Math Catcher

Math Catcher:Mathematics Through Aboriginal Storytelling is a site dedicated to introducing math topics via Aboriginal storytelling methods.  There are stories, video clips, background, rationale and links to conferences.  The project this site stemmed from was initiated at a First Nations Math Education Workshop held at the Banff International Research Station (BIRS) for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery.

One of the goals of this project is to promote mathematics for all peoples, but particularly in a way that will allow Aboriginal children to see themselves and their culture connected to mathematics, and to promote Aboriginal traditions amongst non-Aboriginal students.  The stories on the site are available in both English and various Aboriginal languages.


September 17, 2012   No Comments

Teaching Mathematics in a First Peoples Context

Teaching Mathematics in a First Peoples Context is a document produced by the First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) that provides content, lessons, ideas and rationale for including authentic First Nations content and viewpoints in teaching mathematics.  There are suggestions for contacting local First People communities, as well as many links to websites that provide background and information for the lesson plans outlined in the 157 page document.

The FNESC is an independent society with a vision to provide high-quality, relevant education to First Nations youth.  Their website,, outlines their goals, organization and hosts a wealth of information and links regarding education and First Nations students.  One of the pages on the site, Curriculum & Teacher Resources, is designed for K-12 public educators.  The site states that:

“FNESC, the First Nations Schools Association and the provincial government have been developing new First Peoples curriculum and classroom resources in order to create more inclusive schools and classrooms and better inform all students  about First Nations issues and realities. Curriculum development work is ongoing.” (

September 15, 2012   No Comments