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

An Introduction to Residential School unit K-7

Class of Mi'kmaq (Micmac) girls taken in the Shubenacadie Residential School, Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia, 1929 Credit: Library and Archives Canada, PA-185530
Class of Mi’kmaq (Micmac) girls taken in the Shubenacadie Residential School, Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia, 1929
Credit: Library and Archives Canada, PA-185530

Link to An Introduction to Residential School unit

SOURCE:Classroom Resources K-7 – Central Okanagan School District.

YouTube Video Title: Shi-shi-etko
Four days before having to leave her family and home for residential school, Shi-Shi-Etko learns how important it is to hold on to her memories.

Director: Kate Kroll
Author: Nicola I. Campbell
Actors: Ta’Kaiya Blaney, Inez Point, Lee Prevost, Rita Pete
Producer: Marilyn Thomas, Monkey Ink Media
Funders: DGC Kickstart, BC Arts Council, Bravo!FACT

We Were Children | Film

We Were Children | APTN’

Description: As young children, Lyna and Glen were taken from their homes and placed in church-run boarding schools. The trauma of this experience was made worse by years of untold physical, sexual and emotional abuse, the effects of which persist in their adult lives. In this emotional film, the profound impact of the Canadian government’s residential school system is conveyed unflinchingly through the eyes of two children who were forced to face hardships beyond their years. We Were Children gives voice to a national tragedy and demonstrates the incredible resilience of the human spirit.
Watch Trailer.

Residential School Lesson Plans can be found under the Residential Schools category

Where are the Children? Healing the Legacy of the Residential Schools

Where are the Children? Healing the Legacy of the Residential Schools

A primary objective of our work is to promote awareness among the Canadian public about residential schools and try to help them to understand the ripple effect those schools have had on Aboriginal life. But equally important, we want to bring about reconciliation between generations of Aboriginal people, and between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.

Where are the Children? Healing the Legacy of the Residential Schools.

Kookum and Youth Circles – Resource Book

Bringing Together Women Residential School Survivors and Youth Through Storytelling and Mentoring Activities

Table of Contents
1. Introduction
2. Sharing Circles & Storytelling
3. Historical Overview & Indian Residential School System
4. Aboriginal Culture & Values
5. Wellness
6. Healing & Empowerment
7. Works Used/References/Photo Credits

Kookum Workbook.pdf (application/pdf Object).

69 pages | 6.00 MB

waec-teachers – 3. Residential School Resources

waec-teachers – 3. Residential School Resources.

Wiki Spaces

Aboriginal Education and Curriculum Connections
for Winnipeg Adult Education Centre Educators

Included are a selection of resources that may be helpful to further include an Aboriginal Perspective into your curriculum and classroom procedures. You’re welcome to Click the Edit tab above and add other resources to this wiki. That is what wikis are for!

To the left you will find the Navigation Bar which will lead you through the various pages of this wiki on Aboriginal Education and Curriculum Connections.

Learning and Teaching OUR History – Residential Schools Resource List
Learning and Teaching OUR History – Residential Schools Resource List is a downloadable eight page word document. This document includes resources such as books, studies, biographies, literature, DVD, video, websites and weblinks.

Residential Schools resource list