ALIGN celebrates the history, cultures, and achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis in Canada. We also reflect on the discrimination, abuse, and trauma that have, and continue to be faced by Indigenous persons in Canada. We continue to advocate for reconciliation and the equitable treatment of Canada’s First Nations, Inuit and Métis persons in Canada, particularly our children and youth in care.
ALIGN CONNECTIONS is a monthly newsletter that includes cultural resources and activities for caregivers of Indigenous, Metis & Inuit children and youth. These resources will assist caregivers and kids to learn more about Indigenous traditions and culture while in care
INDIGENOUS CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING TRAINING SESSIONS
The Journey Home – Training session facilitated by Frank Shannon
ALIGN invites all Foundation of Caregiver Support (FOCS) Trainers and all caregivers (group care staff, foster care/kinship caregivers and providers) to come together virtually to watch the “The Journey Home”, a 25-minute film designed to train caregivers and reflect on what this means for indigenous children and families.
ALIGN – VIRTUAL SHARING AND LEARNING SESSIONS Facilitated by Frank Shannon, Haida Nation – Old Massett Band. An online sharing and learning opportunity.The initiative’s objective is to outline a holistic Learning and Development Pathway to Indigenous cultural understanding to support service providers in Alberta to be culturally appropriate, and influence better outcomes for Indigenous children, youth, families and communities. Learn More
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ALLYING WITH INDIGENOUS PEOPLES CULTURAL SOLUTIONS THE PRACTICE OF OMANITEW Learn more about the recommendations from the TRC and how to apply these directions to your life and work with Indigenous people. Gain insight into what it is to be an ally and how to offer programs that are meaningful to the Indigenous Community. Learn More
INDIGENOUS CULTURAL AWARENESS DIRECTORY OF RESOURCES
A comprehensive directory of resources to support caregivers and organizations with further developing and applying their cultural understanding of Indigenous, Metis and Inuit people.
7 Generations Series: A Plains Cree Saga: Complete Saga by David Alexander Robertson (Book Series for Youth 14 – 17) The 7 Generations series is available in one book, and the illustrations are in vivid colour. 7 Generations: A Plains Cree Saga includes the four graphic novels: Stone, Scars, Ends/Begins, and The Pact. Edwin is facing an uncertain future. Only by learning about his family’s past—as warriors, survivors of a smallpox epidemic, casualties of a residential school—will he be able to face the present and embrace the future…
Aahksoyo’p Nootski Cookbook by Shantel Tallow
Who doesn’t love a piece of bannock? Aahksoyo’p means “we’re going to eat” in the Blackfoot language. Food brings people of all backgrounds together.These recipes will comfort you completely. Home cooked meals warm our heart & soul.
A VIRTUAL TOUR OF FIRST NATION CULTURE IN CANADA
There are two parts to completing the Welcome to a virtual tour of four First Nation cultures in Canada; the Nisga’a, Haida, Secwepemc, and Plains. You will travel across Canada gathering information about the past and present culture of each First Nations group. Finding your way around will be easy with the use of student directions at the bottom of each page Virtual Tour of First Nations Culture. Part One is the Virtual Tour. Part Two is creating a Power Point presentation completing the activities for the four First Nations Cultures introduced in the virtual tour. Students must have a working knowledge of Power Point and an understanding of how to navigate between the Virtual Tour and their Power Point window.(Saskatchewan Schools)
Aboriginal Awareness’s Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Online is the product of a collaborative partnership between the Indigenous Leadership Development Institute and Millbrook Technologies, and endorsed by the Assembly of First Nations.
Alanis Obomsawin(Abenaki): is a documentary filmmaker whose more than 40 films have chronicled indigenous life in Canada from the 1971 debut Christmas at Moose Factory to her most famous work Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance.
Alberta Education’s Walking Together: First Nations, Métis and Inuit Perspectives in Curriculum is an online tool designed to inform educators about the beliefs, experiences and worldviews of First Nations, Métis and Inuit in our province and includes a resource, “Healing Historical Trauma,” which provides historically accurate, first-hand accounts of residential school survivors.
Alberta Government Indigenous Learning Initiative 2018
Recognizes the need to build greater understanding and awareness of Indigenous histories, cultures, experiences, and perspectives at all levels within the Alberta Public Service. This will improve the Government’s ability to recognize the unique strengths and challenges of Indigenous peoples and communities, and foster more respectful, informed relationships. A more informed public service will be better able to work with Indigenous peoples to develop programs and services that meet their needs.
Alberta Regional Professional Development Consortium – An Introductory Guide Weaving Ways Indigenous Ways Of Knowing In Classrooms And Schools pdf
Intended to be a complimentary guide for educators who are deepening their foundational knowledge and educational approaches to foster reconciliation.
ANFCA Elders’ Wisdom Circle
Established in 2000, the Elders’ Wisdom Circle provides an opportunity for Indigenous Elders from each member Friendship Centre to join together to support the ongoing efforts of the Friendship Centre Movement in Alberta. The Elders’ Wisdom Circle plays an important cultural role in our urban landscape; their common voice helps bring clarity to difficult situations and their traditional knowledge and wisdom benefits youth, staff and board discussions alike. The Elders’ Wisdom Circle provides support on issues as they relate to culture, programming and organizational direction. EWC increases opportunities for Elders to engage and interact with youth, to access training and educational opportunities as they relate to current and emerging issues, and to honour and infuse the ongoing value of traditional culture in daily life.
ANFCA’S Alberta Aboriginal Youth Council (AAYC)
The ANFCA’s Provincial Youth Council, The Alberta Aboriginal Youth Council (AAYC), was established in 1996 with the intent to increase urban Indigenous youth participation in culture and training. Today the well-developed youth council has emerged as a proud group of youth from across the province of Alberta with a vision for themselves, their communities and the future. Building on a strong foundation of Friendship Centre history, the AAYC is structured in a Board of Directors format that allows and encourages skill development and understanding of community involvement and community building.
