Indigenous Perspectives

Available To: Ages 6 -18
Available In: Class, Lunch Clubs, After School Clubs, Before School Clubs
Available In: English and French
This course is designed to complement the existing school curriculum
Patti

“Tansi - Greetings! My Name is Patti Smith. My Indigenous ancestry is Métis with Cree and Dene relations on my Father’s side. Our family traces its Métis roots back to the original Red River Valley Settlement in what is now called Winnipeg. Subsequently my ancestors followed the fur trade across the Northern Plains before finally settling in the Peace River Area of what is now Northern Alberta. As a life-long learner and educator, I believe in the power of education to bridge the real and imagined gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples and of the necessity of incorporating the diverse worldviews of all peoples into our learning systems.”

Edyn

“Way’xast sxəlxált and greetings. My name is Edyn Rebryna and I'm the program developer for the Extra Ed Indigenous Perspectives course. My indigenous ancestry on my Father’s side is of the Smelqmix; otherwise known as the Lower Similkameen Band. This indigenous nation is affiliated with the Okanagan Nation Alliance and Syilx peoples of Okanagan Valley, BC and northern parts of the Washington State. On my mother’s side, my ancestry is of Antiguan and indigenous Arawak peoples. As an indigenous woman and naturalist, I believe that complementary research, policies and programming are needed to effectively present the multiple disciplines that encompass traditional environmental knowledge to individuals of different backgrounds and diverse communities.”

COURSE OVERVIEW

Share in a meaningful dialogue about First Nations, Metis and Inuit modern day challenges with an emphasis on Truth and Reconciliation. Through this exciting and relevant program, students will learn about Indigenous cultures and will explore their own connections to diverse Indigenous communities. See diverse Indigenous ways of living, First Peoples artwork, traditional environmental knowledge, oral histories, and more! Students will focus on building an understanding of stewardship and indigenous perspectives by engaging in on-line research about Indigenous issues in the form of case studies. Students apply digitals literacy skills and use critical thinking skills to formulate informed opinions on worldviews and biases.

Using a circular, non-linear approach to learning, each of these programs is created to stand alone or to be taken as a compliment to one another.
All programs can be presented in sessions of 5-50 minute classes or as a 90 minute workshop.

E-kinoomaagzijig Ziigwang Spring Students (recommended for Grades 1-3)

Exploring Land Acknowledgement: Indigenous voices, stories, and worldviews on the subject of land and relationship are explored through art-making, multi-media and inquiry-based discussion. Going beyond just words, we examine the meanings behind the Land Acknowledgement. What does it mean to relate to the land and to the natural world? How can we understand our roles and responsibilities? How do we repair damaged relationships? In this program we uncover the significance behind the Land Acknowledgment from its role in reconciliation to how it conveys an important aspect of Indigenous worldviews.

Edaawejig Niibing Summer Traders (recommended for grades 4-6)

Indigenous Languages: Discover the elements of Turtle Islands Indigenous languages including how language plays a major role in the way we understand and interact with the world around us. Get to know how Indigenous languages and words are used throughout this land now called Canada, including the word Canada (Kanata) itself. Continue your appreciation by learning a few words and phrases yourself from a local Indigenous language speaker.

Naagaanzijig Dgwaagig Autumn Leaders (recommended for grades 7-8)

Contemporary Art and Music: Indulge your senses as we journey through a world featuring Indigenous artists who are blending tradition with innovation. Explore music, fashion, film and more in this unique program featuring artists who are showcasing their Indigenous roots with a modern twist. Creative, imaginative, and relevant, the artists featured are not only using their talent to invoke your senses, but to share their culture educating through art.

Wiijkewenyig Bboong Winter Allies (recommended for Grades 9-12)

Modern day Movements: What is happening in Indigenous communities right now? Examining issues such as MMIW, Clean water in First Nation communities, and the on-going legacy of Residential Schools, we will discuss some key issues currently facing Indigenous Communities. We will also go further by gaining a deeper understanding of successful movements like Idle No More and other activist groups who are using their voices and leveraging social media platforms to organize and speak up for their communities by creating social movements that expand beyond the Indigenous community.

We acknowledge we are hosted on the lands of the Mississaugas of the Anishinaabe, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy and the Wendat. We also recognize the enduring presence of all First Nations, Métis and the Inuit peoples.

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