Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Coyote Science on APTN

 the fascinating world of science – from an Indigenous perspective


​Short video segments that feature science and Indigenous ways of knowing.​

Coyote's Crazy Smart Science Show is an adventures-in-science series that encourages youth to explore the fascinating world of science – from an Indigenous perspective. Explore and find out more alongside our Science Questors, who learn how cool science is as they observe, ask questions, and learn from Indigenous scientists and other role models. This is FUN scientific investigation that brings our beautiful and complex universe alive. With humour and curiosity, dive into sky, water, dirt and cosmos with all kinds of brilliant Indigenous role models as guides. Contemplate the big concepts, like the science of music, math concepts, sustainability, and how the rocks are our Grandfathers. And don't forget Coyote! Our favourite trickster is there to ask questions, challenge, and help to see things in different ways.


First Peoples: A Guide for Newcomers

understanding between non-Aboriginal and Aboriginal communities

Worth reading for newcomers and those born here
First Peoples: A Guide for Newcomers aims to fill the need for clear information in simple language about the First Peoples in Vancouver. It introduces newcomers to three important topics: who are Aboriginal people (or First Peoples) in Vancouver and Canada; a brief overview of the relationship between the Government of Canada and First Peoples; and current initiatives and ways for newcomers to learn more about Aboriginal people in the community.


Monday, July 9, 2018

Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada - The Métis People

earn more about the
 history of Canada

The Royal Canadian Geographical Society has boldly taken a step to address the truth with the creation of this atlas, which will help balance the historical record with other perspectives and missing pieces of history. The atlas will be a powerful educational tool for all Canadians, affirming the Métis Nation, the Inuit and the First Nations, while helping Canadians and the world learn more about the true history of Canada.

The remarkable resiliency of the Métis Nation is a testament to the strength and determination of our ancestors. We honour their strength with the pride and tenacity with which we hold on to our culture, our values and our rights as a founding people of Canada. Here, more of our story is told


Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Political Evolution of the Metis Nation

​Informative video from MNC Channel​

​his video provides an overview of the political growth and prominence of the Métis Nation. For viewers needing more background on Métis rights.​


SOCIAL STUDIES — B.C. First Peoples

​No longer a draft!​

heck out these "Big Ideas"

  • The identities, world
    ​ ​
    views, and languages of B.C. First Peoples are renewed, sustained, and transformed through their connection to the land. 
  • The impact of contact and colonialism continues to affect the political, social, and economic lives of B.C. First Peoples.
  • Cultural expressions convey the richness, diversity, and resiliency of B.C. First Peoples.
  • Through self-governance, leadership, and self-determination, B.C. First Peoples challenge and resist Canada's ongoing colonialism. 

Our home on native land

territories, languages, and treaties respectfully


 project highlights the many overlapping identities and cultures that have co-existed in North America for thousands of years. He admits that while there is always room for tweaking and improvement, this resource gives a new perspective on the role of mapping and how we draw boundaries.

Native-Land.ca started in early 2015, during a time of a lot of resource development projects in British Columbia.
The map has gotten a reasonable amount of attention over the years, and it typically spikes in popularity around Thanksgiving, "Columbus Day", and National Aboriginal Day.
There are over 630 different First Nations in Canada (and many more globally)
 Western maps of Indigenous nations are very often inherently colonial, in that they delegate power according to imposed borders that don't really exist in many nations throughout history. 


Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Drumbeats & Dreams

 highlighting BC's Aboriginal youth in action


​Visit this site to see films that celebrate local culture and ​school district initiatives.

Ed Carswell has been directing educational films for almost 30 years. 

For the past 5 years Carswellfilm has worked closely with School District 48, 58 and 10 to create a variety of films for their Aboriginal Education programs. (K'omoks, Squamish, Lil'wat, Nlaka'pamux, Sinixt Nations)


Friday, June 29, 2018

Year in Review 2018-19 Surrey AbEd

​"So many good things happening!"​

​This year we spent some time at our final staff meeting reviewing the many initiatives the department was engaged in. This slide show ​reminded us of all the good work that has been accomplished.


Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Engaging Aboriginal Youth Toolkit

The Fourth R - Strategies for Healthy Youth Relationships

This Toolkit presents a wide range of guidelines, strategies, templates, and case studies for those who work with Aboriginal youth. A mix of conceptual guidelines and practical strategies are provided throughout the Toolkit. In addition to the four key sections of the first edition – Background and Overview, Guiding Principles, Working with Schools,and Research and Evaluation – the second edition has been updated to include an additional section on assessment, which provides a series of assessment tools to assist with identifying a starting point for change. 

Engaging and Empowering Aboriginal Youth (Second Edition) can be downloaded in English or French. To purchase a copy of the toolkit, click here. [Link to toolkit in online store]


Friday, June 22, 2018

Life in Residential School

​Question and Answer format​

​Sometimes our cultural presenters are called on to present material about Indian Residential Schools. This can be a difficult topic to cover, particularly with Elementary-aged students. This slide show uses a Q&A format to help students consider the contrast between "school" for students attending an IRS and the educational experience of students today. Presenters can choose to deepen any one of the elements depending on the audience. There are resources listed in the notes attached to each slide.