ANFCA’S Youth & Elders Gathering
ANFCA’s Youth and Elders’ Gathering (YEG) is an annual four-day event which brings together youth and Elders from ANFCA member Friendship Centres to learn from traditional teachings, discover ways to incorporate teaching into today’s world, to gain awareness about critical community issues, share stories, and have fun. The connection formed between youth and Elders through this event enriches lives and contributes to the development of cultural pride, self-esteem, and the preservation of Indigenous cultures.
Assembly of First Nations Tool Kit to raise awareness and provide history and a cultural perspective for Indigenous Education important to Indigenous Canadian Identity. Find the free tools on Apple iTunes at https://education.afn.ca/toolkit/
Assembly of First Nations Videos & Resources from the Our Children, Our Future, Virtual Leadership Gathering on First Nations Child and Family Services and Self Determination
Learn about the new Indigenous child and family services legislation. Hear dialogue amongst First Nations, service providers and government officials about the Act, priorities for First Nations implementing the Act, and the changes that come with implementation. Hear input from our Elders and former First Nations Youth in Care on systemic reforms needed. Shared emerging promising practices from First Nations implementing the Act. Understand the new tools for First Nations children, youth and communities to support the best interests of the child. Funding not-for-profits to support Alberta’s recovery
Ayaangwaamizin: International Journal of Indigenous Philosophy,
The Native Philosophy Project at Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario is proud to introduce a new journal, Ayaangwaamizin: International Journal of Indigenous Philosophy, a refereed academic journal. It is the first journal devoted to the examination of Indigenous philosophy. Its existence is a recognition of the growing number of Indigenous scholars. who are engaged in critically examining philosophical ideas and concepts in their own cultural traditions, in doing comparative studies of Indigenous and non-Indigenous philosophies, and in examining the influence of Indigenous philosophical thought on the dominant culture.
Bearpaw Publishing is the publishing arm of the Department of Native Studies, producing anthologies and textbooks in Native Studies in Brandon University.
Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society
The Society is committed to building upon the strengths of Aboriginal children, youth and families to enable them to grow spiritually, emotionally, physically and mentally so that they can walk proudly in both the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Communities
Billy-Ray Belcourt is from the Driftpile Cree Nation in northwest Alberta.. He has written three critically acclaimed and award-winning books, including This Wound is a World (Frontenac House 2017), which among many other awards won the 2018 Indigenous Voices Awards prize for Most Significant Book of Poetry in English; NDN Coping Mechanisms (Anansi 2019), and A History of my Brief Body (Hamish Hamilton 2020).
Boys and Girls Club of Calgary – The Iiyika’kimaat Program
The Iiyika’kimaat program provides Indigenous youth, aged 12-21 years, an opportunity to reach their full potential through culturally-relevant and leadership-specific components and activities. The word Iiyika’kimaat means “to try hard” in Blackfoot, which was gifted to the agency after consultation with community elders.
(Book) Carey Price: How a First Nations kid became a superstar goaltender
Twenty years ago, Carey Price was flying hundreds of miles across the country so he could play on the nearest organized hockey team. Today, he is the highest-paid goalie in the NHL. But he’s never forgotten where he started
Cascade Projects Ltd. Indigenous Cultural Awareness Training
Indigenous Engagement Advisors works with clients to design and deliver cultural awareness training to ensure their employees from the top down are prepared when they are working in community. Cascade Projects Ltd operates on the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, which includes the Blackfoot Confederacy, the Tsuut’ina First Nation, and the Stoney Nakoda. This region is also home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.
CASS Video “Guide to Relationships and Learning with the Indigenous Peoples of Alberta” was developed to support our members, as system leaders, to deepen their understanding of foundational knowledge of the Indigenous Peoples. This Guide was developed through an Indigenous lens by including the voices and teachings of Elders and Knowledge Keepers. Their voices are captured on video and edited to introduce and bring understanding to multiple areas of learning that capture and cover the essential teachings identified by the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Peoples of Alberta.
CBC Kids offers extensive Indigenous resources for kids including videos on culturally relative topics, book recommendations, activity books and so much more!
Indigenous video games. Play as a young Inupiat girl and her fox trekking across the arctic tundra, hunt giant crows, become a giant thunderbird and shoot lightning to save Turtle Island, be a dreamcatcher and learn about the importance of water and how to protect it.
CBC Parents – 10 Beautiful Indigenous Children’s Books To Add To Your Library By Selena Mills
For centuries, Indigenous peoples have honoured storytelling. There are stories of how things are made, how the animals came to be and how our people lived and traveled the land back in the day. There are stories of why the birds sang — about those who are tricksters and those who represent courage.
CBC 35 books to read for National Indigenous History Month
Provides an over view of an excellent range of stories, poetry and lived experiences
First Nations University of Canada professor explains the importance of elders in the community.
CBC Indigenous Canadian Authors
CBC created a book list of 108 Indigenous authors so you can explore Indigenous story-telling, poetry, and publishing.
CCCF Encouraging Aboriginal Cultural Identity at Home and in Child Care
Unlike mainstream programs, programs designed specifically for Aboriginal children play a key role in supporting children to develop their cultural identity…
Chantal Chagnon Drum Making Workshop
Calgary-based Cree Ojibwe Metis artist Chantal Chagnon teaches participants the traditional craft of making drums. to book a workshop please contact; Chantal Chagnon 403-404-7664 – [email protected]
Centre for Indigenous Initiatives Guidelines for Working with First Nation, Metis and Inuit Elders and Knowledge Keepers
In First Nations, Métis, and Inuit cultures, Elders and traditional teachers play a prominent, vital, and respected role. They are held in high regard as they are the knowledge keepers, carrying traditional teachings and information passed down through oral history, customs and traditions which encompass beliefs, values, worldviews, language, and spiritual ways of life.
