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Indigenous Education
K-Grade 3 Resources

‚ÄčAstronomy ‚Äč

The following lessons focus on different Celestial Objects, and their connections to Astronomy. Topics include Day and Night, Sun, Moon, Constellations. ‚Äč


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 much more.‚Äč

Beyond 94‚Äč‚Äč

The resources are more for older studnets but click above for your own  background information. 

"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

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

‚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

Gr. 3 Redesigned Curriculum Overview‚Äč

This document suggests some ways to tackle the grade 3 curriculum with the newly added  Aboriginal content.  Gail Martindale and Lynn Swift met with several grade 3 teachers to help fine tune this document. ‚Äč

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


Legend of Queneesh‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč

Mathematics Through Aboriginal Storytelling‚Äč

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. The animations and books currently have English and Aboriginal languages versions.‚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


"The CVAG creative team took on the project of conceptualizing, designing and producing artwork for the new North Island Hospital in the Comox Valley. CVAG‚Äôs Community Space features a design project for art at the new North Island Hospital in Courtenay. We worked closely with the North Island Hospital Art Project, K‚Äô√≥moks First Nation, Elder Barb Whyte, other local artists, plus students, parents, and educators from Queneesh Elementary School."‚Äč‚Äč

Offerings / Offrandes A Collaborative Artwork by France Tr√©panier‚Äč‚Äč

"Offerings / Offrandes is grounded in collaborative authorship. It pays homage to relational aesthetics. It welcomes the presentation and interpretation of practices rooted in different cultures. The installation is land-based. It establishes a connection to specific artists and their communities ‚ÄĒ both Indigenous and non-Indigenous ‚ÄĒ that inhabit this land.‚Äč"

‚ÄčReconciliation: A 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‚Äč

Remembrance Day‚Äč‚Äč

Residential School - Primary‚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


 Resources, videos, picture book suggestions, ‚Äčand locally developed lessons.

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

The Six Cedar Trees‚Äč

What lessons can we learn from our Pacific Northwest Coast animals? This is the question Eagle explores as he settles in a tall grove of cedar trees nestled in the corner of a school playground. The Six Cedar Trees allows readers to understand the characteristics and habits of six Pacific Northwest Coast animals and how these animals can help them develop a deeper understanding of themselves.


‚Äč‚Äč‚ÄčTalking Circles‚Äč‚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

  • ‚Äčresources and videos to help explain who is Aboriginal and what that word means. ‚Äč‚Äč