SUPPORTING OUR EDUCATORS
Professional Development Opportunities
- Start Date is September 30 - November 11A 6-Week Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)Start Date is September 30 - November 11A 6-Week Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)This course will help you envision how Indigenous histories, perspectives, worldviews, and approaches to learning can be made part of the work we do in classrooms, organizations, communities, and our everyday experiences in ways that are thoughtful and respectful.
- Time is TBDhttps://trc57speakerseries.ca/Time is TBDhttps://trc57speakerseries.ca/Please join us for an Indigenous learning series featuring Canadian authors and thought leaders. In response to the Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools’ goal of Truth & Reconciliation and Canada’s TRC Call to Action #57, we have curated a speaker series covering a range of topics including true histori
- Time is TBDhttps://ripple-effect-of-resiliency-an-indiTime is TBDhttps://ripple-effect-of-resiliency-an-indiThrough the course, you will add to the bundle of gifts and knowledge that you carry in your work with Indigenous children, youth and families. Woven into the 6 modules, Monique will share her personal journey, offer readings from her various books and together you will build a practice of hope and
SD91 INDIGENOUS ED CALENDAR
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DIGITAL RESOURCES FOR TEACHERS
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Sora is the app developed by OverDrive who is the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools worldwide. They are dedicated to creating “a world enlightened by reading” by delivering the industry’s largest catalog of ebooks, audiobooks and other digital media to a growing network of 65,000 libraries and schools in 84 countries.
Tigtag Junior is the complete online science resource for children aged 4–7. Stunning films and lesson ideas – all at your fingertips.
TigTag has short videos, activities, and lesson support materials for elementary science and geography.
Twig Science Reporter provides free topical science resources for teachers-helping you bring science from the world around is to your classroom.
Mystery Science has lesson videos linked to activities for a hands-on approach to elementary science. Grade K-5.
Click on the button to make an individual account. If you already have an account, log in here: https://mysteryscience.com/log-in
The Twig website provides school-wide access to thousands of three-minute films for Science, Maths and Geography, as well as worksheets, lesson plans, quizzes and diagrams.
Can-Core is a video streaming platform correlated to the BC K-12 curriculum and powered by McIntyre Media. Videos in English, French, and various Indigenous languages available.
Can-Core has kindly allowed us to post our login here:
NFB CAMPUS has a rich and relevant collection of documentaries, animated films, interactive productions, and short films in English and French. Includes a wide selection of study guides, a chaptering tool, and learning bundles with clear connections to today’s major issues. Content is organized around three key themes: environment and sustainability, Indigenous voices and reconciliation, and diversity and inclusion.
Click on the NFB logo to create your account for the very first time.
Curio is a subscription-based educational streaming platform for education institutions across Canada. You can now access thousands of programs, documentaries, audio content, and archival material from CBC/Radio-Canada as well! Videos in English, French, and other languages available.
Create your individual account to make playlists, etc. For students, use our generic account.
Common Sense Media is a free, non-profit organization that believes in promoting digital safety and providing trustworthy information to transform wired kids into responsible digital citizens.
MediaSmarts is a Canadian not-for-profit charitable organization for digital and media literacy information to ensure that children and youth have the critical thinking skills to engage with media as active and informed digital citizens.
Teens 101 is a series of television episodes on topics including addiction, anxiety, depression, self-harm, abuse, suicide, bullying, and poverty. Each episode has re-enactments of real life experiences as well as discussions with mental health professionals. Study guides for each episode can be viewed or downloaded as PDFs.
Mature content. Teachers are advised to preview materials.
FREE SAY MAGAZINE
Every person who clicks this link can create an account on issuu.com and access the full digital magazine with their unique email address. Once a staff member redeems the code, they will have access to the digital magazine essentially forever. We are then able to count the number of code redemptions in our area (but do not collect any private information). If there is enough uptake we can get a full subscription to more issues!
RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL, MENTAL HEALTH AND TRAUMA INFORMED PRACTICE RESOURCES
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RESOURCES TO SUPPORT RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS, TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION
SD57 has complied a wealth of grade appropriate resources to support learning about residential schools, truth and reconciliation in the classroom. Thank you so much for your amazing work! We all will benefit from your dedication to this work in your district.
TRAUMA INFORMED PRACTICE FRAMEWORK
The Ministry of Education has developed trauma-informed practice workshop resources based on a Compassionate Learning Communities TIP_Framework.pdf (mytrainingbc.ca). The resources are offered as a way to inspire conversation and connections between educators, schools and districts. The resources identify Truth and Reconciliation Committee (TRC) recommendations, and acknowledges the on-going impact of colonization and historical residential school trauma.
RESOURCES FOR COMPASSIONATE LEARNING COMMUNITIES
The Resources for Compassionate Learning Communities (mytrainingbc.ca) include four workshop packages under the themes of Understanding, Relationship, Connection, and Capacity. The Relationship workshop package may be particularly helpful during this time as the focus is on educator and staff wellness. The Relationship package of resources provides information on how to support educators and leadership teams with reflective practice, acceptance and compassion. In addition, the resources provide information on secondary trauma, how secondary trauma may show up in our work and how to support individuals experiencing secondary trauma.
HEALTH AND WELLNESS RESOURCES - INDIAN RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL HISTORY AND DIALOGUE CENTRE
This link provides self-care strategies, several embedded links for students, survivors and family members, community members and Indigenous peoples
FNHA STATEMENT ON DISCOVERY OF MASS GRAVE IN TK'EMLUPS TE SECWEPEMC
This horrific news will have a significant impact on the Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc community and all other First Nations communities and families whose children attended residential school. With the legacy of Indian Residential Schools in Canada a part of everyday lived experience for First Nations people, this discovery means individuals in BC and across Canada will be reliving grief and pain. Taking care of our mental health and coping as we are triggered is essential. This site contains crisis line contact information.
MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORTS FOR METIS PEOPLE IN BC
Métis youth and adults in B.C. will have additional access to much-needed mental health services with the unveiling of new funding for counselling, and a new pilot program for Youth delivered through the Lii Michif Otipemisiwak Family and Community Services (LMO).
MENTAL HEALTH AND RESILIENCY SUPPORTS
Supporting the mental, spiritual, and emotional wellbeing of First Nations children and youth, as well as their educators, is an essential part of our collective response to the COVID-19 pandemic. To help meet this need, the First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) and First Nations Schools Association (FNSA) are providing this compilation of resources and available support services focused on mental health and wellness.
WITNESS BLANKET - A NATIONAL MONUMENT TO RECOGNIZE THE ATROCITIES OF INDIAN RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL
The blanket is a universal symbol of protection.
For many of us, it identifies who we are and where we’re from – we wear them in ceremony and give them as gifts.
Blankets protect our young and comfort our elders.
Inspired by a woven blanket, we have created a large scale art installation, made out of hundreds of items reclaimed from Residential Schools, churches, government buildings and traditional and cultural structures including Friendship Centres, band offices, treatment centres and universities, from across Canada. The Witness Blanket stands as a national monument to recognise the atrocities of the Indian Residential School era, honour the children, and symbolise ongoing reconciliation.
INDIAN RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS AND RECONCILIATION RESOURCES - FNESC
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 our 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.
SUGGESTED RESOURCES - INDIAN RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL HISTORY AND DIALOGUE CENTRE
The following resources include books, websites, activities and guides to further learning about residential schools and their legacy in Canada.
This documentary is an excellent teaching tool re: Kamloops Indian Residential School
BCTF CLAGYS WE NEVER KNEW
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.
PROJECT OF HEART
Project of Heart” is an inquiry based, hands-on, collaborative, inter-generational, artistic journey of seeking truth about the history of Aboriginal people in Canada.