Closer to Home Community Services – Virtual Drum Circle This group is led by Frank Turning Robe and Darcy Turning Robe. This is an opportunity to come and share, build life skills, meet some other participants and learn to drum and sing. This group is open, everyone is welcome
CPL Elders’ Guidance Circle (Request a Meeting)
Now available as an online experience. Individuals and small groups, including students, can meet virtually with an Elder to explore topics relating to culture, history, and reconciliation. Virtual meetings with Elders and Knowledge Keepers are available between Monday and Friday, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
CPL Gather & Learn Gather and learn
Visit the Indigenous Languages Resource Centre on Level 4 at Central Library to meet with Elders, share stories under a night sky installation, view traditional items, and learn Treaty 7 languages.
Cree Literacy Network
The Cree Literacy Network was created in 2010 to promote Cree language and cultural literacy, in oral form, and through literacy materials
Dictionary of Canadian Biography
Learn more about famous Indigenous people and their lives and contributions. Here are just a few examples.
AATSISTA-MAHKAN (Running Rabbit), Blackfoot warrior, the leader of the Biters band, and a head chief of the tribe; b. c. 1833 in what is now central Alberta, son of Akamukai (Many Swans); had four wives and eleven children, the most prominent being Duck Chief, who later…
MISTAHIMASKWA (Big Bear, known in French as Gros Ours), Plains Cree chief; b. c. 1825, probably near Fort Carlton (Sask.); d. 17 Jan. 1888 on the Poundmaker Reserve (Sask.). Over the course of his life he had several wives and at least four sons. Big Bear’s parents are unknown but may have been Saulteaux; he seems to have grown up with the Plains Cree bands that usually wintered along the North Saskatchewan River and hunted south every summer for buffalo. He received his power bundle, song, and probably his name as a result of a vision of the Bear Spirit, the most powerful spirit venerated by the Crees…
Drumming – Must Watch Videos!
9 year old Aaron sings a rounddance song at alexis first nation
This amazingly talented young man will knock your socks off!
CBC Indigenous November 2, 2019 ·Camden Wade was given his first hand drum when he was just six months old, and regularly sings at home with his grandpa. At 18 months old Camden took part in his first round dance, held at the Frog Lake Band Hall – and he loved it!
Feature new authors from over 250 First Nations throughout North America including novels, cookbooks, kids books, and more! My First Blackfoot Word Coloring Book by Jason Eaglespeaker 60 page kids coloring book written in Blackfoot, with English translations
Easel – Indigenous People of Canada Drama Circle Turtle Island
This set of drama circle cards teaches students about the struggles the First Nations or Indigenous People of Canada faced during colonization. Grade Levels 4th – 6th Subjects Native Americans, Drama, Canadian History Resource Type Lesson Plans (Individual), Minilessons, Cultural Activities
Easel – Indigenous People of Canada Shelters and Dwellings
Keep your students engaged in learning about life of the Indigenous People of Canada through this exciting project about shelters and dwellings. Grade Levels 3rd – 6th Mostly used with 4th and 5th Subjects Canadian History, Critical Thinking Resource Type Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Assessment
Elderbeary Day honours and celebrates the contributions of our Elders, who do so much to teach and raise our little ones. Celebrate by thanking your Elders for all that they do for you and for your community by writing them letters, drawing them pictures, or in any way you believe best represents how much you care.
Empowering The Spirit’s SHARING THROUGH STORY focuses on the power of story, through literacy supports, literature and storytelling resources.
Indigenous cultures share stories in many ways – orally, in song, in drumming, with pictographs, and through medicine wheels and tipi rings. Traditionally, stories are told by elders – known as Knowledge Keepers or Historians in some nations – as well as community members who have earned the title of Storyteller.
EPL Prairie Indigenous eBook Collection: This online collection of stories by Indigenous authors and writings about Indigenous culture includes over 200 titles from publishers in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta.
EPL Indigenous eBooks for kids: Lists of fun and gentle reads for little ones and stories for Kindergarteners and up.
EPL’s Voices of Amiskwaciy, a space that supports the community to create, share, discover and celebrate local Indigenous content online.
EPL three-part documentary following Cree filmmaker Eli Hirtle as he travels to Indigenous communities across Alberta to explore ongoing language revitalization efforts
Dianne Meili, Cree Metis, is proud to be the publisher and guiding spirit of Eschia Books. Eschia is an expression meaning “oh, wow!” in the Chipewyan (Dene Suline) language. Her Alberta-based company has established a channel for the voices of First Nations, Metis and Inuit authors and has published books that spark interest in, and retain, Indigenous culture. Recent Eschia publications include baby board books that teach Nakoda Sioux kinship terms, youth books that tackle the subject of suicide, and a picture book offering instruction on how to pick medicinal plants responsibly and make natural tea and skin care products from traditional recipes. Dianne has worked hard to establish Eschia Books as a trustworthy partner to, and voice for, Indigenous writers, especially grassroots traditionalists who may need developmental support and editing to tell their stories. Before becoming a publisher, Dianne wrote the bestselling book Those Who Know – Profiles of Alberta’s Indigenous Elders, as well as three children’s books for Scholastic. She contributed to three textbooks used in Alberta Education’s Aboriginal Studies and was the editor of Windspeaker Newspaper. More recently, she produced two cultural radio shows for CFWE FM Radio called One People, Many Lives and Footprints. She still writes for various newspapers and magazines, and is completing her first novel.
