Secret Path Curriculum


PETERBOROUGH, ON (January 19, 2019): Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Deputy Grand Chief Derek Fox joined with members of the Wenjack family and educators to launch the Secret Path Curriculum Resource at Trent University today. The Teacher and Protocol Resource documents unveiled today will provide educators across the province, in both First Nation schools, private schools and provincially funded schools with the tools to appropriately use the Secret Path in classrooms across Ontario. The supportive resource documents provide foundational learning for educators in understanding First Nations perspectives and our past, present and future.

Starting to Talk – Booklet

A Guide for Communities on Healing and Reconciliation from the Legacy of Indian Residential Schools.


The Sioux Lookout Community Coalition for Healing and Reconciliation is a local group of former Indian Residential School students, clergy and interested citizens engaged in gestures of healing and reconciliation.

The Law Project – Teaching Resources: First Nations, Residential Schools

The Law Project was created by Monro Communications for British Columbia Social Studies Teachers’ Association. The topics covered are: First Nations, Residential Schools, Women, Youth, National Security, Environment, and Human Rights. Although presently matched only to British Columbia curriculum, the documents, lesson plans and assignments offered here in PDF format may be of use in building rich teaching units in other jurisdictions. 

Source: The Law Project

Indian Residential School Resources (WEBSITE)

indian residential school resources websiteThe IRSSS’s Education Project was created with support and in conjunction with the community-based Vancouver Foundation. It is designed to help educators teach their students about Indian Residential Schools by developing accurate, balanced, and engaging lesson plans and resources to supplement Social Studies and other course curriculums.

Lesson Plans

Introduction to teaching residential schools

Lesson Plan 1: Researching Residential Schools

Lesson Plan #1a: Background

Lesson Plan #1b: Focus

Lesson Plan #1c: Identify

Lesson Plan#1d: Plan

Lesson Plan 2: Toward Reconciliation

Section 2: Backgrounder – Teacher Orientation

Lesson Plan #2a: Roots

Lesson Plan #2b: Relocation or Removal?

Lesson Plan #2c: Reconciliation

Lesson Plan #2d: Rights and Responsibilities


Social Studies Table

Social Responsibility Learning Rubric Grade 10


1) A Condensed Timeline of Events

1a) Timeline Supplement

2) Introduction to Relevant Terms

3) Visual Cluster Map

3a) Cluster Map Outline

4) Graphic Organizer: Major Legislation Related to Residential Schools

5) Teaching Guide: The Fallen Feather

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

Squamish Lil’wat Mathematics and Culture E-book

Squamish Lil’wat Mathematics and Culture E-book

Developed for the Northwest Mathematics Conference, Whistler, 2009 by Kanwal Singh Neel and John Pusic. This booklet contains resources designed to assist teachers and students to explore mathematics and culture through the lens of the Squamish and Lil’wat Nations.

Included are themes such as:
Cultural / Eco-Tourism
Paintings and Petroglyphs
Weaving Blankets.
Designing and Building a Canoe
Carving Totem Poles
Weavers at Work
Drums and Drumming
Making Masks
Lil’Wat Pit House
Squamish Longhouse

Each theme is connected to BIG IDEAS in Mathematics and questions are provided to promote mathematical conversations. Additionally, space is provided for notes and reflections.


PDF File Size: 1.36 MB (1,431,011 bytes)
PDF Page Count: 27


The Two Row Wampum Belt – Brochure

two row wampum



The Two Row Wampum Belt (Kas-wen-tha) symbolizes the agreement and conditions under which the Haudenosaunee (People of the Long House, Iroquois Six Nations) welcomed the white Europeans to Turtle Island (North America). Historically the Haudenosaunee were nations of people who practiced very sophisticated, yet simple diplomatic principles in their dealings with other nations. Because the cultures, world views and lifeways of the European nations were so different, it was essential that a relationship be established based on mutual respect.

This brochure was created by the Durham District School Board