We have a wide variety of First Peoples: Canada Resources that you can access via L4U, Overdrive, and via our Subscriptions. For more information watch this short video here.
To learn more about the Residential school system see websites at the bottom of this page. When reading some of these picture books in our e Library you may want to ask questions that lead to connections, predictions, and visualization. For ideas on how to do this follow these lesson plan ideas from StrongNations. You may also want to share our First People’s kits which include some Biblical perspective. Some of the keywords you may want to explore include respect, understanding, forgiveness, justice and restoration. You may want to link into Isaaih 61 for a deeper Biblical connection.
In Our L4U Library
Aboriginal Tales #1 and #2 – these are sets of primary Picture Books that are based on Aboriginal Tales, More than Moccasins – this is a wonderful book for hands on activities for your First Nations studies, Native Americans: Discover the History and Cultures of the First Americans – this book includes 15 projects to further your studies, Native Crafts is another great addition to your studies with many craft activities and instructions. We have the Draw, Write Now series in L4U that included volume 3 – Native Americans, North America and The Pilgrims. Learn more about Totem Poles with Molly Perham’s book North American Totem Poles.We have several titles from Paul Goble including The Girl Who Loved Horses, The Boy and His Mud Horses and The Great Race of the Birds and Animals. The Kids Book of Canadian Aboriginals is a wonderful resource for your First Nations studies. For your younger students we have available Who Were the First North Americans.We have several Bobbie Kalman books that are colourful and informative about many of the First Nations in Canada: Life in a Longhouse Village, Life in a Plains Camp and Native Homes. We have many historical fiction titles – these are just a few: A Different Game, Anpau, Out of the Depths and many more.
In Our Overdrive Library (Click on the First Peoples tab)
Picture Books including: All the Stars in the Heavens, Brothers of the Wolf, Cloudwalker, D is for Drum, The First Beaver, The First Mosquito, The Gift of the Inuksuk, The Girl Who Loved Horses, Giving Thanks, Hiawatha the Peacemaker, How Coyote Stole the Summer, How Things Came to Be, The Huron Carol, The Lamp, the Ice and the Boat Called Fish, A Little Boy Catches a Whale, The Old Ways, A Promise is a Promise, The Raven and the Loon, The Raven Brings the Light, Secret of the Dance, Salmon’s Journey (and other Robert Challenger Titles), Salmon Twins, Sky Woman and the Big Turtle, Snow Bear, Star People
Non-Fiction Titles: Algonquin, Art a la Carte: First Nations, Arctic Peoples, Arctic and Antarctic Projects, Arctic Communities Past and Present, Big Books for First Nations, First Nations: Native Cultures of Canada, Grey Owl, Indigenous Peoples, Iroquios, The Life of Helen Betty Osborne, Native Americans, Native American Cultures, Native Americans Pockets, Native Americans Unit Study, Native American History, The Scout: Tommy Prince.
In Our Subscriptions
K-3 Life of the Inuit Videos and lesson plans including quizzes.
Here are a few of the many Discovery Education videos available:
Canadians – Rudy Wiebe on Big Bear – about the life of Big Bear – Plains Cree Chief – Grades 6-12, History Lands: Kejimkujik National Park – Nova Scotia – the Mikmaq First Nation of Nova Scotia, Living Histories: Cruel Lessons – about Residential Schools for Grades 9-12, Seekers III – a series of videos on Aboriginal Issues including – Faces of Statistics, We can Make a Difference, Take a Stand – Make a Difference, Stewards of the Land, Sharing the Wisdom, Building Community
Some of the Learn 360 videos available: Creative Native – a whole series of episodes about Aboriginal Art and Crafts, Native Peoples of the Plains, Native Peoples of the Woodlands, Native Peoples of the Northwest are part of a great series for learning more about the family life, traditions and ceremonies of each of these nations., Native American Folktales has 4 different folktales from four different Native Peoples., Comparing Lives of Native Americans would be a great option for comparing one Nation to another based on the environment they live in.
Helpful Websites and Videos
Why Reconciliation in Eduction video? Starleigh Grass TED X
In Our Own Words: K-3 learning for the classroom. FNESC
The Learning Circle: Classroom activities on First Peoples
Math standards and videos: