Diversity and Inclusion Resources - Indigenous Education
As a District, we recognize that we live, learn, work and play on the traditional and unceded territories of the Qayqayt First Nation, as well as all Coast Salish peoples. And, as settlers on this land, we are committed to doing more, as part of our greater commitment to truth and reconciliation.
Educating ourselves about the history of Indigenous people in Canada is an important part of that work. We continue to do more to find ways to add Indigenous teachings and learning into our curriculum in schools, as we also strive to better support our Indigenous students and their families.
Below are some resources you may want to look into – whether that’s for your own learning or to engage with alongside your kids. The resources below span from those taking their first steps into greater understanding to suggestions ………..
Understanding the history of racism
For those starting out, or to share with K-5 learners, this video by Indigenous Youth Wellness, titled “The Roots of Racism” is a great starter lesson in understanding the roots and realities of how the colonization of Canada established patterns of racism that live on today: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7h9CBMDlb0w
Learning about Indigenous culture, lives and experiences
Want to know more about the local (New Westminster) history of the Qayqayt First Nation? This powerful video features Chief Rhonda Larrabee’s work to rejuvenate the nation that had almost been forgotten: A Tribe of One
Here’s a great list comic books and video games that you and your kids may want to explore together, as curated by CBC Kids: 15 Beautiful Indigenous Comic Books And Video Games For Kids
The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) has provided a number of short videos for elementary school kids that are produced by Indigenous filmmakers from across Canada. We encourage you to enjoy these stories with you kids: https://www.nfb.ca/playlist/indigenous-cinema-classroom-ages-611/