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Title: Getting to Know Turtle Island: Incorporating First Nation, Métis and Inuit Perspectives K-8

Category: Curriculum/Lesson Plan

Community: Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory and Algonquins of Pikwakanagan

Indigenous Language Group: Algonkian, Mohawk

Region: Urban

Source/School/Education Facility: Limestone District School Board

Grade: Grades K-3, Grades 4-6, Grades 7-8

Contact Information
Lead: Kevin Reed
Phone Number: 613.544.6920
Email: reedk@limestone.on.ca
Address: 220 Portsmouth Ave Kingston, ON K7L 4X4

Summary Description:

The Limestone District School Board has created this resource to enable kindergarten and elementary teachers to know how and where to incorporate a variety of specific First Nation, Métis and Inuit cultures, histories, arts, worldviews and issues into existing ministry curriculum.

This resource
* builds on the ministry document, Aboriginal Perspectives: The Teacher’s Toolkit
* provides a coherent, developmental approach for elementary classrooms from Kindergarten to Grade 8
* acknowledges the contributions, histories and diverse cultures of the local First Nation, Métis and Inuit peoples

This document was created by teachers for teachers. It is intended to provide suggestions for how to incorporate First Nation, Métis and Inuit content into elementary classrooms in a way which builds in cognitive complexity from grade to grade and minimizes repetition. The document is meant to be a living document. As the curriculum changes and as our knowledge of how best to integrate First Nation, Métis and Inuit content and pedagogy develops, this document will evolve.

Outcomes:

Learning about First Nation, Métis and Inuit worldviews, cultures, issues, histories and peoples across the curriculum will enrich all students. Such learning is especially valuable for First Nation, Métis and Inuit students. When they see themselves represented in schools in accurate, respectful and meaningful ways, they will find greater meaning in their school experience. As educators, we need to engage First Nation, Métis and Inuit students more effectively through meaningful content and pedagogy. Indigenizing the curriculum increases FNMI student engagement, attendance and academic achievement.

Materials/Tools/Resources:

Getting to Know Turtle Island: Incorporating First Nation, Métis and Inuit Perspectives K-8

Web Links:
https://indspire.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Session_B_Reed_Getting_to_know_Turtle_Island.pdf