Dianne Meili, President
Family Centre – All My Relations
All My Relations is an 11-12 week program. It covers the five modules from the existing Supporting Father Involvement program (The Individual, The Parent – Child Relationship, The Couple Relationship, Four Generations and The Community), while also adding in many new, culturally-relevant videos and activities. Traditional teachings, and addressing historical trauma that highlights how colonization has affected families and parenting styles are both important discussion points of the program. The name All My Relations is inclusive with the many dynamics of family structures we have today, as well as, including the land and environment. Programming begins in the Fall. Check out next month’s issue of Connections for a Spotlight Story on All My Relations, and its facilitator, Michelle Eagle Tail Feathers.
First Nation Communities READ
An annual program of books selected by Indigenous librarians. The 2020 collection includes 17 titles for Children and 23 books for Young Adults-Adults.
First Nations TikTok inspire youth to learn more about their cultures Influencers are using the app to reach and teach Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth
F.N. Caring Society The First Peoples Child & Family Review is an open-access, interdisciplinary, and peer-reviewed journal honouring the voices and perspectives of First peoples and non-Indigenous allies and supporters. Our mission is to promote research, critical analysis, stories, standpoints, and educational resources which advance innovation within child, family, and community based-matters for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit, as well as Indigenous peoples abroad
First Nations, Inuit and Métis Essential Skills Inventory Project (FIMESIP)
The First Nations, Inuit and Métis Essential Skills (ES) Inventory Project’s (FIMESIP) goals are to better understand the state of practice with respect to ES initiatives tailored to First Nations, Inuit and Métis youth and adults living in diverse communities throughout Canada. It then shares these insights and a lessons learned with the larger community of practice. The markers of promising practice, inventory, case studies and an evaluation toolkit are available on this site.
First Nations, Métis and Inuit Professional Learning website provides educators with supports and tools to design and facilitate professional learning. It offers curricular resources that build capacity, engage learners and build paths toward reconciliation through education.
First Nations Recipes: a selection from coast to coast by Gregory Lepine
The recipes in this book feature ingredients at the foundation of Aboriginal culture, such as salmon, venison, bison, fiddleheads, wild rice and berries, and include brief descriptions of their historic relationship with that food.
First Nations University is a unique Canadian institution that specializes in Indigenous knowledge, providing post-secondary education for Indigenous and non-Indigenous students alike within a culturally supportive environment. They offer graduate programs in linguistics, education and social work as well as undergraduate programs FNUniv also offers Community Based and Web Based Programs in First Nations communities throughout Canada and a online Course 4 Seasons of Reconciliation – a bilingual online resources which promote a renewed relationship between Indigenous Peoples and Canadians, through transformative and engaging learning towards anti-racism education. This initiative assists the workplace and education organizations to provide diversity and inclusion awareness through self-paced online courses featuring award-winning films, slideshows, videos, quizzes and a completion certificate provided by First Nations University of Canada.
First People Group – Indigenous Awareness Training (Online)
First Peoples Group is pleased to announce their new 4 hour online course consisting of a two-hour session in the morning with a break at noon followed by a second two-hour afternoon session. Like their in-person option, the online course features senior First Nations, Métis and Inuit presenters as well as a Traditional Teacher.
Gabriel Dumont Institute
The Gabriel Dumont Institute promotes the renewal and development of Métis culture through research, materials development, collection and distribution of those materials and the design, development and delivery of Métis-specific educational programs and services.
Government of Canada curated reading list called #IndigenousReads, which is a great way to discover Indigenous voices through poetry, fiction and non-fiction for all ages. The website is separated by age groups to include children, youth and adults.
Government of Canada Indigenous Read & Listen
Learn more about Indigenous peoples, history and culture through stories and activities. These are just a few examples – visit the site to see all.
Claire and her Grandfather
Learn about Indigenous culture with the story of Claire, who is learning about her heritage.
The Granddaughter who was Eaten by a Big Fish
Learn what happens to a granddaughter who does not listen in this Cree story.
Government of Canada Indigenous Play
Play fun games and activities that will teach you more about Indigenous peoples.
These are just a few examples, visit the site to see all.
Did you know?
Discover items that were invented or first discovered by First Nations and Inuit.
Take a tour of Turtle Island to discover some interesting facts about First Nations, Inuit and Métis culture!
Government of Canada Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care Framework.
For Indigenous children and families, culturally appropriate programs that take into account the cultures, languages, traditions, values and customs of First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities can be crucial in creating a foundation for a child’s cultural identity and sense of worth. Also read Indigenous Ways of Knowing: The Early Learning Perspective for further information.
Government of Canada Indigenous History-Makers
Learn about inspiring Indigenous peoples who have helped shape Canadian history.
Guiding Voices: A Curriculum Development Tool for Inclusion of First Nations, Métis and Inuit perspectives is a holistic development and evaluation tool that was developed to ensure appropriateness, accuracy and authenticity of First Nations, Métis and Inuit perspectives and content in curriculum.
High Five -The Indigenous Games for Children Resource is a collection of traditional Indigenous games and activities to help introduce or reconnect children to recreational and sport activities that reflect the rich cultural heritage of our Indigenous peoples across Canada. Through consultation with Indigenous communities and cultural organizations, researchers and existing publications, this resource is a collection of activity cards that put children in touch with nature. Indigenous people in Canada have always had a special bond with their natural environments and for many years, depended entirely upon Mother Earth for their survival. Many games were introduced to children by elders to help them learn and develop skills necessary for survival, building strength and agility, hunting and gathering food in harsh weather environments. Many of these active games will also help children increase their physical activity levels while strengthening their sense of culture and tradition.
Indigenous Awareness Canada
Offers Online Indigenous Awareness Certification and Training
Indigenous Culture and Wellness Centre Edmonton
Learn about the journey to create an Indigenous cultural and wellness centre in Edmonton. A unique tripartite undertaking that unites First Nations in Treaties 6, 7 and 8 who are working together to “collectively create an educational environment that will keep Indigenous cultures vibrant and strong.” The IKWC Virtual Library offers multiple learning paths and a wide range of options for students in the pursuit of knowledge that strengthen their cultures through education and language retention.
