Ojibwe Lifeways Article

There is a nice article published in the Minnesota Conservation Volunteer which examines Ojibwe lifeways in the northwoods by AIRC Executive Director Anton Treuer. The article is archived for free and has an accompanying teacher’s guide for incorporation into classroom use.


Teachers Guide for Ojibwe Lifeways This is a PDF file.

Source: Minnesota Conservation Volunteer


Junior Division – Drawing Unit; Drawing it Out

Junior Division – Drawing Unit
Drawing it Out

Lead Writer: Tanya Senk
Unit Writer: Shelley Dennis
Reviewer: Lisa Sanders

Drawing it Out- Anishnaabe Teachings

Grade 6, Visual Arts: Drawing

The purpose of this unit is to infuse Aboriginal (First Nations, Metis and Inuit) perspectives into the curriculum through Visual Arts. It is important to avoid replicating and producing stereotypical representations of Aboriginal peoples. Therefore, teachers need to include lessons on how contemporary Aboriginal artists create art to comment on identity, society and the world.

Through this unit, students will explore and strengthen their own sense of identity, will reaffirm their value systems, and will see their place in society through experiencing Aboriginal teachings such as, The Seven Grandfather Teachings (Anishnawbe) and through the teachings embedded in Ontario’s Character Education resource called, Finding Common Ground. The student’s explorations, discoveries and learning will be represented through a range of drawing experiences.

Teachers are encouraged to access local and provincial resource support to Aboriginal studies and should invite Aboriginal artist, story tellers, and Elders into the classroom from their local communities wherever possible.

Source: ontarioarteducationassociation.org

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

Thematic Unit Colonialism and Racism

First Nations Education Resources
First Nations Education Resources

Overall Objective

This theme focuses on Colonialism and Racism. The pain of the past provides strength for the present and wisdom for the future. Films grouped under this theme document the darker moments of the relationship between Aboriginal people and government agencies in Canada. (Note: Many sensitive issues covered in this theme; teacher discretion advised.)

Content Areas

Native Studies, History, Media Literacy, Social Studies, Language Arts, Citizenship

Films & Excerts

NB: Excerpts and related films can be viewed online free of charge at www.nfb.ca/aboriginalperspectives in the Colonialism and Racism.

Materials Required

Access to a computer lab, Internet connection, Web camera, data projector, flip chart paper or whiteboard, drawing paper and pencils.

Film-specific lesson plan for the film Mother of Many Children
Film-specific lesson plan for the film Riel Country
Film-specific lesson plan for the film Uranium

More themes available: The Arts, Cinema and Representation, Colonialism and Racism, Indigenous Knowledge, History and Origins, Sovereignty and Resistance, and Youth. These topics are very relevant to social studies curricula across the country. website

A Haudenosaunee Approach to Culture-Based Curriculum: Maple Syrup Season

Culture-Based Curriculum
Culture-Based Curriculum PDF – 96 pages|585.19KB
©Copyright by Priscilla Elise Dessart and Stephenie Muscavitch, 2010
All Rights Reserved

The Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) are a confederacy consisting of five (5) Nations: Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, and Seneca whose homelands originate in present-day New York State.

Culture-based curriculum reflects, validates and promotes the values, world views, and
languages of a community’s culture.

This project presents a culture-based curriculum for 6th grade that focuses on the maple syrup season. The core curriculum was created to be utilized by Culture teachers in tribal schools. This curriculum contains lessons on specific cultural practices, such as the tobacco burning and maple ceremony.In addition, we have also created several lesson plans and materials for specific subjects that can be used by any teacher.

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

Native Leaders of Canada – Gr.4-6 Lesson Plan

Native Leaders of Canada

Native Leaders of Canada General Lesson for the Web Site
by Denis Daigneault Academic Skills Centre, Dawson College

A Teacher’s Guide has been prepared to assist educators in using the contents of this web site and the book entitled Native Leaders of Canada as part of their instruction on the history and culture of the aboriginal peoples of Canada. Your students will learn about First Nations, Inuit and Métis leaders through a thematically based exploration of the biographies of Canadian Aboriginal leaders.
Grade Level: 4-6
Content Areas: Native Studies, Social Studies, Media Awareness, English, Language Arts

Summary: The Aboriginal leaders featured in The Native Leaders of Canada reflect the diversity of
Aboriginal cultures of Canada from the Innu, the Mi’kmaq and the Maliseet in the East; the
Huron-Wendat, Mohawk, Abenaki and Ojibway in the South, the Cree, the Blackfoot, and the
Metis in the Centre; the Haida, and Nisga’a in the West; and the Dene and Inuit in the North.
The following activities web-based activities are designed around the “Profiles” section of the
web site and help develop an awareness of the common struggles these leaders faced
throughout the country since the time of Confederation.

PDF Native Leaders of Canada – Lesson Plan.
Native Leaders of Canada – Education Website.

Aboriginal Bullying Lesson Plans and Resources for Teachers

Bullying Lesson Plans and Resources for Teachers

Lesson Plan Goals Time Ages Link
LESSON ONE: The Impact of Bullying, Then & Now For students to draw a parallel between the oppressive nature of residential schools and the oppressive nature of bullying.
For students to understand the impact of residential schools on Aboriginal communities and bullying on their classmates.
For students to empathize with students who are bullied.
1 hour 10 and up PDF Printable Version
LESSON TWO: The Power of the Witness For students to understand the importance of witnesses in bullying.
For students to learn how to stop and prevent bullying in their school.
1 hour 10 and up PDF Printable Version
LESSON THREE: The Power of Words For students to understand the power of words.
For students to understand the impact of negative messages being posted on the Internet
1 hour 10 and up PDF Printable Version

Additional Resources
Bullying Fact Sheet for Teachers
Bullying Fact Sheet for Parents
Bullying Fact Sheet for Youth
Aboriginal Bullying Slideshow
Aboriginal Bullying Video

Source:NAHO Aboriginal Bullying

Math First Peoples: Teaching Mathematics in a First Peoples Context, Grades 8 and 9

The Math First Peoples Resource Guide is designed to help teachers of Mathematics 8 and 9 in British Columbia (BC) extend their existing practice to incorporate new approaches that make the BC school system more reflective of the realities of First Peoples in this province and improve overall levels of student success when it comes to meeting provincially prescribed standards for mathematics at these grade levels. It is based on the belief that by bringing content, perspectives, and teaching approaches associated with First Peoples into the math classroom, teachers will help all students better appreciate the presence and importance of mathematics and mathematical thinking within all human cultures and activities give all students a better sense of the significant place of First Peoples within the historical and contemporary fabric of this province.

Resource Guide

Agenda sheet

Answer Key

Source: http://www.fnesc.ca/

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

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