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Film & Video

The Living Stone

National Film Board of Canada, 1958. (32:35 mins)

“This documentary shows the inspiration behind Inuit sculpture. The Inuit approach to the work is to release the image the artist sees imprisoned in the rough stone. The film centres on an old legend about the carving of the image of a sea spirit to bring food to a hungry camp.” (National Film Board of Canada)

The documentary is free to download



Canada’s Visual History. 

National Film Board of Canada, 1997. (72 mins)

“The images included in the collection are a unique assembly of archival photos, rare paintings and drawings, and original charts and maps.” (National Film Board of Canada)


Lesson Plans

Norval Morriseau X-Ray Painting

Lesson plan (Grade 3 to 8)


National Gallery of Canada

Lesson plans based on Canadian contemporary Aboriginal art.  (All grades)


Art Examples

Bear Claw Gallery

A great site to view pictures of contemporary Aboriginal art and crafts. Includes artist and regional origin of each object. (All grades)


Native Appropriations

An excellent blog which discusses current appropriations of Aboriginal culture in North America. (Grade 11 and 12)


Postsecondary Programs

 Aboriginal Visual Culture Program

Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) postsecondary program.  Contact for more information to have an artist visit your school.

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