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INDIGENOUS EDUCATION

Indigenous learning resources for families and from families

Indigenous education is now part of every K-12 classroom across BC and these teachings are vital for reconciliation with our Indigenous friends and families. For many non-Indigenous parents and Indigenous parents who were raised away from their traditions, cultures and communities, teaching this material to your own children at home is not always an easy thing to navigate in the absense of strong community ties. This page is dedicated solely to Indigenous learning resources for parents, children and youth. We will cover a range of topics from Indigenous languages and cultural practices to the history of residential schools. However, we would also like to emphasize our desire to promote authentic learning, which is best provided directly from those with lived experiences and a willingness to share. Therefore, we are offering this page as a platform to the First Peoples of these lands to promote their own teachings and share their own stories. Please feel free to send us any of your own educational materials (ie. videos, website links, audio) that you feel would benefit students of any age! Whether you are a Language Keeper with some words to share, reciting traditional children's stories, telling your own story, dancing, singing, drumming, or taking us on a virtual tour of the Great Bear Rainforest, we would love to feature you here!

 
Hands Up

“Namwayut - we are all one.”

Kwakwaka'wakw Peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast

 

WHAT IS "TRUTH & RECONCILIATION"?

General resources, news articles, and other educational material to help parents and students understand the meaning behind these important words.

CBC: CHIEF ROBERT JOSEPH

A short but powerful video about truth and reconciliation from Chief Robert Joseph, ambassador for Reconciliation Canada.

RECONCILIATION CANADA

"Born from the vision of Chief Dr. Robert Joseph, Gwawaenuk Elder, Reconciliation Canada is leading the way in engaging Canadians in dialogue and transformative experiences that revitalize the relationships among Indigenous peoples and all Canadians. Our model for reconciliation engages people in open and honest conversation to understand our diverse histories and experiences. We actively engage multi-faith and multi-cultural communities to explore the meaning of reconciliation. Together, we are charting a New Way Forward."

FIRST NATIONS CARING SOCIETY

"Ideas for engaging students to understand and address inequalities experienced by First Nations children through three interrelated campaigns: Shannen’s Dream, Jordan’s Principle, and I am a witness."

 

INDIGENOUS LANGUAGES

Indigenous language classes and other resources

ESHKI-NISHNAABEMJIG

Eshki-nishnaabemjig offers a 2-week immersion course in the summer for adult language learners of Anishinaabemowin to gain a higher level of speaking proficiency. They are currently offering FREE online Zoom lessons every Tuesday and Thursday at 6 PM for 8 weeks. For more information and/or the Zoom password, contact them by email at eshki.nishnaabemjig@gmail.com

SAULT TRIBE LANGUAGE SERIES

A series of archived Anishinaabemowin language videos on Vimeo.

ISADORE TOULOUSE

Free online Anishinaabemowin language classes with Isadore Toulouse. Everyday at 11 AM.

 

UNPUBLISHED RESOURCES

We are still in the process of posting individual resources in the lists above. This is a relatively time consuming process but we recognize that you need support sooner rather than later. Therefore, we are providing you with access to our list of unpublished resources and will continuously update this page as frequently as possible.

 

MUCH MORE TO COME...

As this section is our newest addition, we will be continuously adding to it over the coming days and weeks. Please be patient! Future sections will include: The History of Canadian Residential Schools, Indigenous Languages, Indigenous Literature in Canada, Indigenous Arts & Culture, and more!

 
Image by Paulius Dragunas

SUBMIT YOUR OWN INDIGENOUS EDUCATION RESOURCES

If you are Indigenous and wish to contribute and promote your own video, website, Facebook page, or other educational resource for K-12 students, please send us an email at vancouvervirtualfamilies@gmail.com or click the link below.

 

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