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Indigenous Education
Potlatch 67-67

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The Copper Will Be Fixed
2018 marks the 67th year since the Canadian government’s Potlatch Ban 
was lifted, after it was imposed on 
First Nations for 67 years. Hereditary Chief Rob Everson of the Gigalgam Walas Kwaguɫ, recognizing that many Canadians do not understand the history of Indigenous peoples, envisioned an arts and cultural program that would powerfully engage the local community and fellow Canadians, both Indigenous and settler, about this history and the impact. Excerpt from website: Potlatch 67-67

Check out this website for infomation on the exhibit, artists, history of indigenous people and elder videos,

CBC North by Northwest Coverage:

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Intr​oductory lesson: Before you visit the Comox Valley Art Gallery Exhibit

​​Lesson Outline: ​Introductory Lesson for Potlatch 67-67.pdf

Thinking Sheet: Potlatch I Think Notice Wonder Mat.pdf

"Welcome Family and Friends to Our Big House" by Nella Nelson page iv (basic description of what is a potlatch): Welcome Family and Friends to Our Bighouse page iv.pdf

Reflection: Potlatch Reflection.pdf

Another idea for an Introductory Lesson:
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In 1935, a nine-year-old boy's family held a forbidden Potlatch in faraway Kingcome Inlet. Watl'kina slipped from his bed to bear witness. In the Big House masked figures danced by firelight to the beat of the drum. And there, he saw a figure he knew. Aboriginal elder Alfred Scow and award-winning author Andrea Spalding collaborate to tell the story, to tell the secret of the dance.​

Lesson Plans:

see this link,  Secret of the Dance​ for lessons created by Colleen Devlin, teacher in SD #71  and one submitted to Teach BC (not sure who created this lesson, but if someone knows let us know, Lynn Swift​)

Found Poetry 

Found Poetry example.jpgPlease find  an example of a Found Poetry Lesson.  Adapt as necessary. One teacher used words from the Project of Heart Canoe​ instead of quotes. See poetry example below. 

Learning more about the Copper:

Copper Thinking Sheet:  Copper I Think Notice Wonder Mat.pdf

For lessons and information on the copper see The Umista Potlatch website

​Copper-Potlatch 67-67 explained by Andy Everson


Visual Literacy

​​Watch this video to learn about visual thinking strategies.  Let's honour​ to students ability to notice think, wonder and interpret the art pieces themselves.  For more videos below to learn about the benefits of Visual Thinking Strategies and see them in practice click here​.


For full lesson on visual thinking strategies see this link​:


“What do you see?

Why do you say that?

What else do you see?”

For more lessons and background information: 

​​​​Teacher Resources: Potlatch 67-67 Lesson Series PDF

​Check out these sections on our website for more lessons on reconcilation, residential schools:

​What does reconciliation​ 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?​ ​Residential School​
a variety of lessons, resources, book lesson, including a full inquiry set of lessons