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Category: Multi Media

Indigenous Cinema in the Classroom

Source: National Film Board (NFB)

Focus: Ages 6-11

Summary: These short films for younger learners are by Indigenous filmmakers from across Canada and include titles from the Nunavut Animation Lab and the Talespinners, Vistas and Stories from Our Land series.

Indigenous Cinema in the Classroom is an extension of our Wide Awake Tour for the public. It offers teachers, students and parents the opportunity to watch films selected from our collection of more than 250 Indigenous-made works.

BCTF Project of the Heart ebook

Source: BC Teachers’ Federation

Summary: This eBook is intended to be an interactive resource leading educators from the story to the ‘back story’ utilizing links on each page to offer related resources. Throughout this book you will find Project of Heart tiles with an ‘aura’ which indicates that this is a link. Click on each of these tiles to find additional resources including films, videos, documents, articles, activities and more.

Miscast and Seldom Seen

Source: Media Smarts

Focus: Secondary Students

Summary: In this lesson students consider how well their favourite TV shows, movies and video games reflect the diversity of Canadian society. Students are introduced to the media education key concepts that “media are constructed to represent reality” and “media communicate values and messages”, and learn about the constructed nature of media products, how media “re-presents” people, ideas and events from a particular viewpoint, and what the possible consequences of under-representation and inaccurate portrayals of diversity might be.

Next, students learn about Canadian voluntary industry codes on diversity portrayal and consider whether they should be applied to other media. As a summary activity, students take a stand on a diversity issue relating to media and write a Letter to the Editor.

This lesson is part of the That’s Not Me: Diversity in Media lesson series.

Indigenous Cinema in the Classroom – Ages 12- 14

Source: National Film Board

Focus: Ages 12-14

Summary: These films for middle-school learners feature stories from acclaimed filmmakers Thérèse Ottawa, Gil Cardinal, Caroline Monnet, and others from across Canada.

Indigenous Cinema in the Classroom is an extension of our Wide Awake Tour for the public. It offers teachers, students and parents the opportunity to watch films selected from our collection of more than 250 Indigenous-made works. We’ve created playlists of these titles, grouping them by student age recommendation and professional development themes for teachers. They touch on various subjects related to the topic of nationhood, including: the search for identity, Atikamekw roots, fatherhood, richness of heritage, celebration of heritage and the power of dancing in a powwow, ignorance, prejudice, racism, empowerment, bullying, discrimination, the Abenaki tribe, loss of home and land, colonization, the Indian Act and Bill C-31, Indigenous stereotypes, Indigenous pride, the Haisla people of British Columbia, the journey of the G’psgolox Pole, Indigenous languages, the Talking Circle, the Potlatch, Indigenous medicine, intergenerational knowledge, present-day environmental issues and concerns, oppression and resistance, conflict resolution, traditional Indigenous dance, hunting and trapping, Pete Standing Alone and the Blood Indians of Southern Alberta (English only), residential schools, preserving the traditional ways of life, and Indigenous Elders.

A Second Chance

A Graphic Novel:

Source: Legal Services Society

Focus: Senior Students

Summary:  A Gladue Rights Story

This graphic novel tells the story of Myra who is charged with assault with a weapon. Myra learns about her legal rights and, with the help of Legal Aid, gets a Gladue report for her sentencing hearing.

Through engaging storytelling and illustrations, A Second Chance introduces you to Gladue rights for Aboriginal peoples.

Indigenous Youth Suicide: Graphic novels and videos for First Nations and Métis youth to help with suicide prevention.

Source: Government of Alberta

Focus: Students, teachers, general community

Summary: Two graphic novels and motion comics on youth suicide prevention have been created by and for First Nations and Métis youth. These resources support youth suicide prevention and mental health promotion for Indigenous children, youth and families.

Over 100 Indigenous youth from across Alberta, in addition to First Nation and Métis producers, writers and artists, were engaged in the development of these novels. The novel and motion comic “Tomorrow’s Hope” reflects the experiences of First Nation youth, while the experiences of Métis youth are reflected in “Strength of the Sash”.

The novels reflect Indigenous voices and respects the uniqueness of First Nation and Métis cultures and traditions in Alberta. They are intended to help youth, their friends, families and trusted adults discuss youth suicide prevention.

Exploring Aboriginal Art – OSSTF

Source: Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF)

Focus: Secondary students

Summary: For this assignment, students create a collaborative art piece that expresses Aboriginal identity in a variety of areas. The collaborative art piece consists of many individual pieces of art that form together to form the word “pride.” Each letter has a group assigned to it, and each letter is assigned a theme/idea (i.e., clanship, land claims, traditional teachings, community activities, etc.) that is researched and then expressed in the artwork of each letter and presented to the class.

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