tawâw (Welcome)

amiskwaciy wâskahikan Edu-Site 

(amisk-wuh-chee waas-kah-heh-gun)

pehonan - Gathering Place (Cree)

amiskwaciy wâskahikan - Beaver Hill House (Cree)

ti oda - Many Houses (Stoney)

omahkoyis - Big Lodge (Blackfoot)

We acknowledge that we are on Treaty 6 territory, a traditional meeting grounds, gathering place, and travelling route to the Cree, Saulteaux, Blackfoot, Métis, Dene and Nakota Sioux.  We acknowledge all the many First Nations, Métis, and Inuit whose footsteps have marked these lands for centuries.

Rossdale, 1920. Photo courtesy of City of Edmonton Archives, EA-160-165

“Edmonton is as old as Jerusalem at the time of Christ; Mecca at the time of Mohammed; Northern India at the time of the Buddha; Beijing at the time of Lao Tzu; Rome at the time of Julius Caesar; or Cairo at the time of Cleopatra...Archaeologists do know that this bend in the river has been a camping place, a favoured place, for 500 generations of human beings.”

Edmonton In Our Own Words, Linda Goyette

The amiskwaciy wâskahikan Edu-Site is a teacher resource designed to address a variety of outcomes in the Alberta Social Studies curriculum from a First Nations, Métis and Inuit perspective. The resource follows a timeline of events involving Indigenous and non-Indigenous people starting from pre-european contact up until present times. The resource examines the Edmonton area’s physical geography, explores it’s stories, history and culture and recognizes the historical significance of First Nations, Métis and Inuit people and places.

The amiskwaciy wâskahikan Edu-Site also supports healing and reconciliation by learning about our city's history from a First Nations, Métis and Inuit perspective, by following the Shared Beliefs and Understandings from the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Guiding Document and by acting upon some of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action.

First Nations, Métis and Inuit Guiding Document

Calls to Action


The resource is divided into the following lessons:

  1. Geography

  2. amiskwaciy

  3. amiskwaciy wâskahikan

  4. Forts

  5. Métis Settlement

  6. papaschase

Further lessons and extensions will be added on a regular basis in order to further enhance the Edu-Site. A guided walking resource is also in development which will be designed to accompany this resource. The guided walk resource will be available at a later date and teacher PL's will be offered around the same time.

This resource was developed in consultation with various community members as well as through various literature that is available on this subject. A very special thank you goes out to everyone who was involved with and who supported this project.

First Nations, Métis, & Inuit Education  
Centre for Education  1 Kingsway Avenue  T5H 4G9