Wednesday, February 1, 2017

History of the Métis Jig and basic lessons

​Learn the origins of Métis Dance​

Combining ​First Nations, Scottish, Irish and French Canadian forms, this dance style is a key element of Métis cultural identity.

More on how to dance here:


Friday, January 27, 2017

The 13 moons of the W̱SÁNEĆ

​Learn the relationship between the moons, the seasons and the culture.

 was designed for students in grades 4-7. The hands-on interdisciplinary approach of the activity have been designed to provoke a healthy curiosity and appreciation for universal concepts, the similarities and differences between cultures, and the value of our environment. Teachers are encouraged to take, change and play with the ideas in order to meet the diverse needs of their students and teaching situations.


Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Reconciliation Before Reconciliation

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Dr. Tracey Lindberg calls it (W)rec(k)-onciliation, and uses that as the title and theme of a lecture she delivered at Vancouver Island University, the second in an Indigenous Speakers Series. Dr. Lindberg is a Cree academic and writer.  In her talk and an interview with Paul Kennedy she explores the importance of reconciliation with self, with community, and with Indigenous peoples in advance of reconciliation with Canada.


Friday, January 6, 2017

Métis Language and Culture |

​"​Nimeytaen ainwapimitan" I am glad to see you!​

​"​Our goal when building this site was to the provide content to help people connect with their past and with their future as Métis people. We feel very strongly that language is a central component of identity and have thus attempted to make the language lessons easy to follow and fun to use."​


Saturday, December 17, 2016

U'mista Cultural Society - Creation Stories

S​tories from the people who speak Kwakʼwala

​"​In this exhibit, the legends of the Kwakwa̱ka̱ʼwakw are presented along with photographs of the original villages, where these are available. The photographs are arranged in traditional rank order as recorded by George Hunt in consultation with knowledgeable people of his time. The fact that consensus as to this order no longer exists is evidence that our culture is still alive and changing."​


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Learn Cree syllabics in virtual reality

New program teaches syllabics inside immersive world

​"​The Cree School Board launched its Cree Syllabics Virtual Reality project on Nov. 2, which it says is the first of its kind in Indigenous Canada.
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Students put on headsets to enter a virtual camp setting where they meet a little girl named Niipiish and her dog Achimush. Using hand movements and buttons to move around within the camp, they go on a journey to prepare for Niipiish's little brother's walking-out ceremony, all the while identifying Cree words that describe the seasons, the environment and Cree traditions.


Monday, November 7, 2016

Redpatch Comic – First Nations soldiers in WWI

ownloadable Comic in PDF format

On August 4th, 1914 England declared war on Germany. As a member of the British Empire, Canada was obliged to join the war. Many First Nations men had to lie about their heritage in order to join the Canadian Forces. First Nations soldiers proved to be some of Canada's greatest warriors. Many achieved near-legendary status as scouts, trench-raiders and snipers.


Remembrance Moments: Canada's Indigenous Veterans

Indigenous men & women who served bravely & well

"Indigenous people have a long and proud tradition of military service in Canada. From the earliest days before Canada was even a country of its own, through the First and Second World Wars, the Korean War, post-war peace support efforts, Afghanistan and on to the present day, thousands of First Nations, Métis, Inuit and other Indigenous men and women have served bravely and well in uniform."

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

“The Feather”, our AbEd memo

​Links from our Tuesday AbEd memo "The Feather"

Featured Five
Our Aboriginal Resource Centre (ARC) is seeing more interest recently with the addition of the weekly "Featured Five" email that goes out to Teacher-Librarians and helping teachers. We are encouraging teachers to contact Cathy Norton to borrow titles. Our catalog can be viewed online at :

First Voices
"First Voices" offers word lists and phrase books for a number of BC First Languages. Follow this link to access Halq'eméylem phrasebooks:


Halloween book displays and respectful representation.

Trick or Treat!

As October 31st draws near, the conversation often turns to the question of appropriate costumes, which includes issues of cultural appropriation and misrepresentation. This is especially true of “Aboriginal costumes.”

As you select books for your Halloween display, you might want to consider if those books have respectful images of Indigenous people.

Typically, these costumes take elements from various Nations (i.e. Native designs or symbols, head dresses, medicine bags, etc.) and weave them together in a mishmash meant to be “Indian.” However, regalia has specific and often spiritual significance. Wearing it in a haphazard or inappropriate way trivializes its meaning. In addition, because Indigenous culture has a history of being eroded and repressed in mainstream society, treating identity as a “costume” is simply another form of that erosion. Just as wearing a grab-bag of liturgical vestments from a variety of religions would be seen as bad taste, so too is wearing an “Aboriginal” costume.

--  Food for thought as we get ready for the Trick-or-treaters.