K-12 Institute : Successful Practices

Successful Practices include documented research, frameworks, models, and educational strategies that have worked to enhance kindergarten to grade 12 student success. Indspire evaluates and shares these proven practices here, for the benefit of Indigenous education stakeholders nationwide.

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“We Hold The Future” Youth Leadership Group

Provides an opportunity to share, grow, develop new skills, meet new people, learn about other cultures and learn strategies toward a healthier life and future participation in the workforce.

Spirit Bear and Children Make History

Illustrated children's book that tells the story of the First Nations child welfare case (www.fnwitness.ca) through the eyes of Spirit Bear.


Illustrated children’s story that retells the experiences of a residential school survivor and her family by her granddaughter.

Walking Together: Education for Reconciliation Professional Learning Project

Professional development resource supporting teachers to meet the foundational knowledge of First Nations, Métis and Inuit in Alberta Education’s new Teaching Quality Standards.

KAIROS Blanket Exercise

An interactive learning experience that teaches the Indigenous rights history rarely taught. Developed in response to the 1996 Report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples.

The Road Forward

Musical documentary connecting a pivotal moment in Canada’s civil rights history, the beginnings of Indian Nationalism with the powerful momentum of First Nations activism.

Birth of a Family

Deeply moving documentary following four siblings reuniting after being separated during Canada’s infamous Sixties Scoop.

Angry Inuk

Raises awareness about the dire need of a sustainable economy for the Inuit and issues that are impacting their way of life. This film challenges the long-established perceptions of seal hunting.

On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian Reel Injun Teacher’s Guide

Provides sample modules organized by curriculum area for secondary and early post-secondary studies. A powerful tool for exploring critical ideas including representation of Indigenous people.

Reel Injun

A documentary about cinema through the perspectives of the people who appeared in its very first flickering images and have survived to this day to tell their own stories with their own cameras.

We Were Children

Provides a factual report profiling two children who were forced to face hardships beyond their years. Illustrates the profound impact of the Canadian government’s residential school system.

Introduction of Olympic wrestling to Aboriginal communities in Newfoundland and Labrador in order to increase physical and mental wellbeing while increasing community cohesion

Developed, delivered, and evaluated the physical and mental wellness changes through the introduction of Olympic wrestling activities.