Module 2 Weblog
- A Journey Into Time Immemorial- Interactive Website
This is a great interactive Canadian website that I came across. I provided two different links, as one is strictly flash whereas the other also provides additional educator information. It provides the viewer with access to interactive spaces including games, interviews (both videos and audio clips) of Indigenous people as well as provides educators with curriculum connections. It also has numerous ‘articles’ detailing different parts of BC Indigenous everyday life. This would be a fantastic resource to share with students!
- Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (Kids Stop)- Website
I thought this was a great site that could be used for younger children as an introduction to Indigenous culture. The website, run by the Canadian government, provides a lot of information and descriptions of Indigenous cultures, traditions and customs. It is interactive and also provides links for educators to link with the curriculum.
- 10 Books About Residential Schools- CBC News Online Article
This is an article written by CBC that outlines 10 different books that can be read to children to help explain the residential school era. This is a very important part of Canadian indigenous history and should definitely be taught in school to help acknowledge and understand the pain and suffering they went through. While this can be a very difficult subject to talk about, these books, geared to younger children, will help start the important conversations that need to be had.
- Using Dialogue Circles to Support Classroom Management- YouTube Video
This YouTube video by Edutopia discusses how ‘dialogue’ or sharing circles can be used to discuss important issues like bullying. The video also discusses the use of sharing circles for purposes of restorative justice. While it does not specifically address Indigenous culture (or the fact that these circles were established in Indigenous cultures), one can infer ways that we can implement Indigenous educational practices such as these into our classrooms on a daily basis.
- Walking Together- Scholarly Paper
This is a paper (reference below) that outlines the importance of oral storytelling in literacy instruction, particularly for Aboriginal students. It begins by detailing the challenges faced in literacy learning by examining the residential school era. It then continues on and explains various Aboriginal traditions and customs. I found this article to be a great resource that helps educators to understand the importance of including Aboriginal perspectives and educational ways of teaching into their classrooms.
McKeogh, Anne, S. Bird, E. Tourigny, A. Romaine, S. Graham, J. Ottmann, and J. Jeary. (2008). Storytelling as a foundation to literacy development for aboriginal children: Culturally and developmentally appropriate practices. Canadian Psychology, Volume 49, No. 2, pp. 148–154.