Alberta has one of the largest, youngest and fastest-growing Indigenous
populations in Canada. There are 48 nations throughout the province, as well as many First Nations people living in urban settings. There are many diverse cultures, languages, traditions that make Alberta’s First Nations people distinct from other provinces. There are many diverse cultures, languages, traditions that make Alberta’s First Nations people distinct from other provinces.

The province of Alberta is home to over 85,000 Métis people and has the largest Métis population in the country. Approximately 8000 people live in eight Métis Settlements, making Alberta the only province with a recognized land base with provincial stature. The Métis have many unique traditions, cultures, celebrations as well as their own language.

Excerpts from Indigenous Canada

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.

NEW! Announcing Monthly Virtual Sharing and Learning sessions Facilitated by Frank Shannon, Haida Nation – Old Massett Band
The team at ALIGN are happy to announce a new online sharing and learning opportunity starting March 5. This series will build on the work being done on the Indigenous Cultural Understanding Framework (ICUF) initiative. 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. This new series will be facilitated by Frank Shannon, Haida Nation – Old Massett Band. Frank has been working within British Columbia and Alberta for over 25 years as an Indigenous liaison and knowledge keeper. Utilizing a Story Picture, the sessions will support organization staff to reflect upon the existing cultural understanding within their agencies and introduce solutions to gaps that may be present on both Western and Indigenous Worldviews within the organization. One ALIGN organization will be highlighted each month to reflect on the Indigenous Cultural understanding within the organization and share how your organization can use a story picture to create your own internal discussions.
Sessions are the first Friday of each month starting March 5 12:30-1:30p.m.

NEW! The Journey Home – Training session for FOCS trainers facilitated by Frank Shannon and Beverly Keeshig-Soonia
The video, “Journey Home explores healing Indigenous children in the Canadian child welfare system. ALIGN invites all Foundation of Caregiver Support (FOCS) Trainers 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 caregiver training. This session will be facilitated by Frank Shannon and Beverly Keeshig-Soonia, March 12, 2021 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm via virtual zoom platform.The session is intended to model the concept of keeping people “in a range of resilience” throughout the viewing of – the film itself and the facilitation approach. It is important that a safe place is provided to reflect and share observations about heavy topics without leaving people activated and disassociated. The post-viewing discussion is intended for reflection on the film in a more interactive and relational approach than watching it alone.

is an ALIGN monthly epublication with indigenous stories, resources and information.
We would love to highlight you (or someone you know) in a future edition of Connections! Email us at [email protected] with your story idea and the wonderful things you have going on!

ALIGN’s Indigenous Children’s Book Library

ALIGN Presentation Bill C-92 – From Compliance To Connection Dr. Hadley Friedland And Koren Lightning-Earle

 Bill C-92 Updates

 Allying With Indigenous Peoples Cultural Solutions: The Practice of Omanitew

Indigenous Thought Leader Series including the very popular Indigenous Protocol Process Videos
Selected Elders, advisers, and service providers shared Indigenous teachings and current practices in work with Indigenous children, families, and individuals. These informative protocol videos showcase specific culturally-based approaches to practice and ceremony with indigenous service users. The individual presentations include teachings from highly respected elders and knowledge keepers in Alberta.

CS Indigenous Cultural Knowing Framework (ICUF) 2019

 Indigenous Advisory Group

Indigenous News & Resources VIEW HERE


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.

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.

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.

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


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

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.


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
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 35 books to read for National Indigenous History Month
Provides an over view of an excellent range of stories, poetry and lived experiences

CBC/Radio-Canada Video
First Nations University of Canada professor explains the importance of elders in the community.

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…

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.

In addition to their numerous Indigenous services and supports, Closer to Home has created a Virtual Drum Circle program, led by Frank Turning Robe and Darcy Turning Robe.

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

Eaglespeaker Publishing over 100 exclusive titles from new Indigenous authors throughout North America.

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

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

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 anda 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.

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.
Turtle Island
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.

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.

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.”  …

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.

Kids’ Stop
Find fact sheets and activities about Indigenous peoples, culture and … Learn more about the contributions of Indigenous peoples to Canada.

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.

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

Marvel Comics
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
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

National Indigenous History Month
In June, we celebrate National Indigenous History Month to honour the history, heritage and diversity of Indigenous peoples in Canada

National Indigenous Peoples Day
June 21, celebrate the heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis!

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.

National Film Board of Canada Online collection of Indigenous-made films

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.

Nisto Consulting
Providing cultural sensitivity and awareness training in Alberta as well as offering an online course.

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.

Painted Warriors
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.

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
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.

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.

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..

Truth and Reconciliation Commission

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.
Onsite Option
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.

Working It Out Together is an online magazine exclusively featuring Indigenous voices including writers, artists, activists, filmmakers, scholars, and knowledge keepers.

Indigenous News & Resources VIEW HERE



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