Because of the recent change in name National Aboriginal Day has become National Indigenous Peoples Day. This Lesson is a great way to teach students to celebrate Metis, Inuit and First Nation cultures. This package includes answer key, multiple approaches to complete the lesson depending on the age of your students.
As part of diversity and understanding of the people we share our planet with, I did a month by month study into different cultures around the world. To help with this unit I used the following books:
- A is for Aboriginal By: Joseph MacLean
- A Name for a Metis By: Debra Delaronde
- The First Strawberries By: Joseph Bruchac
- Maple Moon By: Connie Brummel Crook
- The Nanabosao By: Joe McLellan
If you have the opportunity to order from or visit Native Reflections in Winnipeg, they have a book called "National Indigenous Peoples Day. This is the only book I have found on this celebration.
While this package contains written work do not hesitate to incorporate music, dance, food and videos pertaining to the First Nations culture. This could be a day long event that even includes indigenous games.
Each month on the day or as close as possible I would read the book or any other appropriate book and complete the follow up paper. We then would put the paper into our portfolio. Also I used these events as part of the timeline in my room in which any and all important events were added. At times even pictures where available were placed on the time line.