Table of Contents

  • Events
  • First Nations and Metis Education Resource Tubs

  • First Nations and Metis Education High School Resources

  • Residential Schools

  • Teacher Resources


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National Aboriginal DayJune 21st, 2014
Canada’s National Aboriginal Day is annually held on June 21 to celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures, and outstanding achievements of the nation’s Aboriginal peoples. There are three Aboriginal groups in Canada – the First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.

First Nations and Metis Education Tubs

The First Nation and Metis Education Team have compiled and distributed resources to the schools over the past few years. There are currently three tubs of resources: Grades K-3, Grades 4-6 and Grades 7-9. There are additional resources which may or may not be in tubs in the school libraries or resource rooms. Please see lists below for these resources.
In addition, the Office of the Treaty Commissioner has also distributed a Teaching Treaties Resource Kit which each school should have.

Kindergarten - Grade 3 First Nations & Metis Resources

A Name for a Metis Boy by Deborah L. Delaronde
Beyond the Northern Nights by Lynn Blaikie
Goose Girl by Joe and ZMatrine McLellan
My Kokum Called Today by Iris Loewen
Pepere Played the Fiddle by Linda Ducharme
Red Parka Mary by Peter Eynindson
The Aboriginal Alphabet for Children by Evelyn Ballantyne
The Bannock Book by Linda Ducharme
The Crying Christmas Tree by Allan Crow
The Gathering Tree by Larry Loyie with Constance Brissenden
The Legend of the Caribou Boy translated by Mary Rose Sundberg
The Little duck by Beth Cuthand
The Metis alphabet Book Study Prints by Joseph Jean Fauchon
The Night Rebecca Stayed Too Late by Peter Eyvindson
The Old Man With the Otter Medicine translated by Archie Beaerho
The Story of the Rabbit Dance by Jeanne Pelletier
Thomas and the Metis Cart by Bonnie Murray
Two Pairs of Shoes by Esther Sanderson
Willy the Curious Frog From Pruden’s Bog by Grant S. Anderson
Zoe and the Fawn by Catherine Jameson

These are lesson ideas teachers shared with us during a make 'n take workshop:

Here is a list of web resources according to to the title of the resource:

Beyond the Northern Lights

Illuminate Northern Lights

Goose Girl

Strong Nation Lesson Plan

My Kokum Called Today

Generations Unit

Memoir: The Stuff of Our Lives Unit

Picture Book Lesson Plan

All About Me! Unit

Pepere Played the Fiddle

Metis Culture Unit

Red Parka Mary

Lesson Plan

Strong Nations Lesson Plan

Unit Plan

Little Chefs Lesson

The Aboriginal Alphabet for Children

Social Justice Begins With Me Lesson

The Bannock Book

Metis Culture Unit

The Gathering Tree

Lesson Plan

Lesson Plan

The Little Duck

Unit Plan

Lesson Plan

The Metis Alphabet Book

Lesson #8

The Night Rebecca Stayed Too Late

Aboriginal Stories and Legends Unit

The Old Man with the Otter Medicine

Life Science: Diversity of Living Things

The Story of the Rabbit Dance

Strong Nations Lesson Plan

Thomas and the Metis Cart

Metis Culture Unitétis+Culture+Unit.docx

K-7 Resource Package

Two Pairs of Shoes

Small Moments Unit

Grade 4 – Grade 6 First Nations & Metis Resources
Aboriginal Peoples Grades 4-6
Cave of Journeys by Penny Ross
Funny Little Stories First Nations Language Readers
I am Raven by David Bouchard and Andy Everson
In the Path of the Great Bear by Carol McTavish, Lori Nunn, and Linden Wentzloff
Magic in the Mountains by Carol McTavish, Lori Nunn, and Linden Wentzloff
Meshomand and the Little One by Leaine J. Wagner
Metis Spirits by Deborah L. Delaronde
Nanabosho by Joe and Matrine McLellan
Nanabosho and the Cranberries by Joe and Matrine McLellan
Nanabosho and the Porcupine by Joe and Matrine McLellan
Nanabosho and the Woodpecker by Joe McLellan
Nanabosho Dances by Joe McLellan
Nanabosho Grants a Wish by Joe and Matrine McLellan
Nanabosho, Soaring Eagle and the Great Sturgeon by Joe McLellan
Secret of the Dance by Andrea Spalding and Alfred Scow
The Bear’s Long Tail by Jane Chartrand
The Disappearance and Resurgence of the Buffalo by Jo Cooper
The Dream Catcher Pool by Jane Chartrand
The Story of Grey Owl by Lori Punshon
Tracks and Traces of Prairie Places by George Lalor
When the Spirits Dance by Larry Loyie
Where Wolves are Wild by Carol McTavish, Lori Nunn, and Linden Wentzloff
Wisahkechk Flies to the Moon by Freda Ahenakew

