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
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 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
Visual Arts
English Language Arts
Indigenous Perspectives
Nēhiyawēwin
Math
Science
Social Studies
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Activity/Lab
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:
Activity/Lab
Reading
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.

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Indigenous Perspectives
Native Studies
Treaty Education
Social Studies
History
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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?

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:
Indigenous Perspectives
Native Studies
Social Studies
History
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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:
Indigenous Perspectives
Native Studies
Social Studies
History
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:
Indigenous Perspectives
Aboriginal Languages
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Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
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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
Treaty Education
Truth and Reconciliation
Social Studies
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
Indigenous Perspectives
Social Studies
History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Strategy Lab Marketing
Zoey Roy
Date Added:
04/27/2022
Every Child Matters Colouring Page
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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
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Activity/Lab
Author:
Hawlii Pichette
Urban Iskwew
Date Added:
08/22/2022
Every Child Matters: Reconciliation through education
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Written by award-winning Indigenous author Monique Gray Smith, this magazine, which is based on the Seven Sacred Teachings, is aimed for students in grades 5–12 and is available in both English and French.

Each chapter teaches children about residential schools, Treaties, and the historic and current relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.

Accompanied by supplementary educational resources, the magazine is both a guide and a journal for young people as they explore their feelings, build confidence, and foster greater respect and empathy throughout their reconciliation journeys.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Social Studies
History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Canada's History
Monique Grey-Smith
National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation
Date Added:
09/02/2022
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