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August 22, 2017
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Aboriginal Educational Resources

FREE from AANDC Publications:

Ministry of Education Ontario: First Nation, Metis, and Inuit Education Policy Framework <click here>

Ministry of Education Ontario: Aboriginal Perspectives- A Guide to the Teacher's Toolkit <click here>

Books: <click here>

Video resources that can be streamed from web: <click here>

Lesson plans/ Activities: <click here>

What I learned in the Classroom today: Aboriginal Issues:

ReVision Quest CBC Podcasts: <click here>

Virtual Museum of Canada: <click here>

Canadian Museum of Civilization: First Peoples <click here>

National Museum of the American Indian: <click here>

Seven Teachings Posters:

Sky Buffalo: Cultural workshops (based in Hanover, ON) for schools

Toronto Zoo:


Traditional Teaching information:

French resources:

7 Sacred Teachings, David Bouchard

Aboriginal Issues in the Classroom: Kinŕmŕgawin

Kinŕmŕgawin: Aboriginal Issues in the Classroom is a documentary film that examines the difficulties experienced when discussing Aboriginal issues in post-secondary classrooms at Carleton University. Twenty-one Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students, instructors, faculty, and staff across various disciplines reflect upon their most memorable classroom moments when Indigenous issues were discussed. Oftentimes, those discussions became uncomfortable and upsetting, resulting in a classroom climate that was alienating. 

Film and Resource Guide: 

Canada's First Nations

Canada's First Nations peoples value a legacy of oral tradition that provides an account of each group's origins, history, spirituality, lessons of morality, and life skills. Stories bind a community with its past and future, and oral traditions reach across generations, from elder to child. They bear witness to how women and men were created and populated the land. These descriptions of genesis are as varied as the religions of the First Nations, but all maintain that life began on the North American continent.

Creation Stories- found on this site, under Antiquity

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Decolonizing our Schools, Dr. Susan Dion

Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Guide for Educators

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Inuit Cultural Online Resource

This site was created to provide a central location online to learn about Canadian Inuit culture. This site is designed to serve as a resource for Canadian school age children and their teachers. It's purpose is to offer new a different ways of learning about Inuit culture and what it means to be Inuit.

Medicine Wheel Evaluation

This guide is intended to introduce the reader to the Medicine Wheel, outlining its history and
uses, and to show how the Medicine Wheel can be used as an evaluation framework. We
know that this framework is not appropriate for every organization or every project, but we do
hope that its use will enable some to break away from the traditional boxes, and to be able to
capture the stories and qualitative results that are often overlooked.

Previousl found at: <CLICK HERE>

Our Place in the Circle, Dr. Susan Dion

Residential School Resources

They Came for the Children- The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada report on Residential Schools:[1].pdf

We Were So Far Away- Inuit experience with Residential Schools: 

Hope and Healing- Legacy of Hope

Supporting Aboriginal Success, Dr. Pamela Toulouse

Self-Esteem and Identity, A Living Teachings Approach

The connection between Aboriginal student success and self-esteem (identity) are explored and discussed in this article. The framework in which this paper is structured follows the seven good life teachings of the Ojibwe people. Each teaching has a companion principle which is the implication for educational practice. Each section is supported with research and offers strategies for student success. The question of ‘What works?’ is central to this discussion.

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Teaching in First Nations Schools

In this study, the FNESC and FNSA aimed to gather information about why teachers are attracted to employment opportunities in First Nations schools, as well as challenges, possible resource and support activities that may be offered.

Women, Contemporary Aboriginal Issues, and Resistance

Women, Contemporary Aboriginal Issues, and Resistance helps strip away the fears and stigmas that keep people from speaking openly about Aboriginal issues. We hope to create a better understanding of each other and ourselves.
The kit follows the lives of three fictional children as they grow into adulthood, quickly becoming aware of the way their prejudices, Aboriginal roots, and friendships continue to play an important role in shaping their view of each other, and our country.

FREE online resource kit <CLICK HERE>

Decolonizing Pedagogies, Heather E. McGregor

Integrating Aboriginal Teaching and Values into the Classroom

Dr. Pamela Toulouse

Beyond the Shadows, Dr. Pamela Toulouse


Sheila Cote-Meek

I'm Not The Indian You Had In Mind- Thomas King

Thomas King says:

I’m Not the Indian You Had in Mind challenges the stereotypical portrayal First Nations peoples in the media. This spoken word short offers an insight of how First Nations people today are changing old ideas and empowering themselves in the greater community.

The actors, in business suits, jeans, and typical urban attire are juxtaposed against the loincloth-wearing, tomahawk wielding Natives of yesterday’s spaghetti westerns.

Wab Kinew- Inclusion Works

Keynote address Wab Kinew delivered to the 2012 Inclusion Works conference in Edmonton recently. I spoke about why Aboriginal inclusion should be about so much more than just meeting quotas, but rather a source for adding value to a corporation… backed by a very personal story from my time at the CBC.

Rebel Music: Native American Music with lesson plans

Meet Frank Waln, Inez Jasper, Mike Cliff and Nataanii Means - young Native musicians using their art to empower their communities, tell their true stories, and ignite change. Watch the full episode of Rebel Music: Native America here!

Lesson Plans to accompany video

Where are the Children: Residential School Survivors

The following is a selection of Survivor stories drawn from the Our Stories…Our Strength video collection. We are grateful to the men and women who have shared their personal and often painful accounts of their experiences of residential school and its legacy. It is by sharing these truths that we can all continue to work toward understanding and healing.

Inuit Survivor stories 

In Our Own Words: First Peoples content to K-3 classroom

The “BC First Peoples Learning Resources: Books for Use in K-7 Classrooms” was developed by FNESC and FNSA in partnership with the BC Ministry of Education and support from the Education Partnerships Program of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada. It was created to support BC elementary school teachers to make appropriate decisions about which First Peoples resources might be appropriate for use with your students. The annotated listings provided in this guide identify currently available authentic First Peoples texts that your students can work with to meet provincial standards related to literacy as well as a variety of specific subject areas. 


Cree Creation Story: