Ontario English Catholic Teachers

Aboriginal Education


Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada

The Ministry strategy is explained, including initiatives that support learning and achievement for Aboriginal students. It also raises awareness about First Nation, Métis, and Inuit cultures, histories, and perspectives.

Web Resources

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

Resources and links for classrooms supporting teaching about the history, customs, and traditions of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis. Kids’ Stop is devised for children, and provides information about Aboriginal history, culture, and languages, through games and stories.

Aboriginal Perspectives: A Guide to the Teacher’s Toolkit
This is a collection of electronic resources from the Ministry of Education to help elementary and secondary teachers bring Aboriginal perspectives into their classrooms. It includes ideas for teaching and learning (elementary and secondary).
Assembly of First Nations
News, events, issues, and policy directives from the organization that represents Canada’s status Indian population. Also includes the Assembly of First Nations – The State of Aboriginal Learning in Canada: A Holistic Approach to Measuring Success and Redefining How Success is Measured in First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Learning.
Common Portrayals of Aboriginal People
Aboriginal people are often portrayed in the media (especially in older films) as being primitive, violent, and devious, or passive and submissive. Such depictions are critically dissected in these stories and essays on Aboriginal people and the media.  
Four Directions Teachings
Lesson ideas, cultural information, and teachings from knowledge keepers and elders from the Blackfoot, Cree, Ojibwe, Mohawk, and Mi’Kmaq nations.
Good Minds
Aboriginal-owned and-operated bookseller reviews, and recommends appropriate classroom and educational resources. Includes an online catalogue.
ImagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival
The annual film festival offers dozens of documentary and dramatic films appropriate for classrooms; the website archives previous festivals, with full descriptions of each film.
Isuma Productions
Complete films (documentary and drama), television episodes, and testimonials from an Inuit perspective.
On the Path of the Elders
Photo gallery, videos and online adventure game highlighting the history and testimony/teachings from elders of the Mushkegowuk Cree and Anishinaabe Ojibwe nations in Northern Ontario.
Ontario Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation
Site provides resources and links, Ministry publications, and “quick facts”. It also provides information, video, and photos on Aboriginal organizations, education, artists, friendship centres, health, housing, and land claims from the government perspective.
Project of Heart
This project is an educational toolkit designed to engage students in a deeper exploration of indigenous traditions in Canada, and the history of Indian residential schools. It provides facts and dates, as well as an understanding of their implications for First Nations people.