Culture

Grade 1-9 Reconciliation Lesson Plans - Learn Alberta

These sample lesson plans support Education for Reconciliation through the inclusion of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit perspectives; treaty education; and residential schools’ experiences, with learning outcomes identified in the current Alberta programs of study.

HPSD Success Coaches may support our teachers and students by contributing local traditions and stories to enrich the learning. Lesson plans edited to include local content will be shared in an HPSD Team Drive.

CBC resources

Curio.ca

Indigenous Youth

Reconciliation: Creating New Relationships

Wab Kinew on Strombo - "Why are stereotypes of First Nations people so prominent in Canada? Why is it so hard to get non-Native Canadians to pay attention to the experiences that Natives have endured? Wab Kinew talks with George about some of the problems facing Canadian society - and suggests some possible solutions."

This CBC site gathers evidence from a variety of stakeholders to monitor progress.

MathCatcher - SFU

Mathematics Through Aboriginal Storytelling - story videos that leave the learners solving problems

Secret Path - Gord Downie & Jeff Lemire

Story, video, links, activities available.

Four Directions Teachings - National Indigenous Literacy Association

Four Directions Teachings celebrates Indigenous oral traditions from 5 Nations: Blackfoot, Cree, Ojibwe, Mohawk, Mi'kmaq.

It is accessible through HTML or Flash. If students are using Chromebooks, please ensure they have the FLASH Extension (Chrome - More Tools - Extensions - Adobe Flash).

Elders in our region have explained that the western quadrant is blue in this region, not black (follow link).

This video series captures the experiences of seven students going on a road trip to learn about treaties in Alberta.

Walking Together - Learn Alberta

  • curricular resources for First Nation-Métis-Inuit Perspectives

  • Create a Classroom Culture of Inquiry and Collaboration checklist on page 5
  • Authentic Reasons page 6
    • What role will the students take: Historian? Researcher? Story teller? Other?
    • What community resources and experts could your teachers tap into to make the project more authentic or real?
  • Crafting a Driving Question page 7
    • Solve a problem by creating multiple solutions: What can our class do to stop racism in our classroom, school, community?
    • Opinion - Consider all sides of an issue; form and justify their opinions: How do Treaties benefit all of us?
    • Divergent - Predict alternative timelines and scenarios: What if our school switched to an Indigenous approach to teaching and learning?
  • Ensure Access to Appropriate Indigenous Resources checklist on page 11
  • Create Your Project’s Assessment Plan page 14
  • Indigenous Project Planning Template page 21

Teacher Learning & Reference Resources

Guiding Voices - Learn Alberta

  • curriculum development tool for including Indigenous Perspectives

This site connects a variety of sources to support teacher learning. There are videos, photo stories, research, and guiding documents to focus your learning.

ATA Resources to support teachers in meeting the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Foundational Knowledge competency in the incoming Teaching Quality Standard

Education is Our Buffalo - available in English and in French, this guide is intended to increase awareness of Indigenous history, cultures, languages, worldviews, and contemporary realities

Pebbles - a collection of 24 short activities

  • HPSD Indigenous Support Coaches are trained to facilitate these activities

Stepping Stones Series - available in English and in French

Mark of the Metis - Traditional Knowlege and Stoires ofthe Metis People of North Eastern Alberta - ARPDC Teacher Resource

Our Way is a Valid Way - Western Canadian Protocol resource

Background knowledge for teachers, with lesson ideas and blackline masters

  • Land and People
  • Traditional Ways of Knowing
  • Oral Traditions, Storytelling
  • Residential Schools
  • Anti-Racist & Anti-Oppression Education