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Books, Fiction

The Mishomis Book: The Voice of the Ojibway

By Edward Benton-Banai, 2010.

From Amazon.ca: "The Ojibway is one of the largest groups of Native Americans, belonging to the Anishinabe people of what is today the northern United States and Canada. The Mishomis Book documents the history, traditions, and culture of the Ojibway people through stories and myths passed down through generations. Written by Ojibway educator and spiritual leader Edward Benton-Banai, and first published in 1988, The Mishomis Book draws from the traditional teachings of tribal elders to instruct young readers about Ojibway creation stories and legends, the origin and importance of the Ojibway family structure and clan system, the Midewiwin religion, the construction and use of the water drum and sweat lodge, and modern Ojibway history."


Books, Non-Fiction

Their Stories, Our History

This textbook series takes great pains to properly represent First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people, and their roles and perspectives regarding the history of Canada. The first chapter in the grade 7 text also teaches about Aboriginal worldviews and culture. Highly recommended.

Canada’s First Peoples

A text book series.

Aboriginal Peoples – Building for the Future

By Kevin Reed, 1999.

An excellent overview of Aboriginal history in Canada up until 1999. Appropriate for use as a text.


Film & Video

A Sacred Trust

YouTube video, 2012 (13:04 min)

This video documents the history of the Mississaugas of the New Credit and their interactions with settlers after colonization.

Just Get Over It

YouTube video, 2011 (5:48 min)

This video is a call for justice for Aboriginal Peoples from PSAC (Public Service Alliance of Canada) aboriginal activists explaining the issues behind the union's campaign for justice for Aboriginal people.

Did you Know? Aboriginal History

4 part series on YouTube. Includes a straightforward introduction, with a good mix of important and engaging material. 

Canadian Aboriginal History: Voices 

YouTube (4:45 mins).

Includes interviews with Aboriginal people, and displays contemporary culture in a respectful manner. 

First Nations and the War of 1812

By the Historica Canada Institute (3:01 mins).

Ojibwe writer, Drew Hayden Taylor, of Curve Lake First Nations briefly discusses the role of First Nations people in the War of 1812, the impact of the war for the parties involved and archaelogical artifacts associated with the war.

Experiences of the Anishnaabe in the War of 1812

Heritage Toronto features Alan Corbiere's Lecture on the Experience of the Anishnaabe in the War of 1812, which can be found by clicking on Part 1 or Part 2.

500 Nations Documentary

From wikipedia: 500 Nations is an eight-part documentary on the Native Americans of North and Central America. It documents from pre-Columbian to the end of the 19th century. Much of the information comes from text, eyewitnesses, pictorials, and computer graphics. The series was hosted by Kevin Costner, narrated by Gregory Harrison, and directed by Jack Leustig.

Lesson Plans

Wabanaki: People of the Dawn

This video and learning guide package focuses on the Mi'kmaw people of Nova Scotia. 

The Fur Trade: "Jimmy Goes Home"

From the website: "The following lesson plans are designed to help students gain a better understanding of Aboriginal and European contributions to the development of Canada. Comprehension questions draw out some of the pertinent points of the story; a mapping exercise helps students with a spatial representation of the story, and a journal writing exercise gives students a chance to creatively empathize with the characters of the story. Additional activities contrast two different types of aboriginal housing as well as compare bartering to a monetary system of exchange. The story and lesson plans are aimed at grades 4 through 6 and can be used as an integrated unit that incorporates Language Arts, Math, and Social Studies."

'Toronto' is an Iroquois Word

A learning guide for a decolonized history of Toronto.



Indigenous History in the Classroom: Four Principles, Four Questions

A blog post on Active History by Carolyn Podruchny

Spoils of the War of 1812: Part 1: The Importance of Michilimackinac

From the website: This post is a part of a series of essays - posted once a month - by Alan Corbiere focusing on Anishinaabeg participation in the War of 1812.

Ridding the Country of the Sir John A MacDonald Problem (Podcast)

Indian & Cowboy, by Ryan McMahon, January 6 2015. 

From the website: "In this episode of Ryan McMahon Gets Angry we get to hear Ryan McMahon wish Sir John A MacDonald, Canada's 1st Prime Minister, a very happy birthday (sorta). Ryan raises serious questions about Sir JAM's legacy, his policies and wether it is fair to judge him by today's cultural standards and why giving him a free pass is so dangerous to the pathway forward in this country."

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