Aboriginal /First Nations

Thank you to Ms. Morozov our MYP/DP Teacher Librarian who curated the majority of these resources. I have added and will continue to add to this page as we find more resources - Sra. Penafiel (Sept. 2018)

Stories Worth Sharing

Wab Kinew just created a Teacher Resource Guide to accompany his new picture book. Check out the book soon from the PYP Library!

Find out more about book HERE

-September 27th, 2018

Molly of Denali Videos and Podcasts

The show follows the adventures of feisty and resourceful 10 year-old Alaska Native, Molly Mabray.

It is the first nationally distributed children's series to feature a Native American lead character.

Molly of Denali includes Alaska Native voices in all aspects of the production, both on camera and behind the scenes. Every indigenous character is voiced by an indigenous actor. Alaska Native screenwriters and producers are also part of bringing the series to life. A working group of Alaska Native advisors provided guidance for the series and, through scriptwriting fellowships, Alaska Native writers are part of the production.

-Sept. 1st, 2019


  • Aboriginal Peoples (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit) - including residential school information: check back for updates.

  • Xa:ytem / Hatzic Rock: a 6,000 year old village site in Mission, BC I'm partial to it because I was a member of the second-season archaeological dig team (way back in 1994!) - Kirsten

  • American Indians in Children's Literature: Debbie Reese is a vocal and sometimes controversial American (as in U.S.) aboriginal voice reviewing children and teen lit from an indigenous perspective. She is but one voice that is not representative of every indigenous person, but she does provide a useful perspective to consider. I’ve found too that she’s quite willing to communicate via email, if you are interested.

  • The WITNESS BLANKET: Canadian Museum of Human Rights - Inspired by a woven blanket, this large-scale art installation is made from pieces of history – hundreds of items reclaimed from residential schools, churches, government buildings, and other cultural structures all across Canada. Note: The book based on the Witness Blanket is set to be released in the spring of 2019.
  • Project of Heart: an inquiry based, hands-on, collaborative, inter-generational, artistic journey of seeking truth about the history of Aboriginal people in Canada.


Video / Audio

  • We have three educational video streaming sites that have some relevant materials on our library websites – please send Kirsten or Meg a message if you would like some assistance with this.

    Check out e.g. the NFB's Indigenous Cinema in the Classroom:
    for ages 12-14

for ages 8-11

Indigenous Cinema in the Classroom Professional Learning for Educators

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