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Infusing Aboriginal Perspectives into Your Teaching Practice


Books, Non-Fiction

Aboriginal Voices in the Curriculum: A Guide to Teaching Aboriginal Studies in K-8 Classrooms

By Toronto District School Board, 2006 (For teachers)

A Broken Flute: The Native Experience in Books for Children

By Doris Seale, 2005.

An important collection for teachers, filled with essays criticizing children’s books and their portrayal of Native American culture.  The essays in this book also help to broaden understanding of Native cultures.  (For teachers)

Indigenous, Immigrant, Inclusive:  Three Perspectives on Diversity

by Melinda M. Smith, Jan. 18, 2011.

The author looks at what diversity means through an indigenous lens as compared to an immigrant lens (the two I's of diversity in Canada). 

Integrating Aboriginal Perspectives into Curricula:  A Resource for Curriculum Developers, Teachers, and Administrators. 

From the website: "This document is intended to assist Manitoba curriculum developers and educators to integrate Aboriginal perspectives into new and existing curricula.  It provides direction for the integration of Aboriginal perspectives within the various curricula taught in Manitoba classrooms."

Film & Video

Voices of Wisdom: Learning from Elders.

YouTube (13:57 min).

This video, produced by the Ontario College of Teachers, interviews Elders who share their perspectives on education.  (For teachers)


Resource Guides, Reports and Monographs

Truth and Reconciliation in Canadian Schools

By Dr. Palmela Toulouse

Provides insights, strategies, and lesson plans for multiple grade levels.

Apihtawikosisan - Resources on Indigenous Peoples

Integrating Aboriginal Teaching and Values into the Classroom

Research Monograph #11, by Dr. Pamela Toulouse.

This monograph is part of the research-into-practice series produced by a partnership between The Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat and the Ontario Association of Deans of Education.  It discusses how schools can support Aboriginal education.

Decolonizing Our Schools:  Aboriginal Education in the Toronto District School Board

Dr. Susan D. Dion, Krista Johnston, Carla M. Rice (2010).

From the website:  "In this report titled Decolonizing Our Schools:  Aboriginal Education in TDSB we describe the work of the Urban Aboriginal Education Pilot Project (UAEPP) in the Toronto District School Board (TDSB).  Drawing on data gathered between April 2009 and September 2010, we document, evaluate, and provide our analysis of the UAEPP in service of understanding how to accomplish an education worthy of our children and our ancestors in a large, diverse urban context."

Aboriginal Perspectives: A Guide to the Teacher's Toolkit

From the website: The Teacher's Toolkit is a new collection of electronic resources from the Ministry of Education to help elementary and secondary teachers bring Aboriginal perspectives into their classrooms. 

Full Circle: First Nations, Metis, Inuit Ways of Knowing 

From the PDF: "Full Circle: First Nations, Metis, Inuit Ways of Knowing is the fifth in a series of Common Threads classroom resources produced by and for Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF/FEESO) members. 

This project addresses a current shortage of curricular materials that focus on First Nations, Metis and Inuit people, history and culture. Although many of these lessons can be used by teachers of Native Studies and Native Languages, they were developed for use by teachers of history, civics, social sciences, careers, English and science." 

Place-based Curriculum Examples

A variety of resources about Aboriginal education curated for teachers of various grade levels. 


Learning About Walking in Beauty: Placing Aboriginal Perspectives in Canadian Classrooms

From the website:  "Walking in Beauty is a term that speaks of conducting oneself in harmony with all of the living world, and is respectfully borrowed from the Navajo People."

Walking Together

From the website: "The digitial resource Walking Together: First Nations, Metis and Inuit perspectives in the Curriculum was designed to help teachers understand the holistic nature of FNMI ways of knowing, to provide opportunity for FNMI Peoples to share their perspectives on topics important to them, and to demonstrate FNMI perspectives in teaching and learning experiences."

From the Ontario Ministry of Education

From the website: “Download these convenient guides to identify expectations in the elementary curriculum that provide opportunities to bring Aboriginal perspectives into the classroom.” (K to 8)

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