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Play bingo on your plant walk down to the beach! All of the living things on that cards can be found at Sealand Park, but the activity can be used on many other forested trails down to the ocean. Give each student a laminated bingo card and a dry erase marker to mark of the plants they identify on their walk. Use the English or hul̓q̓umín̓um̓ electronic draw cards for in-class use with a projector (great for learning the names prior to your walk!)

Electronic draw cards 

hul̓q̓umin̓um̓ Electronic draw cards

Sealand Bingo

A Great resource including text, video and images about the oolichan or eulachon and it's importance to west coast First Peoples from northern California to British Columbia and Alsaska.

This oily fish was known as the saviour fish because it is often the first food fish to arrive after the winter. It can be eaten fresh or dried, but it is most known for the nutrient rich oil that is rendered from the fish.  In the past the oil was traded up and down the cost and inland along vast trade networks called "grease trails" so named due to the importance of this trade item.

Printable cards for the Days of the Week and Months in hul̓qumín̓um̓. The cards on the right also contain a QR code that can be scanned for a link to a sound file.

Are you trying to consider Indigenous perspectives when you teach Primary Math? Are you trying to adopt principles from the Early Learning Framework in your Numeracy instruction? Are you trying to spend more teaching time outdoors? This video has ideas for teaching measurement to children while exploring nature.

Link to Printable tracks

Link to the Story of the Basket Woman (sasquatch) told by George Seymour 

This beautifully presented muti-media website teaches viewers about the importance of the potlatch on the Northwest coast. Full Gr 4/5 lesson plans (adaptable for other grades) for teachers wanting to use the resource in their classroom are included.

Are you having trouble with Elementary Report Cards?  Check out this document that answers the most Frequently Asked Questions.

Interested in learning the general name for various landforms and waterforms in Hul̓q̓umínum̓? Here is a handy list:


This activity  allows students to practice graphing skills in a whole-class or small-group, fun, game environment. The game can be played with printable sheets used in dry-erase pockets or can be played online with desmos

For more dry-erase graphing activities see the SD52 resource, Weaving Our Way: From patterns to Linear Relations in a Ts’msyen Context.

Printable Game with Instructions

Online Game in Desmos

Knowing Home: Braiding Indigenous Science with Western Science, Book 2

Authors: Edited by Gloria Snively and Wanosts'a7 Lorna Williams

Knowing Home attempts to capture the creative vision of Indigenous scientific knowledge and technology that is derived from an ecology of a home place. The traditional wisdom component of Indigenous Science—the values and ways of decision-making—assists humans in their relationship with each other, the land and water, and all of creation. Indigenous perspectives have the potential to give insight and guidance to the kind of environmental ethics and deep understanding that we must gain as we attempt to solve the increasingly complex problems of the 21st century.

Braiding Indigenous Science and Western Science is a metaphor used to establish a particular relationship. Linked by braiding, there is a certain reciprocity. Each strand remains a separate entity, but all strands come together to form the whole. When we braid Indigenous Science with Western Science we acknowledge that both ways of knowing are legitimate forms of knowledge.

The book provides a window into the vast storehouse of innovations and technologies of the Indigenous peoples who live in Northwestern North America. It is our hope that the Indigenous Science examples, research and curriculum models will inspire deep reflection regarding the under-representation of Aboriginal students in the sciences. It is intended that the rich examples and cases, combined with the resources listed in the appendices, will enable teachers and students to explore Indigenous Science examples in the classroom, and in addition, support the development of curriculum projects in home places.

Culturally Appropriate Curriculum Projects Included:

Chapter 7 – Cross-Cultural Marine Science: Culturally Inclusive Curriculum for All Learners

Chapter 8 – Secondary School Student Researchers Use Digital Video as a Learning Tool for Retaining and Transferring Indigenous Knowledge

Chapter 9 – Learning from the Homeland: An Emerging Process for Indigenizing Education

Book 1 provides an overview of why traditional knowledge and wisdom should be included in the science curriculum, a window into the science and technologies of the Indigenous peoples who live in Northwestern North America, Indigenous worldview, culturally responsive teaching strategies and curriculum models, and evaluative techniques. It is intended that the rich examples and cases, combined with the resources listed in the appendices, will enable teachers and students to explore Indigenous Science examples in the classroom; and in addition, support the development of culturally appropriate curriculum projects.

