Many programs in this category offer embedded literacy activities that go hand in hand with cultural practices in order to both develop literacy skills and to keep culture alive through intergenerational knowledge transfer. Participants in this category are developing 21st century competencies, critical literacy skills, and are responding to and exploring texts to make meaning of the world around them through and to hear and share authentic first-person stories and experiences and to situate themselves within a historical context.
The Alternative Secondary School Program (ASSP) addresses the needs of urban Indigenous students in Fort Frances and surrounding areas by creating a culture-based educational environment where the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual areas of a student's life are centered.
Wiingashk Alternative Secondary School is located at N’Amerind Friendship Centre in London. This program offers urban Indigenous students a culture-based education that balances the secondary school curriculum with wholistic, culturally relevant educational approaches.
Meeka is a well-known teacher of education, healing, and Inuit culture. She started teaching children in 1971, and moved onto adult education at Nunavut Arctic College for 18 years. Meeka believes that elder knowledge from experience is necessary have a foundation for living an Inuit life as our ancestor did. She hopes that healing and education from Inuit go a long way.