Saytk'ilhl Wo'osim'

Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner. Review by Tony Lee

Posted by in Aboriginal Stories, Film, Inuit, Place based, Secondary

The resource I have chosen to include in our Common Bowl is a film called Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner. It is a Canadian film that was directed in 2001 by the Inuk filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk. Kunuk was born in Kapuivik on Baffin Island and attended school in Igloolik. Produced by Kunuk’s production company Isuma Igloolik Productions, Atanarjuat is Canada’s first feature-length fiction film entirely written, produced, directed, and acted by Inuit in Inuktitut. Set in Igloolik in the Eastern Arctic at the dawn of the first millennium, the film retells…read more


The Elders Are Watching- Summary by Aaron Singh

Posted by in Aboriginal Stories, Critical Resource Assessment, Elders

Bouchard, D., & Vickers, R. (1993). The Elders Are Watching. Tofino, BC: Eagle Dancer Enterprises LTD. “The Elders are Watching” is a beautifully crafted book with amazing artistry and  very captivating messages about taking care of the land on which we reside. Unfortunately our group did not have enough time in our presentation to use this resource, however we found it to be very enlightening and thought provoking in regards to Indigenous knowledges and how they are passed down from generation to generation. This book is a collaboration between writer…read more


“Whistle” novel- Summary by Micheal Rossi

Posted by in Aboriginal Stories, Aboriginal Youth, Novel, Secondary, Teen Fiction

Description of Resource “Whistle” by Richard Van Camp is a short story or a mini-novel that inspires readers. It highlights mature subjects such as mental health and offers powerful lifelong lessons to its readers. “Whistle” is the type of story that makes the reader think about Aboriginal communities and the value systems that many of them have in place. It also teaches restorative justice and poses the questions, what does someone have to do to prove that he/she is rehabilitated from the bad deeds that he/she has done? And, has…read more


Strong Readers Guided Reading Series- Summary by Jessica Welder

Posted by in Aboriginal Stories, Curriculum, Elementary, Lesson Plan, Place based

Description and Rationale The resource I selected to share in our classes Saytk’ih Woo’osim is the Strong Readers Guided Reading Series. The series of guided reading books includes a set consisting of 40 titles in levels 1-10, a set of 40 books leveled 11-20, and has just recently added two new series, a northern series and a Métis series, consisting of 8 books each. These readers are targeted to support the literacy development of all children. The series developer, content editor, and author of many titles, Terri Mack of the…read more


The Story of Black Coyote Video Clip by Christine Ehrlich-Brady

Posted by in Aboriginal Stories, Colonialism and Assimiliation, Elders

Description of the Resource The resource I chose is a two minute videoclip about Black Coyote. This video clip depicts the story of Black Coyote, told in American Sign Language by Ethan Bolton, a Deaf student at the British Columbia School for the Deaf. Ethan is a member of the Gitxaala clan, Tsmshian Nation in northwestern, B.C. He used this story for a public speaking contest hosted by a school in Massachusetts in which he came in first place.   I chose this video because I wanted to share an historical…read more


Critical Assessment of “Nokum is my Teacher”- Summary by Rakshin Saroha

Posted by in Aboriginal Stories, Appropriation, Critical Resource Assessment, Elders, Elementary

Description and Rationale: Bouchard, David (2007) Nokum is my Teacher. Markham: Red Deer Press This resource is a storybook format conversation between a young boy and hisgrandmother accompanied with beautiful paintings by Allen Sapp. This bilingual story is written in English and Cree side by side on the same page. The book addresses issues of identity, relevance of institutional education to Aboriginal children, and intergenerational learning through poetic dialogue between a boy and his Nokum. The book also contains an audio CD with reading in English and Cree. The CD…read more


People of the Land: Legends of the Four Host First Nation-Summary by Isabella Lam

Posted by in Aboriginal Stories, Elementary, Literacy, Secondary, Uncategorized

Resource Information Title: People of the Land: Legends of the Four Host First Nations (Lil’wat | Musqueam | Squamish | Tsleil-Waututh) by Aaron Nelson-Moody (Artist), Glenn George (Artist), Tewanee Joseph (Introduction) Citation: Nelson-Moody, A., George, G., & Joseph, T. (2009). People of the Land: Legends of the Four Host First Nations. USA: Theytus Books. Accessibility of Resource: May be ordered online (Amazon), or speak to your school librarian. Acknowledgements Before going further, I wish to acknowledge the ancestral, traditional and unceded Aboriginal territories of the Lil’wat, Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh…read more


Teaching for Indigenous Education Website- Summary by Mickey Borason

Posted by in Aboriginal Pedagogies, Aboriginal Stories, Curriculum, Higher Education, Lesson Plan, Website

The resource I chose for our common bowl was the Teaching for Indigenous Education Website located at It is a digital online resource that promotes the implementation and importance of Indigenous knowledge and pedagogies in our current school curriculum and encourages educators to enhance the classroom learning experience for not just our Aboriginal students, but for all learners. The creation and development of this website is a collaborative effort of both scholars and graduate students from the Faculty of Education at UBC, as well as support from the Teaching…read more


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