Downloadable Resources and Interactive Websites
FNESC works at the provincial level to provide services in the areas of research, communications, advocacy, program administration and networking.
FNESC Resources: www.fnesc.ca/learningfirstpeoples/
Click the following links to get the free downloadable resource:
- IN OUR OWN WORDS: K-3
- SCIENCE FIRST PEOPLES: Grade 5-9
- RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS & RECONCILIATION: Grade 5, 10, 11/12
- MATH FIRST PEOPLES: Grade 8 & 9
- ENGLISH FIRST PEOPLES: Grade 10, 11, & 12
- Authentic First Peoples Resource (K-9)
National Film Board of Canada (NFB) Indigenous Cinema Collection
The NFB has launched Indigenous Cinema, an extensive and free online library of over 200 films by Indigenous directors.
EXPLORING THE GREAT BEAR SEA Curriculum
Based on the film The Great Bear Sea: Reflecting on the Past, Planning for the Future by Green Fire Productions can be used to engage students in an inquiry-based, educational journey through the Great Bear Sea exploring a variety of themes such as Indigenous Knowledge, collaborative science, marine planning, biodiversity, sustainable resource management and marine stewardship.
SCIENCE & SOCIAL STUDIES: Grade 4-7
SOCIAL STUDIES: Grade 11 & 12
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE: Grade 11 & 12
The First Nations Historical Timeline, provides a chronological, historical record of the First Nations people in British Columbia.
8TH FIRE a provocative, high-energy journey through Aboriginal country showing you why we need to fix Canada’s 500 year-old relationship with Indigenous peoples; a relationship mired in colonialism, conflict and denial. Suitable for secondary.
EPISODE 1: Indigenous in the City
EPISODE 2: It’s Time!
EPISODE 3: Whose Land Is It Anyway?
EPISODE 4: At the Crossroads
RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL INFO, UNITS, PROJECTS, & ACTIVITIES
They Came For the Children: Historical document about Indian Residential Schools, document released by the Truth & Reconciliation Commission of Canada
THE SECRET PATH Lesson Plans
THE SECRET PATH Documentary: www.cbc.ca/arts/secretpath/gord-downie-s-secret-path-airs-on-cbc-october-23-1.3802197
PROJECT OF HEART CANADA & BC
The Project of Heart is an inquiry based, hands-on, collaborative, inter-generational, artistic journey of seeking truth about the history of Aboriginal people in Canada
GLADYS WE NEVER KNEW
This eBook is intended to be an interactive resource leading educators from the story to the ‘back story’ utilizing links on each page to offer related resources. Throughout this book you will find Project of Heart tiles with an ‘aura’ which indicates that this is a link. Click on each of these tiles to find additional resources including films, videos, documents, articles, activities and more.
THE BLANKET EXERCISE
RECONCILIATION POLE Information
TREATY INFORMATION, RESOURCES, & INTERACTIVE WEBSITE
THE GOVENORS LETTERS Website
Grade 5 to 12
This website provides learning materials about the colonies of Vancouver Island and British Columbia before the province was created in 1871.
Douglas Treaties translated into indigenous languages of Vancouver Island for first time!
From Indian Act to Self-Determination – TRANSITIONAL GOVERNANCE PROJECT
The Transitional Governance Project is a multi-year campaign to identify the most effective ways for First Nations to transition from Indian Act administrations to self-determining governments. It supports participating nations in rebuilding effective and efficient governance with their people and over their territories. Great information!
A Brief History OUR RIGHT to SELF-GOVERNANCE Pre-Contact to Present
For thousands of years, the aboriginal people of what is now Canada organized themselves as sovereign nations, with what was essentially governmental jurisdiction over their lands, including property rights. Read this brief historic account of the rights inherited by citizens of today’s First Nations, Learn about the erosion of property and governance rights through the dark periods of colonization and marginalization, and ultimately, their affirmation in Canada’s constitution and recognition in Canadian law.
COAST SALISH INFORMATION, RESOURCES, & INTERACTIVE WEBSITE
COAST SALISH 13 MOONS
Possible Ways to use the Coast Salish 13 Moons in your school.
The print resource can be found in your schools library.
The online Race Rocks version includes suggested discussion & connection questions for the moons, with some modification of the book content.
HOUSE POSTS Information & Craft Activity
Do you know the difference between house posts and totem poles? Coast Salish people attach large carved planks to the inside or outside of Big Houses or carve the large posts that form the structure of Big Houses.
The following link includes a hand-on craft activity for younger students. The package also includes information & visuals to explain the difference between “Totem Poles” and Coast Salish House Posts.
A JOURNEY INTO TIME IMMEMORIAL Website (English & French)
A website about the Xa:ytem historic site near Mission. This awesome website has won the Grand Prize at the UNESCO International Council of Museums awards!
Based on First Nations traditional knowledge, & developed by Simon Fraser University in collaboration with staff of the Xa:ytem Longhouse Interpretive Center, it is an artistic & cultural interpretation of Sto’:lo Coast Salish Culture – includes a virtual walkthrough of seashore & longhouse village, with written text & video clips describing cultural activities.