Here is a list of web resources according to to the title of the resource:

Cave of Journeys

Curriculum Connections

Metis Spirits

Unit Plan

Nanabosho and the Cranberries

Fruit Lesson Plan

Unit Plan

Nanabosho and the Porcupine

Rhea’s Lesson Plan

Nanabosho and the Woodpecker

Unit Plan


Nanabosho Dances

Earth and Space Science

Nanabosho Grants a Wish



Nanabosho, Soaring Eagle and the Great Sturgeon



Secret of the Dance





The Dream Catcher Pool



The Story of Grey Owl


When the Spirits Dance

Lesson 8

Wisahkechk Flies to the Moon


Grade 7 – Grade 9 First Nations & Metis Resources
Evolving International Law Regarding Indigenous Rights by Sharon Venne
Expressing Our Heritage: Resource Manual
Flour Sack Flora by Deborah Delronde
Flour Sack Friends by Deborah Delronde
Great Women from our First Nations by Kelly Fournel
Growing Up Native by Celeste Carmichael
Metis Legacy by Lawrence Barkwell, Leah M. Dorion and Darren Prefontaine
Metis Legacy II by Lawrence Barkwell, Audreea Hourie and Darren Prefontaine
Nokum is my Teacher by David Bouchard
Remembrances: Metis Veterans from Gabriel Dumont Institute
Saskatchewan’s First Nations: Lives Past and Present by Brian Mlazgar and Christian Thompson
Sky Woman by Sandra Laronde
The Metis: Canada’s Forgotten People by Bruce Sealey and Antoine Lussier
Two Families: Treaties and Government by Harold Johnson

These are lesson ideas teachers shared with us during a make 'n take workshop:

Here is a list of web resources according to to the title of the resource:

Canoeing the Churchill: A Practical Guide to the Historic Voyageur Highway


Metis Legacy II

Topic 2; Theme 2

Nokum Is My Teacher



Information & Activity


Remembrances: Metis Veterans

Lesson 3

The Metis: Canada’s Forgotten People

Teacher Guide


Additional Resources

This is the list of additional resources which may or may not be in the FNMEd tubs which were delivered to the schools:

As Long as the Rivers Flow by Larry Loyie
Better That Way by Rita Bouvier
Byron through the Seasons by the Children of La Loche
Fort Chipewyan Homecoming by Morningstar Mercredi
Idaa Trail by Wendy Stephenson
La Lawng: Michif Peekishkwewin by Manitoba Metis Federation Michif Language Program
Louis: Son of the Prairies by Noelie Palud-Pelletier
Metis Spirits by Deborah L. Delaronde
Seven Sacred Teachings by David Bouchard and Dr. Joseph Martin
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
They Call Me Chief by Don Marks
Thomas and the Metis Flag by Bonnie Murray
Thomas and the Metis Sash by Bonnie Murray
Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen
Why Buffalo Roam by L. Michael Kershen
Wisakyjak and the New World by Adam Ballantyne

These are lesson ideas teachers shared with us during a make 'n take workshop:

Here is a list of web resources according to to the title of the resource:

Seven Sacred Teachings

As Long as the Rivers Flow

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Touching Spirit Bear

Idaa Trail

First Nations and Metis Education High School Resources

Strength and Struggle: Perspectives from First Nations, Inuit, and Metis Peoples in Canada
This resource which is currently available in all NLSD high schools comes with a Student Anthology and a Teacher's Guide.
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First Nation, Metis, and Inuit Literature Units- Grades 8-12
These units are suitable for grades seven through twelve in a high school setting and would also be appropriate for adult learners. Each unit provides students with many ways to expand upon his/her facility with language through First Nation literature in their exploration of the six strands of language arts. These units were developed by a senior high English teacher.

The literature units are in the process of being distributed to the schools. All Grade 8-12 schools will have a copy by the end of this school year. The following schools currently have the literature units available for classroom use:

  • La Loche Community School Dene Building
  • Churchill Community High School
  • Minahik Waskahigan High School
  • Valley View Community School
  • Ospawkun Sepe School
  • Twin Lakes Community School
  • Charlebois Community School
  • St. Pascal Community School

Residential Schools

The Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre
The Shingwauk Project is a cross-cultural research and educational development project of Algoma University and the Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association (CSAA).
In the SEARCH box, top right, enter a community to locate information relevant to your area.

