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Bead timeline storytelling 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 much more.
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."
These are links to some of our favourite 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.
Picture Book and Novel lists
The National Aboriginal Health Organization (NAHO) has created a web site on bullying for Aboriginal youth, parents and teachers.
Scholarships and bursaries are an important way to help fund your education.
"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 organizations and services in the Comox Valley
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."
First Contact - APTN Series
Canadians’ opinions about the Indigenous people of this country are formed without any knowledge of the culture’s true history or firsthand experience of the present-day communities. This may explain the prevalence of racist, unsympathetic and generally prejudicial attitudes that are often directed towards Indigenous peoples. (from APTN - First Contact series)
Look here for information, lesson, resources videos on the Comox Harbour Fish Traps, Aboriginal Fisheries, Salmon
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.
This lesson/ series of lessons explores the different groupings of Aboriginal people in Canada according to the land they live on.
November 16th is Louis Riel Day. Celebrate and learn about Métis culture and history.
Culture is the sum of the attitudes, customs, and beliefs that distinguish one group of people from another.
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.
"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 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