• 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 – Belonging

In Native American and First Nations cultures, significance was nurtured in communities of belonging. Lakota anthropologist Ella Deloria described the core value of belonging in these simple words: “Be related, somehow, to everyone you know.” Treating others as kin forges powerful social bonds that draw all into relationships of respect. Theologian Marty observed that throughout history the tribe, not the nuclear family, always ensured the survival of the culture. Even if parents died or were not responsible, the tribe was always there to nourish the next generation.

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







  • Discuss – cultural respect
  • Reading Stories – eBooks: Sweetest Kulu by Celina Kalluk



Learning Commons Resources

Science:  Seasons:  The Three Snow Bears by Jan Brett.  Animals:  The Littlest Sled Dog by Michael Kusugak; The Raven and the Loon by Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsely; The Salmon Twins by Carol Simpson; Orca’s Family by Robert James Challenger; The Gift of the Inuksuk by Michael Ulmer.

Social Studies:  Communities:  A Promise is a Promise by Robert Munsch; All Our Relatives:  Traditional Native American Thoughts About Nature by Paul Goble; A Coyote Solstice Tale by Thomas King.   Personal and Family History:  Giving Thanks by Chief Jake Swamp; The Old Ways by Susan Chapman.

Indigenous Peoples Gr. K – 3 ebooks

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

Curriculum Examples

  • Shi-shi-etko
  • The Great race of the birds and animals
  • The Legend of the Buffalo Stone
  • Keepers of the earth : native stories and environmental activities for children
  • First Nations and early explorers
  • Aboriginal Tales Supplementary book pack

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 the stories of  Inon, or The Conquest of FireThe Creation of Birds; Bergy Bits and Growlers; Aleena & Dezlin’s Rattle; the “Canada, Above and Beyond” programs and more.  Be sure to look for this symbol  so you know you have material in the correct age range.

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 Canada and search for Social Studies topics, and then Canadian Studies.  There will be topics such as:  Ancient Times, Colonial, Confederation, Canada’s Role in World History, Government, Geography, Famous People, Economic System, Culture and French Canada, most of which will include some First Nations or First Peoples 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 site 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 it.

KnowBC is the leading general reference site for British Columbia, including such resources as 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.