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Aboriginal Literatures in Canada - A Teacher's Resource Guide
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Aboriginal Literatures in Canada: A Teacher’s Resource Guide serves a double purpose: to encourage the teaching of Aboriginal literature in English high school curricula across the country because Aboriginal students deserve to be taught texts they can relate to and, because non-Aboriginal students should be educated about Aboriginal culture, history and contemporary life through the richness of Aboriginal writing with its innovative uses of the English language. Various works of Aboriginal literature are included.

Subject:
Indigenous Perspectives
Native Studies
Social Studies
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Lesson
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Unit of Study
Date Added:
12/05/2023
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:
Aboriginal Languages
English Language Arts
Health & Fitness
Health Education
Indigenous Perspectives
Math
Native Studies
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:
History
Indigenous Perspectives
Native Studies
Social Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Reconciliation Saskatoon
Date Added:
09/23/2021
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:
Aboriginal Languages
Indigenous Perspectives
Native Studies
Social Studies
Treaty Education
Truth and Reconciliation
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
GAP 4
GAP 5
GAP 6
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
buffalotreaty.com
Date Added:
09/28/2022
CREE CALENDAR – Shapes, Patterns, Cycles
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Students use washable paints, markers, and construction paper to illustrate a month from the traditional Cree Calendar

Students will be able to:

illustrate a month from the traditional Cree calendar;
demonstrate an understanding of the changes, cycles and patterns that occur in nature through words and images;
draw/paint geometric and organic shapes;
create the illusion of depth in space using size;
connect personal life experiences to their artworks.

Subject:
Arts Education
English Language Arts
Indigenous Perspectives
Language Education
Math
Nēhiyawēwin
Science
Social Studies
Visual Arts
Material Type:
GAP 4
Author:
crayola
Date Added:
09/14/2022
Calls to Action - Spirit Bear's Guide to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
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In 2008, a group called the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) was made. Their job was to listen
to stories about residential schools and then write the stories down so we can learn from our mistakes.
In 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission announced their 94 Calls to Action. These are 94
activities all governments, courts, businesses, schools, and people living in Canada can do to help fix the
mistakes of the past and present so that all children – including First Nations, Métis, and Inuit children –
can grow up happy, healthy, safe, and proud of who they are.

This booklet is written by Spirit Bear as a youth-guide to the TRC’s 94 Calls to Action. Each of the calls is outlined in student-friendly language that will give them a deeper understanding of Truth and Reconciliation process.

Subject:
Indigenous Perspectives
Social Studies
Material Type:
GAP 5
Author:
First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada
Date Added:
09/27/2022
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.

Subject:
History
Indigenous Perspectives
Native Studies
Social Studies
Treaty Education
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Author:
Canada's History
Date Added:
09/13/2018
Canadian Art Education Teacher Resource Guides
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Canadian art is a door to learning about a wide range of subjects.

The Art Canada Institute teacher resource guides presented here offer students the opportunity to study a multitude of subjects—from environmental awareness to activism, social justice to gender studies, politics to computer science (to name a few)—through the art and artists who have defined this country’s visual culture.

Following our provinces’ education curricula, the teacher resource guides provide multidisciplinary learning activities that reveal how Canadian art powerfully reflects our world so we can better understand it.

Activities for K-12!

Subject:
Arts Education
Business
Computer & Digital Technologies
Computer Science
Drama
Education
English Language Arts
French
Geography
History
Indigenous Perspectives
Language Education
Practical & Applied Arts
Science
Social Studies
Visual Arts
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Author:
Art Canada Institute
Date Added:
12/15/2022
Community Land Mapping- Walking to Know Our Mother- A Community Mapping Inquiry Project
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An inquiry-based project to map the land in your community. The key concepts in this unit are grounded in Indigenous beliefs of interconnectedness, connectedness, and respect for all things.

The driving inquiry questions for this unit are:
1. How can respect for the land be shown?
2. What do we look for when setting up a camp?
3. What stories or teachings are connected to key locations in and around our community?
4. How has the land around our community changed over time?
5. Who do we share our community’s lands with?

Subject:
21st Century Competencies
Arts Education
Education
Elementary Education
Health & Fitness
Indigenous Perspectives
Outdoor Education
Science
Social Studies
Treaty Education
Truth and Reconciliation
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
GAP 6
Lesson
Author:
Learning the Land
Date Added:
04/21/2023
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?

Subject:
Indigenous Perspectives
Native Studies
Social Studies
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Author:
Educational Broadcasting Corporation
WNET Education
Date Added:
11/13/2018
Cree Code Talker
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Cree Code Talker reveals the role of Canadian Cree code talker Charles ‘Checker’ Tomkins during the Second World War. Digging deep into the US archives it depicts the true story of Charles’ involvement with the US Air Force and the development of the code talkers communication system, which was used to transmit crucial military communications, using the Cree language as a vital secret weapon in combat.

Subject:
History
Indigenous Perspectives
Native Studies
Social Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Website Nsi-canada Ca
Date Added:
11/02/2022
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:
History
Indigenous Perspectives
Native Studies
Social Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
History Canada
Date Added:
06/21/2022
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:
Aboriginal Languages
Indigenous Perspectives
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Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Lesson
Primary Source
Unit of Study
Author:
Jean L. Okimāsis
University of Regina Press
Date Added:
06/22/2022
Drafting a Statement of Reconciliation with Students - NFB Blog
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Four mini-lessons have been created to address this topic. Highlighting Indigenous-made films from the NFB collection, the lessons will help students understand the spirit and intent of the treaties and provide them with the information they need to discuss the issues of access to drinking water, health care and education. In a spirit of reconciliation and co-operation, students are encouraged to write, record and share their Land Acknowledgement statements on social media

Subject:
Indigenous Perspectives
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Martha Gonya
Nfb Education
Date Added:
09/07/2022
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
Social Studies
Treaty Education
Truth and Reconciliation
Material Type:
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
History
Indigenous Perspectives
Social Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Strategy Lab Marketing
Zoey Roy
Date Added:
04/27/2022