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Module 3: Cultural Stereotypes and Curricular Connections

This week, based on the readings and discussions, I found myself drawn to more curricular based research. I wanted to find where I could possibly fit these ideas into gym classes, but also how I could help teachers connect students to the culture. The cultural biases and equality discussion also made me think about how this related to the physical education aspect of my research and I wanted to touch on this as well.


1.BC Curriculum

I decided after a very interesting pro-d day that focused on first nations representation in our curriclulum on how this physical education piece could possibly fit into the first nations cultural views. I first looked on our British Columbia new curriculum website and found surprisingly nothing. I did however, start to get creative and looked at the positive personal and cultural identity section. Much of the dances I would be teaching should  enhance the idea that everyone is unique, yet also connected.


2. Teaching Tools

This is not necessarily a dance inspired resource, however I would like to include it in my website as a tool for teachers looking to use first nations influence in the gym. This website is extensive and while not based in BC has some fantastic ideas for using first nations ideals in the gym. There are options for primary, intermediate and older.  Use of animals is definitely highlighted and is a wonderful way to inspire gross motor skills, I use this daily regardless of whether it is culturally significant or not.


3. Statistics

I also decided I would delve more into the health aspect of the first nations culture, possibly as a motivator for teachers to insert culture into their gym classes. Health statistics for first nations people are very interesting and should serve as a useful tool for teachers. Specifically page 27, which highlights physical activity and food consumption. Interestingly the majority of first nations peoples (35% of men and 26% of women) were physically active for 60 minutes per day, a statistic I feel could be higher. Unfortunately, there are no statistics for children in these families, however, physical education as youth could help increase physical wellness in adults.

Also interesting was table 3 as it highlights resiliency seen in first nations students and the graduation statistics among them. This doesn’t necessarily relate to inspiring physical wellness, but should be a motivator in introducing culture and personal cultural identity. That sense of community would hopefully help first nations students be motivated to complete their degrees and excel in school.

4. This week’s readings and discussion had me thinking about cultural stereotypes and how first nations people are viewed in terms of physical health. Unfortunately first nations people have not been as active in, say, the sports community as would other cultures. However, I think looking at this image the outdoor education aspect is something to be emphasized. Fishing and hunting are all forms of sport and allow for some physical activity to take place. Field trips or walks in nature would be an excellent cultural activity to complete as a part of gym class. While this is not necessarily dance related as I had hoped, I think it is important for teachers to touch on all ways first nations people are physically active and make it a point to convey this to students. Since the culture is so rich and often viewed in one way, students need to learn how cultural stereotypes come to be.


5. Our Health Counts

I stumbled across this slideshow on this linkedin profile which was based in Hamilton and was titled an Urban Aboriginal Health Database Research Project. The image was the one I thought would be beneficial to my research. It is important to note that physical wellness, while important to first nations people, is not necessarily what makes one healthy. Considering this, there would be great crossover lessons available to emphasize the mind-body connection so important in first nations culture. To me even practicing deep breathing could be beneficial physically, while at the same time emphasizing wellness. Yoga would be an excellent example and lesson to do as it does incorporate animal poses, something important to first nations culture. The mind-body concept would be an excellent starting off point for teachers of both younger and older students.

Module 4: Post #5- Indigenous and Education Issues

On further research into curriculum and resources to teach students about human rights and ways to break down stereotypes and racism towards Aboriginal communities, led me to the explore the Canadian Museum of Human Rights in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (https://humanrights.ca/).

This then took me to the following website, Speak Truth to Power Canada (http://sttpcanada.ctf-fce.ca/) which includes links to different defenders for Human Rights.

Below are links to biographies, interviews, resources and lesson plans from three Aboriginal Leaders.

Lesson Plans


Wilton LittleChild, Ph.D, Cree Chief, Residential School Survivor and Lawyer

– Truth and Reconciliation resources


Mary Simon, Advocate for Inuit Rights and Culture

– Cultural Identity and Education resources

“Respect each other. Doesn’t matter who you are, if you’re an Inuk, a First Nations, Métis, French Canadian, English Canadian, or somebody from another country. Respect each other, each other’s culture, each other’s identity, and accommodate the differences. It’s a big world.” (Mary Simon,  http://sttpcanada.ctf-fce.ca/lessons/mary-simon/interview/)


Karihwakè:ron Tim Thompson, of the Mohawk Nation’s bear clan at Wahta Mohawk Territory, advocate for Indigenous and Education Issues

– Equitable Education for All resources

Module 3- Post 5- Equality for All

The more I learn about the history of First Nations in Canada and the continuing inequality of present day education, the more I realize the responsibility we all have as educators in breaking the cycle. I am amazed by the number of ignorant people who don’t seem to understand or care about the reasons why so many First nations students are struggling in today’s system. However, it is heartening to learn about the people who do care and the programs that are in place in order to make a difference to future generations.

Here are some resources that I have recently come across that I think are useful to learn more about Canadian History and it’s continuing effects on First Nations Peoples today.

The following video that looks like it was published by a student at Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (The Home of Aboriginal Post- Secondary Education in BC) provides statistics about the differences in education rates and employment between Aboriginals and Non- Aboriginals.

It’s Not an Opinion, It’s a Fact: Aboriginal Education in Canada

In the article found in University of Regina’s Degrees Magazine. James Daschuk talks about the book he has written titled, Clearing the Plains about the damage done by the Canadian Government during the time of John A Macdonald’s national dream.

Daschuk, James. Clearing the Plains (pages 39-40). Degrees, The University of Regina Magazine, Volume 26, no.2, fall/winter 2015. retrieved July 12th, 2015. http://www.uregina.ca/external/communications/assets/docs/pdf/degrees-magazine/dm-fw2014.pdf

In this recent video; Trudeau, Mulcair blast Harper’s record on First Nations issues  (July 8th, 2015) both NDP and LIberal Candidates promise more for Aboriginal Communities than has been delivered by Stephen Harper’s Conservative Govt. Time will tell.