Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Taking Your Seat at the Fire - ERAC

 responsive resources

"Taking Your Seat at the Fire" continues the conversation around culturally responsive resources. Leona Prince, Professional Learning Team Member, shares with us ways in which we embed Aboriginal perspectives into all parts of the curriculum in a meaningful and authentic manner.
​View the video on the ERAC site for
 a quick tour of ERAC resources that can be used to support Aboriginal perspectives.


Thursday, February 1, 2018

Metis: The Flower Beadwork People from Surrey Museum

Surrey Museum comes to class!​

​Book a presentation to come to your class:​

Explore the Métis culture and how this distinct nation joins European and Indigenous traditions to create a unique set of values, language, music, dance and art. Students will handle artifacts, recreate a buffalo hunt, and dance a Métis jig. To register, call 604-592-6956 and press "0" or read the full registration details. If you would like more information on programs, please email us at


Wednesday, January 31, 2018

#Next150 Challenge -> "On Whose Land"

We all have a role to play in Reconciliation
The #Next150 challenge is all about setting a different tone in 2018 than what we've seen in the first 150 years of our country. Throughout 2018, we will be releasing new challenges for you to take part in that we hope will push your thinking and your understanding of Indigenous issues forward. Whether you're Indigenous or non-Indigenous, educated on the subject or new on this journey, we welcome you to the #Next150 challenge and we believe you will gain something through participating. Our challenges will be issued by respected community leaders and activists in Canada. We hope that you find value in taking on each challenge and if you do, we ask that you share your learning with your friends and your network.


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Excerpts by Drew Hayden Taylor

​ man with a few things to say
​Drew Hayden Taylor opines on the topic of identity, culture and from these four articles...

An Ojibway
​ man​
from the Curve Lake First Nations in Ontario, DHT has a way with the written word. ​
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an award-winning playwright, a journalist/columnist, short-story writer, novelist,
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scriptwriter, and documentary writer. ​Most recently, Douglas & McIntyre published a collection of his Native themed science fiction short stories, titled
​"Take us to your Chief and other stories".


Richard Wagamese Quotes to Ponder

"We are story. All of us.

One of my favourite authors, with so much to say. Here is a link to some of his great quotes - although when you read his work, almost every page is quotable!

"All that we are is story. From the moment we are born to the time we continue on our spirit journey, we are involved in the creation of the story of our time here. It is what we arrive with. It is all we leave behind. We are not the things we accumulate. We are not the things we deem important. We are story. All of us. What comes to matter then is the creation of the best possible story we can while we're here; you, me, us, together. When we can do that and we take the time to share those stories with each other, we get bigger inside, we see each other, we recognize our kinship – we change the world, one story at a time…" 

― Richard Wagamese


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Small Number and the Old Arrowhead | Math Videos

Math Catcher Outreach Program


MCOP has released a new Small Number story and the 34th animated film in the Small Number series: Small Number and the Old
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Simon Roy from Victoria, BC, did all drawings, Buddy Wilson from the Squamish Nation, narrated the story, and Andy Gavel, an SFU
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alumnus, directed the film.
All Small Number films are available at:


Thursday, January 18, 2018

Meet Canada’s Indigenous Olympians

Indigenous athletes
for over 80 years

Canada's Indigenous Olympians have made incredible contributions to our country's legacy at the Olympic Games, both in summer and winter events. In sports like ice hockey, skiing, snowboarding and curling, Canada's Indigenous athletes have been competing in winter sports at the Olympic level for over 80 years.

​Here's the list from 1932 to today:

  • Kenneth Moore - Peepeekisis First Nation 
  • Sharon and Shirley Firth - Gwich'in First Nation
  • Roseanne and Roger Allen - Gwich'in First Nation
  • Theoren Fleury - Métis 
  • Caroline Calvé - Algonquin.
  • Caroline Darbyshire-McRorie - Métis 
  • Spencer O'Brien - Haida 
  • Jesse Cockney - Inuvialuk 
  • Carey Price - Ulkatcho First Nation 
  • Brigette Lacquette - Metis.
  • Rene Bourque - Métis


The movement to revive the Mohawk language is growing

Culture and ceremonies are tied to the language

​"This fall, the University of Waterloo launched its first Indigenous language class. An introduction to Kanien'kéha (Mohawk language) is offered through Renison University College's Culture and Language Studies department in collaboration with the Waterloo Aboriginal Education Centre. The course is open to all students in any faculty or discipline."​


Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Perpetual Salish: Coast Salish Art in the Classroom

​An ​
online resource centre for teachers
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Perpetual Salish: Coast Salish Art in the Classroom
 is an online resource centre for teachers, offering cross-curricular lesson plans to engage students and facilitate their understanding of Coast Salish culture and art.

On the site you will find:


Coast Salish Cultural Landscapes

​Significant landmarks for ​
 locations and learn about their importance to local First Nations
​. Find out the 
in Hul'q'umi'num'.