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Lessons From the Earth Storytelling, Art & Indigenous Knowledge Teacher Resource Kit

Lessons From the Earth
Storytelling, Art & Indigenous Knowledge

Digital Teacher Resource Kit

“Lessons From the Earth is a resource guide for educators that provides a practical application of Indigenous Knowledge into the classroom.  The focus of learning is grounded in a traditional Anishinaabe story, Jiig Nong Aadsookan, The Fisher Story.  Included are sample lessons and video modules that support the traditional teachings embedded within the story.  Lessons From the Earth is a provocation for student inquiry into topics such as the environment, First Peoples of Canada, Science, Social Studies, as well as important concepts such as love, respect and balance.” Jodie Williams

Led by Jodie Williams, Co-chair First Nations, Métis & Inuit Education Association of Ontario along with The Provincial Subject Association for teachers of First Nations,Métis & Inuit Studies and Native Languages, this resource contains direct links to the Ontario Catholic Graduate Expectations, the Catholic Virtues as well as the 7 Sacred Grandfather Teachings of the Anishinaabek.

Students will hear The Fisher Story narrated by Isaac Murdoch,  Fish Clan, Serpent River First Nation and will deepen their understanding as they enjoy illustrations by Christi Belcourt, Métis Nation.

While there are numerous themes and big ideas throughout the story, the resources provided focus on the seven listed below.  With each big idea, you will find an explanation, supporting video and sample lesson plans,

Zhawenjige: Walking With A Good Heart
Dodem: The Clan System
Mangide’e: Courage
Zaagi’idiwin: Love
Bagijigan: Offerings
Maawanji’idiwag: Working Together in a Good Way
Omdendum: Hope For the Future

Each lesson provides teachers with an Overview, suggestions for Assessment, Minds On Activity, Action and Consolidation activities.

These free Resource Kits are available online at Project H.O.M.E. (Helping Our Mother Earth) under the Education Resource Kit tab or you can download these free resources from iBooks directly onto your iPad, iPhone and MacBook.

Intermediate Resource Kit

It is evident that this resource was a passion project and special recognition must be given to all those that contributed in the development and writing of these resources.  

Jerry Otowadjiwan, 4th Degree Mide, Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve
Lorraine Liberty, 1st Degree Mide, Nipissing First Nation
Isaac Murdoch, Traditional Teacher, Serpent River First Nation
Ray John Jr., Traditional Teacher, Oneida Nation
Mary Lou Smoke, Anishinaabe, Batchewana First Nation
MaryAnn Naokwegijig Corbiere, Assistant Professor, Department of Indigenous Studies
Christi Belcourt, Artist, Métis Nation
Nancy Rowe, Community Consultant, Mississaugas of New Credit First Nation
Wesli Day, Videographer, Serpent River First Nation

Dan Reidy, Academic Coordinator DPCDSB
Geordie Barnett, Academic Consultant DPCDSB
Jodie Williams, Department Head, St. Thomas Aquinas CSS
Kelly Crawford, FNMI Education Consultant, M’Chigeeng First Nation

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