Where To Go For Further Information
Elders, knowledge keepers, traditional teachers and cultural educators can be your best resources. A lot of key information is part of oral history and is not written down. In addition, having someone come into the classroom builds relationships and helps to ensure that the information is conveyed in a culturally appropriate way.
Be sure to follow protocol when extending these invitation such as offering tobacco or another gift as well as helping to ensure an honorarium and/or help with transportation. Here are useful guidelines for working with First Nations, Inuit and Métis Elders. If your resource person is not from the territory, try to also make connections with the local First Nation.
We also recommend a number of excellent resources and have provided links to projects, edu-kits, videos and much more. These resources are created by or with Indigenous peoples, and that offer unique and engaging tools to use with students. These can be used on their own, or compared to provincial textbooks on the same topics, which may be non-existent, or demonstrate a bias towards the colonial perspective which can be contrasted with Indigenous perspectives.
Whatever lessons or resources you choose to use, or that students consult in research, we encourage you to discuss the source of knowledge. Is it created by or with Indigenous people? If not, can you find Indigenous voices on the same topic?
Language & Glossary of Terms
Many people find themselves grappling with a lot of new vocabulary when working with the Blanket Exercise. The Glossary will help you familiarize yourself with some key terms. When using this resource with your students, some differentiation for different grade levels will be needed.
Words, definitions, documentation and the power of defining knowledge are central to colonial processes, and yet we need to use these words to communicate about the issues presented in the Blanket Exercise. We can start by considering them to be living and changing things, negotiated over time, not ‘set in stone’.
||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.|