National Indigenous Veterans Day is a memorial day observed in Canada in recognition of aboriginal contributions to military service, particularly in the First and Second World Wars and the Korean War. It occurs on November 8th each year. The memorial was inaugurated in Winnipeg in 1994, and has since spread nationwide. Below are a number of links with resources and information for classes:
A great set of videos and information about native plants from the Royal BC Museum, including videos about how to tell the difference between western red cedar and yellow cedar.
"Tending the Wild" shines light on the traditional ecological knowledge of indigenous peoples across California by exploring how they have actively shaped and tended the land for millennia, in the process developing a deep understanding of plant and animal life. This series examines how humans are necessary to live in balance with nature and how traditional practices can inspire a new generation of Californians to tend their environment. Co-produced by KCET and the Autry Museum, this six-part multimedia series and one-hour documentary special are presented in association with California Continued, a groundbreaking exhibition now on view at the Autry.
See also Tending Nature, a video Series that shines a light on the environmental knowledge of Indigenous peoples across California by exploring how the state's Native peoples have actively shaped and tended the land for millennia.
How are sword-ferns, whale hunting and bull kelp all connected? In this short video, Dr. Nancy Turner talks about some of the knowledge she has learned from her decades of work with coastal First Nations. The video is just one example of the intricate web of connections that our plant relatives play in coastal First Nation livelyhood.
To read more about the work of Nancy Turner, read or listen to the full article In the Land of Lost Gardens in Hakai Magazine.
Many of Nancy Turner’s Books are also available to signout from the Indigenous Collection through destiny.
Indigenous communities in the Pacific Northwest bred little, fluffy white dogs that provided for them, both materially and spiritually. This article is also available in audio format. Listen now, download, or subscribe to “Hakai Magazine Audio Edition” through your favorite podcast app.
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!)
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.