Resources for this Issue
Exemplary Classroom Practice: Elementary
Source: Collaborative effort between the British Columbia Ministry of Education and Aboriginal teachers from across the province
Focus: Lesson plans for Elementary teachers wanting to integrate the 2010 Olympics into their curriculum
Summary:The Vancouver 2010 Find Your Passion in Sport posters provide a unique opportunity for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students to learn about Aboriginal athletes and their commitment to their sport and culture.
A complimentary set of lesson starters is also available for K-12 teachers across Canada to use in conjunction with the poster series. The lesson starters provide teachers with developed ideas for lessons that they can modify to suit their particular classroom needs.
The lesson starters can be used in a number of curriculum areas, such as language arts, geography, science, social studies, health, career education and drama.
Exemplary Classroom Practice: Secondary
Source: Curriculum Services Canada
Focus: Grades 9-12– Building literacy skills through Visual Arts
This cross-curricular visual art and information literacy resource is designed to help students develop skills to help find meaning in Aboriginal art and culture. The tasks using information literacy skills require students to determine the extent of their information needs, to access a variety of materials to satisfy these needs, then to synthesize and communicate information within the context of the assignments.
The visual literacy tasks teach students to “read” pictures as documents, analysing imagery to learn about culture and society. The resource uses a structured inquiry and research methodology combined with the artistic process. The resource describes how visual arts and resource centre teachers can collaborate in presenting an integrated study.
Source: Comics in the Classroom:Chad Solomon and Christopher Meyer - developers
Focus: Grade 1 – You and Your World
Summary: A series of Grade 1 lessons featuring the featuring the wild wacky exploits of two brothers, Rabbit and Bear Paws. The characters are mischievous and the audience learns enjoyable life lessons from their numerous pranks and mistakes while also appreciating the unity of the Native communities and how they related to one another peacefully.
Rabbit and Bear Paws are heroes that the developers created to share humorous adventures based on Traditional Teachings, to carry on the teachings to the youth who wish to explore their roots, while helping to share the wisdom of the Aboriginal community with the universal audience (non-Aboriginal).
Source: College of Education,University of Saskatchewan
Summary: A variety of aspects related to Aboriginal Education within Canada as well as Indigenous Educational issues around the globe.
Source: Government of Canada
Summary:The Aboriginal Canada Portal is a single window to First Nations, Métis and Inuit online resources and government programs and services. Topics covered include Aboriginal organizations, education, economic development, language, heritage and culture.
Source: Research Report Funded by the Canadian Council on Learning
Summary:According to a report funded by the Canadian Council on Learning (CCL), British Columbia schools devoid of Aboriginal teaching should strategically integrate Indigenous Knowledge into the curriculum. Several British Columbia schools, where the student population is predominantly Aboriginal, were examined for their ability to incorporate St’át’imc knowledge and cultural activities. Despite the absence of St’át’imc Knowledge Systems, local Elders are willing to work with teachers, while educational stakeholders endorse several integration strategies.