Niitsitapiisini: Our Way of Life – Teacher Toolkit

Glenbow Museum - Niitsitapiisini: Our Way of Life / Nitsitapiisinni: Notre mode de vie


This web site was created as a companion to the Niitsitapiisini Virtual Exhibit created by the Glenbow Museum in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and is divided into two main sections: Blackfoot Culture and Learning Resources.

Blackfoot Culture – The Blackfoot Culture section of the toolkit provides an overview of the culture and history of the Blackfoot people. This section introduces teachers to the Blackfoot world and how it has changed and adapted over the centuries.

Learning Resources – The Learning Resources section informs teachers of the protocols involved in teaching First Nations students, provides access to instructional units and a list of additional resources. The units are designed to compliment and extend the Virtual Exhibit web activities and include cultural and historical resources, activities and assessment strategies.

Blackfoot Online Learning for Teachers
Online Blackfoot Exhibit for students

Learning Activities: Canadian Museum of Civilization

Learning About Aboriginal Culture

Title Grade Level Students will: Lesson Plan
Making Do With What You Have Kindergarten-Grade 4 identifying plant and animal materials used to make everyday objects Lesson Plan
Amazing Objects Grades 2-4 to interpret their artifacts by studying objects from the Canadian Museum
of Civilization’s database
Lesson Plan
Discovering Objects Grade 5-8 interpret museum artifacts, and learn about the history
and cultures of aboriginal peoples in Canada,
Lesson Plan
Design a Display Grade 5-8 select images of objects from the Canadian
Museum of Civilization’s database, and create a display that features similar
objects from different cultures
Lesson Plan
Learning Activities
Amazing Objects Grades 2-4 learn about the history and cultures of aboriginal peoples and learn
to interpret their artifacts by studying objects from the Canadian Museum
of Civilization’s database
Lesson Plan
Virtual Museum Challenge Grades 9-12 make a presentation of artifacts selected for an
imaginary exhibition
Lesson Plan
Write a Label Grades 9-12 learn how to write concise, meaningful label text, by selecting objects Lesson Plan
Database Quiz Grades 9-12 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.
Lesson Plan
Treasures of Canada Webquest Grades 9-12 assume the roles of museum curators of their choice, search the Canadian Museum of Civilization’s database, select artifacts for an exhibition targeting high school students, and make a presentation Lesson Plan

Interior Salish of British Columbia in the early years of the 20th century


Source: Canadian Museum of Civilization

Film | We Shall Remain | American Experience | Full Episode Online

We Shall Remain (Video Series)

Subject(s): Social Studies, American History


At the heart of the project is a five-part television series that shows how Native peoples valiantly resisted expulsion from their lands and fought the extinction of their culture — from the Wampanoags of New England in the 1600s who used their alliance with the English to weaken rival tribes, to the bold new leaders of the 1970s who harnessed the momentum of the civil rights movement to forge a pan-Indian identity. We Shall Remain represents an unprecedented collaboration between Native and non-Native filmmakers and involves Native advisors and scholars at all levels of the project.

Teacher’s Guide

The We Shall Remain Web site will launch an extensive Teacher’s Guide for social studies educators. The guide will incorporate video segments from the five documentaries into social studies resources, offering both viewing and comprehension aids and classroom activities. This resource will inspire and support teachers to integrate Native history and issues into their curricula and encourage them to present Native history as an integral part of American history.

Native Drums – Canadian Aboriginal Drums and Music (Grades 4-11)

Welcome to the Native Drums Teachers’ Homepage. Canadian Teachers of grades 4-11 classes can find free, downloadable, printable Teachers’ Resource Kits (TRK’s) directly relating to provincial curricula. These materials are usable as is or customizable for printing and use in the classroom, and include lesson plans, reference to background materials, in-class exercises, quizzes, and grading rubrics.

Please visit the companion website, Native Dance as well.

Mi’kmaq in Nova Scotia – Learning Guide

The video, Wabanaki: People of the Dawn (Part One) provides a snapshot of the history and culture of the Mi’kmaq in Nova Scotia as revealed by the discovery of artifacts in the Mersey River area of Nova Scotia. It also begins to unravel the connection between the archaeological past and the lives of the Mi’kmaw as conveyed through oral history and traditions. The video gives us a glimpse of how the Mi’kmaq may have lived thousands of years ago and demonstrates the interconnectedness of the land and water with the lives of the Mi’kmaq.

Title Grade Level Link
Wabanaki People of the Dawn PART i Grade 10-11