Connecting with Indigenous Knowledge from Indigenous Elders, Knowledge Keepers, and Authors



Isaac Murdoch 

Exploring Art as a Provocation for Inquiry 

This resource has been created to assist teachers in the classroom with exploring Indigenous artworks.  Rather than simply replicating artwork it is important that teachers look at what messaging is being conveyed and how students can think about how those messages relate to their own learning.  This inquiry based approach can help inspire the creative process for students to then design their own works of art.  Several images have been provided by Isaac along with a recording explaining the meaning behind each as well as examples of how these can be used to inspire action and awareness.  Included are colouring pages that can be used for younger students. 

NEW RESOURCE: Lessons From Beyond

Lessons From Beyond is a comprehensive digital resource that engages students into learning about the mysteries of the cosmos through Indigenous knowledge systems.  The ongoing impacts of colonization have led to the destruction and fragmentation of Indigenous knowledge systems, methodologies, pedagogies, and epistemologies. As a result this resource has reached out across the globe and created a unique collaborative network of Indigenous educators, Elders, academics, and scientists from New Zealand, Canada, and the United States, which also includes a partnership with NASA.  This resource works from the understanding that Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Western science can reflect, resonate with, and reinforce one another, affirming each other as valid, valuable, and vital.  This new learning provides an opportunity to re-center Indigenous knowledge systems in order to advance all of society in the fields of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics).  

Lessons From the Earth: Storytelling, Art & Indigenous Knowledge Resource, K-10

There are a variety of themes embedded within the story, this resource, developed by Knowledge Keepers and Elders and the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board, focuses on 7 big ideas, each with supporting videos and sample lesson plans with curriculum-connected activities.  All lesson plans also have connections to the Catholic Graduate Expectations.  There are comprehensive lesson plans for grades K-10. 

Isaac Murdoch Website 

Click on this image for tellings shared by Isaac Murdoch and use this link to explore more resources by Isaac Murdoch. 

Revolution of the Heart Series with Isaac Murdoch & Jodie Williams

Wilfred Buck

Night Sky Star Stories by Wilfred Buck

Wilfred Buck Official Site

David Robertson

Use the following links to learn more about David Robertson and his books. 

SCCDSB David A. Robertson

On the Trapline Teaching Ideas

On the Trapline By David Robertson

Barren Grounds Book Trailer by Mr. Nead's Class

Barren Grounds Book Trailer.mp4

The Barren Grounds Teaching Ideas

Barren Grounds by David Robertson

Monique Gray Smith Connecting with Kindness 

Storytelling with Monique Gray Smith
French Storytelling with Monique Gray Smith

(Stories in French within)

See Monique Gray Smith's You Tube Channel for more stories to share. 

Check out these books in schools in addition to the reading links and activities above:

Digital Resources from the FNMIEAO

Looking for additional digital Indigenous Education Resources? Check out the Digital Resources to Support Indigenous Education K-12 by FNMIEAO. These new digital resources have been designed to provide teachers with accurate content along with curriculum connections to support the learning of Indigenous peoples, and truths both past and present. Resource subscription from the FNMIAEO.COM  . Please contact Cortnee Goure for the SCCDSB username and password or see the lates CLS Newsletter.

Please email for the username and password to this resource available in French and English. 

Truth and Reconciliation in the Classroom Student Resource from the FNMIEAO:

The activities are based on these key understandings:

Students will be exposed to Indigenous ways of knowing, doing and being by examining both past and present ways of life in order to deepen their appreciation of how these key aspects can enhance their own understanding of their relationship to Indigenous Peoples.

Indigenous languages will also be embedded to enhance learning and provide authentic, accurate information from direct sources (e.g., language speakers such as Oneida, Anishinaabe, Oji-Cree and Cree). 

Video and Audio Resources in French and English 

Read and listen

Lire et écouter

The Secret Life of Canada: Podcasts for the Classroom & Teaching  Guides