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Anti-Racism Films - NFB
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This playlist features films that confront racism. They are a small selection of films from the NFB collection that look at instances of racism in Canada, and support dialogue on equality and diversity.

Subject:
Education
Health & Fitness
Health Education
Indigenous Perspectives
Social Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
NFB Education
Author:
NFB
National Film Board
National Film Board Of Canada
Date Added:
02/22/2021
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
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
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Homework/Assignment
Lesson
Reading
Unit of Study
Author:
Canada's History
Date Added:
09/13/2018
The Circle of Courage - Medicine Wheel
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The Circle of Courage is a program based on the Medicine Wheel that integrates traditional Aboriginal ways of knowing, community values, and development. It teaches the importance of four needs for healthy growth and development: Spirit of belonging, Spirit of Mastery, Spirit of Independence and Spirit of Generosity. One example can be found at the government of Manitoba's site.

Subject:
Indigenous Perspectives
Native Studies
Social Studies
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Government of Manitoba
Date Added:
02/08/2019
Colouring Pages — Kevin Peeace
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The importance of family is prominent throughout the works, The vibrant colours represents the joy of life, it is meant to inspire hope, success, and happiness. These paintings are a tribute to my late mother who was my guide throughout my life, my late Grandmother for her strength in cultural beliefs and traditions, and my children for the inspiration they give me, Meegwetch.

- Kevin Peeace

Subject:
Arts Education
Indigenous Perspectives
Visual Arts
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Kevin Peeace
Date Added:
11/30/2022
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
Failing Canada’s First Nations Children - YouTube
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Canadian kids from isolated communities forced to move away from their families – just to go to school.

This video follows the stories of young students who have to leave their home community to attend school.

Subject:
Indigenous Perspectives
Native Studies
Social Studies
Truth and Reconciliation
Material Type:
Lesson
Date Added:
11/20/2018
First Nations Health and Wellness Colouring Book
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This colouring book represents the collective efforts of 19 Indigenous artists,
and celebrates a diversity of health and wellness perspectives.

Colouring is an activity that can increase mindfulness and decrease stress, and
can help you find balance in challenging times.

Subject:
Arts Education
Health & Fitness
Health Education
Indigenous Perspectives
Mental Wellness
Wellness
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GAP 4
GAP 5
GAP 6
Author:
Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs
Canadian Red Cross
Date Added:
09/16/2021
Forgotten Warriors
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This documentary introduces us to thousands of Indigenous Canadians who enlisted and fought alongside their countrymen and women during World War II, even though they could not be conscripted. Ironically, while they fought for the freedom of others, they were being denied equality in their own country and returned home to find their land seized.

Subject:
History
Indigenous Perspectives
Native Studies
Social Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
NFB Education
Author:
Loretta Todd
National Film Board Of Canada
Date Added:
11/20/2018
Four Directions Teachings
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FourDirectionsTeachings.com is a visually stunning audio narrated resource for learning about Indigenous knowledge and philosophy from five diverse First Nations in Canada. Navigate to the site map for access to the teacher lesson plans to go along with the interactive audio and visual content.
Junior: Grades 1-6
Intermediate: Grades 7-9
Senior: Grades 10-12

Four Directions Teachings rend hommage à la tradition orale autochtone, en mettant en valeur le procédé d’écoute attentive, lorsque un ancien ou un professeur traditionnel partage un enseignement, selon son point de vue, sur la richesse et la valeur des traditions culturelles provenant de sa nation.

Available in:
Flash Version - English and French
HTML Version - English and French
Subtitles Version - English and French

Subject:
English Language Arts
French
Indigenous Perspectives
Language Education
Native Studies
Social Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
GAP 4
GAP 5
GAP 6
Lesson
Reading
Unit of Study
Author:
Patrimoine canadien
Canadian Heritage
Date Added:
10/30/2018
Free Online Course from U of A - Indigenous Canada
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"Indigenous Canada is a 12-lesson Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) from the Faculty of Native Studies that explores Indigenous histories and contemporary issues in Canada. From an Indigenous perspective, this course explores key issues facing Indigenous peoples today from a historical and critical perspective highlighting national and local Indigenous-settler relations. Topics for the 12 lessons include the fur trade and other exchange relationships, land claims and environmental impacts, legal systems and rights, political conflicts and alliances, Indigenous political activism, and contemporary Indigenous life, art and its expressions."

Subject:
Education
Indigenous Perspectives
Native Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Primary Source
Author:
Dr. Paul L. Gareau
Dr. Tracy Bear
University of Alberta
Date Added:
08/21/2020
Games from the Aboriginal People of North America
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This site offers Aboriginal Games Categorized by Mathematical Content:
- PATTERNS AND RELATIONS
- PROBABILITY
- DATA MANAGEMENT
- NUMBERS AND OPERATIONS
- PROBLEM SOLVING
- CRITICAL THINKING
- GEOMETRY
- COORDINATION

Subject:
Indigenous Perspectives
Math
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Game
Author:
Christine Treptau
Math Central
Date Added:
11/13/2018
Gateway to Aboriginal Heritage
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Database Quiz

Students learn about the history and cultures of Canada's aboriginal peoples by searching the Canadian Museum of Civilization's Gateway to Aboriginal Heritage web module, completing the Gateway to Aboriginal Heritage Database Quiz, and discussing their findings. This activity introduces students to a useful source of information.

Grades 9-12.

Subject:
Indigenous Perspectives
Native Studies
Social Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Homework/Assignment
Reading
Author:
Canadian Museum of History
Date Added:
11/05/2018
Indigenous Engagement Starting Points Resource.pdf
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This document helps support students and teachers wishing to engage with Indigenous perspectives in science. It also covers why it is important to connect to local Indigenous communities, provides suggestions on how to develop student understanding, and shares examples of how student science research can directly connect to the
Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action.

Also check out the Indigenous Engagement Starting Points Checklist which provides a list of Indigenous groups and/or individuals you/your students can reach out to, to start this connection. A question checklist is also provided to help support those starting discussions.

Subject:
Indigenous Perspectives
Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Canadian Light Source
Date Added:
11/07/2022
Indigenous Leaders & Careers - Fireside Chats
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This site features over 300 videos of fireside chats with Indigenous leaders across Canada and their careers.
Many videos include reflection and discussion guides.
You can explore by Career, location or community. Click on the fire to get started.

Subject:
Arts Education
Business
Career & Work Exploration
Computer Science
Construction & Carpentry
Entrepreneurship
Indigenous Perspectives
Practical & Applied Arts
Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TakingITGlobal
Author:
Future Pathways
Taking IT Global
Date Added:
05/17/2024
Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada
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This is a well-organized site that is easy to navigate and is available in both English and French.

There is much information on this site and I would encourage you to explore and read this resource online.
Topics include:
Truth & Reconciliation
First Nations
Inuit
Metis

Subject:
Geography
History
Indigenous Perspectives
Native Studies
Social Studies
Truth and Reconciliation
Material Type:
Reading
Author:
Canadian Geographic
Date Added:
02/26/2019