Place-based Science

Johnny Williams:  Cedar Harvesting Video  (Primary, Intermediate, Middle School, High School)

Knowing Home: Braiding Indigenous Science with Western Science (free, downloadable books for professional development)

“It is our hope that the Indigenous Science examples, research and curriculum models will inspire deep reflection regarding the under-representation of Aboriginal students in the sciences. It is intended that the rich examples and cases, combined with the resources listed in the appendices, will enable teachers and students to explore Indigenous Science examples in the classroom, and in addition, support the development of curriculum projects in home places.”

Two Eyed-Seeing As a Way of Knowing : An article from “Green Teacher” magazine briefly explaining this science concept and offering 16 activities for teachers to support student science learning.

Sabrina Register, STAR School (Service to All our Relations), “Early Science and Nature” (Professional Development)

Outdoor Lesson Plans from Delta Public School District : Detailed lesson plans related to trees, animals and rocks, and most particularly, to the Indigenous world view of connectedness.  Following are specific links to each of these lessons:  Connections to Local Land    Listen to a Tree    Be a Tree    How to Facilitate a Talking Circle     Animal Connections     Animal Connections on Rocks     Exploring Place Using Your Senses    Everything is Connected     Rock Hunting Lesson

Importance of Animals to Aboriginal People Lesson Plans : Series of 3 detailed lesson plans from Comox Valley Public School District.

Science First Peoples Teacher Resource Guide : First Peoples Education Steering Committee (FNESC) developed resource that provides educators with resources to support increased integration of the rich body of First Peoples (unappropriated) knowledge and perspectives into classrooms and schools in BC.  Here is a link to the PDF for this resource. (Intermediate, Middle School)

Stewards of the Future Toolkit An Educator’s Guide to Stewardship and Sustainability Learning in BC, by Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of BC.  ” Stewards of the Future provides funding and support for high school teachers and other educators to go on field trips, visit local sites of interest, and engage in stewardship projects in their communities. This guide has been created for teachers, leaders and students to inspire and support them in becoming involved in hands-on, place-based explorations of their communities, and the stewardship issues relevant to them.” (Middle School High School)  (Inquiry-Based Learning, Professional Development Resource)

The Great Bear Sea Resources : Marine Planning Partnership (MaPP) is an organization devoted to sustainable management and use of the Pacific Ocean on the west coast of British Columbia. Following are resources and curriculum this organization has developed to teach elementary and secondary students about marine ecology and economic sustainability.

Exploring the Great Bear Sea – Environmental Science Grades  11 & 12 Lesson Plans

Exploring the Great Bear Sea – Social Studies Grades 11 & 12 Lesson Plans

Exploring the Great Bear Sea – Elementary Lesson Plans

Aboriginal Access to Engineering : “Discover Engineering – Culturally relevant educational materials for Aboriginal youth and their teachers.”  Bear Paw Trail Game for Elementary Students.  Short biographies of role models in engineering for Middle and Secondary Students. Short descriptions of Aboriginal engineering projects. Inquiry based learning activities.  (Primary, Intermediate, Middle School, High School)

Nanabush Builds a Bridge – Structures Grade Three Unit Plan : Strong and Stable Structures from Aboriginal Access to Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Queens University. This is an aboriginal focused educational organization supporting indigenous participation in science training. Nanabush Stories and Learning Activities (Primary, Intermediate)

World of Sky Stories Teacher’s Guide : Presents six sky stories from indigenous cultures from around the globe.  Countries represented include Brazil, Australia, Japan, India, Mexico, Ivory Coast, Classical Greece and Baffin Island.  Each story is located on a map. Includes vocabulary, “Create  Living Story” activity and the six stories. (Primary, Intermediate)

David Suzuki – Salmon and the Forest: Suzuki explains the interconnectedness of everything within British Columbia’s temperate rain forest, emphasizing the central importance of salmon.  Here is Vocabulary that shows up in this video that teachers may choose to pre-teach if required. (Middle School. High School)

Bentwood Box Builders (Answer Camp 2001) : Lesson plans and instructions for building a Tlingit Bentwood Box.  Science and math concepts, and cultural knowledge are included.  This is an extensive inquiry based project. (Middle School, High School)

Sky Stories : Indigenous Astronomy :  Indigenous sky stories collated by the Canadian Heritage Information Network and integrated as part of Includes stories from Australian, Anishinabe, and Blackfoot indigenous cultures. (Intermediate, Middle, Secondary)

Aboriginal Canadian Sky Lore of the Big Dipper : April 2008 article from The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and written by Frank Demsey. (Intermediate, Middle, Secondary)

Starchart : “These are the constellations of the Ojibway, Cree, Blackfoot, and other First Nations of what is now known as Canada.” Links to the starchart as well as traditional stories.  (Primary, Intermediate, Middle, Secondary)

The Thirteen Moons of the Wsanec (Saanich people) : Lesson plans and information about the seasonal moons from the perspective and traditional practice of the Wsenec.  This webpage is from Race Rocks Ecological Reserve website in association with Pearson College.   (Primary, Intermediate, Middle, Secondary, ProD)

Canada Under the Stars : Indigenous sky stories from form North America.  Links on this site also include general astronomy connections.  this webpage is part of the Virtual Museum of Canada (VMC),  French language link here (VMC).  (Primary, Intermediate, Middle, Secondary, ProD)

Native Knowledge: What Ecologists Are Learning from Indigenous People : Article by Jim Robbins (April 18, 2018), YaleEnvironment360, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. (Professional Development)

Science First Peoples Teacher Resource Guide Grades 5-9 : First Nations Education Steering Committee developed this resource to support teachers with integrating Indigenous knowledge and teaching methods into classrooms.

Hauyat: Explore Our Territory :  Discover ancient clam beds, archaeological digs and more in this virtual tour of Hauyat Territory, located on Hunter Island in Queen Charlotte Sound, BC.

A Wall Worth Building: Making Clam Habitat Great Again : This video from Hakai Magazine : Coastal Science and Societies describes where clam beds have been found and how they work.  The cultural significance of clams to the Heiltsuk First Nation is expressed in the Hakai article, Two Sides of One Mask.

Trilogy of short videos about the restoration of the bison population in Canada:

Canada’s bison : Restoring a Legacy : “The Plains bison’s struggle back from the edge of extinction is one of the great stories in North American conservation history. This video features the central role Parks Canada has and continues to play in the restoration of Plains bison to its native range in several National Parks.” — Parks Canada [6m 19s]. (Intermediate, Middle School, High School)

Bison reintroduced into Banff National Park : Video from the Calgary Herald showing the transportation and reintroduction of bison to Banff National Park. [2m 53s]. (Intermediate, Middle School, High School)

Banff bison roaming free for the first time in 140 years : Video from the Calgary Herald showing the freeing of bison into the wild from large enclosures used during reintroduction processes. [1m 33s].  (Intermediate, Middle School, High School)

Water the Sacred Relationship : Water – The Sacred Relationship, is the result of a three year research project by Native Counselling Services of Alberta that features a documentary film, educational curriculum and a public policy research article. Guided by a circle of Cree Elders and led by a team of Aboriginal and Western Scientists, The Sacred Relationship explores how reconciling the relationship between Aboriginal people and the rest of Canada can lead to healthier water.  Link to a series of short videos.  Link to the complete documentary film.