Will you be celebrating National Aboriginal Day in your class tomorrow? Tell us how in the comments below for your chance to win a $25 gift card.
National Aboriginal Day is celebrated every year on June 21st, the summer solstice, to honour the rich and unique cultural heritages of First Nations, Inuit and Metis. Events are being held across the country, including demonstrations of traditional drumming and dancing ceremonies, fiddle performances, arts and crafts shows, traditional sports, plus many more.
This is a perfect opportunity to teach your class about traditional Aboriginal culture. To celebrate, Nelson Education is offering a free download of the ebook Getting Ready for the Feast from the Circle of Life series of authentic First Nations stories. You should also check out FNER which is a site dedicated to First Nations Educational Resources. We’ve also listed activities you can hold in your class.
20 ideas for for celebrating Canadian Aboriginal culture:
- Invite Aboriginal guest speakers, e.g. an Elder, to speak on local history as well as contemporary issues
- Plan an activity with an Aboriginal partner such as an on-reserve school or school district
- Prepare an arts and crafts display or workshop
- Offer an Aboriginal language workshop
- Play traditional or contemporary games, e.g. lacrosse
- Prepare a display of items such as treaties, arts and books
- Hold storytelling sessions
- Invite Aboriginal dancers and singers to perform
- Hold an essay and artwork contest
- Give a quiz on Aboriginal history/culture
- Organize a school Internet exchange
- Take field trips to local Aboriginal sites
- Hold student exchanges
- Start a Pen Pal Club with an Aboriginal school
- Skype in a friend of FNMI heritage to talk to your class about the history of his/her community
- Research contributions made by Aboriginal people to Canada
- Identify or learn about Aboriginal heroes/heroines in Canada
- Learn about Aboriginal food preparation
- Hold a bannock-baking contest
- Use social media on June 21st to follow events happening around the country
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