Posts tagged ‘Aboriginal Education’

Aboriginal Access to Engineering

I was reading the latest issue of the Queen’s Alumni Review, Issue 1, 2017 (Queen’s University in Kingston, ON) and an article titled Illustrating the Importance  of Engineering talked about the  website Aboriginal Access to Engineering, and in particular, a new graphic booklet titled I’m a Mechanical Engineer. “This  book is the latest in a series, created to contextualize discipline in engineering for Aboriginal youth.” (p. 25).

The site includes pages for kids, youth and adults, and a series of publications for students on different engineering specialties (chemical, geological, mechanical, civil). In particular the resource What Engineers Do is available for free downloading and in multiple aboriginal languages. The page also includes a grade 3 unit: Strong and Stable Structures with blackline masters.

Check it out! Rowan



March 8, 2017 at 12:00 pm Leave a comment

Science First Peoples

fnesc had released a document on their website titled  Science First Peoples 5-9 Teacher Resource Guide. It may be downloaded for free or purchased online.

The resource guide includes 8 engaging multi-grade thematic units:

  • Unit 1 – Traditional Ecological Knowledge
  • Unit 2 – Plants and Connection to Place
  • Unit 3 – Power from the Land
  • Unit 4 – Bear and Body Systems
  • Unit 5 – Climate Change
  • Unit 6 – Shaking and Flooding
  • Unit 7 – Interconnectedness of the Spheres
  • Unit 8 – Ocean Connections

Check it out! Rowan

November 30, 2016 at 1:00 pm Leave a comment

CEA: Best practices to indigenize teaching practices

The Canadian Education Association has released the latest in the one-page  Facts on Education series , titled What is the Best Way to Indigenize Teaching Practices?

The authors offer 3 main suggestions to integrating teaching practices into Canadian Schools:

  1. Adapt initial teacher training to the pedagogical needs of indigenous students.
  2. Create stronger indigenous presence  in schools by implementing holistic, community-based teaching practices.
  3. Deconstruct the false representations about First Peoples.

You have to read the document for the details! Check it out, Rowan


October 18, 2016 at 8:00 am Leave a comment


Phyllis Webstad, a member of the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation in British Columbia, was forced to attend St. Joseph’s Mission Residential School, as her relatives before her.  She entered the school in 1973 wearing a brand new orange shirt which was immediately confiscated by the staff and replaced with a uniform.  She never saw the shirt again, and began to associate the colour with the traumatic experiences in the school and the loss of language and cultural identity she suffered.

In 2013, Webstad transformed her negative experiences into something positive by creating a nationally recognized Orange Shirt Day.  Celebrated annually on September 30th, this day acknowledges the residential school system in Canada, honours those who survived, and remembers those who did not.  It is a day to demonstrate, by wearing orange, that all students matter.

The Professional Library has created a resource list on Residential Schools  available to TDSB teachers as a Google document – remember to login with your TDSB account.

To get you started, here are some web sites:

British Columbia. First Nations Education Steering Committee and First Nations School Association. (2015).  Indian residential schools and reconciliation  resources. Teachers’ guides for  Grade 5 (PDF), Grade 10 (PDF), and Grades 11/12 (Book 1; Book 2).

Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada. (2016). Indian Residential Schools. Retrieved from

Legacy of Hope Foundation. Exhibitions including 100 Years of Loss: the Residential School System in Canada.

Library and Archives Canada. (2015). Residential Schools: Photographic Collections.  Retrieved from

Secret Path. (2016).  Retrieved from .

  • Story of Chanie Wenjack, residential school student who died running away from a residential school.
  • Graphic novel and illustrations by Jeff Lemire
  • Songs by Gord Downie with Kevin Drew and Dave Hamlin

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

 University of British Columbia. First Nations and  Indigenous Studies. (2009). The residential school system. Retrieved from

Check ’em out! Rowan





September 30, 2016 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

CAP releases Winter 2016, Spring 2016 issues of journal

The Canadian Association of Principals (CAP)  has released the two  most recent  issues of CAP Journal:

  1. Winter 2016 – theme issue on  Indigenous Education in Canada
  2. Spring 2016  – theme issue on Mental Health: Solutions that work

I find their digital journals a little frustrating to use (reading/sizing/full screen)- so get in the zone before opening them.

Check it out!




June 28, 2016 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

CBC Curio inlcudes collection of 6 new stories on Aboriginal education

As promoted in the June 2016 newsletter from Curio:

Aboriginal Education Then and Now: Issue Controversies and Concerns is a  “collection of six CBC News stories starts by delving into some of this year’s biggest news in Aboriginal education — recent revelations that Aboriginal children were subjected to nutritional experiments in residential schools. Justice Murray Sinclair and others weigh in on this controversy. The collection then explores issues cropping up in today’s classrooms: should Aboriginal students be permitted to smudge despite strict “no-scent” policies in schools? How did one Saskatchewan teen respond to her school’s demand she stop wearing her controversial Got Land t-shirt? Plus more…”

The stories are titled (note that the dates of these reports are from 2014):

  1. “Got land”: The controversial t-shirt slogan (2014)
  2. Aboriginal children used as test subjects (2014)
  3. An urban Aboriginal high school  (2014)
  4. First Nations teen told not to smudge before school (2104)
  5. Justice Murray Sinclair: Nutrition experiments on Aboriginal children (2014)
  6. Rideau high supports Aboriginal smudging tradition (2014)

June is National Aboriginal History Month, here and here.

TDSB teachers have access to free access to Curio via the TDSB Virtual Library >Teacher’s Resources > Curio.

Check it out! They are very apropos after this week’s announcement/apology from the Ontario government.


June 3, 2016 at 1:00 pm Leave a comment

The Journey Together

The Journey Together : Ontario’s Commitment to Reconciliation with Indigenous People (2016) was released by the Ontario government on  Monday of this week. Read the summary or the full report.

From page 19:”The Province is also working with Indigenous partners to enhance the Ontario curriculum in order to support mandatory learning about residential schools, the legacy of colonialism and the rights and responsibilities we all have to each other as treaty people. As part of the comprehensive strategy, Ontario is also working with partners to create curriculum-linked resources and develop supports that will build educator capacity.”

From page 25: ” Ontario is working with Indigenous partners and post-secondary education stakeholders in developing a stand-alone Aboriginal Institutes Policy to incorporate Indigenous-owned and -controlled post-secondary institutes into Ontario’s post-secondary education and training system. ”

Check it out! Rowan


June 2, 2016 at 1:00 pm 1 comment

Older Posts

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 3,173 other followers

Follow the Library on Twitter

Blog Stats

  • 153,795 hits
October 2018
« Sep    

TDSB Professional Library

(416) 395-8289
Monday to Friday 8:30 to 5: 00


%d bloggers like this: