First Nations Math Education (12w5076)


Melania Alvarez Adem (University of British Columbia)

Genevieve Fox (Siksika Board OF Education)

(University of Calgary)

Cynthia Nicol (University of British Columbia)


The Banff International Research Station will host the "First Nations Math Education" workshop from November 18th to November 23rd, 2012.

We are a group of Elders, mathematicians, math educators and teachers who have come together to find ways to improve mathematics education among aboriginals while at the same time acknowledging the importance of traditional culture.

Our main goal is to create resources that are sound, interesting and challenging mathematically, with a factual and rich cultural context and to provide these resources to various venues of instruction in order to supply a more balanced curriculum where aboriginal culture can take its rightful place.

The Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS) is a collaborative Canada-US-Mexico venture that provides an environment for creative interaction as well as the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and methods within the Mathematical Sciences, with related disciplines and with industry. The research station is located at The Banff Centre in Alberta and is supported by Canada's Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), Alberta's Advanced Education and Technology, and Mexico's Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT).