Indigenous Perspectives Lessons & Units

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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
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Alaska Native Cultural Resources
Date Added:
11/20/2018
Be a ConnectR
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ConnectR is an online tool created to inspire Reconciliation in Canada.
ConnectR helps you choose your next steps towards reconciliation.
Find calls to action to grow what you know, encourage a shared future and generate change.

Subject:
Indigenous Perspectives
Native Studies
Social Studies
History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Reconciliation Saskatoon
Date Added:
09/23/2021
Canada's History: Treaties and the Treaty Relationship Educational Package
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Applicable for Grades 3–6 and Grades 7–12.

The lesson plans in Treaties and the Treaty Relationship: Educator’s Guide are framed on the Historical Thinking Concepts and offer teachers interactive instructional approaches that foster engaged student inquiry. They are fortified with maps, weblinks, and supporting Blackline Masters.

Lesson plan themes explore Treaties across Canada from time immemorial to the present, making a concerted link between the past and the future.

As well, each learning activity offers adaptions and/or activities based on the lesson theme for exploring Treaties in grades three to six.

It is with the greatest appreciation that we thank the many contributors and supporters of the Treaties and Treaty Relationship: Educator’s Guide.

Go to the website to download the pdf package.

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Indigenous Perspectives
Native Studies
Treaty Education
Social Studies
History
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Author:
Canada's History
Date Added:
09/13/2018
Concept to Classroom – Inuit Lesson Plans
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This site provides lessons developed to help students understand the Inuit culture.
Lesson 1
- Lesson Question: How do Inuit on Baffin Island live, and how does Arctic life resemble and differ from ours?
Lesson 2
- Lesson Question: What can Inuit life on Baffin Island teach us?
Lesson 3-4
- Lesson Question: How does a short book about the Arctic (such as Michael Arvaarluk Kusugak's NORTHERN LIGHTS: THE SOCCER TRAILS or his BASEBALL BATS FOR CHRISTMAS, both from Annick Press, Buffalo, NY) illustrate Inuit life, social interaction, and environments?
Lesson 5
- Lesson Question: How does Inuit culture reflect beliefs, issues, and events relevant to societies past and present?
Lesson 6
- Lesson Question: How does Inuit culture compare to my own culture?

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Indigenous Perspectives
Native Studies
Social Studies
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Educational Broadcasting Corporation
WNET Education
Date Added:
11/13/2018
Cree Code Talkers
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In this lesson, students will expand their knowledge and dive deeper into lesser-known Indigenous histories in Canada, particularly those of Second World War Cree Code Talkers. Students will then be asked to summarize and compare both histories.

What are Cree Code Talkers? What was their purpose?
During the Second World War, encryption and coded messages were deemed essential to winning the war. Utilizing Cree, the government relied on Indigenous men to use their language to aid the war effort; these men were known as Cree Code Talkers.

Subject:
Indigenous Perspectives
Native Studies
Social Studies
History
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Activity/Lab
Author:
History Canada
Date Added:
06/21/2022
‎Cree FHQTC (File Hills Qu'Appelle Tribal Council Education Department) on the App Store
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File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council of Fort Qu’Appelle Saskatchewan, Canada is delighted to present a Cree Language iOS app. This app offers learning, practice, games and quizzes in many everyday categories such as greetings, phrases, vowels, expressions and much more! Learn your language so that it will be kept alive for generations to come.

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Indigenous Perspectives
Aboriginal Languages
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Activity/Lab
Game
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Author:
Apple
FHQTC
Date Added:
06/22/2022
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
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Author:
Jean L. Okimāsis
University of Regina Press
Date Added:
06/22/2022
Education for Reconciliation Action Toolkit (pdf) (2015)
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"This action toolkit contains a variety of resources:

*Short sample introductions to use during announcement time, at a display table or in one-on-one conversations
*A two-hour workshop to introduce your community to the campaign
*Winds of Change Series (If you have a full day or 3 sessions)"

*** All products including free downloads must be added to the shopping cart by clicking on the ‘Add to cart’ button.

Subject:
Indigenous Perspectives
Native Studies
Treaty Education
Truth and Reconciliation
Social Studies
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Primary Source
Author:
Kairos Canada
Date Added:
09/18/2020
Enough is Enough Performance (Gr. 9-12)
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Enough is Enough is a powerful 30-minute performance tailored to Saskatchewan Ministry of Education learning outcomes in Social Studies, Music, and English Language Arts for grades 9-12.

*A full teacher's guide is available to download.

Zoey Roy’s explains that:

Enough is Enough unravels what we think we know about Indigenous people in the context of Canada and rebuild a collective understanding of how we can learn from Indigenous knowledge and spirituality to make our home in Canada better for everyone. Inspired by my own pursuit of self-love, healing, and joy. The following lessons are steppingstones – a pathway for engaging the whole human self in learning and growing. Along my journey, I learned, you can’t think your way out of a broken heart. I want people to know that they are enough, to feel that they are enough, and to know that all people, animals, plants, minerals, and emotions all have a place in this world just like you. They are all enough too. Our journey is not theirs, so our judgements have no place in their journey. I want this unit to inspire compassion, will, solidarity and love.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Indigenous Perspectives
Social Studies
History
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Activity/Lab
Author:
Strategy Lab Marketing
Zoey Roy
Date Added:
04/27/2022
Exploring Dakota Lessons FNMI a Resource for Students and Teachers
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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
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Activity/Lab
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Melissa Lander
Date Added:
06/27/2022
First Nations
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Bebe jumps at the chance to play a drum when she and Mo are invited to visit a First Nations powwow with Bob Goulais, while Gavin learns all about totem poles in British Columbia.

