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Search the Library Catalogue and limit by Location: "Curriculum Collection"
- Try keywords like First Nations OR Aboriginal OR Indigenous
- See First Nations terminology for more keywords and subject headings.
Explore the teaching tools and resources suggested by the BC Ministry of Education.
- Aboriginal Education in British Columbia
- Aboriginal Education Teaching Tools and Resources
- See Lesson plans & teacher guides for more suggestions.
Use the Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada maps to identify First Nations in your geographic area.
- For information about local Nations and communities, check if the Nation of Band has their own website.
- Examples: Tsleil-Waututh | Kwikwetlem | Musqueam | Tsawwasswn | Squamish
Use the Learning Ground database to access books, articles, conference papers and reports on Indigenous education from international publishers.
Books in the Curriculum Collection
- For English Language Arts K: Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie, illustrated by Yuyi Morales.
- For Science 3: Dipnetting with Dad by Willie Sellars, illustrated by Kevin Easthope.
- For Social Studies 6: The Wisdom from Our First Nations by Kim Sigafus and Lyle Ernst.
- For English 10: Moonshot: the Indigenous comics collection, edited by Hope Nicholson.
- For Grade 2-4: Shi-shi-etko, by Nicola I. Campbell
To search the library catalogue for graphic novels by and about First Peoples, combine keywords that relate to First Peoples and keywords for graphic novels. For example, try searching:
- First Nations AND Comic books
- Indigenous AND Graphic novels
Here are a few graphic novels in our collection to get you started...
- In Our Own Words: 8 classroom units for Grade K-3
- Gladys We Never Knew for Grade K-3
- Science First Peoples for Grade 5-9
- Indian Residential Schools and Reconciliation: Grade 5 | Grade 10 | Grade 11/12
- Math First Peoples for Grade 8/9
- English First Peoples for Grade 10-12
- We Were So Far Away: The Inuit Experience of Residential Schools [slideshow] for Grade 7 and up
- Forgotten: The Métis Residential School Experience [exhibition] for Grade 7 and up
- Breaking the Silence for Grade 8 and up
- Indian Residental School Timeline for Grade 9-12
Browse these websites for more lesson ideas:
- TeachBC: Aboriginal Education (teaching materials created by BC teachers)
- Legacy of Hope
- First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada
- Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Resources
- Project of Heart
- Justice for Indigenous Women
- Indspire: Indigenous education, Canada's future
- Alaska Native Knowledge Network: Culturally-Based Curriculum Resources
Streaming video & DVDs
- We Were Children // Nous étions des enfants (also available on DVD)
- Muffins for granny // Des muffins pour grand-maman (also available on DVD)
- We Can't Make the Same Mistake Twice
- ‘The Eyes of Children’ - Christmas at a residential school: CBC Archives
- Kuper Island ~ Return to the Healing Circle [Vimeo]
- What is Reconciliation: Truth & Reconciliation Commission [Vimeo]
- Where Are the Children? Healing the Legacy of the Residential Schools // Que sont les enfants devenues? L’Expérience des pensionnats autochtones [Vimeo]
- Finding Heart: National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation [YouTube]
- 8th Fire Wab Kinew 500 Years in 2 Minutes [YouTube]
- Canadian Residential School Propaganda Video 1955 [YouTube]
Browse films by the National Film Board:
Photos & images
- BC Multicultural Photograph Collection
- Bill Reid Centre Collection
- Points to the Past: Indigenous Peoples of America
Authentic First Peoples resources
Useful for finding recent, recommended titles. Includes an index with the evaluation criteria used to put the guide together.
American Indians in Children's Literature
A long-standing blog that is handy for evaluations, especially for current titles.
How to Tell the Difference
Set of criteria for evaluating children's books with Indigenous materials.
Indigenous Education K-12
Research guide for finding Indigenous curriculum materials.
Requires SFU login; may be used for non-commercial educational purposes, including in your practicum classrooms