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Lesson Plans Databases


This page features lesson plans and resource lists as a main component. You may find that websites mentioned in our other sections also present lesson plans, but the sites mentioned below feature these elements as their primary focus. 


Online Resources


Promising Practices in Aboriginal Education

Sponsored by the Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative (MAEI).

From the website:  "This website allows educators, researchers and others to learn from the experiences of others about strategies described elsewhere that have been found to be successful in enhancing learning opportunities and improving educational success for Aboriginal students.

The website offers resources for lessons from early childhood through secondary education. The website regularly updates resources and adds new material that are posted in English and /or French, as they are received from their source.  By registering you will receive these updates directly as they are posted. 


Four Directions Teaching

From the website: “Fourdirectionsteachings.com is a visually stunning audio narrated resource for learning about Indigenous knowledge and philosophy from five diverse First Nations in Canada.”

This is a beautiful, new website with Elder teachings, interdisciplinary lesson plans, and video clips. Clearly explains diverse Aboriginal worldviews. Especially recommended are the tribe-specific lesson plans which are sorted by grade level and subject. All is told from a First Nations perspective.” 


HCDSB Aboriginal Perspectives

Curated by Babe Santucci

From the website:  "This livebook is intended to provide policy documents and a wealth of resources for teachers to support the needs of Aboriginal students and to create awareness for non-Aboriginal students in Ontario."

Ojibwe Cultural Foundation

This site is based out of Ontario, and has a whole section on educational resources (for a cost). For a fee, they will host cultural workshops on a variety of topics.  The cultural centre is located in M"Chigeeng, Ontario, and is open to the public for a fee.

The Ontario Ministry of Education (PDF)

Aboriginal Perspectives - A Guide to The Teacher's Toolkit:Teaching Resources and Strategies for Elementary and Secondary Classrooms is a 12 page toolkit which provides information and teaching strategies to address Aboriginal topics.”


Aboriginal Education Centre

From the website: “The Aboriginal Education Centre is home to the School District #34 (Abbotsford) Aboriginal Education Program.  We are dedicated to providing support for Aboriginal students from kindergarten to grade 12.”

The Aboriginal Education Centre in Abbortsford B.C. provides resources to its schools. You can order resources from them on the cultural practices and history of BC First Nations.  (


Montana Indian Education for All

This website of the Montana Office of Public Instruction provides curriculum resources and lesson plans for teaching and learning about indigenous peoples in the U.S.


Good Minds

From the website: “Educational Resources for Native American Studies, First Nations Studies, Indigenous Studies, and Aboriginal Studies. View our on-line catalogue of Aboriginal and Native American Educational Resources for schools, libraries, and the general public, for grades K to Post Secondary.” 

Lakehead University Aboriginal Cultural and Support Services 

A collection of Aboriginal Web Resources Links that includes "a list, by category, of some Aboriginal web resource links that you may find useful for a variety of purposes.” Resources are listed by subject matter.


Aboriginal Curriculum

Brandon University’s curriculum Aboriginal curriculum database. This is a direct link to the Advanced Search where you can search appropriate resources by Grade Level, Subject Area, Theme, and Author Ethnicity. 

Nishnawbe Aski Nation (Northern Ontario Aboriginal Communities)

Available resources for Grades 3 to 5 and 6 to 8. The NAN site itself is full of information about communities in Northern Ontario. 

The Government of Canada’s Aboriginal Canada Portal

This page lists resources for teachers.


South Western Ontario Regional Aboriginal Education resource site

School boards in South Western Ontario have put together this great page on Aboriginal resources for elementary education.

Twinkle's Happy Place

A helpful blog by one teacher who is in the process of educating her students about Aboriginal culture. Includes lesson plans, reflections on classroom feedback and resource recommendations.


First Nation Literacy

Links to literacy resources geared towards a First Nations audience. Resources on suicide, spirituality, other pertinent topics to Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal youth. Many are FREE. Both student guides and teacher resources available. 


Cross-cultural Science and Technology Units Project

From the website: "Our Goal: To make Western science and engineering accessible to Aboriginal students in ways that nurture their own cultural identities; that is, so students are not expected to set aside their culture's view of the material world when they study science at school."


Canadian Museum of Civilization

The Canadian Museum of Civilization presents an extraordinary resource documenting the histories and cultures of the Aboriginal Peoples in Canada.

Explore a selection of material drawn from the Museum's artifact and archival collections. Historical and contemporary objects, images, and documents vividly express the cultural diversity as well as the creativity, resourcefulness, and endurance of this country's First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples.

Material and links will continue to be added in order to expand the web experience. Images of objects and documents considered private or sacred are not included.


Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre

The Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre services First Nations


Print Resources

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada’s publications



100 Years of Loss: The Residential School System in Canada EduKit



Film & Video

First Nations, the Circle Unbroken, Videos 1 – 4.

From the NFB website: “The programs provide students with rich and complex images of the contemporary reality of the First Nations, their sense of identity, and their relations with Canada.”

This is a collection of thirteen, 20 minute documentaries. 

In Celebration of Nunavut

National Film Board of Canada, 1999.

From the NFB website: “The most comprehensive collection of films ever produced on Canada's Arctic - to honour the new territory of Nunavut. In consultation with professionals from the education, government and cultural sectors in the North and South, the National Film Board delved into its vast archives. We chose over 100 films on the North made between 1942 and 1996, and organized them by theme into 60 videos.”


The Silence

From the PBS website: "Tom Curran and reporter Mark Trahant examine a little-known chapter of the Catholic Church sex abuse story: decades of abuse of Native Americans by priests and church workers in Alaska. The Silence shows how the isolation of the villages and the absolute authority of the church over the Native population created an atmosphere where molestation could go unchecked and unreported."


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