Indigenous Awareness Canada Online Indigenous Awareness
These online skills-based training courses will provide you, or your organization, with the information needed to build effective and positive relationships with Indigenous people in Canada.
Indigenous Corporate Training Inc. FREE eBooks
Download FREE eBooks including their Guide Book to Indigenous Protocol, Dispelling Common Myths About Indigenous People and many more!
Indigenous Corporate Training Inc Blog 6 Steps to Create an Inclusive Environment for Indigenous Workers June 05, 2020
One of the challenges to retaining Indigenous employees is that many work sites are not inclusive environments. Creating a working environment that embraces inclusive principles is the foundation to retaining Indigenous workers…
Indigenous Land Urban Stories – When Women Drum
In Toronto, there has been a resurgence of Indigenous women drummers and through these urban, traditional circles some are learning to heal themselves and each other Story by Amy van den Berg “From a traditional perspective, for a lot of women in our community when we get together it’s because we’re healing past trauma
Indigenizing Outdoor Play 1V. Angela James, BEd, MA, EdD, 2Chloe Dragon-Smith, BSc 2Wendy Lahey, BSc, BPHE, BEd, Med 1Indigenous Languages and Education, Department of Education, Culture & Employment, Government of the Northwest Territories
“Parents and Elders allow play at the same time as teaching. A child’s own play and curiosity lend themselves well to teaching opportunities. Elders believe that play is essential to learning.” …
Indigenous Relations Academy Self-Guided Training
Learn at your own pace with recorded videos and other resources.
Institute for Intergrated Science and Health – Etuaptmumk – Two-Eyed Seeing Two-Eyed Seeing is the Guiding Principle brought into the Integrative Science co-learning journey by Mi’kmaw Elder Albert Marshall in Fall 2004. Etuaptmumk is the Mi’kmaw word for Two-Eyed Seeing. We often explain Etuaptmumk – Two-Eyed Seeing by saying it refers to learning to see from one eye with the strengths of Indigenous knowledges and ways of knowing, and from the other eye with the strengths of Western knowledges and ways of knowing … and learning to use both these eyes together, for the benefit of all. Elder Albert indicates that Etuaptmumk – Two-Eyed Seeing is the gift of multiple perspective treasured by many Aboriginal peoples. We believe it is the requisite Guiding Principle for the new consciousness needed to enable Integrative Science work..
KAIROS Blanket Exercise
2021 will slowly see the KBE program opening up again, with adapted scripts, new health and safety protocols, an online version of the KBE, and virtual teaching and sharing circles
KAIROS has developed a virtual KAIROS Blanket Exercise workshop that is now available for booking. This online session honours the experiential and participatory elements of the in-person KBE, while making adjustments for a safe experience in an online environment. Hosted by experienced KBE facilitators, the online session can accommodate groups between 20 and 45 people, and lasts about two hours.
Find fact sheets and activities about Indigenous peoples, culture and … Learn more about the contributions of Indigenous peoples to Canada.
LAIDLAW Indigenous Youth & Community Futures Fund (IYCFF).
LAIDLAW invests in Indigenous youth-led groups to take action on issues they are passionate about and will continue to take an embedded approach to funding by ensuring that across our funding streams, Indigenous youth-led groups are represented. In addition, they are launching an intentional, dedicated funding stream focused on supporting Indigenous youth with land, language, and culture, and to support the transmission of cultural practices to future generations in order to promote nation building, decolonization, and reconciliation. Learn more about an IYCFF funded Birch Bark Canoe Project and be inspired!
Learning Landscapes – Storytelling to Teach Cultural Awareness: The Right Story at the Right Time Mary McCullum Baldasaro, Nancy Maldonado, and Beate Baltes, Walden University
Stories contain the wisdom of the world, teaching cultural values, building community, celebrating cultural diversity, and preserving cultural identity. Where truth is suppressed, story is an instrument of epiphany and develops metaphorical understanding. A storytelling guild in Canada had been a cultural institution for 23 years, so when the center faced permanent closure, members were devastated. The purpose of this phenomenological study was to investigate the moment of this lived experience using interviews and focus groups. Findings indicated story strengthens content retention and language acquisition. These findings led to the development of a project focused on story-centered lessons for teachers.
Learning to Do pillar webpage provides a wide range of professional tools and supports that engage you in professional learning to support curricular programming. This webpage includes features to help you self-assess your capacity and a photo resource gallery with numerous links to sources, websites and resource
Learning Together by Learning to Listen to Each Other by: Elder Albert Marshall – EdCan Network
Without question, we need discussions about Truth and Reconciliation in all classrooms in every community and every educational institution across Canada. From my traditional Mi’kmaw way of understanding the world, I firmly believe these discussions must begin with exchanges of stories because such is the foundational basis of all relationship. I also passionately believe these exchanges must be ongoing and that they must take place within an acknowledged journey of co-learning wherein we – Indigenous peoples and the newcomers in our Indigenous lands – seek to learn together, to learn from each other, and to learn to draw upon the strengths, indeed the best, in our different ways of knowing, doing, and being….
Library and Archives Canada Project Naming
Project Naming enables Indigenous peoples to engage in the identification of photographs from Library and Archives Canada. LAC hopes that members of the public will share their knowledge. If you know the names of people depicted in our photographs or have information about an activity, event or place, LAC would love to hear from you.
Video: Every Picture Tells a Story
Snowguard – The newest Marvel superhero is an Inuit teenager named Amka Aliyak from Nunuvut — also known as Snowguard. Amka gains superpowers when she tries to release the spirits of the land who have been captured by a villain using the energy of the land. Amka will be part of the Champions, which also includes teen versions of Spider-Man, Ms Marvel and the Hulk.
