Pedagogical Strategies to Support Indigenous Ways of Learning

  • Reflect respect for Elders and the community as a whole
  • Connections to culture are respectful and reflective of the local community
  • Teaching with the larger picture in mind before presenting the parts
  • Mini-lessons with hands-on activities; experiential activities
  • Differentiated instruction and assessments
  • Connections to real life experiences
  • Storytelling using the approach of finding the curriculum within the story, as opposed to the other way around
  • Group talk (formal and informal) using the sharing circle protocols when appropriate
  • Use of Humour

 What Does a Culturally Inclusive Learning Environment Look Like?

  • Books are authentic and written by First Nations, Métis and Inuit authors
  • Resources that perpetuate stereotypes and racism have been removed
  • First Nations, Métis and Inuit perspectives are integrated into all parts of the curriculum
  • Special occasions (ex. Powley Day, Treaties Recognition Week) are recognized and celebrated
  • Traditional lands are acknowledged as a regular part of school activities and presentations
  • Indigenous community partners are invited into the classroom to share their teachings