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"Yes I Am Aboriginal and I Enjoy Mathematics.”

A blog post from the FEDCAN blog.  (For teachers)


Lesson Plans

Teaching Mathematics in a First Peoples Context

This resource guide (*contains lesson plans*), for Grades 8 & 9, intends to help teachers incorporate new approaches in Mathematics that are more reflective of the realities of First Peoples in the province of British Columbia. These resources are intended to help all students appreciate mathematics within all human cultures and activities, give all students a better undersatnding of First Peoples within historical and contemporary contexts, as well as help Aboriginal students feel more comfortable in mathematics learning situations.

From the website: "This document was created by the First Nations Education Steering Committee and the First Nations Schools Association with the support of the BC Ministry of Education and the Education Partnerships Program of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada."

First Nations and Stereotypes in Math

A collection of math lesson plans from OISE Centre for Urban Studies that embed social justice issues regarding First Nations.  (Grade 6; Level Junior)

First Nations’ Games of Chance

From the website: "With this website, we have two purposes

1. to provide some meaningful and engaging contexts to enrich the classroom experiences that students may have with respect to mathematics, and

2. to support the building of cultural awareness and understanding by highlighting social games within the First Nations' cultures." (Grade 4 and up; Level Junior/Intermediate/Senior)


by Running-Horse Livingston

From the website: "Wigwametry focuses on teaching geometry through the scale-model construction of a traditional Native American structure. The goal for this workshop is to prepare teachers to help students understand the mathematical, historical and social importance of the wigwam structure in Northern Woodland cultures. Participants will learn how to help students construct a scale model of the traditional home using geometric properties of circles and spheres."  (For teachers)

Math Catcher | Mathematics through Aboriginal Storytelling

From the website: "The main purpose of the short films, which are 3-4 minutes in length, is to relate stories about the adventures of animated characters. The scenarios take place in Aboriginal cultural and physical environments. The resolution of a particular plot always requires some mathematical knowledge. Plots in our stories are a mixture of adventures and math puzzles with the aim of catching a viewer’s attention and interest (thus the title of our project). Each story closes with an open-ended question that should spark discussions and lead to further activities. The question at the end of each story is purposefully not answered in the story." (Level Junior/Intermediate)



My Own Blanket

(Grades K-4) Subject Strands: Language Arts, Social Studies, Visual Arts, Math.

Haida Legends: Culturally Responsive Mathematics 

From the lesson: "Using oral legends as told by Haida elders (produced by CBC Radio), we are developing mathematics lessons for us in Kindergarten-grade 12 classrooms." 

Math Catcher: Mathematics through Aboriginal Storytelling

From the lesson: "We engage Aboriginal learners in math and science through the use of First Nations imagery and storytelling." 

Blanket making as a mathematics and science practice and pedagogy 

From the video: "Deborah Sparrow of Musqueam First Nation demonstrates how blanket weaving can be used to teach students about science, history, geography, and math in a cross-curricular manner." 

Ojibwe numeracy with Jason Jones

From the video: "Dr. Nathalie Sinclair (Simon Fraser University) learning about the Ojibwe number systems with Jason Jones (Native Language Curriculum Coordinator, Rainy River District School Board)."

Math Games

Aboriginal Math Games

Aboriginal games organized by mathematical content (Grade 4 and up)

Games from the Aboriginal People of North America

Includes descriptions of a variety of Aboriginal games that promote mathematical problem-solving and games of chance, strategy and lifestyle.  (Grade 4 and up) 

The Game of Waltes

Learn about this Mi'kmaq game which includes both math and chance, and play it vs. the computer on this CBC website! 


Spatial Reasoning 

Birch Bark Biting

*Contains lesson plans.*

From the website: "With Birch Bark biting being a nearly lost art form, along with the Aboriginal cultural connections, learning about how to create Birch Bark bitings and the mathematical, scientific, social and artistic aspects behind these artworks may be very interesting and relevant to the students in your classroom.  By addressing the essential questions throughout the subjects, your students will be able to have a better understanding of the Mi’kmaw culture as well as the different cultural understandings and approaches to Science, Art and Mathematics."

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