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

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


Voices of the Snuneymuxw First Nation (virtual musuem)

Voices of Snuneymuxw Virtual Museum screenshot map

Voices of Snuneymuxw Virtual Museum screenshot map

Introduction for Teachers and Educators
The Voices of Snuneymuxw Virtual Museum highlights the unique language and dialect of the Snuneymuxw First Nation, Island Hul’q’umin’um. This site also brings together, for the first time in one place, some Snuneymuxw artifacts that are currently being held in museum collections around the world. It is the intent of the Snuneymuxw First Nation to one day repatriate or bring these objects home. There are other objects showcased here that are not held within museums at all, but are representative of living Snuneymuxw culture. [read more]

What’s on the Website ~ podcasts, Elder’s songs, virtual museum collections, language, storytelling, interviews and much more!

Great Lakes Native Culture & Language – - Great Lakes Native Culture & Language – Great Lakes Native Culture & Language

This amazing website focuses on communities and culture around the Great Lakes. There are videos, stories and maps in the following topics:

1 .Language Apprentice – Bringing Back the Ho-Chunk Language

2. Powwow Trail – Keeping the Beat

3. Lake Superior Whitefish – Carrying on a Family Tradition

4. Prayers in a Song – Learning Language Through Hip-Hop

5. Living Language – Menominee Language Revitalization


Language Arts Lesson Plans – Grades 1-12 (Dragonfly Canada)

Lesson Plans Download

Discrimination & Identity

Grade Levels: 7-12
Subjects: Language, English
Objective:Students will gain an understanding of how bias and discrimination affect the lives and identities of Aboriginal peoples, and how experiencing bias and discrimination affects the choices people make later in life.
Materials: April Raintree / In Search of April Raintree


Aboriginal Diversity & Languages

Grade Levels: 1-12
Subjects: Language, Social Studies, Math, Geography, English
Objective:Students will learn about diversity among Aboriginal peoples; diversity of Aboriginal languages; effect of geography on culture; and Aboriginal language survival.
Materials: “Welcome” Poster – Aboriginal Languages


Fishing for Put-Ups

Grade Levels: 1, 2, 4 & 5
Subjects: Language & Social Studies
Objective: Students will learn the difference between “put-ups” and put-downs; how to think positively about self and increase positive self-talk; how thinking positively relates to respecting others.
1. I Like Who I Am, by Tara White (Theytus Books)
2. Construction paper
3. Pipe cleaners
4. Markers/pencil crayons
5. One-hole punch


Source: Dragonfly Consulting Services Canada

“Indian Givers” (2012) – Rocketship Productions Documentary (1hr)

“Indian Givers” (2012) is a mixed-art documentary film, produced by the Sarnia/Aamjiwnaang-based Kiijig Collective, made collaboratively by and for Native and non-Native youth, shot and edited by Ian Alexander of Rocketship Productions and SCITS student Sadie Mallon. This 60-minute film invites the audience on a journey with the characters by stepping into their lives as they reveal the survival of their spiritual identities in today’s world.INDIAN GIVERS – YouTube.