INDIGENOUS PEOPLES ATLAS OF CANADA
First Nations culture is rooted in storytelling. Since time immemorial, we have passed on knowledge from generation to generation through our Oral Traditions to teach our beliefs, history, values, practices, customs, rituals, relationships, and ways of life. Our culture and the teachings of our ancestors are preserved and carried on through the words of Elders, leaders, community members and young ones. These teachings form an integral part of our identity as nations, communities, clans, families and individuals.
MÉTIS EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES
Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) recognizes that to achieve educational success, Métis learners need to see themselves reflected in the education system. This begins in early learning, (kindergarten to grade three) and continues in secondary school and later in post-secondary education. Their Métis culture and heritage need to be recognized and respected.
NUNUVUT CURRICULUM AND RESOURCES K-12
The Department of Education is mandated by the Education Act and the Inuit Language Protection Act to develop bilingual curriculum and resources that are culturally and linguistically appropriate and that represent current best practices in Canadian education.
SHARE ED BC
ShareEdBC is an online platform that provides Educators and Educational Contributors across the province access to curated content aligned with BC’s curriculum. ShareEdBC aims to help users from around the province the ability to share and find a collection of resources designed to support the goals of the BC curriculum. ShareEdBC is a place for BC Educators to engage, inspire and spark the imaginations of our learners.
K-12 EVALUATED RESOURCE COLLECTION
Focused Education Resources has a collection that includes 329 evaluated Indigenous resources which can be searchable by grade.
There are additional Indigenous resources including lesson plans and videos.
BC INDIGENOUS EDUCATION RESOURCES
Indigenous education resources are being developed to support the redesigned K-12 curriculum. The intent of these materials is to help further incorporate Indigenous knowledge and perspectives into B.C. classrooms. There are digital resources on the site that can found at:
LEARNING FIRST PEOPLES CLASSROOM RESOURCES
With the increased inclusion of First Peoples’ content in the changing BC curriculum, there is a need to incorporate unappropriated First Peoples’ perspectives across the curriculum. The First Nations Education Steering Committee and the First Nations Schools Association, in collaboration with teachers and partners, have developed the following Learning First Peoples series of teacher resources to support English Language Arts, Science Social Studies and Mathematics courses.
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.
Wearing this moose hide signifies your commitment to honour, respect, and protect the women and children in your life and to work together to end violence against women and children.
FirstVoices is a suite of web-based tools and services designed to support Indigenous people engaged in language archiving, language teaching and culture revitalization. This site features languages in our district including dialects from Nak'azdli, Tache, Saik'uz, Nadleh-Stella, Yekooche and Witsuwit'en.
A contemporary lifestyle publication, SAY Magazine celebrates First Nations, Métis and Inuit ingenuity by sharing success stories and stories of resilience. We cover a variety of areas including business, education, culture and language, law and justice, arts and entertainment, sports and wellness, as well as grassroots community initiatives.
SD91 has included a free digital download of an issue and is working on getting a district license.
BRAMBLE BERRY TALES
At its heart Bramble Berry Tales is the story of children connecting to their history, identity, and the world around them through the stories of their ancestors. Bramble Berry Tales introduce children everywhere to a story world that will encourage self expression, curiosity, openness and mindfulness.
Our stories engage children with the world around them through the imaginations of Lilly and Thomas as they learn and encounter the traditional stories of Indigenous people.
TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION RESOURCES
The National Centre for Truth an Reconciliation has put together a library of online resources for teachers to explore the TRC goals in their classroom. It includes resources from Every Child Matters, Orange Shirt Day and resources for K-12.
LEGACY SCHOOLS PROGRAM
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).
All schools across Canada are encouraged to join us by signing up with the registration form on the site.
OPENSCHOOL BC SEASONAL ROUNDS
This cross-curricular unit presents a teacher-led, inquiry-based approach to exploring the seasonal round in the four geographic regions of BC, through the perspective of the Indigenous groups in these regions. Themes include: habitat, natural resources, stability and change, and living and non-living components of habitats.