The 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.
7 Generations* is an epic, four-part graphic novel series that spans three centuries and seven generations. The central character in the series is Edwin. Edwin, an Aboriginal teenager, must learn of his family’s past if he is to have any future. The impact of his journey of discovery, and the revelation that follows, will change his life.
Common Threads: Full Circle: First Nations, Métis, Inuit Ways of Knowing
The Common Threads resources consist of high quality, classroom-ready resources for Ontario secondary school teachers. The lessons are designed using specific Ontario Ministry of Education curriculum expectations.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
5. EDUCATOR RESOURCES
8. VIDEO: WAYS OF KNOWING WHO I AM
Leadership in Aboriginal communities
Important Aboriginal places
Natural resources and Aboriginal peoples
Small businesses in Aboriginal communities 31. EMOTIONAL
Life in Aboriginal communities
Third World Canada
Protests 42. MENTAL
What are treaties?
What are land claims?
The importance of completing land claims 65. SPIRITUAL
Relationship between land and Aboriginal people
Land use agreements as sacred promises
Making sense of treaties
Arriving at Residential School
Education today 94. EMOTIONAL
Life in Residential Schools
Identity conflict: between two worlds
A positive experience of Residential School
Intergenerational impacts 110. MENTAL
Aboriginal ways of knowing
A typical day in Residential School
Communities moving forward 117. SPIRITUAL
The significance of the Apology
Health issues for Aboriginal people
Nutritional quality of foods
Nutritional quality of traditional foods
Business opportunities related to traditional foods 146. EMOTIONAL
Introduction to Aboriginal circles
How circles are used
Applying circle concepts 153. MENTAL
Addiction, depression and suicide
Aboriginal students and mentorship
A holistic view of health
Gangs 177. SPIRITUAL
Traditional beliefs as the foundation
Where do I fit in?
Importance of clan systems 192. EMOTIONAL
Role and responsibilities of families
Impact of language on identity
Impact of Residential Schools on identity
Sixties scoop and identity 205. MENTAL
Who is Aboriginal?
Portraits of a people
Aboriginal identity in media
Stereotypes of Aboriginal people 213. SPIRITUAL
Art forms across Canada
Connecting story and art forms
The sounds of Aboriginal artists
222. ABORIGINAL TEACHING RESOURCES (DVD)
232. ABORIGINAL TEACHING RESOURCES (STREAM ONLINE)
244. ABORIGINAL TEACHING RESOURCES (WEBSITES)
247. CLASS DISCUSSION RUBRIC
248. WRITTEN WORK RUBRIC
249. ORAL PRESENTATION RUBRIC
250. DEBATE PANEL DISCUSSION RUBRIC
251. GROUP PARTICIPATION RUBRIC
252. LETTER TO AN OFFICIAL RUBRIC
253. RESEARCH REPORT RUBRIC
254. MULTIMEDIA PRESENTATION RUBRIC
255. FLYER OR BROCHURE RUBRIC
1. John Goddard, The Last Stand of the Lubicon Cree (Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 1991),
2. Amnesty International Video titled “Our Land, My People”
Length: (70 minutes = 1 hour and 15 minutes)
Objective of Lesson:
This lesson introduces students to the Lubicon Lake Nation and enables students to understand the contemporary impact that historically racialized and colonial policies have had on Aboriginal peoples in Canada by looking at the Lubicon as one example. They will examine the history of the Lubicon Lake Nation and situate it within colonial practices of expansion and assertion of sovereignty. They will be able to draw parallels between legal and political methods used in the past and the present to establish Canadian (federal/provincial) control over Aboriginal peoples and First Nations. They will consider the environmental and social impacts of provincial and federal economic actions on Aboriginal peoples and their ways of life.
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.)
Native Studies, History, Media Literacy, Social Studies, Language Arts, Citizenship
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
Aboriginal Education and Curriculum Connections
for Winnipeg Adult Education Centre Educators
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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.