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Grade 11: Understanding Contemporary First Nations, Métis and Inuit Voices NBE3C / 3U / 3E: First Nations, Métis, and Inuit perspectives and text forms in Canada

This course explores the themes, forms, and stylistic elements of a variety of literary, informational, graphic, oral, cultural, and media text forms emerging from First Nations, Métis, and Inuit cultures in Canada, and also examines the perspectives and

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Tom King posing with an carved "cigar store, Indian" statue.

I’m Not the Indian You Had in Mind

A video exploration offering insight as to how First Nations people today are changing old ideas and empowering themselves in the greater community. Produced with a grant awarded by bravoFACT (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent), a division of Bell Media Inc.

Director/writer: Thomas King
Producer: Laura J. Milliken

Take care of yourself

Indigenous Four Directions symbol, with the text: Take Care of Yourself

It is important to remember self care when learning about difficult subjects. Please take advantage of the helpful handout, posted below. 

Text Forms

"'Literatures' are any of the inscribed or embodied forms in which our storytelling and expressions of humanity take place. I think of it as a very inclusive category. I think we can look at a wide range of expressive arts as literary to some degree. Carvings, various sorts of belts, paintings — an endless array of material forms in which we communicate who we are as people." (CBC The Next Chapter Interview)

Daniel Heath Justice, author of "Why Indigenous Literatures Matter" (pdf download)

Read, Watch, Listen FNMI Text Forms

 | 4 min

In this evocative short documentary, Inuk singer-songwriter and humanitarian Susan Aglukark weaves together stories of artistry, family, and belonging as she explores the complex cultural shifts of the last 50 years of Inuit life. Turning her lens on the turbulence of colonial transition, director Nyla Innuksuk examines the forces that shaped Aglukark's voice and how that voice is now being translated for a new generation of Inuit artists.

Interested in a modern take on throat singing?  Check out Juno nominated The Jerry Cans!

Vistas: Button Blanket by

 | 3 min

This short impressionist documentary looks at the creation of a Button Blanket by integrating the performance of a traditional dance with the art of the West Coast Heiltsuk Nation.

Formulating Questions

FACTUAL QUESTIONS have a correct answer and are usually prefaced by using 'Who', "What', 'Where', 'How,' or 'When'.  For example: "What does 'non-status' mean?"

COMPARATIVE QUESTIONS are asking to compare/contrast or find similarities/differences between two or more ideas, concepts or 'things'.  For example: "What are some similarities between Inuit and First Nations creation stories"

CAUSAL QUESTIONS are like cause and effect - asking what the impact of one variable was on another.  For example: "What are some consequences of Coyote's trickery for other characters in the story?"

Gr. 9-12: Ask Us/Demande Moi