Marvel’s Voices: Indigenous Voices (2020) #1 November 18, 2020
Today’s hottest Native American and Indigenous talent make their Marvel Comics debuts with a collection of super-charged stories
Also read CTV article From homeless to famous: Edmonton artist signs on with Marvel Comics and learn more about Edmonton artist Kyle Charles, who in 2015 was living on the streets, often sleeping behind MacEwan University, managed to turn his life around, attend post-secondary classes, and pursue his dream of illustrating comic books.
Metis Nations Alberta
The MNA cultural team is a group of volunteers from the MNA provincial office. The team formed in October 2011 in recognition of the importance of sharing and promoting the unique history and culture of Métis people, families and communities. By using historical materials from the Genealogical Research Centre (GRC) we work to ensure historical Métis events, traditions and cultural practices are accurately recorded in standardized format
Métis Crossing has been developed to be a year-round destination centered around the distinct Métis Indigenous story and culture. 2020 was the opening of the new Cultural gathering centre designed by Métis Architect Tiffany Shaw-Collinge from Manasc Isaac Architects and incorporates traditional craftsmanship with modern materials to create a stunning structure that hints at the building style of the fur trade era river lot homes, while offering the functionality of a contemporary place to gather, learn, and share the Métis story. Métis Crossing, a 512-acre site located along the banks of the North Saskatchewan River, celebrates this history. Every summer Friday at the historic site, you can paddle back in time by canoeing along a historic fur trade route in an authentic Voyageur canoe. Over four immersive hours, you’ll learn more about Métis history and culture. Want more time in the past? Overnight camping is available in Métis trappers’ tents.
Moose Hide Campaign Day – a day for collective action against violence towards women and children.
You’ll be hearing from Elders and knowledge keepers, campaign co-founders, youth, keynote speakers and workshop facilitators – all sharing knowledge on how we move towards a more inclusive, caring and violence-free society. Discover what action we can take right now to respond to growing levels of gender-based and domestic violence. Explore the event map to find out who’s speaking, choose your workshop, hear cultural teachings from Elders, get support with your #FastToEndViolence and find resources for your community or organization events and activities
Miskanawah (mis-con-a-wah, meaning “Pathways” in Cree) is our philosophical framework that is rooted in Indigenous teachings, ceremonies and guidance from Elders. These traditional values and beliefs have tremendous healing potential and are embedded within our service delivery practices. (Serving Calgary Area)
Video Real People | Real Stories: Elsie Potts
Video Elders Wisdom Series: The Story of Pandemics
Dr. Reg Crowshoe, Piikani Elder, and UCalgary’s Elder in Residence talks about the history of pandemics in Indigenous communities, and what we can learn from Indigenous ways of knowing View more Videos or visit their website to learn more about events, resources and services.
National Indigenous History Month
In June, we celebrate National Indigenous History Month to honour the history, heritage and diversity of Indigenous peoples in Canada
Native Drums devoted to the rich heritage of First Nations culture and music in Canada. With videos, and moving image galleries for Youth, in-depth interviews and articles for students, the image research database for scholars, and downloadable resource kits for teachers, Native Drums has something for everyone! In the Drum Gallery are drums from far and wide in Canada. Each drum tells a story about its originators and their history and traditions.
Native Drums Oral Traditions
Excerpt: First Nations youth learn about our culture by spending a lot of time watching and listening to elders – in our homes, at gatherings and at ceremonies. Over time we learn about who we are and where we fit in. Every generation transmits these important teachings to the next through actions and by word of mouth. That is the way it was in the past. That is the way it is still done today. That is what is meant by oral traditions.
James Lamouche defines oral tradition as, “the transmission of knowledge passed down across generations using memory and language” (Personal interview 2005). Memory, lived experience and language converge into stories, myths, legends, songs. Through these we learn about our past, present and future. We must know and understand these things so that we in turn can pass on this fundamental wisdom to the next generation…
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National Indigenous Peoples Day
Celebrate June 21 Government of Canada is pleased to offer a number of free promotional resources as well as fun and educational activities for children.
At nearly every Indigenous cultural gathering you will find fry bread. #FryBreadFriday is a video series that celebrates National Indigenous Peoples Day through the sharing of fry bread cooking techniques, recipes and stories. Take a look at the #FryBreadFriday videos and try one of the delicious recipes for yourself!
Activity Guide has trivia, games and crafts for kids, including a: cruncher, mystery message, trivia quiz, spot the differences, maze, bracelet braiding activity, miming game, word search, connect the dots, colouring page, fry bread recipe
Native Counseling Centre Engaging with Elders: A Co-created Story
This Elder Protocol project is centered on Indigenous ways of knowing and doing. As the facilitator of this project, I have been blessed to work with our Calgary based Elders, knowledge holders and partner Cultural Mediators to make this happen. I am merely the gatherer of stories, and share the wisdom and words with you in hopes of fostering the ethical space where we can make our community stronger together. – Monique Fry, Xwchiyo:m Band, Sto:lō Nations…
National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health Indigenous cultural safety training program – Online course
This three-part training program is intended for people working in health and non-health fields (justice, policing, child and family services, education, business and government). It is designed to strengthen the skills of professionals working directly or indirectly with Indigenous people by increasing Aboriginal-specific knowledge and enhancing self-awareness. The training has three sections, each of which takes five-to-nine hours over a six-to-eight week period: 1) CORE—foundational issues of cultural competency; 2) CORE Health—health care issues experienced by Indigenous people; and 3) CORE Mental Health—¬mental health issues experienced by Indigenous people. Through interactive activities and the support of a facilitator, participants examine culture, stereotyping and the legacy of colonization, and develop more effective communication and relationship building skills.
Native Earth Performing Arts
Canada’s oldest Indigenous performing arts company that focuses on contemporary Indigenous theatre, dance and multidisciplinary work, including opera and musicals.
