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NorQuest Skills of Distinction

Library of Courage

Reclaiming Youth at Risk

Empower your alienated students to cultivate a deep sense of belonging, mastery, independence, and generosity.

Environments Where Children Thrive: The Circle of Courage Model

Discusses the universal growth needs of Belonging, Mastery, Independence, and Generosity that are said to be vital to learning, socialization, and positive youth development. 

Looking Back to the Potlatch as a Guide to Truth, Reconciliation, and Transformative Learning

A high‐context, community‐based, participatory method offering three intra/interpersonal reflexive waypoints teachers can use when designing and delivering transformative learning.

Our People Will Be Healed

A Cree community in Manitoba has been enriched through the power of education.

Pathways for Remembering and Recognizing Indigenous Thought in Education

An exploration into some of the shared cross-cultural themes that inform and shape Indigenous thought and Indigenous educational philosophy.

Learning Through the Circle of Courage

Circle of Courage Model

Belonging The learner creates and experiences opportunities to develop a sense of belonging and self-awareness that instills confidence and supports courageous actions within NorQuest so they can build relationships within the community and the workplace. 

Mastery Through real life scenarios and work experiences, the learner grows knowledge, skills and life experiences to prepare them for work and for life. As they transition to workplaces and communities, they contribute to diverse and inclusive cultures, where they lead by example, continue to build competency, and create opportunities for others. 
Generosity Learners experience and create opportunities to share what they have learned with others – with their peers and colleagues, communities and industry partners – to enrich their learning, create positive and meaningful work.
Independence Learners have abundant opportunities to make decisions, be accountable and resourceful in real-world environments alongside industry professionals so that – in the workplace and in communities – they support themselves and others to work independently, safely and to make good decisions. 

How do we achieve the Skills of Distinction?

NorQuest is committed to developing and achieving these Skills of Distinction for learners through the lens of the Circle of Courage. The Circle of Courage provides a clear connection to Wahkohtowin, NorQuest’s Indigenization Strategy, and reflects NorQuest’s commitment to embrace Indigenous approaches in all the work we do, especially in how we teach and how learners learn. This holistic approach provides learners with teaching, activities and real-world experiences that include four elements: belonging, mastery, independence and generosity.

By approaching every program and learning opportunity at NorQuest through the Circle of Courage, we achieve the three Skills of Distinction. We help create resilient and courageous individuals ready to take on whatever challenges they encounter. We promote acceptance and belonging and create an environment where inclusion isn’t just an aspiration – it is a reality. And we challenge learners to be bold and creative thinkers, especially in the continually changing world they encounter.

Circle of Courage Online Resources