INDIGENOUS EDUCATION RESOURCES
Local, Regional and National Indigenous Education Resources for Teachers, Parents and Youth
SD57 Indigenous Education has a team of staff who work with administrators, teachers, parents, families, local, provincial and national organizations and local Elders to build a repository of resources for teaching Indigenous knowledge in our schools. Most of the resources are available in our district Office 365 platform. Using Teams is the primary source for information in addition to this website. Please join the Indigenous Ed. Resources and Pro-D Team which can be searched through posts, channels, files and via the search bar. If you have any resources you would like to share please share in Teams or send to one of our admin or teachers to add.
Dakelh Holistic Lifelong Learning Model (DHLLM)
Indigenous Education Lesson Plan Templates:
Locally Developed Feature:
Local Indigenous Language Resources:
Dakelh (Lheidli Dialect)
EL-12 Dakelh Language Curriculum
Lheidli T'enneh Website
Lheidli T'enneh Our Language Page containing language videos
Lheidli Online Dictionary
Scroll down for additional resources; or
Enter the dictionary to search by English, Dakelh or Topic including sound files and sample sentences.
SD57 Indigenous Education YouTube
Dakelh Teams Resources: Use the search or scroll through the posts and explore the files for documents, videos and audio files!
Dakelh (regional dialect resources)
Dakelh Ne Khunik Yats'ulhduk App
Dakelh Ne Khunik Yats'ulhduk means “we will speak like our ancestors.” With this app, you will learn to speak Dakelh in a central, regional dialect spoken by members of Ts’il Kaz Koh, Stellat’en and Nadelh Whut’en, three First Nations communities located in Central B.C.
Saik'uz Dakelh Total Physical Response Language Lesson Videos
Lesson 1:Sinyen (stand), Sahyen,(stand 2+) Sinda (Sit ), Sahke (Sit 2), Delhuts'i (Sit 2+), 'its'ul Stop, Yoo 'awnadinyih (turn around), inyalh (walk).
Lesson 2: Recap + ludab (table), ilgaih (run) , nts'un (Toward/to), utilhge (point at)
Lesson 3: Recap + Kw'usada (chair), Cho (Big), Yaz (Small), A Yes, 'andooh No
Lesson 4: Recap + Mbe (who?), Mbe hont'oh (who is this?), 'int'oh (it is/you are?), Ndi (this?), Ndi ___ 'int'oh (This is a ___ )
Print & Online Resources
Ts'ekhene (McLeod Lake Indian Band)
Secwepemc (Simpcw First Nation)
BC First Peoples Languages - First Peoples Cultural Council
BC TEACHER FEDERATION (BCTF) - ABORIGINAL EDUCATION
The BC Teacher Federation has developed numerous Aboriginal Education resources for educators and communities to use.
FIRST NATIONS EDUCATION STEERING COMMITTEE (FNESC) - LEARNING FIRST PEOPLES RESOURCES
The First Nations Education Steering Committee and the First Nations Schools Association, in collaboration with teachers and partners, have developed the following Learning First Peoples series of teacher resources to support English Language Arts, Science Social Studies and Mathematics courses.
The resources reflect the First Peoples Principles of Learning as well as the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, including the call to “integrate Indigenous Knowledge and teaching methods into classrooms” and “build student capacity for intercultural understanding, empathy and mutual respect.”
For questions or ordering of FNESC publications, please contact us
Learn about upcoming Learning First Peoples workshops for teachers.
BACK TO THE LAND: A GUIDE TO INDIGENOUS CULTURAL RESURGENCE THROUGH YOUTH CAMPS
Carrier Sekani Family Services (CSFS) is excited to share the knowledge and teachings from our Culture Camp research and experiences, with all Northern BC First Nations. Our hope is that communities can utilize this resource to develop and implement their own safe and empowering culture camps that embrace the unique cultural teachings, traditions, and protocols of each Nation.
