• To search for performance standards and suggested activities for each topic and grade check out the FNESC recommendation. 
  • We have a wide variety of First Peoples: Canada Resources that you can access via Insignia, Overdrive, and via our Subscriptions.  For more information watch this short video here.  Then check out the correlations and themes below on this page.
  • To find professional development and lesson plans check out this link Indspire.
  • When reading some of our beautiful picture books you may want to ask questions that lead to connections, predictions, and visualization. You may want to tie into checking materials for stereotyping, language and Canadian content which authentically represents Indigenous Peoples today.   For ideas on how to do this follow these lesson plan ideas from StrongNations.  
  • You may also want to share Indigenous Peoples history through our unit study kits.  Some of the concepts you may want to explore include respect, understanding, forgiveness, justice and restoration.
  • You may also want to read First Nations 101 to get a complete understanding/history of First Nations peoples.  We have several copies in our physical commons.  When sharing picture books with your students help them to identify with stereotyping via images, use of language and terminology.  Help students understand Indigenous peoples living in your area by going on field trips to Indigenous events,  listening to oral storytelling,  and researching peoples via their place of living.

This video shares the reasons why reconciliation is encouraged for all educators and families in our school.


Romans 12:10.  “Be devoted to one another in love.  Honour one another above yourselves.”

Indigenous Peoples Overview – Generosity 

Virtue was reflected in the preeminent value of generosity. The central goal in Native American child-rearing is to teach the importance of being generous and unselfish. In the words of a Lakota Elder, “You should be able to give away your most cherished possession without your heart beating faster.” In helping others, youth create their own proof of worthiness: they make a positive contribution to another human life.

Source –  Circle of Courage a model of Native American philosophy.







Did you live near a residential school?

The residential school system separated 150,000 Indigenous children from their families — and the last one closed in 1996.

Was one of those schools in the community where you grew up?  Click on our interactive map to find out.

Note: Each map point is geo-located to the city the school was in, but may not represent the school’s precise physical location. All dates have been provided by Shingwauk Residential School Centre at Algoma University.

Learning Commons Resources

Gr. 7 – 9 Indigenous Peoples eBooks

We have a wide variety of books and curriculum that cover this topic.

Curriculum Examples

  • Righting Canada’s Wrongs
  • In This Together: Fifteen Stories of Truth and Reconciliation
  • First Nations 101: tons of stuff you need to know about First Nations people
  • Great women from our First Nations
  • The Development of Western Canada, grades 7-8

Search Terms

Use the following keywords to search for resources:

  • First nations
  • Folklore
  • Indians of North America
  • Residential Schools

To enter the Search Portal, click on the banner located at the top of this page.


Log in to Curio.ca to find a great variety of programs relating to First Peoples, First Nations and indigenous peoples.  You may search for a collection called “Canada 150:  Contemporary Indigenous Voices”, which includes dozens of programs on First Peoples.  Remember that every Curio.ca program will have the appropriate age range (age 5-8, 9-12, 13-14 or 15-17) highlighted, so you will know if you have content you want to use.

For ages 9-12, Curio.ca has videos and series such as:  The Four Faces of the MoonLac La Ronge Wild RicePlaying Hockey Not HookeyWhen Climate Change Hits Home;  Our Games: The Arctic Winter GamesThe Mighty RiverTown at the Top of the WorldArctic Refuge: The Struggle ContinuesDown to Earth; and the series:  Canada: A People’s History.

Curio.ca offers the audio and video content from CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) and Radio-Canada for unique Canadian content.  (K-12, but mostly high school content)  Look for a full description under “Subscriptions” in the main menu above.

Log in to Discovery Education Streaming (Canada) and search for Social Studies or “Canadian Studies” topics.  There will be topics such as:  Ancient Times, Colonial, Confederation, Canada’s Role in World History, Civics, Government, Geography, Famous People, Economic System, Culture and French Canada; most of these will have First Nations content.

Discovery Education Streaming Plus offers students award-winning digital or multimedia content.  (K-12 content)  Look for a full description under “Subscriptions” in the main menu above.

The ERAC K-12 Resource Collection will show recommended book lists under the grade you choose; for Indigenous Peoples, look under the topic “aboriginal”. This will also give you ideas of books to search for in the OverDrive library or your local public library.

The ERAC K-12 Resource Collection (ERAC = Educational Resource Acquisition Consortium) identifies and evaluates learning resources from the Ministry of Education perspective.  Look for a full description under “Subscriptions” in the main menu above.

Log in to KnowBC and search by going to an encyclopedia or book and searching in it.

KnowBC is the leading general reference site for British Columbia, and has the Encyclopedia of British Columbia and other reference works.  (Gr. K-12)  Look for a full description under “Subscriptions” in the main menu above.

First log in to Learn360 before you choose a topic or “click” on a link.  Once in Learn360 select a topic such as First Peoples or First Nations, then filter for the appropriate grade range.

Learn360 is a media-on-demand service or digital video library for Gr. K-12, with digital, audio and other support materials.  Look for a full description under “Subscriptions” in the main menu above.