Curriculum – Subject Specific Resources

Curriculum-specific support resources promote the inclusion of diverse First Nation, Métis and Inuit perspectives and experiences in curriculum development and implementation.

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 Do pillar webpage provides a wide range of professional tools and supports that engage you in professional learning to support curricular programming. 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 gallery includes Grades 1-12 Curricular Resources in Moodle folders that are correlated to specific subject areas and grade levels. These folders include resources and activities specific to learning outcomes in core subjects. Each folder can be downloaded and imported into a Moodle server.

Resources

General Curriculum Resources

Creating Projects with a First Nations, Métis or Inuit Focus

This learning guide is designed for teachers, learning coaches and school leaders. It explains how to design and engage students in projects that begin with inquiry and end with a product, performance or service that is shared with an authentic audience. This guide is intended to be used as a toolkit, rather than as a step-by-step prescription.

Guiding Voices: A Curriculum Development Tool for Infusion of First Nation, Métis and Inuit Perspectives

This curriculum development tool contains guidelines and criteria for infusion of the diversity of First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI), Aboriginal and Indigenous perspectives and experiences in the development of curriculum (programs of study, assessments and learning and teaching resources) in Alberta. This tool meets required provincial standards for curriculum development.

Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada Teaching Resources

This website provides activities, games and stories for youth and educators about Indigenous peoples’ culture, history and languages.

The Learning Circle: Classroom Activities on First Nations in Canada Ages 4 to 7

The Learning Circle has been produced to help meet Canadian educators’ growing need for elementary-level learning exercises on First Nations. It is the first in a series of four classroom guides on First Nations in Canada. Because First Nations are culturally diverse, the information in this activity book does not necessarily apply to all groups. To learn more about a particular First Nation and to get help with learning activities, teachers are encouraged to consult local Elders, cultural education centres or friendship centres. Also visit the Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada Kids’ Stop website for additional information.

The Learning Circle is organized in thematic units, each with its own teaching activities. Units are designed to give teachers and students simple but effective exercises, projects and activities that will encourage students to learn more about First Nations. Educators can follow some of the exercises as stand-alone units on First Nations topics, or integrate them with existing curricula on Aboriginal peoples. 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.

 

The Learning Circle: Classroom Activities on First Nations in Canada Ages 8 to 11

The Learning Circle has been produced to help meet Canadian educators’ growing need for elementary-level learning exercises on First Nations. This is the second in a series of four classroom guides on First Nations 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.

The Learning Circle: Classroom Activities on First Nations in Canada Ages 12 to 14

The Learning Circle has been produced to help meet Canadian educators’ growing need for elementary-level learning exercises on First Nations. This is the third in a series of four classroom guides on First Nations 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.

The Learning Circle: Five Voices of Aboriginal Youth in Canada, A Learning Resource for Ages 14 to 16

Five Voices of Aboriginal Youth in Canada is the product of a series of 15 interviews from five different Aboriginal communities across Canada—three youth in each community. As an interdisciplinary, student-centred educational unit, this document is designed to enhance the understanding non-Aboriginal students have regarding issues and realities facing First Nations and Inuit youth today. The depth and complexity of the issues, history and cultures of First Nations and Inuit are not completely presented in these narratives. It is recommended that educators and students pursue and investigate additional resources to deepen and broaden their understanding.

The educational activities in this booklet meet many of the aims and goals of provincial curriculum for Aboriginal studies. The material has been designed for Grade 9 and 10 students, but can also be applied at other grade levels where Aboriginal studies and themes are taught. 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.

Subject-Specific Resources

Aboriginal Collection: A Thematic Listing of Resources with Aboriginal Content

This resource consists of bibliographic information and annotations for a selection of children’s books and other resources containing Aboriginal content. Resource listings are correlated with the Alberta Social Studies Program of Studies and are sorted by grade level. The listings include reviewer ratings and recommendations.

