As we prepare to honour our veterans and current members of the armed forces, our school has being acknowledging the diversity of those who serve or have served for our freedoms. For our Remembrance Day assembly, students will be honouring Indigenous individuals who sacrificed for Canada. One of our Grade 6 teachers shared this video we me, by Gordon Powell; a tribute to these brave soldiers.
The second resource is from Veteran’s Affairs Canada and is entitled, Remembrance Moments: Canada’s Indigenous Veterans
Opening up my eyes to the history of Indigenous Peoples in Canada, and seeing that they sacrificed so much for the very country that did not treat them with the respect and recognition they deserved. Taking the time to acknowledge and honour these individuals and groups is important for our students.
Veteran’s Affairs Canada also has a site dedicated to Indigenous Veterans. http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/those-who-served/indigenous-veterans
This site provides a number of resources and learning activities for elementary, middle and high school students.
I was surprised to learn that Aboriginal Veteran’s Day is commemorated on November 8.
Indigenous War Heroes – Secondary School Teacher’s Guide
I continued looking for resources related to November 8, Aboriginal Veteran’s Day and came across this guide for Secondary Teachers.
Continuing my search for more resources, I found this Indigenous Inquiry Kit Created and Written by Tamara Hancock
“War and Remembrance: Aboriginal Veterans and Their Contributions to War Efforts from World War I to the Present”. It is for the middle school level and has students examine Indigenous veterans contributions through a variety of cross curricular activities.