Aboriginal Education Resources

School District #73 Kamloops-Thompson

Secwepemcúl’ecw yi7élye ell, re tmicws re Tk’emlúpsemc n7élye.

We respectfully acknowledge that at the Henry Grube Centre we are on the unceded territory of the Secwepemc Nation, specifically the Territory of the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc



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HGEC Print Shop Link - Click on Picture for this and more printable resources.

For more information regarding aboriginal programs, resources and initiatives, please contact:

Mike Bowden, District Principal of Aboriginal Education

Aboriginal Resource Teachers

Carolyn Anderson, Grades 8-12 (caanderson@sd73.bc.ca , 250-376-2266)

Kenthen Thomas, Grades 4-7 (kthomas@sd73.bc.ca , 778-257-7588)

Trudi Nielsen, Grades K-3 (tnielsen@sd73.bc.ca , 778-257-7264)

Acknowledgment of Territory
Protocols: Elder/Traditional Knowledge Keepers


Aboriginal Pedagogy Framework

Jo-Anne L. Chrono Blog (from FNESC) on First Peoples Principles of Learning (Authentic Resources, Links, Discussion on Appropriation).

Talking Circles
Aboriginal Storytelling & Talking Circles
Infusing Aboriginal Content-25 Mins

This website offers good information on First Nations Pedagogy

Indigenous Connection CC - 6 Facets.pdf

School District #73 - Primary Aboriginal Pedagogy Poster for Classrooms - Giving Core Competencies and Indigenous Connection.

Aboriginal Core Comeptency Lesson Ideas
CC Self Assessment Proof Finder
Copy of Aboriginal Core Competency Self Assessment Book
Core Competency K-3 - Self Assessment

Aboriginal Worldview and Perspective

8 Differences Between Indigenous and Western Worldviews.

Aboriginal Worldviews & Perspectives in the Classroom

Indigenous Perspectives Education Guide

The Canadian Museum of History, Gatineau, Quebec

From The Fur Trade to contemporary issues, this website includes information, history and various classroom activities that are designed through an Indigenous perspective.

Indigenous Perspectives Education Guide

CBC’s 2012 miniseries "8th Fire" is an edgy, provocative look at Indigenous/settler relations in Canada. Its subtitle: “Aboriginal Peoples, Canada & the Way Forward” establishes the show’s purpose — to better understand each other and work together to improve relations in the future.

What sets 8th Fire apart is the positive and proactive approach it takes to addressing the issues. Host Wab Kinew is up front with the audience from the start. He says it’s not about making non-Indigenous people feel guilty; it’s about both sides learning about each other and taking ownership of the future together.

Written by Joanna Dawson

K-3: Who is Aboriginal? I am Indigenous Lesson Plans

The Circle of Courage

Education Model (click on picture).

Rev. Dr. Martin Brokenleg (Video 8:58)

Diversity & Inclusion

-The Aboriginal Lens


(Google Slides Presentation on Circle of Courage in the Classroom - What is looks like)

Indigenize Your Space

Halford's Catalogue

Native Reflections Catalogue

Indigenizing Your Space

Ed Jensen, Secwepemc Artist

Ed is a leading Secwépemc artist of a generation that emerged after the wake of Residential Schools and from the resulting cultural resurgence of the Secwépemc people. Based on traditional knowledge and oral history, his art forms mimic tools and implements used for countless generations within the valleys surrounding Kamloops and area and that were instrumental in the survival of its first inhabitants. These include bows, arrows, spears, fishing equipment, drums, clothing and anything else that can be fabricated from land-based bounties. Ed is a self taught artisan who gets his inspiration from the legacies left behind by the ancestors of today's Secwépemc and that can be found in the archaeological record. He has spent numerous hours in museums studying stone tools and piecing together the mysteries of the past in order to achieve a level of accuracy within his projects.

Ed is a member of the Kamloops Art Council and can be contacted through Facebook.

Birch Bark Baskets - Hand crafted by Secwepemc Artist Gerry Thomas

The art of basket making has been around since time immemorial and handed down from one generation to another. Gerry Thomas has had the good fortune of being the recipient of such knowledge from his noted mother; Dr. Mary Thomas. Gerry can be contacted on his cell: 1-250-253-0470.

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