Resources for Teachers
The resources in this collection cover a broad range of topics in Aboriginal Studies.
Accompanying each resource is a suggested grade level, indicated in brackets. These ratings are only a guide, and it is up to the individual teacher to determine what is appropriate for her or his classroom.
To access resources, click on the appropriate link on the left hand column.
The Secret Path - Incorporating Residential School stories into your classroom
The following are a series of links to introduce The Secret Path into your classroom. Resources include background articles and information for teachers, as well as various lessons and tools that can be used to enhance your students understanding and experience with this material. There are excellent works by Indigenous authors about Residential Schools that we recommend using with The Secret Path. See here for additional resources.
We do not recommend showing The Secret Path to primary grade students. For all other suggestions and resources, is it up to the individual teacher to determine what is appropriate for their classroom.
The Story of Chanie Wenjack
(Film and Music) The Secret Path by Gord Downie & Jeff Lamire
(Radio and Upcoming Book) Wenjack by Joseph Boyden
(Music) Willie Dunn
(News) CBC: Pearl Wenjack
Chanie Wenjack in Your Classroom and School
(Article and Children's Books) ActiveHistory: Deconstructing Children's History Books
(Website) DKP: Residential School Resources
(Website) Legacy of Hope
(Website) Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Primary Grades: Building Understanding
Introducing younger students to Indigenous culture, traditions, and ways of life. We do not recommend showing The Secret Path to this age group.
Additional: (Book) Shi-shi-etko
Additional: (Book) Fatty Legs
Junior Grades: Making Connections
Encouraging young students to explore relevant Indigenous issues and individuals.
(Lesson) Grade 5: "Aboriginal Heroes" (Language)
FOCUS: Wenjack, Cindy Blackstock, Justice Murray Sinclair; Reidential School suvivors and Elders
Senior Grades: Critical Engagement
Advancing students' critical thinking about Indigenous issues and learning about Residential Schools in Canada.
(Lesson) Grade 11: "Media Portrayals of Aboriginal Peoples" (English)
FOCUS: Analyzing converage of Indigenous issues, TRC findings, events, recommendations, etc.)
Additional: (Website) DKP: First Nations Representations in Media
(Lesson) Grade 11: "Aboriginal Peoples Rights in Canada" (Canadian and World Studies; Law)
FOCUS: Discuss Residential Schools infringement on Indigenous rights, freedom of movement, etc.
(Lesson) Grade 11: "Shaping the Political Landscape" (Canadian and World Studies; Politics)
FOCUS: Explore TRC, First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, etc.
Looking Forward: Beyond 'The Secret Path'
Starting Point: Why The Secret Path is Not Enough
New Residential Schools: Child Welfare and the Under-funding of Aboriginal Education