External resources supporting work on reconciliation:
Over the past year AISCA has been part of many meetings and presentations on the topic of reconciliation.
During these interactions different groups and individuals shared valuable websites and resources to further support the work.
What follows is a list of these resources:
Empowering the Spirit – Education for Reconciliation
8th Fire – 8th Fire Guide for Educators
8th Fire is a four-part documentary series about contemporary Aboriginal peoples in Canada,
social and economic issues facing them, and possibilities for moving forward. The Guide for Educators contains:
- Four Episodes “Indigenous in the City”, “It’s Time”, “Whose Land is it Anyway?”, “At the Crossroads”
- Instructional Activities
- Possibilities for Involving the Community
- Critical thinking Challenges
- Viewing Questions
Western and Northern Canadian Protocol
Western and Northern Canadian Protocol – WNCP – First Nations, Métis and Inuit On the webpage:
- Language and Culture
- Research and Literature
- Professional Development
- Effective and Promising Practices
- Common Curriculum Framework for Aboriginal Language and Culture Programs Kindergarten to Grade 12: Western Canadian Protocol for Collaboration in Basic Education is interned to be a support document for schools or regions within the Western provinces and the territories whishing to develop curricula, learning resources or strategies dealing with Aboriginal
GoodMinds – GoodMinds Publishing
An Aboriginal owned family business based out of Six Nations (Brandtford), Ontario. GoodMinds sources and makes available recently published Aboriginal books about most Aboriginal Nations as well as general subject categories for every grade level. Bias-free teaching and educational resources related to Native American, First Nations, Indigenous and Aboriginal studies.
Strong Nations – Strong Nations Publishing
Strong Nations publishing has published over 150 titles and they are now translating all of their books into French. They work with Indigenous communities to license their books for Indigenous language translations.
InhabitMedia – InhabitMedia
An Inuit-owned publishing company based out of Iqaluit, Nunavut. Inhabit Media has been working to encourage Inuit and non-Inuit Artic residents to share their stories and knowledge, and to record the oral history of their land – aim is to ensure that Artic voices are heard and that they have every opportunity to contribute to Canadian literature. Inhabit Media works with Inuit organizations, non-profit societies and the Government of Nunavut to ensure that the Inuit languages is preserved.
Pearson Publishing – Pearson Canada
Turtle Island Voices, a First Nations, Metis and Inuit leveled series K-6 and Grade 7-9 series for reluctant readers (written at a Grade 5/6 level).
A Curriculum Development Tool for inclusion of First Nations, Métis and Inuit Perspectives Throughout Curriculum.
Elders and Knowledge
In many First Nation, Métis and Inuit communities, Elders keep people connected to each other, their linage and histories. As Knowledge Keepers, Elders transmit customs and traditional practices that reveal a living culture and help individuals embody a sense of identity.
For more information please refer to our elders section in Walking together.
The digital resource walking together: First Nations, Métis and Inuit Perspectives in Curriculum was designed to help teachers understand the holistic nature of First Nations, Métis and Inuit ways of Knowing; to share opportunity for Inuit, First Nations, and Métis peoples to share their perspectives on topics important to them; and to demonstrate First Nations, Métis and Inuit perspectives in teaching and learning experiences.
Our Words, Our Ways
This resource will help classroom teachers and staff better serve the needs of their Aboriginal students.
“Education is our buffalo” is a phrase often used by First Nations elders to signify the importance of education to their communities (Christensen 2000). This is a resource that the Alberta Teachers Association uses in workshops to help teachers increase their awareness and understanding of Aboriginal histories, cultures and perspectives.
Edmonton Public Schools Reviews Website
Annotated bibliography of recommended First Nations, Metis and Inuit titles, including titles to weed out of libraries. Reviews of recently released titles are uploaded onto the site on a regular basis.
National Film Board Website
NFB Education presents Indigenous Cinema in the Classroom, a series of playlists for educators, students and parents that feature films from our collection of more than 250 Indigenous-made works. Each playlist includes award-winning titles by acclaimed Indigenous directors, as well as age recommendations, information about the subjects covered, and curriculum links.
The Canadian Encyclopedia Website
Discover thousands of bilingual and fact-checked resources, including:
The Rupertsland Institute – Metis Centre for Excellence
contains postings of educational and research reports on the Metis
Canadian Geographic – the Indigenous Peoples’ Atlas of Canada
provides a variety of education resources on the history of Canada’s Indigenous People