June is National Indigenous History Month! In celebration and appreciation, we have created this Teaching Toolkit. There is so much to learn from the rich, diverse cultures found in Canada’s Indigenous communities. Below you will find all sorts of resources to support you as you help teach the children in your life about this subject.
We all aspire to understand what it means to be Indigenous— especially this month. Start right here at The Ottawa Public Library! We have several online resources for kids. Try searching words like “Indigenous” in these resources!
This short film unveils the power of Indigenous storytelling and takes place right here near the Ottawa River. And be sure to make a stop at this podcast for kids! They love touching base on everything Indigenous.
Interested in learning Indigenous languages? The kids will love this storytime series using Indigenous picture books. The books even include an English translation at the bottom of each page! And find a great selection of Indigenous songs for kids (with translation and language learning help!) here. The Government of Canada has compiled a list of Indigenous language resources, too.
And don’t miss out on these beautiful language learning colouring sheets from the National Arts Centre!
Dance and Music
Have Indigenous culture touch the hearts of your little ones! Music is a good place to start. These sisters open up the world of Inuit throat singing. But if the kids would like to learn a song themselves, here’s an Indigenous History Month rap song.
Try moving around! Learn a few Métis Jigging steps, Hoop Dancing, and Fancy Shawl Dancing. And follow this tutorial of Powwow Dance for kids while you’re at it! Speaking of getting active, why not add Indigenous games to the list, too?
Arts and Crafts
This Indigenous art lesson plan will guide you through many beautiful art pieces. It brings a wealth of knowledge and fun— and the kids will love to participate. Here are some Inuit-inspired crafts and Metis-inspired art also.
Or consider bringing the art of Indigenous storytelling to them!
Click the images or browse below to look through our booklists. Created for kids wishing to celebrate this special month with some reading… Happy National Indigenous History Month!