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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 theme.
Explorers Theme Page
This page contains some resources which look at the exploration of the New World from the First Nations' perspective.

First Nations History Theme Page

First Nations Treaties, Law, and Land Claims Theme Page

Masks Theme Page

Stories, 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 disclaimer.

Aboriginal Star Knowledge: Native American Astronomy
A meta-list of annotated links to Native American Astronomy sites.

Aboriginal 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.

Amazing Time Machine
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.

Ask an Expert: Aboriginal Studies
For other sources of curricular content in this subject, check out the CLN "Ask an Expert" page.

British 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.

Canada-Indian Treaties
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.

First Perspective (Canada)
This is an online national publication that focuses on the issues and subjects of concern and interest to First Nations.

Fort 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 resources.

Indian 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.

Native 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.

Native Web
There is a variety of information resources at this site, organized by subject categories, geographical regions, nations/people, and languages.

North 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).

[The] 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.

Stó:lo Nation Website
An interpretive website. Xa-Ytem, come experience first Nations' culture, history, archaeology and spirituality.

World 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 nations.

World Wide Web Virtual Library: Indigenous Studies
A second meta-list that is similar in concept to the above.

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