Module 2, Post 1 – Teaching First Nations Issues/History

Teaching Aboriginal Issues and History

This article caught my eye as I was looking at some of the Truth and Reconciliation press. The article itself is very brief and the title pretty much says it all, but I think it makes an important point that to really be able to teach about these issues teachers need to have the right information and training.
http://www.cbc.ca/m/news/canada/sudbury/ontario-teachers-need-more-training-on-aboriginal-issues-report-1.3105687

As I started to look around there are not very many resources to draw on for teachers in this area.
This article is quite (very!) old, but it discusses the importance of integrating the history of the First Nations with the traditionally taught Canadian History, something that is still not being done effectively.
http://www.cbu.ca/mrc/first-nations-history

This is an article by the Elementary Teacher’s Branch of the Ontario Teachers Union about some of the challenges of teaching First Nations in social studies. This article seems to highlight what I have noticed, there is a lot of rhetoric but few resources.
http://etfovoice.ca/article/first-nations-metis-and-inuit-education-101/

Catherine

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