Walk in the front door and through your school. What do you see on the walls that welcome all students and families? Are there posters and art which celebrate diversity? Are there signs in other languages welcoming students and families?
Teachers and Staff
Library Books and Resources
Washrooms for everyone
Does your school have proper signed for an inclusive washroom? Is there a washroom for everyone? Is it unlocked and visible for students? Is it welcoming?
We all want to be healthy. Path to Wellness explores Indigenous Peoples’ views on health and wellness and the importance to everyone of finding balance for the mind, body, spirit, and emotions. Includes 16 student book copies and 1 teacher’s guide.
Engage students in inquiry about Indigenous cultures, worldviews, and history as we work towards reconciliation in Canada.Take Action for Reconciliation inquiry-based student books focus on Indigenous cultures, languages, and worldviews and include:
The Aboriginal Lens is a guide for those who work in education and are committed to taking up the “Calls to Action on Education” as stipulated by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. This framework is designed to help educators challenge the current, established systems of belief that support Eurocentric practices that have silenced other ways of knowing and being. The lens focuses our efforts and can be used to examine and assess policies and practices. The framework also works to address the needs of the collective and the community, as well as providing common reference for teachers.
Shared Learnings: Integrating BC Aboriginal Content K-10 focuses on the diversity, depth, and integrity of the cultures of British
Columbia Aboriginal peoples. It is a guide for teachers, developed in recognition of the need for classroommaterials that can help all teachers provide students with knowledge of, and opportunities to share experiences with, BC Aboriginal peoples.
These are films for educators and parents wanting to learn more about the lives and histories of Indigenous people. Powerful, political, and profound, these films will initiate and inspire conversations on identity, family, community, and nationhood.
They are stories about the blocking of the international bridge that cuts through the Akwesasne Reserve, protest and blockades, resistance, land rights, human rights, asserting one’s rights, diabetes among Indigenous communities, traditional Indigenous medicine, the medicine wheel, colonization, intergenerational knowledge, the Oka crisis, Mohawk communities of Kahnawake and Kanehsatake standing against the Canadian military and Canadian citizens, Mi’kmaq fishermen, the Attawapiskak housing crisis, the Idle No More movement, the sweat lodge, Indigenous pride and dignity, preservation of culture and language, substance abuse and addiction, foster care, suicide, mental health care, Métis identity, and adoption
These are stories about Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, the Highway of Tears, Indigenous rights activism, violence against Indigenous Women, Indigenous stereotypes, racism, marginalized communities, community healing, the Oka Crisis, the Kahnawake tribe, Cree burial traditions, Indigenous pride, reconciliation, healing and recovery, residential schools, Two-Spirited people, salmon fishing rights, the Mi’kmaq people, historical perspective on contemporary Indigenous issues, village life in Puvirnituq, preserving cultures and traditions, suicide, addiction, substance abuse, co-existence of traditions and modernity, police violence, Saskatoon’s infamous “freezing deaths,” Indigenous women leadership, the Six Nations of the Grand River Reserve blockade, legal, land and human-rights issues, historical and contemporary understanding of relationships between Indigenous people and the Canadian government, the role of radio in a small community of Teetl’it Gwich’in, the Oka crisis and the now-infamous stand-off between the Mohawks, the Quebec police and the Canadian Army.
Cette exposition présente des sujets inspirés de l’expérience vécue des Survivants des pensionnats indiens. Ces thèmes peuvent être bouleversants pour certains visiteurs. Pour obtenir plus d’information au sujet de cette exposition, ainsi que sur les faits historiques et les répercussions du régime des pensionnats, consultez notre site Web www.legacyofhope.ca.
Image teaching maps included are: the Fiddle, Métis flag, Flower Beadwork, Louis Riel, Michif Language, Red River Cart, Red River Jig (Dance), Sash.
This informative and easy-to-follow guide is organized into sections by grade levels: early learners – grade 4, Grades 5 – 8, and grades 9 – 12 and beyond. Each section includes themes to explore, foundational information, resources, activities based on inquiry and critical thinking and ideas for inspiring change and sharing the message.
This virtual exhibition aims to give voice to the experience of the many Métis children who were forced to attend Indian Residential Schools.
This FNESC resource has been developed in response to desire on the part of teachers for more guidance and information on how to incorporate First Peoples materials into their instruction and assessment practices.
It provides an array of ideas and suggestions that can be applied in whole or in part to incorporate First Peoples content into a K-3 classroom. By following the suggestions provided here and remaining open to respectful dialogue and consultation with members of the local First Peoples communities, teachers will benefit their students and expand their own comfort with this material.
