Teacher Resources



Acknowledging Territory

Protocols to acknowledge the Traditional Territory of the Komoks First Nation in
School District 71 (Comox Valley)




Our Ni’noxsola Advisory considers a Noxsola to be someone who is wise in the ways of their culture and are recognized in the Indigenous community for their culture, wisdom, stability, and understanding; regardless of age. 

A̱m’lala sa Ḵ̓umux̱se’​

A̱m’lala sa Ḵ̓umux̱se’​ was created in July 2018 for Indigenous Education (School District 71) to be sung by all students to celebrate Kwakwaka’wakw culture and language. A̱m’lala sa Ḵ̓umux̱se’​ translates as 'Play Song of the K’omoux' and speaks to the great land “ila a hii” and the powerful ocean and rivers “skoo kum chuck” that are here within the lands of the K’omoux. The song was released into our School District in a ceremony held during a Professional Development Day on February 15, 2019.


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Cultural Presenters​

Did you know we have indigenous presenters, from our community, who want to share their cultural knowledge and skills with students in the Comox Valley? We are also looking for more presenters who would like to share their knowledge. Contact the SD71 Indigenous District Staff​ if you are or know of anyone who might be interested.
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Indigenous Theme Kits and Information

Available at the LRC (a list compiled by Suzanne Camp in 2014 and 2015)
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Through Our Eyes - Indigenous Short Docs


A compilation of CBC Short Docs by some of the best emerging Indigenous storytellers from across the country.


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Downie-Wenjack Legacy Schools

​​​​"The DWF Legacy Schools program is an opportunity for classrooms/schools to lead the movement in awareness of the history and impact of the Residential School System on Indigenous Peoples. Educators will use a Legacy Schools Toolkit and educational support resources to engage students, staff and the school community, and as the catalyst for their commitment to the work of reconciliation.​"

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Orange Shirt Day

"The annual Orange Shirt Day on September 30th opens the door to global conversation on all aspects of Residential Schools. It is an opportunity to create meaningful discussion about the effects of Residential Schools and the legacy they have left behind.  A discussion all Canadians can tune into and create bridges with each other for reconciliation.  A day for survivors to be reaffirmed that they matter, and so do those that have been affected.  Every Child Matters, even if they are an adult, from now on." 


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.​"


CBC Canada:
CANADA IS ...Namwayut: we are all one. Truth and reconciliation in Canada​
Chief Robert Joseph shares his experience as a residential school survivor and the importance of truth and reconciliation in Canada.
CBC news  has compiled these stories: "From across this land, the people you are about to meet see a brighter future for all Canadians. Their personal journeys and stories are different, but are all connected by heritage and pride." Click here​ for more video and journal stories of Canadian Indigenous people. 

Reconciliation: A Journey for All Canadians​​​

​What does reconciliation​ mean to you? What does reconciliation look like in the classroom? How will you make reconciliation part of your day to day life? How can we move forward in a positive way to build a new relationship, between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people, and hold each other up?​