The Connecting to Spirit Framework was developed at Niitsitapi Learning Centre to address the need for a regulation framework that is culturally responsive in supporting our Indigenous learners. The framework centers on interconnectedness and reflects deeper consideration of community, culture and above all, connecting to one’s spirit.
When connecting to one's spirit, a circle allows for the fluidity needed to evolve, change and grow in different situations. One strategy or aspect of the framework is not more superior over the other, the components work in balance to connect to one's self, which is our ultimate goal at each stage in the circle of life.
We understand that in order for students to learn, they need to feel safe and regulated. To support child development, the Connecting to Spirit Framework considers the holistic aspects of one's self, including the spiritual, emotional, physical and mental.
What is Regulation?
Regulation is the ability to recognize and manage energy states, emotions, behaviours, and attention to help optimize learning, relationships, and overall wellbeing.
What is Spirit?
Elder Kerrie Moore helped to guide our understanding of our Spiritual aspect. Connecting to your spirit is knowing who you are; it’s your resting calm state. Spirit may be interpreted as different things to different people; however, once in our spirit we can begin to understand our values and sense of self, our sense of purpose and meaning in life, and relate to the world around us with confidence in who we are.