Thursday, January 18, 2018

Meet Canada’s Indigenous Olympians

Indigenous athletes
for over 80 years

Canada's Indigenous Olympians have made incredible contributions to our country's legacy at the Olympic Games, both in summer and winter events. In sports like ice hockey, skiing, snowboarding and curling, Canada's Indigenous athletes have been competing in winter sports at the Olympic level for over 80 years.

​Here's the list from 1932 to today:

  • Kenneth Moore - Peepeekisis First Nation 
  • Sharon and Shirley Firth - Gwich'in First Nation
  • Roseanne and Roger Allen - Gwich'in First Nation
  • Theoren Fleury - Métis 
  • Caroline Calvé - Algonquin.
  • Caroline Darbyshire-McRorie - Métis 
  • Spencer O'Brien - Haida 
  • Jesse Cockney - Inuvialuk 
  • Carey Price - Ulkatcho First Nation 
  • Brigette Lacquette - Metis.
  • Rene Bourque - Métis


The movement to revive the Mohawk language is growing

Culture and ceremonies are tied to the language

​"This fall, the University of Waterloo launched its first Indigenous language class. An introduction to Kanien'kéha (Mohawk language) is offered through Renison University College's Culture and Language Studies department in collaboration with the Waterloo Aboriginal Education Centre. The course is open to all students in any faculty or discipline."​


Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Perpetual Salish: Coast Salish Art in the Classroom

​An ​
online resource centre for teachers
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Perpetual Salish: Coast Salish Art in the Classroom
 is an online resource centre for teachers, offering cross-curricular lesson plans to engage students and facilitate their understanding of Coast Salish culture and art.

On the site you will find:


Coast Salish Cultural Landscapes

​Significant landmarks for ​
 locations and learn about their importance to local First Nations
​. Find out the 
in Hul'q'umi'num'.


TEDx presentations that address Indigenous issues

Aboriginal education TedX talks playlist

View this playlist of

​52 ​
TEDx presentations that address Indigenous issues (both inside and outside Canada). You will hear well-known voices from North America, and around the world.




Thursday, December 21, 2017

Edmonton schools push to preserve Indigenous languages

First Nations, Métis and Inuit culture and curriculum together

Melissa Purcell
 supervisor of First Nation, Métis and Inuit education with the Edmonton Public School Board (EPSB)
 said all of the district's schools are working to include more Indigenous language content in lessons. Two schools
 Westmount and Prince Charles
 offer Cree language and culture classes during regular school hours. Amiskwaciy Academy also offers conversational Cree, and the district caters to students with other Indigenous backgrounds, such as Dene and Blackfoot.


Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Some online video resources to peruse

Here is some video content to watch over the holidays

Take some time to browse the many Aboriginal streaming video resources listed below. (Some will require a district ID and PW to access). ​


Learn 360  (Sign in with


Click on the link below, login, and come back and click again to find the show


Creative Native

Native Peoples Series


Words of the Elders

Residential Schools: Truth and Healing


National Film Board (Free Content only - any films marked "CAMPUS" require a paid account)

Aboriginal Themes


Discovery Education (Sign in with your email and password)

Aboriginal Content



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Cultural programming

Reel Insights

Wild Archeology

Dene Journey

All Our Relations

Back in the day

Catch the Dream

Moosemeat and Marmelade


Monday, December 18, 2017

The Blanket and the Bighouse

"Ray Harris of Stz'uminus and Wendy  Grant-John of Musqueam, speak about  currency before contact, the meaning of wealth, the relationships between men and women in the old Coast Salish society, equality and survival, and the important role of blankets to the community. (Note: In modern-day Coast Salish longhouse ceremonies, the speaker calls witnesses and they are handed two quarters – 50 cents – in recognition of their role to remember and share the work about to take place. Those two quarters were once the price of a Hudson's Bay blanket in the early days after European contact.)"


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Canada's Residential Schools on Google Earth

​Stories and Places​
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A Google map that allows users to see the number of schools and their distribution across the country, along with quotes from survivors. 

"The residential school system is older than Confederation itself, having lasted from 1831 to 1996, and represents a dark aspect of Canadian history. These government-sponsored, church-run schools aimed to assimilate Indigenous children by taking them away from their families and forcibly eradicating their cultural identity. Residential schools have left a horrible legacy that survivors, communities and families are still struggling to overcome and heal from to this day."


Monday, December 4, 2017

Musqueam Teaching Resource

​Learn more about this local First Nation​

​From the kit:
  • "Learn about Musqueam culture and history from Musqueam people. 
  • "Understand the important role of language and stories in communicating knowledge through exposure to hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ stories and place names. 
  • "Familiarize yourself with Musqueam's ancestral territory, our ancient roots, and the efforts we continue to exert to safeguard our home and our future.​