Connecting with Indigenous Knowledge from Indigenous Knowledge Keepers and Elders



Thinking About Cedar:

Join Elders Deb and Barry Milliken, Kettle and Stony Point First Nation, as they tell us about the cedar tree. Learn about the tradition of making cedar wreaths along with traditional knowledge about cedar as a medicine, and the roles of family members during the winter months with artist and storyteller Moses Lunham, Kettle and Stony Point First Nation. Learn about cedar, it’s uses, and it’s importance.

"The winter months are an important time of year for the Anishinaabeg. Once snow has fallen, stories are told around the fire. It is important to share traditional knowledge for a variety of reasons. Stories to teach lessons, to remember the year, to reflect upon what to keep or change for the year to come. " Deb Milliken, Kettle and Stony Point First Nation

Derek Sands, Bkejwanong Territory, Indigital Films, captured the video in partnership with the St. Clair Catholic District School Board and Deb and Barry Millken and Moses Lunham, Kettle and Stony Point First Nation.

Cedar Storytelling Session

The Cedar video may be viewed in its entirety or viewed in two-three parts to break it up for your class:

Part 1: The story of the cedar tree (0.00 - 10.49);

Part 2: Traditional Knowledge shared and the process of making a wreath (10:50 - 38.03) (there is also a nice break at 25.04 which transitions from collecting materials to creating the wreath).

Get Involved!

  • Go outside and find a cedar tree.

  • Explore and ask questions.

  • Collect materials outside.

  • Create a natural materials art response to the story of the Cedar Tree shared by Deb and Barry Milliken

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

Although 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 Virtues and 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.

Night Sky Star Stories by Wilfred Buck

Revolution of the Heart Series with Isaac Murdoch & Jodie Williams

Maple Moon & Maple Sugar Bush

K-2; 3-6; 7-8; 9-12 Resources in French and English

SCCDSB Virtual Classroom Tour Maple Sugar Bush

Links for classroom resources for every division in French and English connected to the Sugar Moon and Maple Sugar Bush.

Ziidbaatogeng: Maple Syrup Making; Sugarbush Traditions and Teachings on Aamjiwnaang . © Aamjiwnaang First Nation 2020

click "watch on YouTube"

A film by Derek Sands, Indigitalfilms

“Filmed on beautiful Aamjiwnaang First Nation, an elder teaches grandchildren and community members so they will pass on the teachings for future generations. Featuring Anishnaabemowin translations by local elders and speakers.”

Bkejwanong Sugar Bush Cedric Isaac.mp4

A Walk Through the Bkejwanong Sugarbush with Cedric Isaac, Bkejwanong Territory

A Walk Through the Bkejwanong Sugarbush is a walk alongside Cedric Isaac and a sharing of perspective from traditional knowledge sharing to tapping the sugar bush today, giving thanks and respecting creation.

Derek Sands, Bkejwanong Territory, Indigital Films, captured the video in partnership with the St. Clair Catholic District School Board and Cedric Isaac, Bkejwanong Territory.

The Inuit

See this SCCDSB Inuit Education weblink for connections to story along with reflection questions for the classroom.

David Robertson

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

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

David Bouchard

We Learn From the Sun SCCDSB Session (English)

We Learn From the Sun SCCDSB Session (French)

See David Bouchard's You Tube Channel for more stories to share.

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:

The activities are based on these key understandings:

  1. Indigenous civilizations have always been here

  2. Indigenous civilizations are sophisticated and complex societies

  3. Everything is grounded in relationships and connection with the land

  4. Indigenous civilizations are diverse throughout this land.

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

CBC Kids Explore

Secondary and Adult Listening

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