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Aroland First Nation

Johnny Therriault School


In September, a small team from Natural Curiosity and the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study Laboratory School accepted a second invitation from the Johnny Therriault School to visit their community 14 hours north of Toronto in the Aroland First Nation. Our team was privileged to join with local teachers in knowledge building and professional development, and also  experienced the school's second annual Fall Harvest Festival featuring fish smoking, cleaning duck, skinning beaver, birch bark crafts, bannock making, and a talk by an expert trapper.


Two weeks ago, the Johnny Therriault teachers visited the Jackman ICS Lab School. They toured the school, observed inquiry lessons and participated in a professional knowledge building circle with the JICS staff. The teachers also visited Fraser Mustard Early Learning Academy and The Grove Community School to observe inquiry in action. 

One of the partner teachers from Johnny Therriault, Marlo Sobush, is collecting stories of her teaching journey to share in our second edition of Natural Curiosity.

Natural Curiosity extends a special thank you to the teachers and community members of the Aroland First Nation and look forward to a continued partnership and our next visit.
 Since 1962 the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto has been a key meeting place for all people, of all nations, from across Canada and all over the world. As Toronto’s oldest Indigenous community organization, the NCCT provides social, recreational, cultural and spiritual services for the Indigenous community and visitors alike.

The NCCT created Education Days in response to the numerous requests from educators to provide an opportunity for Students to learn more about Aboriginal peoples. Held on November 9th and 10th, the content of the day is based on the Ontario Curriculum and will be highly interactive.

If you have questions on the content or sessions please contact Eric Hill at 416-964-9087 X224 or Please download our registration package for pricing and more details on the sessions available – Education Days Registration Form.


Recommended Reading
Awaiting Winter's End

"Awaiting Winter's End" is an educational children's book about winter wildlife, written by Cindy Missen Ross and illustrated by Steph Ross.

"Winter is coming!" the weatherman said.
What will wild creatures do during the cold months ahead?
Whether they have fur or a shell or fly on their wings,
They all have to keep warm, waiting for spring!

Making Authentic Inquiry Work!
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EcoKids - Earth Day Canada
EcoReporters for Play!

Show how your school supports free play in your community!

With your class or environment club create a short, exciting video that will be featured on the EcoKids website. Submit a video and you will be entered into a draw to win a Sony HDTV for your school!

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