New Paths for Education: Innovation activities
Opportunities for First Nations to pilot innovative education approaches and share results.
The 2018-2019 call for proposals for Innovation activities between April 1, 2018 and March 31, 2019 is now closed. The deadline for national organizations to submit a proposal was May 15, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.
About this activity
The Government of Canada is committed to working collaboratively with First Nations to ensure that all students receive a culturally responsive, high quality education that improves student outcomes, while respecting the principle of First Nations control of First Nations education.
The call for proposals for new Innovation activities within the New Paths for Education program allows First Nations to try new academic programs, strategies, and technologies, and develop evidence-based solutions that can be shared with other schools. It is intended to assist band-operated schools to:
- pilot a new program in school
- pilot an adaptation of an existing program for a new purpose or for a new audience in school
- assess and measure the impact of the pilot program on New Paths for Education objectives and outcomes
- share the story of successfully piloted innovations nationwide
For 2018-2019, the call for proposals has three themes:
Land-based education provides First Nations students with the opportunity to learn while connecting with the land. It challenges students to discover new personal limits and build leadership skills and confidence by using traditional knowledge and teachings.
Land-based education also strengthens intergenerational knowledge transfer which contributes to positive identity formation, increased self-esteem and pride. It has the potential to improve the well-being, mental health and academic success of Indigenous students; and enhance student engagement in school.
For the 2018-2019 Innovation call, proposals are being sought that pilot:
- a new land-based education program or curriculum in a First Nations school
- an adaptation of an existing program or curriculum to include a land-based education component
- an adaptation of an existing land-based education program or curriculum for a new audience or purpose
Physical activity and sport
The Aboriginal Long-Term Participant Development Pathway is a roadmap for developing quality physical activity and sport programming. It:
- represents a shift in the way that physical activity and sport is led and delivered for Indigenous peoples
- uses a holistic approach that considers the mental, cognitive, emotional and physical development of an individual
- outlines the key elements that need to be considered when planning, developing and implementing physical activity and sport programs
- was developed by the Aboriginal Sport Circle and the Sport for Life Society
In a school environment, the Aboriginal Long-Term Participant Development Pathway can be used to design and implement programming which has the potential to improve the well-being, mental health, and academic success of Indigenous students; as well as enhance student engagement in school.
For the 2018-2019 call, proposals are being sought that are based on the Aboriginal Long-Term Participant Development Pathway, demonstrate quality physical activity and sport programming and pilot:
- a new physical activity or sport program or curriculum
- an existing physical activity or sport program or curriculum for a new audience or purpose in schools
- an adaptation of an existing program or curriculum to include a physical activity and sport component
- an adaptation of an existing physical activity or sport program or curriculum so it aligns with the pathway
If you are applying under this theme, please contact Heather Kaulbach, Executive Director at the Aboriginal Sport Circle (email@example.com), to discuss the proposal before submitting your application.
Quality physical activity and sport programming
- is welcoming and inclusive: it is fun, adapts to meet participant needs, actively welcomes participants of different abilities, genders and backgrounds
- is safe and well-run: it is well-organized, outcome-oriented in a safe environment
- is technically sound: it is developmentally appropriate for the participants, builds on skills and capabilities, led by knowledgeable, capable leaders for students from kindergarten to Grade 5 would include exposure to a wide range of movements, which provide a base for all other sports:
- running, jumping, throwing
- agility, balance, coordination, speed and dance
- slipping and sliding, on snow, ice or water
Music and dance
Music and dance are crucial expressions of nationhood and cultural identity, essential for communities to transmit their values, beliefs and histories from generation to generation. Quality music and dance education programs that are developmentally appropriate and culturally sensitive provide an opportunity to empower students as they acquire diverse skills and an understanding of physical literacy and aesthetic literacy, while learning traditional dance and song.
For the 2018-2019 call, proposals are being sought that pilot:
- a new music or dance program or curriculum in a First Nations school
- an adaptation of an existing program or curriculum to include a music or dance component
- adaptation of an existing music or dance program or curriculum for a new audience or purpose
Who can apply?
- national organizations designated by band councils (the national organization must have documented support such as a band council resolution or a formal letter of support from the First Nation)
The deadline to submit a proposal was May 15, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time.
How to apply?
- submit a detailed proposal using the standard proposal template
- include documented support from the designating First Nation, such as a band council resolution or a formal letter of support
- indicate in the title of your proposal that you are applying to the Innovation call for proposals
- indicate which theme you are applying under (you can only apply to one theme per proposal)
- show how your activity will fulfill at least one of the New Paths program's objectives
- describe how your organization will contribute to sustaining and sharing the story of the successful pilot activity
To get the standard proposal template, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Applicants are strongly encouraged to closely review the New Paths for Education – National Program Guidelines 2018-2019 before submitting an application for more requirements.
To get the standard proposal template or find out more, contact Indigenous Services Canada:
- by email at email@example.com
- by telephone at 1-800-567-9604 and ask to speak to an Education officer
The New Paths for Education Innovation National Selection Committee selects proposals, based on these criteria. To learn about the members of the 2017-2018 selection committee, read their biographies.