Kognaadaa Waa--Niigaanzijig- We are Raising those that will lead
Monague McGregor, Peggy
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This project is a culmination of research for an Indigenous community known as Christian Island or Beausoleil First Nation (BFN). Beausoleil First Nation initiated the project in response to concerns over post-secondary withdrawal rates. Despite the injection of new, additional funds into the post-secondary sponsorship program, there remains retention issues, which were attributed by the leadership to deficiencies in life skills. Therefore, funding was set aside to investigate approaches and provide recommendations to the community for a transition program that would increase the post-secondary retention rates. An educational technical term aligning to life skills referred to as self-regulation was used as the research term throughout this project. Self-regulation is seen as a viable approach, since the focus is on increasing skill-building in the area of planning, focusing attention, adaptability, cognitive ability, and communication while decreasing emotional stress, impulsivity, and isolation. The attributes of self-regulation and transition were studied and divided into quadrants using the medicine wheel as a holistic design framework for BFN. A series of workshops aimed at self-regulation (goal-oriented planning, communication, emotional regulation, increasing cognitive ability, etc.) is recommended as the first phase in a process to achieve student success for the short-term. A long-term strategy is desired that would fully impact all levels of education at BFN and is presented as a framework to advance long-term planning and sustainability. This transition model is developed from a literature review and the author’s knowledge to provide future direction for a complete (holistic) framework.