Top 5 Indigenous Resources for Teachers – Back to School

September is a busy time for students, teachers and literacy instructors. Everybody has hopefully settled into a regular routine by the second week of September.

Over the past year, there has been an increased awareness in general of First Nation issues across Canada. Do you want to add more indigenous programming into your classroom or literacy program but don’t know where to start?

Here is a TOP 5 list of Ningwakwe Learning Press resources to get you started.


Download podcast, teacher’s guide and student activities with literacy lesson plans to go with the engaging, contemporary, cultural content that CBC has produced in their series, ReVision Quest. This episode explores the terminology and labels that are associated with Aboriginal people in Canada: First Nations, Natives, Aboriginal, Indigenous, and Indian.

2. Circle Works: Transforming Aboriginal Literacy

The Circle Works model is a method of teaching/learning anti-racism based on ancestral Aboriginal philosophies. This guidebook gives teachers and instructors of adult literacy learners a background and understanding on providing instruction to Aboriginal students.

3. Empowering the Spirit II: Native Literacy Curriculum

Our most popular literacy curriculum includes cultural support for teachers and practitioners and 30 lesson plans organized with the medicine wheel as a guide.

4. Success in Your Studies for Aboriginal Students

This guide looks at the various aspects of First Nation, Métis and Inuit student life that one may face while going to school. Topics include such things as academics, economics, social, family, health and most importantly, one’s own personal well-being.

5. Digital Ogichida

A timely, fictional story set in contemporary Canadian society about a young man rediscovering his First Nation roots in the midst of online controversy – a digital warrior at home in both worlds. The Teacher’s Guide provides learning tasks and activities that will cultivate a basic understanding of concepts related to indigenous nationhood through collaborative approaches, while supporting literacy skills.

When teachers create an environment of respect, learners become teachers and role models. When teachers create an atmosphere characterized by the freedom to explore ideas, learners turn into leaders.

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