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Deepening Knowledge.

Welcome to the Deepening Knowledge Project

OISE's Aboriginal Peoples Curricula Database

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

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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.



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Infusing Aboriginal Content into your lessons

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Check out Teaching about Residential Schools featuring Sarah Foster, OISE teacher candidate and  her students from her practicum placement. More information on the video is available in our Infusing Aboriginal content and perspectives section.



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


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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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