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 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

Aboriginal Veterans & Warriors ~ Gr.6-10 (DragonFly Canada)

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Aboriginal Veterans & Warriors

Grade Levels: 6, 7, 8, 10
Subjects: Social Studies, History, World Studies
Objective: Students will learn about the contributions of Aboriginal peoples to Canada’s war efforts; how Aboriginal warriors have sought self-determination and enforced their treaty rights.
1. The 500 Years of Resistance Comic Book, by Gord Hill (Arsenal Pulp Press). Note to teachers: The 500 Years of Resistance Comic Book contains some graphic illustrations (war, violence, injuries); it should be considered for
students in Grade 7 and above.
2. Native Soldiers, Foreign Battlefields, by Janice Summerby (Veterans Affairs Canada).


Source: Dragonfly Consulting Services Canada