Curricular Resources in Aboriginal Studies
Below are the CLN "Theme Pages" which focus on specific topics within Aboriginal
Studies. CLN's theme pages are collections of useful Internet educational resources
within a narrow curricular topic and contain links to two types of information.
Students and teachers will find curricular resources (information, content...)
to help them learn about this topic. In addition, there are links to instructional
materials (lesson plans) which will help teachers provide instruction in this
- This page contains some resources which look at the exploration of the
New World from the First Nations' perspective.
Nations History Theme Page
Nations Treaties, Law, and Land Claims Theme Page
Folklore, and Fairytales Theme Page
- See especially the section "First Nation Stories and Legends."
General Aboriginal Studies Resources
Here are a number of links to other Internet resources which contain information
and/or other links related to Aboriginal Studies. Please read our
Aboriginal Star Knowledge: Native American Astronomy
- A meta-list of annotated links to Native American Astronomy sites.
Youth Network (Canada)
- This network displays youth art, reports news, and provides links to Internet
search clients and other sites that are related to youth and aboriginal issues.
- British Columbia Archives presents 11 curricular units (galleries) drawing
heavily from archival information on BC History. Each gallery has teacher
guides and each is targeted for a specific grade range. Check out First
Nation's Art in BC (Gr. 4) to learn more about 3 First Nation's Artists
from British Columbia - Judith Morgan, Francis Batiste, and George Clutesi.
First Nations in BC (Gr. 9) has aboriginal accounts as well as European
ethnographic collections of stories in an attempt to describe certain historical
aspects of British Columbia.
an Expert: Aboriginal Studies
- For other sources of curricular content in this subject, check out the
CLN "Ask an Expert" page.
Columbia Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs
- Browsers can increase their understanding about the Ministry's organization
and mandate, BC First Nations, and the treaty negotiation process.
- This section of the National Atlas Information Service provides maps showing
areas covered by treaties from pre-Confederation to 1923. A table gives details
of treaties, including parties involved. The map is at scale 1:7 500 000.
Contemporary Aboriginal Issues (Schoolnet)
- This site enables secondary school teachers and students to explore contemporary
Canadian aboriginal political and social issues (urban aboriginals, images
in literature, self government, the Inuit, aboriginal women, residential schools,
administration of justice, the Metis, images in media, health issues, Indian
reserves, and land claims). SchoolNet offers students additional research
data to complement the background material which is presented with each theme.
Student activities are also included.
First Nations Website (Schoolnet)
- An extensive meta-list of annotated links to resources for Canadian aboriginal
studies. Topics covered include curricular resources (check this out!), youth
resources, nations in Canada, cultural resources, and elder teachings.
- This is an online national publication that focuses on the issues and subjects
of concern and interest to First Nations.
Nelson Aboriginal Project
- Developed in partnership between School district #81 (Fort Nelson), local
First Nations people, and the North East region, this comprehensive web site
explores the people, places, culture and environment in the traditional territory
of the Cree and Dene (Slavey) people of the northeast region of B.C. In addition,
there are pages of links to activities and resources for grade 4-7 students
organized under B. C. curriculum headings.
Index of Native American Resources on the Internet
- This "meta-list" site has links to many other WWW sites, categorized by
such topics as cultural, art, music, education, history, video and government
and Northern Affairs, Canada
- This Canadian federal government site contains information about the department,
its publications, and branches. It also has links to other Native Studies
oriented WWW sites, including the Aboriginal Super-Highway and the Fourth
World Documentation Project.
- Browse through the "Atlas of Cultures" to see mask images from cultures
around the world. Images are indexed by continent, by culture area, and by
culture. This site also contains a virtual museum showing the work of featured
mask makers and links to other mask sites.
Access to Engineering: Teachers Lounge
- The Native Access to Engineering Programme at Concordia University seeks
to address the problem of under-representation of Aboriginal people in the
engineering profession by combining research; curriculum development; networking
and promotional activities; and public education. In their Teachers Lounge,
you'll find aboriginal focused curriculum for students (worksheets) along
with guides for teachers for five scientific units: Structures, Simple Machines,
Environment, Communication, and Chemistry.
- There is a variety of information resources at this site, organized by
subject categories, geographical regions, nations/people, and languages.
West Coast Printmakers
- The University of Victoria's Maltwood Museum and Art Gallery presents a
sample of its collection of 2000 Northwest Coast First Nations prints in the
form of an interactive educational art game. In addition, students may access
more specific information about the cultures of the The Six Nations (Coast
Salish, Nuu-chah-nulth, Kwakwaka'wakw, Haida, Tsimshian, and Tlingit).
Northwest Connection: Gallery of Native Art
- This BC art gallery offers a wide variety of information about Northwest
Coastal art and artists. In addition to profiles on native artists (including
pictures of their work) organized by genre, there are articles providing background
information. Caution: the text may be difficult to read.
- An interpretive website. Xa-Ytem, come experience first Nations' culture,
history, archaeology and spirituality.
Wide Web Virtual Library: Aboriginal Studies
- This elaborate "meta-list" keeps track of leading information about Aboriginal
Studies across the globe. Sites and information are organized according to
Wide Web Virtual Library: Indigenous Studies
- A second meta-list that is similar in concept to the above.
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