Learning Commons Resources
How do I find resources on Indigenous Peoples on the Learning Commons website?
- On the main menu find Resource -> Gr K-9 Resources Index. Choose a grade level.
- On each
page you will find a breakdown of sub-topics including an Introduction, correlations, lesson plans and web links and thematic content related to the Indigenous calendar.
For more on how to discern conversations you may want to watch this video by Monique Gray Smith as she shares applicable resources for different grade levels.
Learning Commons | Selected Books
These books have been selected as a conversation starter on the topic of Residential
Primary (K-Grade 5):
etco and Shin-chi’s Canoe are beautiful, award winning picture books written by Nicola L. Campbell. They share the poignant journey of a young sister and brother as they prepare to leave their family and attend residential school.
My Heart Fills with
Happiness by Monique Gray Smith. This beautiful board book is for our littles to serve as a reminder to reflect on and cherish the moments in life that bring us joy.
Middle School (Grade 6-9):
When We Were Alone
by David Roberston and Julie Flett. This lovely picture book captures the innocence and curiosity of a young Cree girl who notices the differences between her grandmother and herself. As she asks questions her grandmother shares her experiences in a residential school when many of her traditional cultural symbols were removed.
Legs by Margaret-Olemaun Pokiak-Fenton. This powerful story is about an eight year old Inuvialuit girl standing up to the bullies while keeping her Inuit spirit intact. This takes place in a of a residential school in the far North.
Dear Canada: These are my Words: The Residential School Diary of Violet Pesheens Acclaimed author Ruby Slipperjack shares a haunting novel about a 12 - year old girl’s experience at a residential boarding school in 1966. In her
notebook she records all of her worries, heartbreaks, and memories. But maybe there is hope at the end of the tunnel!
My Name is Seepeetza
by Shirley Sterling. At six years old Seepeetza is taken from her happy family life to live as a boarder at the Kamloops Indian Residential school where she manages to find some bright spots to make her school life more bearable.
High School (Grades 9-12):
Truth by Monique Gray Smith. Acclaimed Indigenous author Monique Gray Smith shares the stories of survivors and listens to allies who put the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission into action.
Truth and Reconciliation in Canadian Schools
by Pamela Rose Toulouse. This book is for all teachers and families who are looking for ways to respectfully infuse residential school history, treaty education and Indigenous perspectives and contributions. The author shares a holistic approach that facilitates relationship building
Every Child Matters Is an online event, open to all Canadian schools.
The Truth About Stories
by Thomas King. Beginning with a traditional Native oral story, King weaves his way through literature and history, religion and politics, popular culture elucidating North America’s relationship with its Native Peoples.