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Teaching Toolkit: National Indigenous History Month

Fri, Jun 04, 2021

June is National Indigenous History Month! In celebration and appreciation, we have created this Teaching Toolkit. There is so much to learn from the rich, diverse cultures found in Canada’s Indigenous communities. Below you will find all sorts of resources to support you as you help teach the children in your life about this subject.

We all aspire to understand what it means to be Indigenous— especially this month. Start right here at The Ottawa Public Library! We have several online resources for kids. Try searching words like “Indigenous” in these resources!

Teaching Tools

This short film unveils the power of Indigenous storytelling and takes place right here near the Ottawa River. And be sure to make a stop at this podcast for kids! They love touching base on everything Indigenous. 

Or listen to a radio-style show with many Indigenous playlists. Also, the Government of Canada, CBC Kids and TVOLearn have wonderful tools that include games, lesson plans, fact sheets and more.

Language Learning

Interested in learning Indigenous languages? The kids will love this storytime series using Indigenous picture books. The books even include an English translation at the bottom of each page! And find a great selection of Indigenous songs for kids (with translation and language learning help!) here. The Government of Canada has compiled a list of Indigenous language resources, too.

And don’t miss out on these beautiful language learning colouring sheets from the National Arts Centre!

Dance and Music

Have Indigenous culture touch the hearts of your little ones! Music is a good place to start. These sisters open up the world of Inuit throat singing. But if the kids would like to learn a song themselves, here’s an Indigenous History Month rap song.

Try moving around! Learn a few Métis Jigging steps, Hoop Dancing, and Fancy Shawl Dancing. And follow this tutorial of Powwow Dance for kids while you’re at it! Speaking of getting active, why not add Indigenous games to the list, too?

Arts and Crafts

Learn all about beadwork and pottery in these doc-interviews with young friends… And experience totem poles!

This Indigenous art lesson plan will guide you through many beautiful art pieces. It brings a wealth of knowledge and fun— and the kids will love to participate. Here are some Inuit-inspired crafts and Metis-inspired art also.

Or consider bringing the art of Indigenous storytelling to them!



Click the images or browse below to look through our booklists. Created for kids wishing to celebrate this special month with some reading… Happy National Indigenous History Month!

From Sea to Sea to Sea - Celebrating Indigenous Children's Booksby indigenous_library

From board books and picture books for younger kids to non-fiction and graphic novels for older readers, this collection is a selection of the best books by Indigenous authors, many illustrated by Indigenous artists, published in Canada up to December 2017. This collection was compiled by IBBY (the International Board on Books for Young People). #aboriginal, #indigenous

BPO - Romans autochtones - pour enfantsby Autochtones_bibliothèque