Strives to create and foster conversations about the history of colonialism, Indigenous ways of knowing, and settler-Indigenous relations, through educational resources such as their map and Territory Acknowledgement Guide. The platform creates spaces where non-Indigenous people can be invited and challenged to learn more about the lands they inhabit, the history of those lands, and how to actively be part of a better future going forward together.
Native Women’s Association of Canada
NWAC seeks to “improve the economic, cultural and political well-being of Aboriginal women in Canada”. The site was developed to provide a “valuable tool in the fight to advocate, educate and promote gender issues”. Includes links to programs, resources and news.
Providing cultural sensitivity and awareness training in Alberta as well as offering an online course.
Nlaka’pamus Nation Tribal Council Second Addition Wrapping Our Ways Around Them Indigenous Communities and Child Welfare Guidebook.
The intention is to have child welfare agencies and societies understand, respect and honour the experience of indigenous peoples from an intergenerational trauma lens to better support the act. Nlaka’pamus Nation Tribal Council Second Addition WRAPPING OUR WAYS is intended to be a resource that empowers Indigenous Nation and community involvement in caring for Indigenous children. It provides advice to lawyers, judges, children, families, community members and social work teams.
Norquest College Indigenous Awareness Training
Custom training in understanding the Indigenous cultures of Canada
NVision The Path: Your Journey Through Indigenous Canada™ is a series of five online modules or a full-day in-person or 6-hour virtual classroom course to help increase your Indigenous cultural understanding
Ociciwan Contemporary Art Collective
Is an inanimate Plains Cree noun relating to current or river, translated to mean the current comes from there. The name references the North Saskatchewan River that has brought many people over time to the region. It conveys an energy of engagement with Indigenous contemporary culture, linking present with the past and the future.
Online Cree Dictionary
The Cree Language Resource Project (CLRP) dictionary will have the ability to translate words from English to Cree in Syllabics and Roman Orthography (Cree written in English) with explanation of how it fits in a sentence. The translated word will be associated with a picture, sound and a video clip. The goal of the project is to promote the learning and preservation of the Cree language. The online dictionary will have the ability to accommodate different regional Cree dialects.
Located an hour north of Calgary, Painted Warriors offers everything from raw food cooking classes, to glamping facilities, to equestrian camps. But the thing to come here for is survival, bushcraft and hunting programs. Start your workshop with a traditional smudging ceremony led by co-owner Tracey Klettl, a Creed/Mohawk woman, and leave with a greater insight into contemporary and traditional Indigenous culture.
Pemmican Publications is a book publisher with a mandate to promote Métis authors, illustrators and stories. It is a not-for-profit company that operates as an arm’s-length affiliate of the Manitoba Métis Federation.
Powwow Counting in Cree by Penny M. Thomas (Book)
Selected for The Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Best Books for Kids & Teen
This unique counting book introduces Cree numbers, from one to ten. Featuring powwow imagery that reflects the rich culture and tradition of the Cree people, rhyme, rhythm, and glowing illustration combine to make language learning a joyful experience for young readers. A pronunciation guide is included in the back of the book.
RAM Keeping language alive – there’s an app for that!
The RAM has compiled a list of a number of Indigenous language apps and resources that reach across the generation.
Red Deer Urban Aboriginal Voices Society
Working to ensure that Red Deer has an Indigenous Cultural knowledge base that is known and accessible to all. They embrace and are guided by cultural wisdom & traditional teachings to improve the lives of all people through preservation of culture and language and promotion of cultural sharing and building reconciliation.
Resilience Project Teaching Guide (Art)
The purpose of this guide is to assist teachers, from kindergarten to grade 12, in integrating Indigenous themes, knowledge, history and contemporary realities into the classroom. The Resilience art cards can be used to spark dialogue, questioning, critical thinking, research and understanding. They can also be used to help students create their own original artworks and develop an awareness and connection with contemporary Indigenous visual art. The suggested discussion points and activities are meant to engage learners with the artwork, introduce ideas that the artwork expresses, and develop an understanding of how art reflects culture and diverse identities that have Indigeneity at their centre.
Right To Play’s Promoting Life-skills in Aboriginal Youth (PLAY) program partners with Indigenous communities and organizations to train locally-hired Community Mentors to deliver weekly play-based programs that promote healthy living, healthy relationships, education and employability life-skills. Community Mentors are trained and supported by Right To Play staff as they develop programs that are responsive to the individual needs of their community. Since 2010, the PLAY program has expanded from working with two partners to more than 85 across Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta, and British Columbia, reaching over 6000 children and youth last year.
Sarcee Language (Tsuu T’ina, Sarsi)
Sarcee language samples and resources.
Sarcee Culture and History
Information and links about the Sarcee tribe past and present.
Sarcee Indian Legends
Introduction to the mythology of the Sarcee Indians.
Sagkeeng Child and Family Services
Video – Making Hand Drums The traditional teachings and cultural skills of making hand drums are powerful anchors to First Nation culture and health.
Spirit Bear Dialogues Interdisciplinary Dialogue – Teaching documentary
The 2019 Interdisciplinary Dialogue: ᐊᐦᒑᐦᐠ ᒪᐢᑲᐧ ᐅᓯᐦᒋᑫᐃᐧᓂ ᐋᐧᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ (ahcâhk maskwa osihcikêwina; Spirit Bear Dialogues), in partnership with University nuhelot’įne thaiyots’į nistameyimâkanak Blue Quills, focused on Indigenous research. With funding from the 2019 Teaching and Learning Innovation Fund, a teaching documentary was created featuring four Indigenous speakers from MacEwan University and University Blue Quills who participated in the Dialogue. The documentary and associated short videos were filmed and edited by Indigenous videographer and former MacEwan student, Jamie Bourque-Blyan. In this documentary, Indigenous speakers share their views on Indigenous research through the lens of Indigenous ways of knowing and being, as well as the connections between Indigenous research, healing, ceremony
Stanford Innovation Review The Critical Role of Traditional Knowledge in Social Innovation
To build a brighter future for Canada, we need to learn from Indigenous communities and develop a new language of mutual understanding.
