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Grades 8-12 Resources

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Bead Timeline​

Bead timeline story telling created and shared by Suzanne Camp, Courtenay BC​.  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​ch more.​


Beyond 94​​

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 – individual instructions to guide governments, communities and faith groups down the road to reconciliation. CBC’s Beyond 94 monitors the progress of that journey.​"​

BLM - Nonfiction Strategies (Blackline 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.​​​​



The National Aboriginal Health Organization (NAHO) has created a web site on bullying for Aboriginal youth, parents and teachers. ​

Bursaries and Grants​

​​​​​​​​Scholarships and bursaries are an important way to help fund your education.

Cedar - The Tree of Life​

"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​


Community Links

​Community orginisations and services in the Comox Valley


Current Events​




​Look here for information, lesson, resoruces videos on the Comox Harbour Fish Traps, Aboriginal Fisheries, Salmon​


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. ​ ​


National Indigenous Peoples Day​

"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 Métis peoples. The Canadian Constitution recognizes these three groups as Aboriginal peoples, also known as Indigenous peoples.​​" from National Indigenous Peoples Day website​


​North Island Hospital Art Project

"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’s 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’ómoks First Nation, Elder Barb Whyte, other local artists, plus students, parents, and educators from Queneesh Elementary School.​"

​​O Canada- Indigenous Languages

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Offerings / Offrandes A Collaborative Artwork by France Trépanier​​

"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 — both Indigenous and non-Indigenous — that inhabit this land.​"


Louis Riel Day

​November 16th is Louis Riel Day. Celebrate and learn about Métis culture and history. ​


Métis Culture​

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

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in Canada

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. ​​

Justice for Indigenous Women and Girls​​

(Along with a teacher guide) ​
Justice for Indigenous Women (J4IW) was born from Project of Heart. J4IW is a registered non­-profit organization, formed by a group of Indigenous and non-­Indigenous allies with a vision to promote justice for Indigenous women and girls. Affirming the strength of Inuit, Metis and First Nations peoples, our work is grounded in the values of listening and honouring, knowledge and education, collaboration and justice.


Natural Resources​

​Salmon, Cedar, Buffalo

Post Secondary Education​

Resources for Aboriginal students entering post-secondary education. ​​


​Reconciliation: A​ Journey for All Canadians​​​

​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​


Residential School - Mapping Project ​


Remembrance Day​



​"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.​" (from Aboriginal Tourism BC​ - Meet a Local Legend)​​

Secret Path​

Book by ​Gord Downie and Jeff Lemire to highlight the story of Chanie Wenjack, a boy who attempted an escape from Residential School​.  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. ​


​​​Talking Circles​​

​Tipi​​​ Building​

  • 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. ​
  •  Information on Tipi's​

​Who is Aboriginal/Indigenous?​

  • ​resources and videos to help explain who is Aboriginal and what that word means. ​​