These films for middle school learners touch on various subjects related to the topic of nationhood, including: the search for identity, Atikamekw roots, fatherhood, richness of heritage, celebration of heritage and the power of dancing in a powwow, ignorance, prejudice, racism, empowerment, bullying, discrimination, the Abenaki tribe, loss of home and land, colonization, the Indian Act and Bill C-31, Indigenous stereotypes, Indigenous pride, the Haisla people of British Columbia, the journey of the G’psgolox Pole, Indigenous languages, the Talking Circle, the Potlatch, Indigenous medicine, intergenerational knowledge, present-day environmental issues and concerns, oppression and resistance, conflict resolution, traditional Indigenous dance, hunting and trapping, Pete Standing Alone and the Blood Indians of Southern Alberta (English only), residential schools, preserving the traditional ways of life, and Indigenous elders.
These short films for younger learners are by Indigenous filmmakers from across Canada. These stories address a range of subjects, such as: the influence of elders, realizing your potential, sharing knowledge, discovering history and culture, the power of nature, parent/child relationships, Arctic landscapes and Inuit objects and iconography, first contact, Inuit folklore, the hoop dance, Indigenous traditions, intergenerational knowledge, Mi’kmaq legends, traditional crafts and skills such as sled making and igloo building, music and dance, and seal hunting.
This website is a joint project of the Métis Nation British Columbia and the Métis Youth British Columbia. It was created with funding from the Canadian Culture On-Line Project, a division of the Department of Canadian Heritage.
This virtual exhibition, curated by Gregory Scofield for the Legacy of Hope Foundation, is the online counterpart to a touring exhibition that aims to give voice to the experience of the many Métis children who were forced to attend Indian Residential Schools.
The main objective of The Grade 7 Cross-Curricular Teacher Guide is to provide teachers with lessons and resources that focus on the contemporary Métis in British Columbia. It is important that Métis people are noted for their roles in communities in B.C. and are recognized as one of the three distinct Aboriginal peoples of Canada. The activities within the Grade 7 Métis Cross-Curricular Teacher Guide were created using “inquiry based” learning.
The Grade 4 Métis Cross Curricular Unit provides teachers and students with information and instruction on the Métis people and their culture. The objective of the Guide is to answer the question “Who Are the Métis?”, and to introduce the distinct characteristics of the culture, including food, clothing, language, technology, music and dance, traditional values, family and community. The students will have the opportunity to learn about the origins of the Métis culture and the significant contributions the Métis people have made in Canada historically and continue to make today. The unit will also illustrate the influence the Métis have in the cultural diversity of Aboriginal peoples and of Canada.
Foundations of a justice curriculum – Building Bridges of Understanding Between Nations
With the vision of building bridges between the First Nations and Canadian systems of law, First Nations Journeys of Justice honours oral history and teaches concepts and practices of justice from the perspective of First Nations ways of knowing. The program contains modules for grades 1-7. Each grade contains three separate units, which should be done in order, as concepts and stories previously introduced are often reviewed in later units.
Grade 1: Growing and Learning
Grade 2: Family and Community Involvement
Grade 3: Looking to the Future
Grade 4: What are my responsibilities?
Grade 5: What are the laws of my community and nation?
Grade 6: Journeys of Understanding
Grade 7: Journeys of Transformation
This eBook is intended to be an interactive resource leading educators from the story to the ‘back story’ utilizing links on each page to offer related resources. Throughout this book you will find Project of Heart tiles with an ‘aura’ which indicates that this is a link. Click on each of these tiles to find additional resources including films, videos, documents, articles, activities and more.
This learning resource was designed to help people understand who the Métis are in British Columbia, where we came from and where we live today.
PART ONE: Métis Identity and Why it Matters will provide the clarity that has long been needed on who is the Métis Nation and who are the people that are its strength.
PART TWO: Who are the Métis: Contemporary Perspectives, defines the contemporary Métis people living in British Columbia.
An Aboriginal Education Teaching resource from BCTF Aboriginal Education. Resources in this document include:
i) a self assessment guide for teachers on awareness of and commitment to an inclusive classroom,
ii) an article for understanding the rules of culture to improve your classroom practice,
iii) a four step strategy for teaching controversial issues, and
iv) a checklist for identifying stereotyping and bias in learning resources.
Some items in the Coast Salish collection:
Indigenous Perspectives in Education Guide
Popular narratives of Canadian history have most frequently been told from the perspective of European settlers. As a result, Indigenous experiences have often been neglected or excluded from the telling of our country’s history. This guide aims to engage students in thinking critically about our historical narratives, and help them consider how both individual and collective worldviews shape — and are shaped by — history
The Grizzlies profiles current conditions in Northern isolated Inuit communities which stem directly from colonialism, marginalization, institutionalized trauma, racism and prejudice. The dominant theme is the message of hope and resilience.
BC Treaty Process Awareness Test
How many treaties currently exist in BC? How many First Nations are active in the BC Treaty process? What does Section 35 of the Canadian Constitution recognize and affirm? Learn the answers to these questions and more with this assessment/resource.
Project of the Heart
This resource is an online K-12 inquiry based journey which seeks the truth about the History of Indigenous people in Canada with an emphasis on residential schools. Resources include films, videos, maps, articles, timelines, websites, lesson plans and more.
This timeline presents selected times and events in the history of Indigenous People in BC.