Education Resources2022-09-23T16:45:41-04:00

Indigenous Educational Resources

Moose Head Campaign Learning Platform external-link

The Moose Hide Campaign is a grassroots movement of Indigenous and non-Indigenous men and boys who are standing up against violence towards women and children. The Moose Hide Learning Journey is designed to support teachers in offering just such a learning environment while providing students with opportunities to explore alternative values and perspectives that respect and honour women and children. The site offers supports for teachers of K-12  and classroom supports.

Paths to Reconciliation external-link

Developed by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS) and funded by the Government of Canada’s Department of Heritage, Paths to Reconciliation includes a website and a suite of educational resources built from the first-hand accounts of residential school survivors.

Orange Shirt Day

Orange Shirt Day on September 30 is designed to commemorate the residential school experience, to witness and honour the healing journey of the survivors and their families, and to commit to the ongoing process of reconciliation. Lots of English and French teacher resources geared to Grades 5 and up and an Orange Shirt Day curriculum for K to Grade 6.

Medicine Wheel Education external-link

Medicine Wheel Education empowers Indigenous Storytellers and Elders to publish authentic cultural stories designed for the classroom. There are 20 books available as well as educational curriculum-based lesson plans and posters. Books and resources are available in English and French. Elementary focus.

Earth to Tables Legacies external-link

This site offers stories in 10 videos and 11 photo essays based on an intergenerational and intercultural exchange on food issues. For five years, a small group of food activists have connected across big differences – youth/elders, rural/urban, Indigenous/settler, Canadian/Mexican. All the photo essays and videos have teacher’s guides with questions and activities, commentaries by experts, and further references.

Legacy Schools Program external-link

The Legacy Schools Program is a free national initiative to engage, empower and connect students and educators to further reconciliation through awareness, education and action (#reconciliACTION).

OISE: Free Truth and Reconciliation Content for Educators external-link

The OISE Library has compiled a list of 50 freely accessible resources regarding Truth and Reconciliation and Indigenous Education for educators across the province. These materials are largely created by Indigenous authors and creators, and include films, mobile phone applications, websites, curricula and lesson plans.

The Red Dress Project external-link

Winnipeg artist Jaime Black has put together a thought-provoking artistic response to missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada

The Moccasin Project external-link

A grassroots, national campaign to raise awareness about Indigenous children impacted by the child welfare system in Canada.

The Witness Blanket external-link

An amazing collection of pieces gathered from residential schools across Canada. The exhibition itself is housed in the Canadian Museum of Human Rights in Winnipeg. A video explaining the installation can be found at

Facing History and Ourselves external-link

This non-profit organization works with teachers, students, and communities everywhere, through online professional development, international events, and free library of classroom resources.

Infusing Indigenous Perspectives in K-12 Teaching external-link

This guide is designed to help Initial Teacher Education students find materials that centre or focus on First Nations, Métis, and Inuit worldviews, experiences and knowledges for teaching in the K-12 classroom. Inspired by OISE’s Deepening Knowledge Project, the guide aims to help teachers infuse more Indigenous content into their practice. The guide includes information on how to find books, movies, music, activities, and lesson plans and links to further online resources.

Aboriginal People external-link

Media Smarts focuses on many issues that are specific or unique to Aboriginal people in Canada, including the underreporting of crimes against Aboriginal people by news media and the unique challenges faced by Aboriginal people seeking to produce content for their own communities.

Frontier College external-link

Frontier College works in communities across Canada to provide literacy support to the people who need it most. They provide programming directly to individuals and also help community groups set up and maintain programs, including reading circles and homework clubs.

Indspire: K-12 Institute for Educators external-link

Indspire’s K-12 Institute connects educators of Indigenous students with programs, resources, information, tools and a Professional Learning Community to improve educational outcomes and increase high school completion rates.

CTF Lesson Plans on Truth and Reconciliation external-link

The Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) presents elementary and secondary lesson plans, discussion questions and a list of resources, as part of its Imagineaction social justice program. Register for free to access these teacher resources and more.

4 Seasons of Reconciliation external-link

Multi-media resources for secondary school teachers and students, aimed at promoting awareness and reconciliation. The student assignments, including many video links, are accessible without sign-up.

National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation external-link

The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) was created to preserve the memory of Canada’s Residential School system and legacy. Its website contains excellent resources for educators and others.

Spirit Horse external-link

Supporting the 2015 tour of the children’s play, Spirit Horse, this Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) site contains literally dozens of excellent resources for use in elementary classrooms and to better educate ourselves about the history and realities of Indigenous peoples in Canada.

Full Circle: First Nations, Métis, Inuit Ways of Knowing external-link

Part of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation’s (OSSTF) Common Threads project, Full Circle, contains cross-curricular lesson plans and resources for secondary schools, designed for use in a wide range of courses, including civics, history, social sciences, English, geography, business, careers, physical education and science.

Speak Truth to power external-link

This adaptation of the gripping human rights project by the Canadian Teachers’ Federation includes testimonies by three Indigenous Canadians (Wilton Littlechild, Mary Simon and Tim Thompson), in English, French and the mother tongue of each activist (Cree, Inuktitut and Mohawk). Lesson plans can be used with students from Grades 5 to 12.

It’s our time: AFN tool kit external-link

The Assembly of First Nations has developed the It’s Our Time First Nations Tool Kit as the basis of a comprehensive strategy to reach out to First Nations students, teachers, schools, communities and the Canadian public at large. The resource is designed to bring together First Nations and non-First Nations people and foster a spirit of cooperation, understanding, and action.

Joining the Circle external-link

A multimedia toolkit developed by COPA and OTF, with an educator’s guide and 10 short animated films in six Indigenous languages. Topics include pride and identity, understanding racism and discrimination, building and strengthening relationships with families and nurturing safe and healthy schools and communities.

Parler vrai au pouvoir external-link

L’outil Parler vrai au pouvoir Canada comprendra des plans de leçon sur 11 défenseuses et défenseurs canadiens actifs sur la scène nationale et une autre à l’international. L’objectif commun est de faciliter la tâche de faire découvrir les droits de la personne aux élèves et de les amener à se voir eux-mêmes comme des défenseurs et défenseuses des droits de la personne afin qu’ils se prononcent dans les dossiers importants à l’échelle de leur communauté.

Speak Truth to Power Canada external-link

Speak Truth to Power Canada includes lesson plans on 11 Canadian defenders working domestically and one working internationally. The goal is to facilitate the teacher’s task of informing and enabling students to self-identify locally as human rights defenders on issues of importance in their very own communities.

Indian Residential Schools and Reconciliation Resources external-link

The Indian Residential Schools and Reconciliation Teacher Resource Guides for grades 5, 10 and 11/12 were developed by the First Nations Education Steering Committee and the First Nations Schools Association. They are a response to the call by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada for education bodies to develop age-appropriate educational materials about Indian Residential Schools.

Project of Heart external-link

This project is an innovative educational tool kit designed to engage students in a deeper exploration of indigenous traditions in Canada and the history of Indian residential schools. It is a journey for understanding through the heart and spirit as well as facts and dates.

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