ibook: Lessons From the Earth: Storytelling, Art & Indigenous Knowledge

Lessons From the Earth: Storytelling, Art & Indigenous Knowledge Teacher Resource Kit – Primary Grades

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Lessons From the Earth is a resource guide for educators that provides a practical application of Indigenous Knowledge into the classroom. The focus of learning is grounded in a traditional Anishinaabe story, Jiig Nong Aadsookan, The Fisher Story.  Included are sample lessons and video modules that support the traditional teachings embedded within the story. Lessons From the Earth is a provocation for student inquiry into topics such as the environment, First Peoples of Canada, Science, Social Studies, as well as important concepts such as love, respect and balance.

Available on iPad, iPhone, and Mac.

First Nation Star Story

Atchakosuk: Ininewuk Stories of the Stars

Author: Wilfred Buck – Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre

Ininewuk (Cree) Mythology posits that constellations and stars that are prominent in the northern skies are understood through perspectives that are unique to the Ininewuk

FNIGC Data Online | FNIGC

FNIGC Data Online | The First Nations Information Governance Centre.

FNIGC Data Online is a new online service from the First Nations Information Governance Centre (FNIGC), Canada’s premier source of information about First Nations people living on reserve and in northern communities. This new application will provide unprecedented access to FNIGC’s published data in the form of charts, tables and graphs that can be exported for use in presentations, reports and academic papers, beginning with the First Nations Regional Health Survey. In the weeks and months ahead FNIGC will populate Data Online with more data from RHS Phase 2, and RHS Phase 1.

All data produced are aggregated nationally and weighted to represent First Nations communities across Canada.

Source: FNIGC Data Online.

Respecting our Mother Earth – Environmental activity booklet

Ganawenimaa nimamainan aki – A kid’s environmental activity booklet: Respecting our Mother Earth

Ganawenimaa nimamainan aki - A kid's environmental activity booklet: Respecting our Mother Earth

Ganawenimaa nimamainan aki – A kid’s environmental activity booklet: Respecting our Mother Earth

A 20-page environmental activity booklet for elementary level youth. It offers basic information about the Lake Superior watershed, its inhabitants and encourages conservation and respect of the water. ©2006

Source: Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission – www.glifwc.org

Environmental Lesson Plans ~ Gr. 5, 6 & 8 (DragonFly Canada)

Lesson Plans Download

Respect the Water #1

Grade Levels: 5, 8
Subjects: Science & Technology, Geography
Objective:Students will explore Aboriginal perspectives on respecting the environment; how individual and collective behaviour affects the environment; and the role of community engagement in maintaining healthy, sustainable ecosystems.
1. “Water/El Agua,” from Talking With Mother Earth/Hablando con Madre Tierra, by Jorge Argueta
2. Online video The Story of Bottled Water
3. “No Running Water,” from Canadian Dimension, March/April 2011


Respect the Water #2

Grade Levels: 6
Subjects: Science & Technology, Social Studies
Objective:Students will explore Aboriginal perspectives on respecting the environment; cultural ideas about water; how individual and collective behaviour affects the environment; and the relationships between all living things.
1. Image of Josephine Mandamin
2. Text about Josephine Mandamin’s walk around the Great Lakes
3. Josephine Mandamin’s walk around the Great Lakes
4. A River Ran Wild, by Lynne Cherry (Voyager Books)
5. “No Running Water,” from Canadian Dimension, March/April 2011


Source: Dragonfly Consulting Services Canada

Circle of Stories Lesson Plans: Grades 8-12

Circle of Stories Lesson Plans: Grades 8-12

Lesson Plan Subject Description Link
Lesson 1: It’s All Part of the Story Language Arts/Theater Storytelling reflects the rich cultural and religious heritage of the generations before us, and it leads us to understand how our past has influenced our present. Use this plan to help students learn to share their story while learning to appreciate stories from others. Printable Version
Lesson 2: Our Small World Language Arts/Civics Invite students to explore indigenous and Native culture, and promote appreciation for the contributions from these cultures. Use this plan to teach your students about cultural conservation and to bring more understanding about the issues that tribes face today. Printable Version
Lesson 3: Record and Preserve Your Family Stories Language Arts/Technology/Life Science In this activity, students will learn the basics for and importance of recording their own family history. Students will learn about the right questions that will provide insight to their family stories, and will research, collect and share stories that will bring them closer to their heritage while possibly spawning a lifelong interest in genealogy. Printable Version

