Hello! I hope you find these resources valuable in helpoing you to frame a context for our Aboriginal learners. Here you will find a wide assorment of articles, videos, and resources to help you increase your own understanding and awareness of Aboriginal learners. All of the images here are hyperlinked. Click on the images to explore the resources!
Please note that these resources are intended for you as the educator, not for use with students. For learner resources, click here.
No explanation needed for this one! An interactive course for educators to increase knowledge of a selection of Indigenous groups.
Where Are the Children is a comprehensive website by The Legacy of Hope Foundation. This site chronicles the timeline and impacts of the residential school system in Canada; with the aim to create a record of the events, as well as to create awareness. It contains elements such as timelines, personal stories (in video and transcribed interviews), and a reading list, sorted by appropriate age, of residential schools materials.
Curio is not in and of itself an Aboriginal resource, however, it contains a plethora of related material. For example, it contains many documentaries by CBC such as Aboriginal Education and Starvation Politics: Aboriginal Nutrition Experiments. It also links directly to resources that support each provincial curriculum. You can see an example of resources supporting Alberta’s Aboriginal Studies Curriculum here. It also contains curated selections based on themes such as Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.
This is an episode of Rosetta Deerchild’s Unreserved. This is an audio interview between Rosetta, Jenna Carew (graduate student), Kayla Tanner (undergraduate student) and Robert Robson (chair of the Department of Indigenous Learning at Lakehead University). This group represents multiple perspectives and have come together to discuss the new mandatory 0.5 credit requirement of indigenous studies for all programs. What has come to light is the fact that many educators, to whom it falls to teach indigenous content, lack the proper training and understandings themselves.
The Metis peoples are often forgotten in the discussion of Aboriginal issues. The Gabriel Dumont Institute of Native Studies and Applied Research has complied this resource including many documents about Metis families and history. While much of the information on this site is text based, it contains many interesting elements including organized collections, exhibits, and learning resources. This site would primarily beneficial for educators looking to expand their understanding of the metis plight prior to teaching events such as the Red River Rebellion and about Louis Riel. Of particular interest to myself is this article about Chief Papasschayo and Laurent Garneau, who was my great, great grandfather.
The Legacy of Hope Foundation is a charitable organization that aims to educate and raise awareness of the impacts of residential schools across generations and indigenous groups. This resource contains elements for both educators and learners. It offers downloadable educational resources aligned (or alignable) with curriculum.
This is another Unreserved segment. This one addresses the fact that while more schools and post-secondary institutes are mandating indigenous studies or indigenized curriculum, many lack the appropriate training for faculty and staff to properly meet these mandates.