Included Units (Chapters 10 - 15):

Chapter 10 – Seasonal Wheel: The Kwakwaka‘Wakw Ebb and Flow of Life by Gwixsisalas Emily Aitken

Chapter 11 – Money from the Sea: Dentalium A Cross-cultural Indigenous Science Problem-solving Activity by Gloria Snively

Chapter 12 – Dzaxwan (Oolichan Fish): Stories my Elders Told Me by ‘Nalaga Donna Cranmer

Chapter 13 – Gwaya’elas, How We Do Things: The Development and Evaluation of Dzaxwan Curriculum by ‘Nalaga Donna Cranmer

Chapter 14 – Storytelling is our Textbook and Curriculum Guide
Understanding Kwakwaka‘wakw Science Knowledge and Way of Life Through Story by ‘Welila’ogwa Irene Isaac

Chapter 15 – Gitga’at Plant Project: Bridging the Gap between Generations
Edosdi Judith C. Thompson

In this video Coast Salish Snuneymuxw artist Joel Good creates kerfs, then steams and bends a yellow cedar plank in preparation for creating a bentwood box. He is one of the relatively few bringing back the art of bending boxes.

The Bentwood box is an ingenious technological innovation that was developed and used extensively by the Indigenous peoples of the west coast. In the past it was used as a container to store a multitude of items including everything from everyday items such as food, to ceremonial items of great value. In some areas, including the Coast Salish, bentwood boxes were also used as grave boxes to hold the remains of deceased loved ones.

The boxes can also be made water-tight and used to boil water or steam foods through a process of adding fire-heated rocks. Today bentwood boxes are still made and in use, though rarely used for everyday cooking or storage. Instead they are often regarded as treasured pieces of art and used for ceremonial purposes.

FNESC Bentwood Box Math Resource (Starting on Page 37).


More information:

Cooking with Bentwood boxes


Related Videos:

Pit cooking at Wildwood Ecoforest 

PI’KWUN: Traditional Cowichan Salmon BBQ, Bentwood Box Cooking & Medicinal Plants

More info about the artist, Joel Good.

The two Large Yellow Cedar bentwood boxes created by Joel Good are available for sign-out though the Indigenous Education Collection.

Coyote Science takes viewers on a culturally rich adventure into the fun and wonder of Indigenous science. Youth and educators will love this colourful, exciting show that brings our beautiful and complex universe alive.

Showcasing dozens of Indigenous scientists, Coyote Science shows youth the immense possibilities open to them—they too can become ethnobotanists, mathematicians, geologists and engineers. Even astronauts, like our regular special guest Commander Herrington! Coyote Science affirms that western and Indigenous science blend well together, and can be part of an rich, inclusive education.

Each episode is short - less the 5 minutes and can easily be incorporated into lessons to highlight an indigenous perspective in science.

Ready to learn simple sentences in Hul̓q̓umín̓um̓? We are happy to announce the release of the second book in the Hul̓q̓umín̓um̓ Beginner Books series! Each book in the series will have simple repetitive phrases that introduce beginner language learners to simple sentences. The full-colour minibooks, will also contain a vocabulary page with English translations and a link to online resources including a recording of the book in Hul̓q̓umín̓um̓.

Click Open resource above to view the book online, listen to a recording of the book read aloud and see additional learning activities associated with the book, including a colouring book and an online matching activity.

All schools in the district should have 2 copies available in their libraries. A class set (book bag) can also be signed out from the Indigenous Collection library. (coming soon!)

This book titles shtes ‘u tu skweyul focuses on the concept of weather and the clothing needed to enjoy the weather playing outside.