We Were Children
As young children, Lyna and Glen were taken from their homes and placed in church-run boarding schools. The trauma of this experience was made worse by years of untold physical, sexual and emotional abuse, the effects of which persist in their adult lives. In this emotional film, the profound impact of the Canadian government's residential school system is conveyed unflinchingly through the eyes of two children who were forced to face hardships beyond their years. We Were Children gives voice to a national tragedy and demonstrates the incredible resilience of the human spirit.

We Were Children Virtual Classroom
An innovative online program, our Virtual Classrooms engage students in live web discussions featuring influential public figures. Pre-selected NFB films and interactive projects serve to prompt discussion on current affairs and critical issues. Students have the opportunity to connect with influential public figures and each other, from coast to coast, providing a unique and engaging experience that transcends traditional textbook learning.

Teacher Resources

Aboriginal Themed Lesson Plans for K-12
Aboriginal Youth Justice
Social Studies 6-9, Law 30
Builds understandings about how traditional Aboriginal concepts of justice relate to Canada's youth justice system. Lessons culminate with a mock sentencing circle activity.

Canada's First People:A Cultural Appreciation
Resources and activities celebrating the history and culture of First Nations, Metis and Indigenous Peoples.

Currents: Exploring Traditional Aboriginal Justice in Contemporary Canadian Society
The law-making process, conflict resolution, justice and rights are all considered from both an Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal perspective.

Eco Education
This is a place to gather and share Saskatchewan-based stories and educational resources to inspire people young and old to live in a good relationship with the world around them. All around the province there are wonderful stories of students, teachers and communities learning how to be better stewards of the land; finding creative new ways to incorporate eco-education into the curriculum.

First Nations, Metis and Inuit Curriculum Integration Guides from GSCS FNM&I Team

Four Directions Teachings
Four Directions Teachings. com is a virtually stunning audio narrated resource for learning about Indigenous knowledge and philosophy from five diverse First Nations in Canada.

Idle no More: A Protest for Aboriginal Rights - Lesson Plans and Teacher Resource Guide

Kids' Stop
Kids' Stop is a fun zone for kids loaded with information about Aboriginal history, culture and languages, games and stories, and classroom resources for teachers.

Math Catcher: Mathematics Through Aboriginal Storytelling
The Math Catcher: Mathematics Through Aboriginal Storytelling project includes the creation of a series of short animated films that accompany picture books, as well as the development of related activities that introduce math topics and techniques through stories that follow Aboriginal storytelling formats and contain elements of Aboriginal traditions and cultures.

Metis Culture
Métis Culture, Traditions and History are very important to us as an organization. Here are some links to some cultural resources readily available.

Michif Métis Museum
The Michif Historical & Cultural Preservation Society hosts the only Michif Métis Museum of its kind in the Province of British Columbia and is solely dedicated to the preservation of the Michif Métis Culture and Traditions....

PD Resources: First Nations, Metis & Inuit
Literature to Support First Nations, Metis & Inuit (FNMI) Student Success in Elementary Schools: Workshop Facilitator Guide, Literature Lists & Activities.

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Stewart Resources Centre
The Stewart Resources Centre is your library. With a collection of over 20,000 books and audiovisual resources, 350 journals, a selection of teacher-prepared units, plus a friendly and knowledgeable staff, the Centre is able to meet your classroom, research, and professional development needs.

The Virtual Museum of Metis History and Culture
This website is the most comprehensive attempt to chronicle traditional Metis history and culture on the World Wide Web and contains a wealth of primary documents-oral history interviews, photographs and various archival documents-in visual, audio and video files.

Walking Together: First Nations, Metis and Inuit Perspectives in Curriculum.
The digital resource Walking Together was designed to help Alberta teachers understand the holistic nature of FNMI ways of knowing, to provide opportunity for FNMI peoples to share their perspectives on topics important to them, and to demonstrate FNMI perspectives in teaching and learning experiences.

Water...The Sacred Relationship
For generations, the relationship between Aboriginal people and the rest of Canada has been damaged. Can water be the lightning rod that begins to reconcile this relationship?
We think so. Watch the videos. Teach the curriculum. Begin the dialogue.

Wilfred Laurier University Aboriginal Lesson Plans

This site serves as a link to a plethora of resources and learning materials from across Canada related to Aboriginal education.