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
- Cultural Advisor
- First Nations
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.
This series of lesson plans, built around the first-person narrative of a 12-year-old Inuk boy, will help you and your students appreciate life in the Inuit community of Salluit, in the northern part of Nunavik, Northern Quebec. Although designed for students from 9 to 12 years of age, some of the lesson plans and strategies in this unit can be adapted for other grade levels. Suggested activities and lists of research resources offer exciting and engaging opportunities to learn more about the history, customs and traditions of Inuit in Canada. This resource can be accessed online on the Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada website by clicking on the title, as well as in PDF format by clicking on the image.