Grades 6 to 10 ELA LESSON PLANS:
Grades 6 to Grade 10 SOCIAL STUDIES LESSON PLANS:
SALISH WEAVE: COAST SALISH Print Collection
Perpetual Salish: Coast Salish Art in the Classroom is an online resource for teachers, offering cross-curricular lesson plans to engage students & facilitate understanding of Coast Salish culture & art.
This site is based on the 2015 exhibition Perpetual Salish: Contemporary Coast Salish Art from the Salish Weave Collection, curated by Coast Salish artist lessLIE.
Hand Crafted | The Cowichan Knitter:
In this episode, we’ll meet a Cowichan woman who has been knitting for over fifty years, and whose lifelong dedication to her craft is part of a much broader tradition in her family, and in her community.
Knitting The Cowichan Sweater – Shaw TV Victoria:
It’s traditional practice going back centuries: the iconic Cowichan Sweater. Shaw TV’s Karen Elgersma visits the Quw’utsun’ Cultural Centre in Duncan to see how the masters make this symbolic article of clothing.
Coast Salish Traditions:
Visit Gulf Islands National Park Reserve and celebrate the centennial of the world’s first national park service in
2011. Karen Elgersma shows a authentic experience not to be missed with the Coast Salish Traditions Program.
Heritage Minute. The Cowichan Sweater, an Integrated History:
Cowichan Sweater Recognized as a Canadian Symbol Video:
The famous Cowichan sweater of B.C.’s Coast Salish First Nation is bold, distinctive and now a Canadian Symbol. For centuries the Cowaichan people have been knitting the wool sweaters. It is one of 13 First Nations items, sites or persons that Ottawa has designated as having national historic significance. Environment Minister Peter Kent announced the designations Thursday, saying “they bring to life the spiritual, cultural and physical ties that First Nations have in Canada”.
The history and artistry of the Coast Salish Knitting:
The story of the Coast Salish knitters:
Coast Salish Weaving Tools & Technologies
Indigenous Clam Farming Technology is as Old As Egyptian Pyramids
NORTHWEST COAST INFORMATION, RESOURCES, & INTERACTIVE WEBSITE
LIVING TRADITION THE KWAKWAK’WAKW POTLACH OF THE NORTHWEST COAST 10 Downloadable Lessons
The Kwakwaka‘wakw of British Columbia have built a rich culture that reflects and acknowledges the riches in nature. This website includes lessons cultural ways of life: potlatch, mourning, copper, cedar, masks, dances, songs, habitat, totem poles, and more! It contains relevant information, photographs, audio and film clips, & a virtual tour. Suitable for upper primary and intermediate students.
MY SEASONAL ROUND Online Resource
This resource is useful to understanding the concept of Seasonal Rounds such as the Coast Salish 13 Moons, as seen above.
TRADITIONAL FOODS Information
FIRST NATION TRADITIONAL FOODS SHEETS
NUTRITIONAL FOOD FACT SERIES online resource
A resource that includes Food Fact Sheets with nutritional information about the most commonly eaten traditional foods, as well as the most popular vegetables, in the Northwest Territories.
ABORIGINAL FOOD GUIDE:
Moose stew? Char? Blueberries? Bannock? For the first time, a national food guide has been created which reflects the values, traditions and food choices of First Nations, Inuit and Metis.
This guide includes both traditional foods & store-bought foods that are generally available, affordable, & accessible across Canada.
See the link for unique images & content:
Download Guide Here:
TRADITIONAL ECOLOGICAL KNOWLEDGE
Knowing Home: Braiding Indigenous Science with Western Science – Book
Knowing Home attempts to capture the creative vision of Indigenous scientific knowledge and technology that is derived from an ecology of a home place. The traditional wisdom component of Indigenous Scienceâ€”the values and ways of decision-makingâ€”assists humans in their relationship with each other, the land and water, and all of creation. Indigenous perspectives have the potential to give insight and guidance to the kind of environmental ethics and deep understanding that we must gain as we attempt to solve the increasingly complex problems of the 21st century.
GAMES OF CHANCE including Lahal
MATH CATCHER Videos
Math: Patterns Through Coast Salish Weaving lesson by Nadine McSpadden.
COUNT 1 TO 10 IN SENCOTEN & HUL’Q’UMI’NUM’
METIS INFORMATION, RESOURCES, & VIRTUAL WEBSITE
METIS NATION OF BC
Press HERE to access the Metis Nation BC website that is full of great resources to support your classroom exploration of the Metis Nation.
GABRIEL DUMONT INSTITUTE OF NATIVE STUDIES & APPLIED RESEARCH Virtual Museum of Metis History & Culture Website
BRINGING METIS CHILDREN’S LITERATURE TO LIFE Lesson Plans
OTHER DOWNLOADABLE RESOURCES
WE LEARN TOGETHER – A Resource Guide for Bringing Canadian Indigenous Culture Into the Classroom.
Find useful information, lessons, and more in this valuable resource.
INDIGENOUS & NORTHERN AFFAIRS CANADA Resources
Find exercises, projects and activities for students aged 4 to 16.
SHARED LEARNINGS Document
Shared Learnings, the K-10 support document for the integration of First Nations material throughout the curriculum.