Reimagining the School Calendar for Anishnaabe Schools: A Modest Proposal

  • Gregory Wilson Keewatin Patricia District School Board


This paper, after a quick review of the Anishnaabe creation story, proposes a new way of structuring the education calendar for band run schools located within Anishnaabe communities. The proposal is based on using the traditional calendar of the Ansihnaabe, and organizing the school calendar to copy the structure of the moon cycle used to track time within Anishnaabe communities. This suggestion is then examined to determine how it might affect other components of education such as curriculum, assessment and even teaching certification and professional development. The paper ends stating that it would not be feasible to integrate for all grades at one time, but that it would be prudent to scaffold into schools over time.