Stay home: Learn Cree -29. Simon Bird – Thinking of You
Presented as a daily language-learning video for people self-isolating during the Covid-19 crisis.
Strong Nations Canoe Kids is a celebration of both the differences and similarities among Indigenous cultures. Indigenous communities have always included the little ones in their circles and teach to them in the same way they talk and teach to young adults and adults. Canoe Kids decided to follow that inclusive way of life for the layout of each book. Rather than create editions for different age groups, Canoe Kids decided to have one book for all ages. K through 3 use Canoe Kids to read beautiful and ancient stories. There is beautiful original art to explore and a Kids Zone with puzzles, word searches, colouring, cutouts and more.
Tatanka Workshops motivating and educational prevention workshops for First Nation, Metis, and Inuitstudents of all ages across Canada. The use of storytelling, video projection, music, and humor are used to address making healthy choices for participants with regards to high-risk behaviour and life-style choices. The workshops bring hope, healing and empowerment to individuals and communities. Also view children’s books by Canadian best-selling author Victor Lethbridge
The First Day: A Story of Courage by Katherena Vermette (Book)
Makwa has to go to a new school … and he doesn’t want to go. How will he face his first day? The Seven Teaching of the Anishinaabe — love, wisdom, humility, courage, respect, honesty, and truth — are revealed in these seven stories for children. Set in an urban landscape with Indigenous children as the central characters, these stories about home and family will look familiar to all young readers.
The Journal of indigenous Wellbeing: Te Mauri – Pimatisiwin
The Journal of Indigenous Wellbeing is a peer-reviewed, open-access, scholarly online journal that shares multi-disciplinary indigenous knowledge and research experience amongst indigenous health professionals, leaders, researchers and community members. The journal publishes original, informative and scholarly articles on the broadly defined topic of indigenous wellbeing. Serving as a forum for the clarification and exchange of ideas, the journal features articles on projects that make a significant impact on our understanding of indigenous wellbeing
Think, Feel, Act Empowering Children in the Middle Years Each Child Brings a Special Gift: Nurturing Indigenous Identity and Belonging Indigenous Identity and Belonging Pamela Rose Toulouse, PhD
How can adults working with Indigenous children (aged 9–12 years) in the Canadian context foster a sense of self, belonging, and identity? What are the key elements of a quality experience for Indigenous children attending programs outside of the classroom? To begin answering these questions, we start with these facts..
UofA Indigenous Canada Course
The University of Alberta offers a free 12-week online course, which is taught from an Indigenous perspective that explores Indigenous history and culture in Canada
University of Alberta – Wahkohtowin Law and Governance Lodge
The Wahkohtowin Lodge responds to the expressed needs of Indigenous communities and organizations who want effective strategies to identify, rebuild and develop law and governance structures that resonate within their own legal and governance traditions. Specifically, this resource has a wealth of information and updates on Bill C-92.
University of Calgary Indigenous Youth Engagement Program has expanded to offer an online learning option for Grades 7-12 students, for those unable to attend our programming in person! There are six available lessons, each focused on a single archaeological topic. Harnessing online resources and activities, these lessons teach students about important aspects of archaeology and Indigenous heritage, tying into Alberta’s social studies and science curricula. Each lesson is provided as a stand-alone unit, which can be educator led or worked through independently by students.
The program is based through a classroom day, during which staff work with students on a number archaeologically-themed in-class activities and scenarios, to prepare high school students for excavations as well as engaging them with the past and increasing their cultural awareness.
Voices of Amiskwaciy Sharing Stories from Indigenous Edmonton
Voices of Amiskwaciy is a space that supports the community to create, share, discover and celebrate local Indigenous content online. Share your history, your knowledge, your vision, your voice.
Matricia and Mackenzie Brown are Warrior Women Have you ever heard the heart beat of mother earth? Residing from Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation, Matricia and Mackenzie are a dynamic due who’s haunting melodies and stories will keep you entertained. Currently residing in both Jasper and Edmonton, Warrior Women offer drumming shows to those travelling all across the Globe. Having performed over 300 shows, Warrior Women will not leave you disappointed. Warrior Women offer performance shows, workshops, tour shows, guided experiences, training and much more. If you are looking to be moved by the heart beat of mother earth, hear the stories of the land and listen to legends of the Cree people that will stay with you forever, the Warrior Women is the group for you. See Upcoming Performances
Working It Out Together is an online magazine exclusively featuring Indigenous voices including writers, artists, activists, filmmakers, scholars, and knowledge keepers.
Writing Alberta: Building on a Literary Identity offers a detailed discussion of contemporary Indigenous writers, an overview of Alberta historiography of the past century, and the fascinating autobiographical reflections of the novelist Katherine Govier on her literary career and its Alberta influences. This collection demonstrates that Alberta writers, especially in the contemporary period, are not afraid to uncover, re-think, and re-imagine parts of Alberta history, thereby exposing what had been lain to rest as an unfinished business needing serious re-consideration.
York University New video explores the importance of understanding the land acknowledgement
What is the land acknowledgement? Why is it important and what does it mean? These questions are at the heart of a new video
WoW Guide – Nlaka’pamus Nation Tribal Council Second Addition Wrapping Our Ways Around Them Indigenous Communities and Child Welfare Guidebook.
The intention is to have child welfare agencies and societies understand, respect and honour the experience of indigenous peoples from an intergenerational trauma lens to better support the act. Nlaka’pamus Nation Tribal Council Second Addition WRAPPING OUR WAYS is intended to be a resource that empowers Indigenous Nation and community involvement in caring for Indigenous children. It provides advice to lawyers, judges, children, families, community members and social work teams.