Look at history curriculum from a First Nation’s perspective, learn how First Nations contributed to the development of Canadian society. Created for Ontario grade 10 Applied History, but applicable to history requirements in other grades and provinces. Highlights First Nations leaders and their contributions in the past and present to Canadian society, including during the World Wars. Also, a focus on the current realities in First Nations communities, highlighted by looking at the issues of land claims and self-government.
With your students, join a youth driven movement calling for First Nations children to have the same chance as other Canadians to grow up safely at home, get a good education, be healthy, and be proud of their cultures. Young people join their efforts together throughout the year but especially on February 14 for Have a Heart Day and on June 11 for Our Dreams Matter Too. This site also features info on Shannen’s Dream clubs and other campaigns.
Métis teacher and lawyer, Chelsea Vowel, has put together this wealth of online learning resources. There is an especially large list of links to cultural and historical information. In addition, her blog is an excellent way to unpack current events and common misunderstandings.
The Inuit Cultural Online Resource is designed to teach Canadian school age children about Inuit culture. Developed by the Ottawa Inuit Children’s Centre, it includes downloadable resources for teachers and a series of video podcasts.
Know Your Rights! United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples for indigenous adolescents
Published by UNICEF so that young people can learn about this crucial human rights document in a way that is fun and engaging.
100 Years of Loss Kit is an excellent curriculum kit for grades 6 and up about the apology and residential school history with 12 lesson plans, supporting resources and visual aids, and teacher briefing sheets (Order page – recommended you request the ‘teacher bundle’ rather than the ‘edu kit’).
Math Catcher introduces mathematics and science to Aboriginal students through the use of First Nations imagery and storytelling. The Program is based on the belief that it is crucial that we engage Aboriginal students in mathematics and science at the early age. The website features short animated films that follow a 5 year old boy named “Small Number”, with accompanying written text and storybook images.
This Métis Nation of Ontario resource is a great way to provide an introduction to Métis history, culture and heritage in Ontario. Each kit contains a variety of items including a sash, flashcards, fiddle music and a timeline.
This kit Includes picture books, educational books and history texts. Academic articles are included in the Teacher’s Guide along with artifact photos and information. Help your students understand the fur trade with samples of real furs, sinew, deer hide and Hudson’s Bay blanket. It is produced by the Louis Riel Institute.
This curriculum resource developed by a distinguished group of Mi’kmaw educators was designed for anyone who teaches Mi’kmaw history, culture and knowledge. Through the stories and knowledge of Mi’kmaw Elders, educators, and other experts, it shares content and teaching strategies for grades 3 to 9 in three subject areas:
Welo’ltimk—Healing; Kejitasimkewey Kiskuk—Contemporary Issues; and Netukulimk—Economic, Social, and Political Life.
The N’we Jinan is a music initiative that gives a voice to First Nation artists through music and creative expression. They have worked in collaboration with schools.
This computer game shares the story of the Mushkegowuk and Anishinaabe Peoples of Northern Ontario and the signing of Treaty 9. The goal is to provide an understanding of the context in which this treaty was signed and its impact. It includes Teacher’s Guides for grades 4 to 10.
Project of Heart is an award-winning initiative that commemorates the lives lost at Indian residential schools. Students hear testimony from a survivor and decorate a wooden tile in honour of one of the thousands of children who died at the schools. The final step is for students to take action together for social justice. The project focuses on the learning that takes place at the level of the spirit and heart and not just the mind. Project of Heart also has an excellent list of books by age level.
This interactive resource developed by the BC Teachers Federation allows students to delve into the legacy of residential schools and includes links to films, videos, documents, articles, activities and more.
We are all… Treaty People, Teacher’s Kit
Bring a discussion of the treaty relationship into the classroom through a holistic approach to education with this kit developed by the Anishinabek Nation. There are links to Ontario curriculum in Social Studies, Math, English and the Arts as well as teacher support for Grades 1 to 8. It includes books, maps, DVDs and an 800-piece Treaty of Fort Niagara LEGO® wampum belt, designed by nine-year-old Alexander Hebert from Dokis First Nation.To order call 1-877-702-5200.
This Campaign encourages everyone (including students) to support Call to Action #62, from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Final Report. This Call to Action points out that it is crucial to reconciliation that certain topics become a mandatory part of the curriculum in each province and territory, specifically: the residential school legacy, Treaties, and Indigenous contributions to this country. Led in partnership by KAIROS and the Legacy of Hope Foundation. Resources include class activities and action ideas.
- The CBC series 8th Fire is a good overview of contemporary Indigenous issues and can be viewed over several classes.
- Stay current on news, watch TV shows for adults and kids, on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN).
- Hi-Ho Mistahey! is an inspiring film on Shannen’s Dream and the struggle for a new school in Attawapiskat, Ontario.
- Check out the National Film Board’s Aboriginal Peoples Channel.
- Unikkausivut – Sharing our Stories: More than 60 films about the Inuit experience, representing all 4 Canadian Inuit regions: Nunatsiavut, Nunavik, Nunavut and Inuvialuit.
- Wapikoni Mobile provides a wealth of short films made by Indigenous youth, mostly in Quebec – available in French and in English.
||This Edu-Kit was produced in partnership between KAIROS and the Community Learning Centre Initiative of LEARN in Quebec, with visioning and on-going advisory provided by many Indigenous and non-Indigenous educators, community leaders and Elders.|