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

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Land Acknowledgement in English 

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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!

Learning from Haudenosaunee, Cree, & Anishinaabe Perspectives:

Let's Get Cooking! 

Ray John Jr., Oneida Nation, Jamie Chalifoux, Cree, and Growing Chefs Ontario are partnering with classes to bring Haudenosaunee and Cree perspectives and learning to classrooms along with some hands on cooking lessons to try! 

Let's Paint! 

Moses Lunhman, Anishinaabe artist from Kettle and Stony Point First Nation will be sharing his Strawberry Moon paint session with classes! 

Lynda Lou Classens, Librarian from Walpole Island First Nation will be sharing story with classes to learn about the strawberry moon and the 13 moons on the turtle's back. 

Continue Learning about the Strawberry Moon!

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

Register Here to Bring Sessions into the Classroom:

Connect with these Daily Learning Activities with a Chance to Win Gift Cards! 

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📸 Submit pics from learning all month to for additional prizes! 

The Kinoomaadziwin Education Body is inviting you and your class to learn more about Indigenous culture by completing a series of daily activities from June 1st to June 21st. The activities aim to provide teachers and students with learning opportunities around cultural teachings and how they impact everyday lives. 

Let's Celebrate Through Song and Dance!

Jingtamok – Celebrating Through Song and Dance

Naokwegijig (Tim McGregor) will share in partnership with the Dufferin-Peel Catholic DSB about the different dance styles, styles of regalia, and the history of jintamok (where it came from). Tim will also share about the format and protocols related to Pow Wow’s and this is a wonderful way to learn about the beautiful Anishinaabe people.  

Learn about Hoop Dancing with Theland Kicknosway

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

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Painting with Isaac Murdoch

Anishinaabe artist Isaac Murdoch in partnership with the Dufferin-Peel Catholic DSB will be sharing a painting session with his iconic image: Thunderbird Woman.  Isaac will also share art techniques and tips as an artist along the way. This partnership also shares this digital resource that is available for use in schools that also includes many of his other images:  Art as an Advocacy for Change

Let's Connect through Games!

Onkwehonwe Life, Culture & Games

In Kanyen'keha (Mohawk), Onkwehonwe translates to ‘the original or first people’. The traditional way of many Onkwehonwe is to live in harmony with Mother Earth.  Living in this good way requires a balance of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.  Games were and are still used as a way to stay healthy and connected to a persons community.  During the session, in partnership with the Dufferin Peel Catholic DSB,  Dallas Squire who is Kahnyen’kehàka (Mohawk), Turtle Clan from Six Nations of the Grand River, will share how Onkwehonwe games and the Mohawk culture can create connection and laughter as well as physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.  Dallas is a former professional Lacrosse player and has been sharing culture and games for over a decade.   

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 Togetherness and Connectedness

Aliqa will share in partnership with Dufferin Peel Catholic DSB how we as all Inuit (humans) can connect and beautifully co-exist together through Inuit teachings. Aliqa Illauq is originally from Kangiqtugaapik in the Qikiqtaaluk region in Nunavut and a mother to three children. She was born and raised in Inuit Nunagat and brought up in a strong Inuit community where Inuit culture, language, and traditions were very much alive and lived into. She has Inuit skills that she has been taught from a very young age from the elders of her home community. Aliqa is of the first generation after Inuit displacement through the processes of colonization. She grew up surrounded by the strong presence of Inuit iliqusik (ways of being).  Aliqa knows the importance of keeping Inuit culture, language and traditions alive so the next generations may learn and thrive from them. Aliqa studied a Combined Honours in Law, and Human Rights and Social Justice, with a minor in Indigenous Studies. She is also fluent in Inuktitut and English. 

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.

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Listen & View Together

The Word Indigenous Explained...

What Is National Indigenous History Month?

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: