In early 2013, the community came together to discuss what it was that children should learn growing up as Nishnaabeg of Biigtigong. There was acknowledgment for the need of western education in today’s world yet, clear direction that Nishnaabe beliefs in spirit, values and philosophies would not be forgotten or compromised. And so, through the guidance and knowledge of the elders and advice of parents, and teachers, the writing of a new curriculum for Kindergarten to Grade 8 began.
A framework of expectations was built under the following themes:
- The Elements (Earth, Water, Fire, Wind)
- The Arts
- Living Beings
- Balanced Well Being (Physical and Mental Health)
Each of the themes has an emphasis on the spiritual foundation that includes traditional practices and ceremonies as well as, specific expectations under the areas of knowledge and skill, land connection, and language. Core provincial expectations for Language Arts and Math continue to be followed.
The development of the curriculum continues with hopes that full implementation will begin on or before the fall of 2017.