Aboriginal Perspectives and the Curriculum – Discussion Papers

The discussion papers, written by Dwayne Trevor Donald, are intended to stimulate conversation amongst teachers, pre-service teachers, administrators and members of the community about Aboriginal perspectives and the Social Studies curriculum.

Aboriginal Spirituality Outcomes: Calgary Catholic School Division’s Religious Education Program

In fulfilling the Truth and Reconciliation Commission recommendation #64, Calgary Catholic School Division has created a curricular framework from K to 12 that infuses Aboriginal spirituality and practices into the Religious Studies program in collaboration with Aboriginal Elders.

Claire and her Grandfather

The story of Claire and her Grandfather is designed to enhance young people’s awareness of some of the many contributions and inventions by Aboriginal people. The story is meant to be a versatile teaching tool for children ages 7-12, although older students might enjoy the story and its images. Teachers of children in the target age group can use the story to initiate a broader examination of the many historical and contemporary contributions of First Nations and Inuit to Canada and the world.

First Nations and Collective Rights

Part 1
This lesson helps students understand why First Nation peoples have collective rights guaranteed in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms by exploring the historical roots of these rights. The lesson begins with students doing research on various treaties and the Indian Act, in order to gain the necessary background information as to why these documents were created. As they progress through the lesson, students are required to conduct research, complete a presentation and determine which document was most significant in impacting the lives of First Nations peoples. As an extension activity, students can make a list of recommendations to amend the Indian Act or a specific treaty.

Part 2
Students explore the multiple perspectives that existed at the time of the signing of various treaties and the Indian Act (circa 1876), and then create a political cartoon to demonstrate these various viewpoints. They will create a political cartoon on either a specific treaty or the Indian Act that shows the perspective of First Nations peoples, the government and non-native Canadians. Students also provide an explanation of the message of their cartoon and the techniques they used to transmit this message, and peer review another student’s cartoon.

First Nations, Métis and Inuit Veteran EduSite

This EduSite highlights Veterans’ contributions and contains suggested lesson activities, recommended literature, website and video links and information on First Nations and Métis soldiers.

Indian Residential Schools

This lesson explores the experiences of Aboriginal children within the Residential School system in Canada. To provide students with background knowledge about Residential Schools, a PowerPoint presentation is attached. Questions, activities and research projects are provided to stimulate thought on historical significance, evidence, and continuity and change in regards to this issue in Canada today. To engage these concepts students analyze primary and secondary source documents, including a touching, personal account of a former resident of one of the residential schools in Saskatchewan.

Indigenous Peoples of Canada: First Nations, Métis and Inuit

This website is a collaborative effort for engaging students in provincially-based learning activities focused on discovering Alberta’s past and building upon that to assist in shaping Alberta’s present, using SuperNet enabled technologies. Video conferencing and other blended learning technologies open the doors to new interactions for students. These interactions among students, and with experts in the field will help facilitate a deeper understanding of the interdependence of all peoples.

K-12 Social Studies Program of Studies – Residential Schools and Treaties Scope and Sequence

This resource provides direct and indirect references that support teaching all students about residential schools and treaties in Alberta’s Kindergarten to Grade 12 Social Studies program of studies.

Métis People in Alberta – Then and Now

In this lesson students engage in a deliberative inquiry to research a prominent Métis person from Alberta. Teachers lead students through an exploration of the concept of historical significance. Using the criteria for historical significance, students work individually or with a partner to create a biography in a simple written format. Students are asked to draw on the information they collect to judge the historical significance of the person they studied. Students then share their findings with the class.

Supporting FNMI Student Success (with Debbie Mineault)

The focus of this four-part series is to address the question: “How do I develop appreciation and respect for First Nations, Métis and Inuit culture, history and worldview in my classroom?” Debbie Mineault provides a unique experience combining personal insights and infusion of First Nations, Métis and Inuit culture and language using Alberta’s programs of study, Our Words Our Ways and other resources. In this archived webinar series you have the opportunity to deepen your awareness of cultural beliefs that affect teacher choices.

Through Mala’s Eyes: Life in an Inuit Community

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.