Aboriginal Education Directorate

Frequently Asked Questions

The following is a compilation of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) that we have been asked at the Aboriginal Education Directorate.

  1. What do you do at the Aboriginal Education Directorate?
  2. Can I apply for funding?
  3. Can I apply for one of your courses?
  4. Can you send me some Aboriginal Language materials for my classroom?
  5. How do I go about applying for Aboriginal Language credits for high school graduation?

  1. What do you do at the Aboriginal Education Directorate?
    The Aboriginal Education Directorate works from within Manitoba Education, Manitoba Advanced Education and Literacy, and Manitoba Aboriginal and Northern Affairs. The Aboriginal Education Directorate provides leadership and support in Aboriginal education and training. Implementation of objectives focuses on activities such as:

    • providing cultural and anti-racism workshops to schools, parents, educators, post-secondary institutions, government departments and community organizations
    • coordinating of A Journey from Cultural Awareness to Cultural Competency training to school divisions and to First Nation schools in partnership with Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre
    • promotion and participation in Aboriginal-focused research
    • coordination of sessions with education and Aboriginal stakeholders regarding Aboriginal education and training policy directions
    • participation in the Aboriginal education sector of the Western and Northern Canadian Protocol to develop Aboriginal resources for educators
    • collaboration with parents, families, schools and communities through initiatives such as Building Student Success with Aboriginal Parents (BSSAP) and the Community Schools Partnership Initiative (CSPI)
    • coordination of and work in partnership on Aboriginal Identity Declaration initiatives
  2. Can I apply for funding?
    The Aboriginal Education Directorate does not provide funding for post-secondary education. If you are treaty status, all funding agencies will refer you back to your band for funding. You may also contact the Manitoba Regional Office of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada at 204-983-4928 Toll Free (in Canada) 1-800-567-9604. If you are not treaty, you will be referred to Manitoba Student Aid where you can apply for a student loan or bursary program. You may also want to check the Aboriginal Canada Portal – Aboriginal Funding Tool which is an interactive tool to help Aboriginal students find different types of funding available specifically for Aboriginal peoples in Canada.
  3. Can I apply for one of your courses?
    The Aboriginal Education Directorate does not offer courses. We provide support to teachers, administrators, parents and community agencies. Please view our links section to find post-secondary institutions in Manitoba.
  4. Can you send me some Aboriginal Language materials for my classroom?
    Materials are available for purchase through the Manitoba Learning Resources Centre , toll free 1-800-305-5515. Their Aboriginal language section has categories by grade level and language. Aboriginal language materials are also available on loan to Manitoba Kindergarten to Grade 12 educators through the Manitoba Education Library. Language materials can also be obtained from Aboriginal Languages of Manitoba.
  5. How do I go about applying for Aboriginal Language credits for high school graduation?
    The Instruction, Curriculum and Assessment Branch administers the Special Language Credit Option. The contact person is Tony Tavares, phone number 945-6879, toll free 1-800-282-8069 Ext.6879. A publication containing information on how to apply, who to contact and what the time frames are, entitled Special Language Credit Option: A Policy and Administrative Handbook for Grades 9 to 12, is available through the Manitoba Learning Resources Centre - toll free at 1-800-305-5515.