to pursue careers in business providing mentorship with Indigenous business professionals, and increases confidence and independence.

Centre High Campus – Indigenous Transitions Programming

Supports Indigenous ways of knowing, protocols, and traditions as fundamental components in helping students to achieve academic excellence and develop post-secondary or career objective

Leadership for Learning Framework

A model and a process that focuses on culturally responsive leadership. Combining an interactive framework for leadership and implementation process supporting teachers to improve learning outcomes.

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.