LESSONS FROM THE EARTH AND BEYOND
This comprehensive resource aims to bring about important conversations and critical inquiries into the importance of Indigenous knowledge systems. These systems of knowledge are complex, diverse and sophisticated, just as the Indigenous civilizations that they come from are. This resource presents many opportunities to engage in critical explorations and consider how multiple knowledge systems can come into dialogue with one another.
Equally important is our connection and relationship with all of creation. It is our hope that through this resource, all people will be able to realize their roles and responsibilities in order to restore our relationships with each other and creation.
THEIR VOICES WILL GUIDE US
Their Voices will Guide Us - created by the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Women and Girls. This informative and easy-to-follow guide is organized into sections by grade levels: Early learners-Grade 4, Grades 5-8, and Grades 9-12 and beyond... click on the attached link or scroll down to find out more.
ORANGE SHIRT DAY
RESOURCES & IDEAS: information to assist with understanding & planning Orange Shirt Day with links to videos and printable resources.
UBC INDIGENOUS FOUNDATIONS
UBC Indigenous Foundations: "an information resource on key topics relating to the histories, politics, and cultures of the Aboriginal peoples of Canada such as the Residential School System, the 60's Scoop) Select a broader theme in the navigation bar, to the left, and explore from there. click here
RECONCILIATION FILM PROJECT
"The 7th Generation Our Ancestors Prayed For" is a short documentary style film that features the voices of First Nations, Métis, Inuit and non-Aboriginal children and youth. The film makes up part of the Reconciliation Film Project, which is a collaborative initiative between the Caring Society and Productions Cazabon on a multi-media children and youth response campaign to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Call to Action.
THE 8TH FIRE
8TH Fire "draws from an Anishinaabe prophecy that declares now is the time for Aboriginal peoples and the settler community to come together and build the '8TH Fire' of justice and harmony." Our district has access to this resource and booklet through the DLC.
The Story of the Métis in Canada
Our Métis Elders, Indigenous Support workers, students, teachers, administrators, Spruce City Wildlife Association, and parents of School District 57 collaborated to produce a film illustrating the timeline (story) of the Métis in Canada, filmed right here in Prince George, BC. Embedded in the process were key learning outcomes in Social Studies, Applied Design, Skills and Technology, and Arts Education, grades 4-9.
MICHIF LANGUAGE THROUGH STORIES
Learn Michif using our lessons and audio files. Use the filtering below to select the appropriate reading level and then filter by topic, story or by keyword. Click here to request the workbooks for kindergarten to grade 1, grades 2-4, or grades 5-6—as well as the glossary and bonus materials. For more information on the Michif Language Through Stories curriculum, please visit the Michif Language Project page.
MEET SMALL NUMBER - MATH CATCHER
Indigenous stories about a character Small Number and his family that explore different number concepts. Short, fun videos that focus on family, love between them, and how they find math in everyday situations. Each one has a few open-ended questions for parents and children to delve into a variety of different math concepts.
BIRCH BARK HEARTS PROJECT
The Birch Hearts Project was developed through Health Arts Research Centre by Marion Erickson for use in Dakelh Territory for teachers. Its purpose is to use art and Dakelh mediums of expression to assist young people to envision themselves in health and wellness careers.
INDIGENOUS ART ADVENTURES WITH LANCE CARDINAL
Join Lance Cardinal on YouTube as he shares Northern Cree culture through art projects, doing what he can to help bridge the gap of understanding between Indigenous and Non-indigenous Canadians. Lance incorporates basic Cree words, numbers and colours into the art project and features Famous Indigenous Artists and their works.
EXPLORING ART AS INSPIRATION FOR CHANGE
Join Isaac Murdoch "Bomgiizhik", a Cree artist from Serpent River First Nation to explore his art, access colouring pages, audio recordings, video links, suggested inquiries and possible activities to connect the learning by finding out more and taking action!
INDIGENOUS GAMES FOR CHILDREN FROM INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES ACROSS CANADA
The Indigenous Games for Children Resource is a collection of traditional Indigenous games and activities
to help front line leaders introduce or reconnect children to recreational and sport activities that reflect the
rich cultural heritage of our Indigenous peoples across Canada.