Source:Visit Website for additional resources and videos

Traditional Activities – Poster & Video Series

(Source: nnec.on.ca)

Traditional Activities Poster Series

posters created by our student design team

Dogsledding poster Dogsledding video
Net-setting poster Net-setting video
Snowshoeing ….
Survival Skills poster Survival Skills video
Quinzee Building Quinzee Building Video

These posters will be published by Wawatay Communications and distributed to area schools for educational purposes. This work was supported by a grant from Industry Canada SchoolNet. Contact our school for your copy.
Produced in Spring 2006.

Aboriginal-Themed Science and Technology Lesson Resources

Source: Native Access to Engineering Program
Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
Queen’s, University.

Aboriginal-Themed Science and Technology Lesson Resources

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Simple machines Download Download Download
Sound Download Download Download
Space Download Download Download
Structures Download Download Download
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Berry Resources (Cultural uses, Literature Links, Berry Teachings) – Grade 1 -7

Aboriginal Resources – Topic: Berries

Cultural uses, Literature Links, Berry Teachings, Facts and More

Acknowledgements – Berry Resources – PDF.

Curriculum Connections- Berry Resources – PDF.

Chokeberries (Minisa)- Berry Resources – PDF.

Cranberries (Minisa)- Berry Resources – PDF.

Raspberries (Minisa)- Berry Resources – PDF.

Saskatoon Berry (Minisa)- Berry Resources – PDF.

Strawberries (Minisa)- Berry Resources – PDF.

Seventh Generation Science Experiments Booklet

Seventh Generation Science Experiments Booklets
(From: http://www.fnesc.ca/publications/index.php#T)

Seventh Generation Club

To create a club where First Nations youth can envision their future by recognizing their own energy, the culture of their people, and the teamwork needed to succeed by giving them opportunities to make healthy life choices, participate in their community, and to meet the challenges of life.

Each booklet contains 12 – 15 fun science experiments to do at home or in the classroom. Each experiment outlines what you need, what you do and what’s going on.

Booklet 1 – Free Online version available here

Booklet 2 – Free Online version available here

Booklet 3 – Free Online version available here

Booklet 4 – Free Online version available here

Booklet 5 – Free Online version available here

Booklet 6 – Free Online version available here

Booklet 7 – Free Online version available here

Contemporary and Historical Mi’gmaq materials

For thousands of years, Gespe’gewa’gi ~ the Seventh District of Mi’gma’gi ~ has been the homeland of the Mi’gmaq. This Web site- Gespe’gewa’gi Mi’gmaq: Speaking About Our Land, Nm’tginen, recognizes and honours the history, contributions, and culture of the Gespe’gewa’gi, Mi’gmaq.

The Nm’tginen (lands), which compose Gespe’gewa’gi includes: the Gaspé Peninsula, parts of Québec, New Brunswick (north of the St. John River watershed), parts of Maine and the Islands in Bay of Chaleur, as well as their surrounding coastal and marine areas.

Grade Levels::
Grades 3/4, Grades 5/6 and Grades 7-11, with four learning modules corresponding to each season
in each level.

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.

Cross-Cultural Science & Technology Units

Aboriginal student participation in science and engineering is very low in Saskatchewan. Among the many reasons proposed to explain this fact, Aboriginal educators emphatically point to the vast cultural difference between Aboriginal worldviews of many students and the Western science worldview expressed in science courses. Without instruction meaningfully set in the context of the local community, many students (Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal) find the science curriculum culturally foreign and inaccessible. Culturally sensitive approaches to teaching will treat science instruction as a cross-cultural event. There is a great diversity in cultures from community to community across the north. Thus, culturally sensitive instruction will vary from community to community.

The project focuses mainly on integrating Aboriginal science and technology with the provincial science curriculum (seven dimensions of scientific literacy). As the project expands in the future, science will be integrated with other subjects, much more than it will be in this preliminary project.

1. Natures’ Hidden Gifts: Grades 6-11
2. Snowshoes: Grades 7-9
3. Survival in Our Land: Grades 6-10
4. The Night Sky: Grades 8-11
5. Trapping: Grades 9-11
6. Wild Rice: Grades 8-11