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Aboriginal Perspectives - The Teacher's Kit
Choosing Books and Avoiding Anti-Indigenous Bias
Lesson Plans & Resources
First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples-Exploring their past, present , and future by First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples: Exploring Their Past, Present, and Future, Student Text is a 228-page volume written by Mohawk College professor John Roberts. Published by Emond Montgomery the book is intended for Law, Politics, and History courses at the grade 10 to 12 level that addresses issues relating to Aboriginal peoples. Organized into three section the book covers First Nations and Inuit prior to contact; the effects of European arrival on Aboriginal peoples; and contemporary Aboriginal Issues. The volume begins with explanations on the origins of Indigenous Peoples. The book offers the standard anthropological explanation of the Bering Strait migration theory. It also covers traditional creation stories but says that historians do not place much credit in the oral tradition's reliability. The remainder of the first section describes the cultural regions of Canada. The final issues section covers population; education, health, justice, and the resurgence of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis cultures. The book includes quotes by Aboriginal people; questions at the end of each chapter; and culminating activities. Unfortunately the author fails to explain the understanding behind the activity known as Talking Circle and merely calls the questions at the end of a chapter, Talking Circle. The book does contain maps, charts, black and white photographs, and an index.
Publication Date: 2006
Additional Resources that may be of interest
VLC guides for Indigenous Education
Unreserved-CBC Radio program
Treaty Awareness Week - November
Aboriginal Voices Interactive Workshop--June 7, 2016--Kemptville
This link includes curriculum documents, resources and more pertaining to the secondary First Nations, Métis and Inuit Studies.
The seven essential understandings serve as the foundation from which students will
develop their understanding of key concepts and critical content areas of each course in the First
Nations, Métis, and Inuit Studies curriculum.
Braiding Histories by
Publication Date: 2008-12-20
This book proposes a new pedagogy for addressing Aboriginal subject material, shifting the focus from an essentializing or "othering" exploration of the attributes of Aboriginal peoples to a focus on historical experiences that inform our understanding of contemporary relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples. Reflecting on the process of writing a series of stories, Dion takes up questions of (re)presenting the lived experiences of Aboriginal people in the service of pedagogy. Investigating what happened when the stories were taken up in history classrooms, she illustrates how our investments in particular identities structure how we hear and what we are "willing to know.
Appropriation vs Appreciation
More resources on the VLC....
Bringing it into the Classroom - Ideas for Teachers
Walking on Turtle Island Blanket Activity (an adaptation of the KAIROS Blanket Exercise): 75 minutes "...a teaching tool that uses participatory popular education to raise awareness of the nation-to-nation relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada".
Students at Smiths Falls DCI
are inspired by their exploration of treaties and
indigenous art and culture.