March Offerings Vol 2 #7

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Personal Learning and Pro-D Opportunity

How can I even start to learn about First Nations, Métis and Inuit cultures and history? There is so much to learn about and understand!

The Alberta Government’s Education Department has created an excellent digital resource for this purpose. It’s called “Walking Together” and includes an interactive resource as well as a discussion guide to go with. This resource is an Aboriginal Education Pro-D, either on your own or with colleagues.

It is an excellent place to begin a personal study of FNMI culture and history, or to deepen your current understandings. (Please remember that digital learning is a place to start. Talking with and asking questions with Elders and FNMI community members will provide practical and real understanding of digital content.)

We have this link in our SWSW Digital Library.  Visit the  Learning Models page.  Scroll down until you see the section “Walking Together”.

Photo credit: Aboriginal Affairs Secretariat PEI

Educational Unit Plan Resources

Métis Artifacts

We have found samples of Métis artifacts that we have packaged for borrowing and sharing with your students. Here are some items we have.

Vol 2 # 7 Metis Flags
Red and blue Métis flags with history and description.
Vol 2 # 7
Métis Sash with history and description.
Vol 2 # 7 Rabbit Fur
Rabbit fur. An example of a fur pelt that would have been used for trading purposes.
Vol 2 #7 Red River Cart
Red River Cart model with history and description.

Here is a link to The Virtual Museum of Métis History and Culture.

SWSW Digital Resources

Check these out……

“Indigenous Peoples Worldviews vs Western Worldviews”  Article by Bob Joseph, Jan. 26, 2016. Found in Educational Blogs in the SWSW Digital Library.

Also, “Different Ways of Knowing the World” video : (Scroll down to find this title.)

Medicine Wheel from University of Ottawa’s medical program.