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Deepening Knowledge.

Welcome to the Deepening Knowledge Project

OISE's Aboriginal Peoples Curricula Database

A picture of Jean-Paul Restoule

                                     Welcoming message from                                            Jean-Paul Restoule PhD,
                         Professor of Aboriginal Education, OISE. 

                     (click on the photo)


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.



Curriculum Resources 

Infusing Aboriginal Content into your lessons

Lesson Plans Database


In the News

TRC-Truth and Reconciliation Commission's 7th and final event takes place March 27-30, 2014 in Edmonton, AB.

Check out CBC News- Aboriginal coverage of this significant and important event.

Congratulations to Dr. Jean-Paul Restoule, founder of the Deepening Knowledge Project, on his OISE teaching award recognizing excellence in graduate teaching!

Joseph Boyden's, The Orenda, wins Canada Reads 2014 best book to bring about change in Canada.

Rally and call for inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls

Chiefs of Ontario support landmark Canadian 60s Scoop Lawsuit against the Federal Government

10th Year Anniversary of Métis Rights Protection

First Nations Education Act

June Events

National Aboriginal History Month

The Regent Park Film Festival and imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival will be co-presenting the beautiful Canadian film EMPIRE OF DIRT, a story about the challenges facing three generations of a family of Cree women in Ontario.
WHEN: Wednesday June 25th at 9pm
WHERE: Outside Daniels Spectrum at 585 Dundas Street East.
REFRESHMENTS: Popcorn and pop will be sold.
We encourage audiences to bring their own blankets and warm clothing, as the screening will take place outside.


Speech Acts and Joyous Utterances- Translating, Teaching, Learning and Living Indigenous Tribalographies Conference. June 19th-June 22nd. Free and open to everyone! 

Go to aboriginalstudies.utoronto.ca to view the full conference schedule and to register.

Na-Me-Res Pow Wow, Saturday June 21st at 12pm! #NMRPowWow

Photo: Na-Me-Res Pow Wow, Saturday June 21st at 12pm! #NMRPowWow


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Coming soon!


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!


Recent Updates


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 FilmsFrench Immersion; French as a Second Language resources; First Nations Education Act (documents and discussion)                                                                                                                                                       

Feature Resources


Four Directions Teachings

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


Cree Cultural Institute home page screen shot


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.



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