Alberta’s First Nations People

An understanding of the linguistic, geographic, political and cultural diversity of Canada’s constitutionally recognized Aboriginal peoples – First Nations, Métis and Inuit – involves the following terms, concepts and knowledge.

  • Indigenous peoples
  • Aboriginal people of Canada
  • Indian (status/registered, non-status, treaty, Bill C-31)
  • Knowledge Keeper
  • Elder
  • Cultural Advisor
  • Ceremonialist
  • First Nations
  • Métis
  • Inuit

The First Nations, Métis and Inuit Professional Learning website provides educators with supports and tools to design and facilitate professional learning. It offers curricular resources that build capacity, engage learners and build paths toward reconciliation through education.

The Learning to Know pillar webpage provides a wide range of professional tools and supports to develop foundational knowledge and understandings of Indigenous peoples of Alberta and Canada. This webpage includes features to help you self-assess your capacity and a photo resource gallery with numerous links to sources, websites and resources.

 

 

The Learning to Relate pillar webpage provides provides tools and supports that foster a sense of belonging by creating spaces and places that acknowledge and honour First Nations, Métis and Inuit people. This webpage includes features to help you self-assess your capacity and a photo resource gallery with numerous links to sources, websites and resources.

 

 

Conversation Guides

These conversation guides are designed for use by instructional leaders and learning communities or as a self-paced study to explore the history of Alberta’s First Nations people.

 

Supporting Resources

First Nations in Canada

First Nations in Canada is an educational resource designed for use by young Canadians; high school educators and students; Aboriginal communities; and anyone interested in First Nations history. Its aim is to help readers understand the significant developments affecting First Nations communities from the pre-Contact era (before the arrival of Europeans) up to the present day.