Equity and Social Justice Committee
Cindy Becker, Jennie Wright, Amy Bryan, Jackie Hoogwerf, Lisa Benoit, Angela Lacelle
Resources for First Nations, Inuit and Metis Education
June is National Aboriginal History Month in Canada, and June 21st is National Aboriginal Day. Whether we are able to take our classes to a nearby celebration, or just want to make our students aware of the aboriginal face of Canada, here are some resources to expand that toolkit. In fact, since aboriginal issues are integrated into the Ontario curriculum, we can and should focus on aboriginal awareness at any time of the year.
Orange Shirt Day on September 30th is another day that merits special attention, as we honour and remember the children of the residential schools.
This comprehensive website provides pages on the history of our First Nations, the Residential Schools, the Truth and Reconciliation Committee findings, current news, and many other topics. For classroom resources, check out the Aboriginal Arts, Culture and Heritage page. The Kids’ Stop subsection is particularly worth a visit.
This website offers on-
This is a project of the First Nation Child and Family Caring Society. It contains education resources for K – 12 teachers, including information on Jordan’s Principle (equity of access to resources available to all other Canadians) and Shannen’s Dream (equity of access to education). Dr. Cindy Blackstock, who chairs the Society and sits on the faculty at McGill University, was put under surveillance by the Harper government after invoking the U.N. Charter of Human Rights on federal treatment of First Nations children.
This Alberta resource is for educators, although much of the content is suitable for students. It provides information on oral tradition, indigenous pedagogy, and aboriginal and treaty rights, to name just a few categories. Much of this is delivered through interviews with elders, and is in video format. Although the focus is on Alberta history and culture, it is an excellent resource for all educators.
The Manitoba Teachers’ Society has put together a package of resources and grade-
From the Ontario Ministry of Education, this page includes the Toolkit document itself and a cross-
This extremely comprehensive resource provides links to FNMI media, documentaries, First Nations councils.
This is OISE’s resource page for and about aboriginal education. It includes reading lists, both print and PDF; and some links to other sites. Not all the links are active, but the site is still worth a visit.
Do you have a resource that isn’t mentioned here? Please email it to us at office@etfo-