Saturday, 7 January 2017

Resources for teaching First Nations Learning Outcomes

Welcome to our mini-blog of resources to get you started in teaching your First Nations learning outcomes with compassion and sensitivity.  

Thank you for taking the time to explore and to learn.

You may not know that Indigenous culture and Indigenous communities are beautiful, filled with warmth, love, grace, kindness, respect, faith, and fun.

There are some emotionally challenging topics to cover, but there is also a beautiful, dynamic Indigenous culture alive in Canada today.  Thank you for taking the time to learn with an open heart.


Authentic fiction sources can be among the best ways to open up dialogue sensitively with your child. Indigenous communities have long histories of storytelling and this tradition can be seen in modern Indigenous authors who are finally telling Indigenous history and truth from their own perspective.

Please try to find books that are written by actual Indigenous authors.  

Books can be found for every age level.

A great list to start with can be found here:

More great titles:

Teaching Supports for Truth and Reconciliation

Christian point of view

The Mennonite Church of Canada has taken an active role in Truth and Reconciliation.  If you would like resources from a Christian point of view, their website is a great place to start.  They are also open to answering questions through e-mail and Facebook chats.

The Christian and Missionary Alliance Church in Canada has a great prayer guide on Truth and Reconciliation:

Likewise, the Anglican Church of Canada has a great website filled with resources from a Christian point of view, lots of easy to follow video clips:

United Church of Canada and Indigenous Justice:

A fabulous Christian-based social justice group, Kairos.  Find out about and participate in a blanket-exercise:

Starting from the beginning:  why all the fuss?  

Wab Kinew, one of Canada's Aboriginal leaders and now a member of the legislature in Manitoba, takes us back to the very beginning, in an easy to follow documentary series.  A great place to start:

EASY TO READ.  TIMELINE of Residential Schools in Canada:

Why can't "those people" just get it together?

Intergenerational trauma changes DNA similar to Holocaust survivors.  Documented and researched by leading academics:

Important websites

Truth and Reconciliation Canada

Participate in Project of Heart

Find speakers, attend workshops

Plan your own Orange Shirt Day for your homeschool community (September 30th)

British Columbia Teachers' Federation Truth and Reconciliation resources:

Manitoba Indigenous Cultural Education Centre

National Association of Friendship Centres

Council for Aboriginal Education in Manitoba

Fun cultural links

Indigenous communities love to dance
A bit about pow-wow, from Dr. Richard Lyons, OC (won the Order of Canada for his contributions to bringing back Ojibwe culture and also danced for the Queen of England):

West Coast Indigenous dance

Contemporary Indigenous music (for your teen)

Great traditional plants guide (Ontario)

A bit about beading

Seven Sacred Values (and colouring for your kiddos)

Learn Ojibway/Cree phrases with Aandeg Muldrew

YouTube: gaagaagi gaagiigido

Cecelia Cashore-Reekie, Langley, BC's first Aboriginal school trustee, adoption story and TED talk:

Just whose family heirlooms are those in the museum?

Powerful documentary (for adults and older teens only) on Residential Schools, We Were Children:

We welcome your questions and thank you for your open-hearted interest.  We ask that you keep all comments respectful.  Thank you.  


  1. What a great list of resources, thank you SO much. I have bookmarked this blog! <3

  2. This is amazing! Thank you so much for putting them all up, this is a treasury I will return to monthly.

  3. Thank you! The Birchbark House Series looks great! Do you know of any other good books for Grade 1 or 2 that tell some of the first nations "hero stories" and show the culture before the explorers came and when the explorers first arrived? I want to include all the voices in our history next year but so many books are only from the settlers perspective.