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Aboriginal Documentary Heritage: Historical Collections of the Canadian Government

Source: Canadian Memory Fund of Canadian Culture Online, Department of Canadian Heritage, Library and Archives Canada
Focus: Secondary Students and Teachers

Summary: This Web exhibition recounts first-hand information illustrating the complex and often contentious relationship between the Canadian government and Canada’s Aboriginal people from the late 1700s to the mid-20th century.

The website presents three thematic sections with essays and selected documents about the Red and Black Series (the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs’ administrative records of Aboriginal people from 1872 to the 1950s), Treaties, Surrenders and Agreements, and Aboriginal Soldiers in the First World War. The site features searchable databases of digitized records from the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs and the soldiers of the First World War.

Free to Learn: Giving Aboriginal Youth Control over their Post-Secondary Education

Source: True North – March 2010 [The MacDonald Laurier Institute for Public Policy]

Summary: A research paper by principal writers Calvin Helin and Dave Snow concludes that: “Aboriginals continue to fare worse than all other Canadians on almost every social and economic indicator. Since education, particularly higher education, is the great contributor to social and economic success, Canada must embark on a sustained effort to get Aboriginal youth into higher education”.

Inuit Art: Cape Dorset Artists

Source: Library and Archives Canada
Focus: Art students and the general education public

Summary:On this site you will see slides of the work of some of the outstanding pioneer artists of whom two (Kenojuak and Napatchie) are still alive and continuing to contribute their art to the unbroken tradition of the annual print collection. Many of these slides are linked to information on Inuit life and culture, and you can access this information by going to Inuit Cultural Perspectives.

Aboriginal Literatures in Canada: A Teacher’s Resource Guide

Source: Curriculum Services Canada
Focus: Senior level English (Grades 11-12)

Summary: This teacher resource guide serves a double purpose. First, it encourages the teaching of Aboriginal literature in English high school curricula across the country allowing Aboriginal students to be taught texts they can relate to. Second, it provides the opportunity for non-Aboriginal students to be educated about Aboriginal culture, history and contemporary life through the richness of Aboriginal writing with its innovative uses of the English language.

Portrait Gallery of Ontario: Four Kings and One Queen

Source: Library and Archives Canada
Focus: Grades 4-6

Summary: This resource is particularly well suited to classrooms investigating the traditional culture of Canada’s Aboriginal peoples and their historical relationship with European powers in the early 18th century. This activity also supports aspects of the Visual and Language Arts curricula. It explores themes of Canadian history, identity and portraiture through lesson plans that interpret the portrait collection.

It includes easy-to-use activities designed for classrooms across Canada with clear curriculum connections for use in Social Studies, Language Arts and Visual Arts.

CMEC Summit on Aboriginal Education: Strengthening Aboriginal Success – Summary Report 2009

Source: Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC)

Summary: Aboriginal education is a central priority for the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC). The CMEC Summit on Aboriginal Education created an excellent opportunity for dialogue with the leaders of national and regional Aboriginal organizations.

This report documents and summarizes the summit’s key findings. It suggests possibilities for future collaboration and joint action. The report anticipates ways by which our education systems might be strengthened to benefit Aboriginal learners.

WWW Virtual Library: American Indians Index of Native American History Resources on the Internet

Source: Library and Archives Canada
Focus: Resources designed primarily to provide information resources to the Native American community and secondarily to the general community.

Summary: The information on this site is organized, insofar as possible, to make it useful to the Native American community and the education community. It is an online index of information sources that is made available to allow people to research their areas of interest. It contains a vast collection of current and archival information and resources from Canada and the USA and Mexico. The information presented here is the product of much cooperative work. The site is updated on a regular basis as more individuals make submissions to the site.

The Virtual Museum of Métis History and Culture

Source: Gabriel Dumont Institute (GDI) – in partnership with the Saskatchewan Department of Learning, the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Canadian Culture Online Program, the Canada Council for the Arts, SaskCulture, the Government of Canada and the University of Saskatchewan Division of Media and Technology.
Focus: Suitable for general information and for educators.

Summary: This website is a most comprehensive attempt to chronicle traditional Métis history and culture on the World Wide Web and contains a wealth of primary documents – oral history interviews, photographs and various archival documents – in visual, audio and video files. In addition, many resources such as Steps in Time and Gabriel Dumont: Métis Legend have also been added to this site.

Mathematics in Indigenous Contexts Project

Source: Aboriginal Education Board of Studies New South Wales, Australia
Focus: Mathematics and Numeracy (K-6) and (7-10)

Summary: The Mathematics & Numeracyproject involved developing teaching and learning programs consistent with the aims of the K–10 learning continuum, using the curriculum content that underpins mathematical learning within Mathematics K–6 and 7–10 syllabuses in New South Wales. These units of work demonstrate a variety of approaches to teaching, including subject contextualisation and multi-staged curriculum development.

Each of the teaching programs was developed through cooperative efforts between schools and Aboriginal community members. The results illustrate the educational benefits to students’ learning, and to the community in general, that are possible when parents and communities are actively involved in their children’s education.

Of great significance to the schools represented on this website were the links and long-lasting partnerships the schools built with their local Aboriginal communities as a result of the collaboration. These relationships help define the stories that chart each school’s journey.

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