The Summer Solstice & National Indigenous History Month: A Time of Gathering, Learning, Honoring, & Celebrating

During National Indigenous History Month in June, it is a time to gather and honor the identity, history, traditions, and diversity of Indigenous People. On June 21st, we celebrate the summer solstice and honor National Indigenous People's Day and keep the learning going all throughout the month. Students across the school board will be participating in a variety of learning opportunities including thinking about the importance of the summer solstice, learning about this month's strawberry moon, connecting with art, cooking, participating in games such as archery, celebrating together, and learning more about diverse Indigenous cultures and perspectives!

Acknowledgement of Ancestral Lands

Land Acknowledgement - Google Slides.webm

Land Acknowledgement in English 

Land Acknowledgement Francais.mp4

Land Acknowledgement in French 

Also visit these two webpages this month for continued connected learning:

A new Jeopardy game has been added to this page to bring all learning together about inspiring Indigenous People in a fun way! 

New  posters are added to connect with local celebrations all throughout the month of June and into the summer!

Let's Learn About the Strawberry Moon!

Continue Learning about the Strawberry Moon!

Learn to sing Tara Williamson's song, Ode'min Giizis (Strawberry Moon) 

Keep Learning About the Strawberry Moon Here

June 20th In Person LIVE National Public All Ages  Performance 

at the Capitol Theatre Chatham! 

Tickets for the Evening Public Performance $15!

BOGO using the code: SCCDSB

5:30 PM Pre-Show Art Experience

6:30 PM Performance

Public Performance The Spirit Horse Returns QR Code Price.pdf

Let's Celebrate Through Song and Dance!

Learn about Hoop Dancing with Theland Kicknosway

Musique, chants et danse autochtones

Conter en chanson avec Sandrine Masse (tous ages)

Sandrine Masse est une chanteuse, une compositrice et une altiste wendate québécoise qui habite actuellement au Québec. Son atelier portera sur ses sources d’inspiration culturelle et créative en tant que musicienne, son identité et les liens entre celle-ci et son processus de création. Écoutez-la interpréter avec brio des pièces classiques et contemporaines avec sa voix et son alto, et apprenez de sa bouche comment la musique et la composition peuvent être des gestes d’activisme puissants traitant de sujets comme l’identité, la perte, les droits autochtones et la consommation des ressources.

Guide de l'enseignant et plan de cours

Guide de l'enseignant et plan de cours

A YouTube playlist of Indigenous Peoples sharing their homelands and traditions in collaboration with Parks Canada. 

Continue to Connect with Song and Dance with the Métis !

Métis Kitchen Party Playlist with Brianna Lizotte

Play the Spoons Demonstration

Play the Spoons Demonstration in French

Métis Style Dot Art

Colouring for all ages!

Christi Belcourt - Joy

click here for an interactive lesson!

More Learning Here: 

Let's Connect through Games!

Inuit Games with Aalla

Aalla and his son demonstrate Inuit games. He provided SCCDSB permission to use this video in connection with this webpage. Aalla will talk about the history of the games, the rules of the games and you will also learn about Inuit culture and language. 

Inuit Games began in the harsh environment of the Arctic where agility, strength and endurance are necessary for survival. These games were born out of a need to maintain fitness, practice life skills and the need for social interaction. 

Inuit Stories to Share in Your Classroom

The oral history of Inuit is filled with many folktales. In this traditional story, a young owl catches a lemming to eat. Inuit stories are often instructive and, with this tale, children quickly learn the value of being clever and humble, and why pride and arrogance are to be avoided.

Reflection Questions:

Can you think of any other morality tales you may know?  Consider stories such as Aesop’s Fables, the Monkey King, the Gingerbread Man, Anansi the Spider, the Three Billy Goats Gruff or the Three Little Pigs.

More Learning Here:

Listen & View Together

The Word Indigenous Explained...

What Is National Indigenous History Month?

La Journée nationale des peuples autochtones et le solstice d’été 

Secondary Classes: Bring Indigenous Film along with classroom ready lesson plans into the classroom with REEL CANADA

A Love Letter to the Land

Check out this poem: A Love Letter to the Land by Wade Clifford Vaneltski. He talks about how his relationships with the environment and the animals and ultimately the land. 

This poem would be a beautiful connection this month to explore through analyzing this poem and potentially having students think about what they would say in their own letters to the land. What special places do we connect with? Has this place changed over time? Or, if the land had a message to write to adults or to youth, what would be in those letters? This poem is a great way to connect with the land acknowledgment and bring learning to life. 

Get Hands On & Continue Learning!

Connect with Nature


All ages

Nature Hunt


Use Google Earth to learn about different cultural traditions of Indigenous Peoples across Canada 


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Keep the Learning Going! Also visit these two webpages to keep the learning going: