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Alaska Native Cultural Resources (ANKN) Searchable Lessons & Units
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This is a database of lessons and units searchable by content and cultural standards, cultural region and grade level.

Included are lessons and units on:
Whouy Sze Kuinalth - "Teaching Our Many Grandchildren"
Tauhna Cauyalitahtug - (To Make a Drum)
Math Story Problems
St. Lawrence Island Rain Parka
Winds and Weather
Willow
Driftwood
Snowshoes
Moose
Plants of the Tundra
Animal Classification for Yup'ik Region
Rabbit Snaring
The Right Tool for the Job - Fishing Tools and Technology
Blackfish
Family Tree
Medicinal Plants of the Kodiak Alutiiq Archipelago
Beaver in Interior Alaska
Digging and Preparing Spruce Roots
Moose in Interior Alaska
Birds Around the Village
Dog Salmon

This site also has the "Handbook for Culturally Responsive Science Curriculum".

Subject:
English Language Arts
Health Education
Indigenous Perspectives
Aboriginal Languages
Native Studies
Math
Practical & Applied Arts
Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Homework/Assignment
Lesson
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Unit of Study
Author:
Alaska Native Cultural Resources
Date Added:
11/20/2018
Buffalo Treaty
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The Buffalo: A Treaty of Co-operation, Renewal and Restoration.

This site offers the history of this Treaty, the relationships it involves, related films and news articles and access to the Buffalo Treaty blog.

Subject:
Indigenous Perspectives
Aboriginal Languages
Native Studies
Treaty Education
Truth and Reconciliation
Social Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Reading
Author:
buffalotreaty.com
Date Added:
09/28/2022
Cree: Language of the Plains
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Provided by the Government of Saskatchewan to the University of Regina, this is a Cree Language Learning resource that one can download and use for free.
The comprehensive resource includes chapters on dialects, many grammatical topics, expressions, vocabulary and much more.

Subject:
Indigenous Perspectives
Aboriginal Languages
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Lesson
Primary Source
Unit of Study
Author:
Jean L. Okimāsis
University of Regina Press
Date Added:
06/22/2022
Every Child Matters Colouring Page
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CC BY-NC-ND
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Orange Shirt Day and what is now called 'The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is coming up on September 30. Here is a free resource for educators and parents of children learning and participating in Orange Shirt Day. A coloring page can be a simple tool to engage children and gives them an additional way to show their support as they learn about why orange shirt day is so important.
Coloring has been proven to have the ability to help relieve stress, generate mindfulness, engage active listening and help with the processing of emotions. And don't forget, coloring isn't just for kids!

Subject:
Visual Arts
Education
Elementary Education
Higher Education
Language Education (ESL)
English Language Arts
Indigenous Perspectives
Aboriginal Languages
Native Studies
Treaty Education
Truth and Reconciliation
Emotional Wellness
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Hawlii Pichette
Urban Iskwew
Date Added:
08/22/2022
Exploring Dakota Lessons FNMI a Resource for Students and Teachers
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CC BY-NC-ND
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A joint initiative between Saskatoon Public Schools and Whitecap Dakota First Nation, this is a collaborative project designed to foster reconciliation by educating students on the Dakota perspectives of their history, culture, and language.

This site hosts lessons for Kindergarten to Grade 8, as well as lessons designed for use with the interpretive walls located at the Chief Whitecap School and other Saskatoon Public Schools.

The interpretive walls lessons have been designed to target a variety of grade levels. These lessons are meant to attract student groups to visit the school to learn more about Dakota history and culture; a variety of activities can be planned to fill either half or full day visits.

The Dakota education material and resources were compiled in consultation with Whitecap Dakota Elders and educators. We thank the contributors for sharing their knowledge.

Lessons for Kindergarten to Grade 8 have been designed in consultation with education professionals to meet Saskatchewan Curriculum requirements.

Subject:
Education
Indigenous Perspectives
Aboriginal Languages
Native Studies
Treaty Education
Truth and Reconciliation
Social Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Melissa Lander
Date Added:
06/27/2022
FirstVoices
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FirstVoices is a suite of web-based tools and services designed to support Indigenous people engaged in language archiving, language teaching and culture revitalization.
This site provides information on a large number of native First Nations languages with opportunities to:
1. Learn Our Language, including:
PART OF SPEECH
Pronunciation (audio)
Definitions (in English)
Related Phrases
2. Play a Game (interactive games using the First Nations languages)
3. Photo Gallery
4. Kids Portal (with words, phrases, games, stories and songs)

Subject:
Indigenous Perspectives
Aboriginal Languages
Native Studies
Social Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Game
Homework/Assignment
Lesson
Reading
Simulation
Author:
First Peoples' Cultural Council
Date Added:
11/02/2018
Heightening Our Awareness of Canada’s Native People
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Socially-based Curriculum Unit

This unit, developed for ENG3E (English, Grade 11, Workplace Preparation - Ontario), uses W.P. Kinsella’s short story anthology Dance Me Outside for a study of the past and present treatment of Natives in Canada, but also for an understanding of the behaviour of non-Natives.

The big ideas that students will understand include: tolerance, awareness, and acceptance of Native culture. The key knowledge concepts include:
- learning about different types of values and value systems as they apply to individuals and different cultures;
- learning more about the definitions of stereotypes, discrimination and racism as they apply to the stories studied;
- learning about standard and non-standard language usage and their place in different societies;
- differentiating between connotation and denotation.

Skills that the students will learn as a result of this unit include reading for meaning and analysis, and critical thinking skills.

The unit culminates in a comparison of the book with its film adaptation.

Subject:
Indigenous Perspectives
Aboriginal Languages
Native Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Lesson
Reading
Unit of Study
Author:
Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation
Date Added:
11/27/2018
Indigenous Online Language Learning
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The File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council is made up of 11 Member Nations representing 5 distinct Indigenous Languages and Cultures – Nakoda, Saulteaux, Cree, Dakota, and Lakota. We are counted amongst the most culturally and linguistically diverse organizations on Turtle Island (North America).

Our Online Language Learning Program works to promote our Languages and Cultures that we as Indigenous Peoples hold dear to our hearts, families, and communities. With the support of the Government of Canada’s Indigenous Languages and Cultures Program, the Saskatchewan Indigenous Cultural Centre, and our very own Language Keepers/Teachers and Knowledge Keepers, we are able to bring you this very important Online Language Learning opportunity.

Throughout the course of our Online Language Learning program, we will be posting language videos with accompanying documents that you can easily follow along with. We will also be presenting podcasts, live events, advanced language learning classrooms, and much more!

All material will be made available and free to the public on our various online and social media platforms. To gain the full experience, please REGISTER with our online hub, create an account, interact, and feel free to join other groups!

Subject:
Indigenous Perspectives
Aboriginal Languages
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Primary Source
Author:
File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council
Date Added:
06/22/2022
Indigenous Voices and Reconciliation Learning Channel
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The Indigenous Voices and Reconciliation learning channel aims to engage learners in discussions about Canada’s colonial history and its impact on Indigenous communities. Explore our collection of films by distinguished Indigenous filmmakers, creators, and allies.

Subject:
Arts Education
Elementary Education
Higher Education
English Language Arts
Communication Studies
Journalism Studies
Media Studies
Indigenous Perspectives
Aboriginal Languages
Native Studies
Truth and Reconciliation
Career & Work Exploration
Social Studies
Geography
History
Law
Material Type:
Primary Source
Author:
National Film Board Of Canada
Date Added:
11/22/2020
Learn Cree at LearnCree.ca
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This site, hosted by the Lac La Ronge Indian Band, offers many opportunities for students to gain proficiency in the Cree language through:
- interactive activities to help learn Cree
- songs and audio in Cree
- instructional videos for learning Cree (on FaceBook)

Subject:
Indigenous Perspectives
Aboriginal Languages
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Lesson
Author:
Lac La Ronge Indian Band
LearnCree.ca
Date Added:
06/22/2022
Mi’kmawe’l Tan Teli-kina’muemk - Teaching About the Mi’kmaq (Nova Scotia)
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The resource 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, this volume will share content and teaching strategies for three subject areas for grades primary to nine:
- Welo'ltimk—Healing
- Kejitasimkewey Kiskuk—Contemporary Issues
- Netukulimk—Economic, Social, and Political Life

The content and strategies are grouped into three age ranges, Primary to Grade 3, Grades 4 to 6, and Grades 7 to 9, with specific topics shown below. For each topic, educators will find: • core themes and issues • an opening activity(ies) • a core activity • extension activities • curriculum outcomes

The downloadable resource and companion materials offer the following lessons and activities:
Primary to Grade 3: Expressing Emotion, Mawio’mi (gathering), Msit No’kmaq (we are all related)
Grades 4 to 6: Diversity and Awareness, Treaties, Traditional Knowledge
Grades 7 to 9: Indian Residential School, Land Loss and Displacement, Netukulimk and Mi’kma’ki

Subject:
Indigenous Perspectives
Aboriginal Languages
Social Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Mi'kmawey Debert Cultural Centre
Date Added:
11/16/2018
Omàmiwininì Pimàdjwowin - The Algonquin Way Cultural Centre: Learning Centre for Teachers and Educators
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This site offers many interactive games, lesson plans and activities to support the Algonquin culture.

The Omàmiwininì Pimàdjwowin mission is to revitalize, reintegrate, enhance and protect the cultural traditions, customs, practices, heritage, language and arts of the Algonquins of Pikwakangan First Nation.

Subject:
Indigenous Perspectives
Aboriginal Languages
Native Studies
Social Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Game
Lesson
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Omàmiwininì Pimàdjwowin
The Algonquin Way Cultural Centre
Date Added:
11/02/2018
nêhiyawêwin (Cree) language learning resources
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The University of Regina Press has made a number of excellent resources available online for open access. These resources, developed by Jean Okimâsis include a grammar guide, a workbook, and links to audio resources.
The resource include:
- a grammar guide, available as a PDF for download
- a link to the Language Lab user guide
- a Language Lab Workbook
- a Soundcloud link to Cree Language of the Plains audio sessions
- an Open Access link to a page that has all the above resources available in different formats.

Jean Okimâsis and Arok Wolvengrey also wrote a fantastic resource “How to Spell it in Cree“, which you can download as a PDF. It lays out the rules of a standardized written Cree, but also does important work of addressing the criticisms of standardization. It challenges the notion that we can ever use English to ‘phonetically’ represent the Cree language, champions a specific orthography for Cree, and describes how standardization, rather than destroying or degrading the language, will help ensure Cree continues to survive.

Subject:
Indigenous Perspectives
Aboriginal Languages
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Lesson
Author:
âpihtawikosisân
Jean Okimâsis
Date Added:
06/22/2022