Welcome to the Deepening Knowledge Project
OISE's Aboriginal Peoples Curricula Database
Welcoming message from Jean-Paul Restoule PhD,
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What is the Deepening Knowledge Project?
The Deepening Knowledge Project seeks to infuse Aboriginal peoples' histories, knowledges and pedagogies into all levels of education in Canada. The project is a part of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, which is located on the territories of Anishinaabe and Onkwehonwe peoples.
On this site you'll find information about the history and traditions of First Nations, Métis, Inuit and Native American cultures, information about the challenges facing Aboriginal communities today, and curricula for incorporating this information into your teaching practice.
NEW WEBSITE LOOK!
Thanks to a partnership with the students and staff of the Native Learning Centre of Toronto, we will have some amazing artwork and photos taken by an awesome group of youth from NLC to add to our website. The youth have provided consultation for us in producing images and art from urban Indigenous youth perspective. We are honoured to have been able to work with them! Watch for our new website look coming in May!
We have just added an exciting new video on infusing Aboriginal content into one's teaching and specifically, teaching about Residential Schools featuring Sarah Foster, OISE teacher candidate and some of her students from one of her practicum placements. More information on the video is also available in our Infusing Aboriginal content and perspectives section.
Check out as well our new Staff Book Picks page, highlighting recommended "good reads"! Located in the Teacher Resources section.
We continue to update and add new resources to the site regularly.
New sections on Recommended Films as well as a number of French Immersion and French as a Second Language resources. Also added is a new section on the First Nations Education Act. Check out the new resources at: Recommended Films; French Immersion; French as a Second Language resources; First Nations Education Act (documents and discussion)
An interactive and engaging website resource for learning about indigenous knowledge and philosophy from five First Nations of Canada: Blackfoot, Cree, Ojibwe, Mohawk, and M'ikmaq. The website "honors oral traditions by creating an environment where visitors are encouraged to listen with intent as each elder/ traditional teacher shares a teaching from their perspective on the richness and value of cultural traditions from their nation." (FourDirectionsTeachings.com)
Aanischaaukamikw - Cree Cultural Institute/Institut Culturel Cri
The CCI is an extraordinary new museum, cultural institution, and showcase of the history of the James Bay Crees. Can't visit in person? The CCI web site offers you a variety of ways to learn about Cree culture and the museum's collection of artifacts, including an Interactive Virtual Exhibit where you can examine and “manipulate” the collection item by item and even add to the knowledge about these items.
Want to share a lesson plan or have suggestions for resources? Contact us.