ACTIVITIES AND GAMES
A list of the best Indigenous Peoples Day ideas, activities and games from teambuilding.com
FIRST NATIONS STORIES/LEGENDS FOR KIDS
This YouTube Playlist features a variety of narrated stories of Indigenous Peoples from around the world.
LIVE IT EARTH
Live It Earth offers online learning experiences, designed for K-8, about different environments and the communities associated with those environments. Each month, a new program is released. Each program has a 25-35 minute show with a related resource section, challenges, and explore section with further information to dive deeper into the topic. Live It Earth is completely bilingual in English and French.
Shows are launched on the third Thursday of every month.
Live It Earth is BC-based and includes Indigenous perspectives and experts with all of their programs.
CBC REVISION QUEST
ReVision Quest "mixes personal storytelling, current affairs interviews and comedy to explore issues affecting Native peoples today, kicking some ass-umptions about Aboriginal life along the way. It's a show about the First Nations experience, created by all First Nations producers."
CBC LEGENDS PROJECT
The Legends Project "is a compilation of traditional oral stories, legends and histories of Canada’s Inuit and First Nations, gathered in communities across the country from coast to coast to coast. They are transcribed, lightly dramatized, cast within the communities, and recorded in English and the native language."
MOLLY OF DENALI YOUTUBE TV SHOW SERIES
Molly helps her mom and dad run the Denali Trading Post, a general store, bunkhouse, and transport hub in the fictional village of Qyah, Alaska. Each episode follows Molly, her dog Suki and her friends Tooey and Trini on their daily adventures in Alaska, from fishing to building snow forts to delivering a camera to friends on a volcano via dog sled.
iPortal a database of full-text electronic resources such as books, articles, theses and documents as well as digitized materials such as photographs, archival resources, maps, etc. focusing primarily on First Nations and Aboriginal peoples of Canada with a secondary focus on North American materials and beyond.
NATIONAL INDIGENOUS HISTORY MONTH ACTIVITY PACK
This brilliant and informative National Indigenous history month pack features incredible resources to tach your children about the history, diversity and heritage of the Indigenous peoples of Canada.
CELEBRATING INDIGENOUS PEOPLES IN CANADA
Government of Canada Celebrating Indigenous Peoples in Canada: Learning Activities and Guides
FOUR DIRECTIONS TEACHINGS
Four Directions Teachings (Central/Eastern Canada) interactive resource. A visually Stunning audio narrated resource for learning about Indigenous knowledge and philosophy from five diverse First Nations in Canada.
French & English.
FN CARING SOCIETY | HAVE A HEART DAY | SHANNEN'S DREAM | SPIRIT BEAR
The Caring Society Shannen's Dream provides opportunities for children and youth of all backgrounds to collaborate, think creatively about the future and inspire one another to lead social change.
7 Free Ways to make a difference
Have a Heart Day is a child and youth-led reconciliation event that brings together caring Canadians to help ensure First Nations children have the opportunity to grow up safely at home, get a good education, be healthy, and be proud of who they are.
Explore the Spirit Bear books and their learning guides for free, they are available online. Then watch Spirit Bear and Children Make History! We will be sharing the link to watch the film for free on our social media during February 14 - 18, 2022.
HOW TO MAKE BANNOCK
Nathan “Kaanaax Kuwoox” Wilson (Indigenous Educator and Cultural Enhancement Facilitator) from Delta BC shows how to make Bannock in his video. The recipe is included so families can make this at home if they choose. This activity encourages children to measure, use different math concepts ( you can double or halve recipe creating opportunities to make fractions, do math operations etc….) as well as an opportunity to create a delicious indigenous treat.
Can-Core is a video streaming platform correlated to the BC K-12 curriculum and powered by McIntyre Media.
On any page, you can select the filter Indigenous Content Only, at the top of the page, near the search bar. Over 10% of Can-Core’s content is by or about Canadian Indigenous peoples.
