First Nations

This 13-minute video provides a contemporary view of the Peace and Friendship Treaties of the Maritimes. The video may have to be viewed several times to answer questions. Questions to consider after watching: (1) The video begins with several descriptors of treaties (Treaties...they...etc.) Jot down as many as you can. (2) How long have the Mi'kmaq been here? (3) What five nations make up the Wabanaki Confederacy (4) What does "bury the hatchet" mean? (5) Name 3-5 things Peace and Friendship treaties with the Mi'kmaq stated or promised? (6) What was the 1985 Supreme Court decision? (7) What does it mean to be "the dreamcatcher" generation? (8) What does "we are all treaty people" mean? (9) What is reconciliation?

Posted: April 22, 2020

New Fire is a series of podcasts focused on Indigenous youth and their voice on contemporary issues.
MNJA'S Dante! can be found on page 78-85 of the Teaching About the Mi'kmaq Resource. This story is about a young man and the intergenerational effects of the Indian Residential School System in Canada. This includes thought-provoking questions and extension activities suitable for grades 7-9.
8th Fire is a four-part documentary series about contemporary Aboriginal peoples in Canada, social and economic issues facing them, and possibilities for moving forward in a world that is rapidly changing. This Guide for Educator contains several components. For each of the four episodes, there are content overviews and social considerations, along with main elements on which to focus discussion. In addition, for each episode, there are Critical Thinking Challenges, Viewing Questions, Instructional Activities and Possibilities for Involving the Community.
Lesson in Diversity and Awareness: Ms. Burnsbee is an interesting story about a supply teacher and her first impressions. Included are thought provoking questions and extension activities for grades 4-6. The story can be found on pages 60-67.
Tiam's Promise- Mi'kmaq Legend of the First Moose in French language.

Posted: April 15, 2020

Read aloud- "Thunder Boy Jr." picture book about a young Indigenous boy and his name. Written by Sherman Alexie.
The Ni'gweg Collective is a youtube channel with a collection of Mi'kmaq and Wolastoqiyik stories/legends with English subtitles. These stories/legends are told by Elder Gilbert Sewell from Pabineau First Nation and other Elders of New Brunswick.

Posted: April 15, 2020

TFO FAMILY CAMP! Fun and educational content by age and fun, practical and effective learning activities for the whole family.
This link is a source for learning the Mi'kmaq language at home. The resource offers lessons, vocabulary, songs, dictionary etc. Students would need a computer/device, internet connection and speakers.


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