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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Resource Team Pamphlet 2022.pdf

Meet the Aboriginal Education Department Team!

Website Tour Video (15:31)

Acknowledgment of Territory
Protocols: Elder/Traditional Knowledge Keepers
Medicine Bundles
Aboriginal Pedagogy Framework

This website offers good information on First Nations Pedagogy

Talking Circles

Seven Sacred Teachings


The Seven Sacred Teachings, also known as the Teachings of the Seven Grandfathers, is a set of teachings on human conduct towards others. They are what was traditionally and still is to this day needed in order for communities to survive.

Classrooms today represent a microcosm of our rich and diverse society. Alberta schools are dynamic environments that emphasize high standards, and respect and safety, yet these elements cannot be taken for granted. This guide is intended to facilitate conversation and provide strategies on how to best support all students with a continuous focus on positive character attributes that can help build classrooms where students are ready to learn and teachers are able to teach.

While we recognize that not all First Nations, Métis and Inuit cultures and histories recognize The Seven Sacred Teachings or the Teachings of the Seven Grandfathers our intention is to be as inclusive as possible.

7 Sacred Teachings Kit for SD #73 Teachers: https://media2.sd73.bc.ca/htbin/wwform/252?T=39886

PEDAGOGY that embraces Indigenous ways of knowing are fostered by approaches to teaching and learning that include purposeful thinking about people, places and processes

The word Etuaptmumk, or Two-Eyed Seeing, communicates the belief that the most beneficial outcome occurs when we consider multiple perspectives in understanding and exploring ideas. Two-Eyed Seeing helps us to acknowledge the idea of wholeness, a part of many Indigenous knowledge systems: seeing things through Indigenous perspectives (represented as one whole eye), while also seeing western ways of knowing (also represented as a whole eye), inviting these two eyes to work together as they do in binocular vision.

A weaving back and forth between knowledge systems that embrace a flow between the strengths of the two ways, to best suit the circumstances, strengthens the approach further.

Dr. Pamela Toulouse


Implementing a Vision Committed to Holism, Diversity and Engagement


Teaching First Nations Students

This article is from the U.S. but works for Canada too in ways of Learning Styles.


The Medicine Wheel

Lessons from the Medicine Wheel

Developed by the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education, this non-Indigenous website offers evidenced-informed resources that "educate the hearts of children". The collection of resources builds capacity in individuals and communities to support the Heart-Mind well-being of children, and promotes their positive social and emotional development.

Information and links to lesson plans can be found here:


Video: 24:16

Kaaren Dannenmann from Trout Lake, Ontario. Talks about the medicine wheel of how are we all related. The use of Circles and colors depends on the community. There is 4 circles she teaches about self-aspect, mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical, and many more teachings related to the circle. She also talks about rascals-culturally we are taught how to deal with these rascals. She talks about relationships circle that are healthy relationships-respects, our rights, our responsibilities, and give and take (reciprocity).

Curricular Competencies

-Marianne Vande Pol https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B7z-ntVaijYzX1RWd040QWRHMzA

Core Competency K-3 - Self Assessment

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

Curricular Competencies Stories (by Secwepemc Kenthen Thomas)

Curricular Competency Stories -Social and personal - bear.docx
Curricular Competencies Stories -Social and personal swan.docx
Curricular Competencies Stories - Coyote and the sun - communication.docx
Curricular Competencies -Salmon - Thinking (2).docx

Aboriginal Worldviews and Perspectives

8 Differences Between Indigenous and Western Worldviews.

Indigenous Perspectives Education Guide

Aboriginal Perspectives and Knowledge

Terminology - FNMI (First Nations Metis Inuit)

8th Fire Wab Kinew 500 Years in 2 Minutes​

Terminology Video (2:37)