4Canoes (old title: Canoe Kids) is a magazine focused on authentic Indigenous voices discussing cultural rights, human rights, environmental rights, and equity. Our subscription includes digital copies of the first four volumes of 4Canoes, as well as other related Indigenous resources, that can be viewed as flipbooks. On the DLC site (www.dlc.sd57.bc.ca), open <E-Resources> then click 4Canoes
TAKE ACTION FOR RECONCILIATION
Take Action for Reconciliation is an inquiry-based resource for Grade 3-8 that provides structured learning opportunities for teachers and students to delve deep into authentic learning relating to First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples historically and in contemporary Canada. Each section covers a different topic at a different grade level band.
Take Action for Reconciliation is designed to incorporate exploratory learning through the deconstruction and reconstruction of a topic. Both students’ and teachers’ understanding of the topic evolves by exposure to multiple perspectives and points of view. Through exploratory learning, teachers are encouraged to provide multiple opportunities for students to generate their own questions for further investigation and reflection, and connect the underlying themes to current local and national issues.
INDIGENOUS PEOPLES ATLAS OF CANADA
First Nations culture is rooted in storytelling. Since time immemorial, we have passed on knowledge from generation to generation through our Oral Traditions to teach our beliefs, history, values, practices, customs, rituals, relationships, and ways of life. Our culture and the teachings of our ancestors are preserved and carried on through the words of Elders, leaders, community members and young ones. These teachings form an integral part of our identity as nations, communities, clans, families and individuals.
MÉTIS EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES
Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) recognizes that to achieve educational success, Métis learners need to see themselves reflected in the education system. This begins in early learning, (kindergarten to grade three) and continues in secondary school and later in post-secondary education. Their Métis culture and heritage need to be recognized and respected.
SHARE ED BC
ShareEdBC is an online platform that provides Educators and Educational Contributors across the province access to curated content aligned with BC’s curriculum. ShareEdBC aims to help users from around the province the ability to share and find a collection of resources designed to support the goals of the BC curriculum. ShareEdBC is a place for BC Educators to engage, inspire and spark the imaginations of our learners.
K-12 EVALUATED RESOURCE COLLECTION
Focused Education Resources has a collection that includes 329 evaluated Indigenous resources which can be searchable by grade.
There are additional Indigenous resources including lesson plans and videos.
BC INDIGENOUS EDUCATION RESOURCES
LEARNING FIRST PEOPLES CLASSROOM RESOURCES
With the increased inclusion of First Peoples’ content in the changing BC curriculum, there is a need to incorporate unappropriated First Peoples’ perspectives across the curriculum. The First Nations Education Steering Committee and the First Nations Schools Association, in collaboration with teachers and partners, have developed the following Learning First Peoples series of teacher resources to support English Language Arts, Science Social Studies and Mathematics courses.
The Moose Hide Campaign is a grassroots movement of Indigenous and non-Indigenous men and boys who are standing up against violence towards women and children.
Wearing this moose hide signifies your commitment to honour, respect, and protect the women and children in your life and to work together to end violence against women and children.
FirstVoices is a suite of web-based tools and services designed to support Indigenous people engaged in language archiving, language teaching and culture revitalization. This site features languages in our district including dialects from Nak'azdli, Tache, Saik'uz, Nadleh-Stella, Yekooche and Witsuwit'en.
TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION RESOURCES
The National Centre for Truth an Reconciliation has put together a library of online resources for teachers to explore the TRC goals in their classroom. It includes resources from Every Child Matters, Orange Shirt Day and resources for K-12.
LEGACY SCHOOLS PROGRAM
The Legacy Schools program is a free national initiative to engage, empower and connect students and educators to further reconciliation through awareness, education and action (#reconciliACTION).
All schools across Canada are encouraged to join us by signing up with the registration form on the site.
OPENSCHOOL BC SEASONAL ROUNDS
This cross-curricular unit presents a teacher-led, inquiry-based approach to exploring the seasonal round in the four geographic regions of BC, through the perspective of the Indigenous groups in these regions. Themes include: habitat, natural resources, stability and change, and living and non-living components of habitats.