Commemorating National Indigenous History Month

MPL’s “Learning at Home” series is designed to support elementary level students' continued learning beyond the classroom.  The posts explore topics related to the Ontario Curriculum and are designed to spark curiosity, learning and fun!

June is National Indigenous History Month. This is a great time to learn more about the history and cultural diversity of the First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples of Canada. 

The first step to understanding the distinct and amazing Indigenous cultures of Canada is to understand the terminology we use today, watch this video to learn more:

Go on a virtual field trip

Take a trek in the Canadian Arctic or learn more about the atrocities of Residential Schools through these virtual field trips:

The Shingwauk Indian Residental School is part of Algoma University's campus and was first established as a residential school in 1873. You can explore the history of this site through a virtual tour. 

Explore views of the Canadian Arctic with Google Maps.

Hear Stories from Indigenous Cultures

You might have heard of stories of Big Dipper and Ursa Major, but have you heard stories of Indigenous Star Stories? Check out this great program hosted by Ontario Science Centre last year!

Listen to six Indigenous storytellers on traditional and creation stories through The Canadian History Hall.

Games and Activities

At nearly every Indigenous cultural gathering you will find fry bread.  Check out these recipes and  try making fry bread with your family!

Play Raven's Quest on TVO Kids, an interactive game that talks about the different Indigenous cultures of Canada.

Have you been to our newest library/community centre Aaniin? The name “Aaniin,” pronounced [ah-nee], means “hello” or “welcome” in Ojibway. The name was chosen to welcome Markham’s many diverse communities, to commemorate Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017, and in honour of our First Nations people. Although you cannot visit in person right now, you can relive the official grand opening event from 2017:

Want to continue to hear more stories and learn more about Indigenous cultures? Here are some great titles to get you started!

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