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 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."
With the increased inclusion of First Peoples’ content in the changing BC curriculum, there is a need to incorporate unappropriated First Peoples’ 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.
Resources and videos to help explain who is Indigenous and what that word means.
Look here for locally developed resources as well as lessons from Strong Nations Publishing and First Nations Education Steering Committee.
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.
K'omoks First Nation
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.
Culture is the sum of the attitudes, customs, and beliefs that distinguish one group of people from another.
"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
"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."
Look here for locally developed lessons to go with picture books plus links to other great lesson from Strong Nations, Carol Walters (SD 71 District Curriculum Support Teacher) and Adrienne Gear.
"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."
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?
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.
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’ 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.
"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)
Resources, videos, picture book suggestions, and locally developed lessons.
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.
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.
It is our hope that these lessons will help with classroom communication and can be used in a number of different subject areas. These lessons can focus on oral language Learning Outcomes or can be used in conjunction with any other subject areas.
There are so many ways to incorporate Talking Circles into your lessons!
- Did you know SD 71 Indigenous Education has a tipi that you can bring to your school site?
- To book the tipi contact the Indigenous Support Worker for your school.
- Information on Tipi's
We are very fortunate to have been lent the sacred, Project of Heart Canoe. It is on loan to us from Surrey school district. Curriculum 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, we hope these lessons are helpful as you lead students toward truth and reconciliation.
How does learning about weaving help us to learn about its significance to indigenous people? What is important about weaving to indigenous people?