H'ugacakebi Kataudam Huyabca Naxnish Aducaxamid
We are working on a vision that was foreseen by our past chiefs

Research Projects

Online Nakoda Language Dictionary

The Alexis Heritage institute is currently working on developing a web based interactive Nakoda (Stoney) Language portal that has an online Nakoda (Stoney) Language dictionary and provides resources on the Nakoda (Stoney) Lanuguage (Books, Calendar's, etc). This project will help Alexis promote their nakoda (Stoney) Language and engage Alexis Youth to read, write and speak in Nakoda (Stoney).

For more information on this project contact:

Name: Eugene Alexis
Title: Language Instructor (Project Manager)
Phone: 780-967-5919 (leave message)
Email: eugene.alexis@alexised.ca



Early Childhood Development in First Nations Communities
Principal Investigator: Rebecca Gokiert
Collaborators/Partners: Yellowhead Tribal College
Funder: SSHRC and Max Bell Foundation
 
First Nation, Métis, and Inuit (FMNI) children walk in multiple worlds (e.g., traditional and mainstream worlds, urban and rural). Children and adults, who navigated these multiple worlds with positive outcomes, developed specific skills that may not be reflected in western developmental standards or measurement tools. Current research has identified the importance of development in early childhood to ensure healthy long term outcomes. However, there is a lack of understanding of the developmental competencies that are needed for children who walk in multiple worlds. The Early Development Instrument (EDI; Offord Centre for Child Studies ) is a population-based measurement tool that is used to highlight the state of early childhood development in communities. Yet consultations with local FNMI educators and leaders have identified additional development competencies that are not reflected in the EDI (e.g., culture and spirituality).
 
In collaboration with the Yellowhead Tribal College , which represents five First Nations within the Yellowhead Tribal Council (Alexander First Nation, Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation, Enoch Cree Nation, O'Chiese First Nation, and Sunchild First Nation), this project will use a mixed-methods, community-based research framework (CBR).
 
The study will be conducted in three phases:
 
Phase 1
 
We will identify the developmental competencies (e.g., spirituality, culture, social skills) that promote the healthy development of children within each of the five First Nations of the Yellowhead Tribal Council (YTC).
 
Phase 2
 
We will identify EDI questions that may conflict with or support YTC worldviews through a knowledge keeper tool review. Based on the information gathered in Phases 1 and 2, we will co-develop EDI supplement(s) that represent each community. This information will be used to support the YTC's analysis of the EDI results.
 
Phase 3
 
The EDI supplements developed in Phase 2 will be piloted within the 5-year, Ministry of Education funded Early Childhood Mapping initiative.
 
With successful knowledge mobilization activities, educators, service providers, and policymakers can use the learning's from this study to shape the development of instructional practices, intervention, and policies to meet the needs of the youngest and fastest growing population in Canada.
  
Reference: http://www.cup.ualberta.ca/projects-initiatives/ecme/current-projects/early-childhood-development-in-first-nations-communities