Subject:
Indigenous Perspectives
Treaty Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
TVO Kids
Date Added:
02/03/2022
First Nations, Métis, Inuit Ways of Knowing
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The lessons in this resource guide are designed to be implemented in a range of courses, such as civics, history, social sciences, English, geography, business, careers, physical education and science. The resource has been produced as a PDF file on CD with an accompanying video on this website. Although the lessons are intended for use with high school curricula, the video and activity sheet may be of use to all Federation members who work with students.

The guide includes resources on:
- land
- residential schools
- health
- identity

Subject:
English Language Arts
Physical Education
Indigenous Perspectives
Native Studies
Career & Work Exploration
Science
Social Studies
Geography
History
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Author:
Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation
Date Added:
11/05/2018
First Nations and Stereotypes in Math
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This site provides 6 lessons (Grade 6) in relation to First nations and Stereotypes in math with 2 Subtopics:
- Stealing the Sun: Surface Area and Rectangular Prisms
- Stereotypes by Numbers: Investigating and Graphing the Representations of First Nation, Inuit and Métis peoples in School Library Materials

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Indigenous Perspectives
Math
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Author:
University of Toronto - Centre for Urban Schooling
Date Added:
11/13/2018
H2Whoa! (free program in Saskatchewan)
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The Planet Protector Academy: H2Whoa! resource teaches students about water conservation and protection and inspires them to take action.

The resource consists of four 60-90 minute lessons that include content developed with Indigenous elders, culture keepers and artists.

Teachers can sign up on this site and get started.

PLUG & PLAY! MINIMAL PREP!

Print Worksheets, Set Up Projector, Let The Website Do The Rest!

Subject:
Visual Arts
English Language Arts
Indigenous Perspectives
Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
H2WHOA!
Date Added:
01/28/2020
HEALING THE GENERATIONS RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL CURRICULUM - Ontario Education
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Curriculum Objectives:
- To increase awareness of the residential school system as a major part of the European colonizing effort against Aboriginal peoples, resulting in significant intergenerational impacts.
- To increase awareness and understanding of what Nishnawbe Aski Nation (Ontario) members experienced while attending the 13 residential schools in the region.
- To promote awareness in reclaiming language, culture and skills that were lost as a result of residential schools.
- To promote individual healing in the context of rebuilding links with families, communities and Elders.

Complete lessons (2013, 2002) based on Ontario Curriculum.
Grades 9-12.

Subject:
Indigenous Perspectives
Native Studies
Truth and Reconciliation
Social Studies
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Author:
Nishnawbe Aski Nation
Date Added:
11/13/2018
Hear the Untold Story of a Canadian Code Talker from World War II
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During World War II, Charles “Checker” Tomkins fought the enemy with a different kind of weapon. As a code talker in the Canadian military, he used his knowledge of the native Cree language to help develop a top-secret communication system to defeat the Germans.

Subject:
Indigenous Perspectives
Native Studies
Social Studies
History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
National Geographic
Date Added:
11/02/2021
Historical Thinking Project
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The historical thinking concepts developed and promoted by the Historical Thinking Project have been incorporated into curricula, classroom resources, and professional development tools. They include:

Provincial Historical Thinking Projects - Application process and criteria.

Blog Archive - Read about the experiences and reflections of four young teachers on the challenges and rewards of working with the historical thinking concepts.

Books - Order books that explore more deeply the teaching with the six historical thinking concepts.

Historical Thinking Posters – A set of six 12 x 17" posters illustrating the Historical Thinking Concepts is available in English and in French.

Demonstrations and Discussions - PD resources to assist in incorporating historical thinking into the classroom.

Lessons - We are currently in the process of transferring lessons from the old site. These are not yet available.

Other Classroom Materials - Teacher’s resource guides, historical thinking lessons developed by other organizations (usually in collaboration with us), and links to websites that contain historical thinking lessons.

Research - A sampling of research related to historical thinking and the curriculum.

Workshops - Contact these experienced workshop providers directly for assistance in professional development.

Use of Materials/Copyright

We encourage the use of resources, lessons, and information from our site, but we ask that you credit the Historical Thinking Project for the ideas and materials, by listing our name and our website URL (www.historicalthinking.ca). Fair use of resources does NOT include posting of HTP power points, videos, or other resources on other sites. Use a link to www.historicalthinking.ca instead.

We want historical thinking incorporated into curriculum, classrooms, and educational resources as widely as possible. When you reference the Historical Thinking Project (www.historicalthinking.ca) you are helping us to achieve this goal.

Subject:
Indigenous Perspectives
Social Studies
History
Material Type:
Primary Source
Author:
www.historicalthinking.ca
Date Added:
05/25/2022