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Indigenous Education
Grades 8-12 Resources



Click on any of the blue headings below for more information. Many sections of the grade 8-12 are under construction and we are always working on improving our teaching resources. 


Bead Timeline‚Äč

Bead timeline story telling created and shared by Suzanne Camp, Courtenay BC‚Äč.  This Bead Timeline can be used as a visual representation in many ways,  for example, to explain how long Aboriginal people have lived here, oral storytelling traditions, telling the story of cedar, conservation and environmental impact, community development plus mu‚Äčch more.‚Äč

Beyond 94‚Äč‚Äč

Click above for background information, teacher's guide and many resources to use in your classroom. 

"The Truth and Reconciliation Commission was formed as a means of reckoning with the devastating legacy of forced assimilation and abuse left by the residential school system. From 2008 to 2014, the commission heard stories from thousands of residential school survivors. In June 2015, it released a report based on those hearings. From that came 94 Calls to Action ‚Äď individual instructions to guide governments, communities and faith groups down the road to reconciliation. CBC‚Äôs Beyond 94 monitors the progress of that journey.‚Äč"‚Äč


BLM - Nonfiction Strategies (‚ÄčBlackline masters)

These are links to some of our favourtie Nonfiction Blackline Masters used to help students deepen their comprehension of text...before, during and after reading.  Compiled from a variety of sources by Lynn Swift, Gail Martindale and Carol Walters.‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč

 ‚Äč‚ÄčBook Lists and Lessons‚Äč‚Äč
Picture Books and Novels: Look here for locally developed lesson plans as as well as lessons from Strong Nations Publishing and First Nations Education Steering Committee.‚Äč

Bursaries and Grants‚Äč

‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚ÄčScholarships and bursaries are an important way to help fund your education. 

Cedar - The Tree of Life‚Äč

"From the mighty cedar of the rainforest came a wealth of raw materials vital to the early Northwest Coast Indian way of life, its art and culture. For thousands of years these people developed the tools and technologies to fell the giant cedars that grew in profusion." Hilary Stewart, Cedar‚Äč


‚ÄčCommunity Links

‚ÄčCommunity orginisations and services in the Comox Valley

Current Events‚Äč



Look here for local and some farther away field trips with indigenous connections. ‚Äč

First Contact‚Äč

First Contact is a journey that will turn the six participants‚Äô lives upside down. Challenging their perceptions and confronting their opinions about a world they never imagined they would see. It is an experience that will change their lives, forever.‚Äč


‚ÄčLook here for information, lesson, resoruces videos on the Comox Harbour Fish Traps, Aboriginal Fisheries, Salmon‚Äč

With the increased inclusion of First Peoples‚Äô content in the changing BC curriculum, there is a need to incorporate unappropriated First Peoples‚Äô perspectives across the curriculum.  The First Nations Education Steering Committee and the First Nations Schools Association, in collaboration with teachers and partners, have developed the following Learning First Peoples series of teacher resources to support English Language Arts, Science Social Studies and Mathematics courses.‚Äč‚Äč

Identifying ‚ÄčIndigenous ‚Äč

‚ÄčResources and videos to help explain who is Indigenous and what‚Äč means. ‚Äč‚Äč


Land and Resources Connection 

This lesson/ series of lessons explores the different groupings of Aboriginal people in Canada according to the land they live on. ‚Äč ‚Äč

"June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day. This is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and M√©tis peoples. The Canadian Constitution recognizes these three groups as Aboriginal peoples, also known as Indigenous peoples.‚Äč‚Äč" from National Indigenous Peoples Day website‚Äč


‚Äč‚ÄčO Canada- Indigenous Languages‚Äč

O  Canada, in Cree, Ojibwe and Mohawk language

Louis Riel Day

‚ÄčNovember 16th is Louis Riel Day. Celebrate and learn about M√©tis culture and history. ‚Äč


M√©tis Culture‚Äč

‚ÄčCulture is the sum of the attitudes, customs, and beliefs that distinguish one group of people from another.


Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in Canada‚Äč

These locally developed teacher resources explore the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada. 
Teachers lessons, accompanying PowerPoint and many web links are embedded in these resources. ‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč

Post Secondary Education‚Äč

Resources for Aboriginal students entering post-secondary education. ‚Äč‚Äč

‚ÄčReconciliation‚Äč: A‚Äč Journey for All Canadians‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč
‚ÄčWhat does reconciliation‚Äč mean to you?  What does reconciliation look like in the classroom? How will you make reconcilation part of your day to day life? How can we move forward in a postive way to build a new relationship, between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people, and hold each other up?‚Äč ‚Äč‚Äč


Residentia‚Äčl Scho‚Äčo‚Äč‚Äčl‚Äč

a variety of lessons, resources, book lesson, including a full inquiry set of lessons‚Äč‚Äč

Look here for some resources to learn and teach about Indigenous Veterans experiences and involvment to conflict in Canada and  Remembrance Day‚Äč


‚Äč"It's hard to quantify the enormous impact a simple fish has had on the Aboriginal people of British Columbia. But the salmon has been a vital part of First Nations diet, economy and mythology for centuries.‚Äč" (from Aboriginal Tourism BC‚Äč - Meet a Local Legend)‚Äč‚Äč

Salish Weave is a large private collection of contemporary Coast Salish art that weaves together the distinctive art form, designs and style of established and emerging artists. The collection stems from and mostly resides on traditional Coast Salish territories of British Columbia.‚Äč‚Äč  
Salish Weave has developed a School Program and has donated 3 box sets of prints to several school districts, one of which is SD7.  Salish Weave, views the prints of Box Sets I, II and III as its 'working collection‚Äô in education: prints being brought to classrooms and used as teaching resources in all subjects to educate children of all grade levels.  Click here for direct link to School Program lessons plans. 


Secret Path‚Äč

Book by ‚ÄčGord Downie and Jeff Lemire to highlight the story of Chanie Wenjack, a boy who attempted an escape from Residential School‚Äč.  Lessons for all grades. Please use with discretion at early years and note that the lessons outlined here only refer to one page in the book.  We suggest this book to be studied in depth at later grades and with support from teachers. ‚Äč

‚Äč‚Äč‚ÄčTalking Circles‚Äč‚Äč

‚ÄčTipi‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč Building‚Äč

  • Did you know SD 71 Aboriginal Education has a tipi that you can bring to your school site?  
  • To book the tipi contact the Aboriginal Support Worker for your school. ‚Äč
  •  Information on Tipi's‚Äč

Click above for Background infromation, BLM's and Teacher Guide.

We were very fortunate to have been lent the sacred, Project of Heart Canoe. It is on loan to us from Surrey school district. Curriculum‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč ‚Äč‚Äč Support Teachers and Aboriginal Resource Teachers of SD 71 met during the first week of January, 2018 to create a series of lessons in preparation for students and teachers visiting this display. We wanted to get students noticing, thinking and wondering using images and picture books. Many students were able to tap into their background knowledge and make connections to their understanding of residential schools. These lessons have been well received. Even if you don't have access to this exhibit,  these lessons are helpful as you lead students toward truth and reconciliation. ‚Äč