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Indigenous Education

This guide has been created for all members of the NorQuest Community.

LINC Curriculum Resources

The resources featured in this section are intended to meet the particular needs of Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada.

LINC instructors have unique opportunities to build appreciation for the diverse cultural and historical perspectives in Canada and draw connections to learners' own cultural backgrounds and individual journeys.

A foundational understanding of Indigenous people in Canada, including the history of residential schools and Treaties, establishes the importance of these topics to new Canadians.

While curriculum redesign may not always be feasible, there are often opportunities to reassess the materials used in the classroom. The perspectives presented in classroom materials influence learners' understanding of Canadian culture. In many cases, we are able to weave a broader range of perspectives into the classroom to support initiatives to Indigenize curriculum.

Featured Curriculum Materials

Wild Berries

Juvenile Literature CLB1/2

Clarence and his grandmother pick wild blueberries and meet ant, spider, and fox in a beautiful woodland landscape.

The Orange Shirt Story

Juvenile Literature CLB2/3

This true story also inspired the movement of Orange Shirt Day which could become a federal statutory holiday.

When We Were Alone

Juvenile Literature CLB2/3

When a young girl helps tend to her grandmother's garden, she begins to notice things about her grandmother that make her curious.

Sugar Falls

Middle Grade CLB3/4

A school assignment to interview a residential school survivor leaders Daniel to Betsy, his friend's grandmother, who tells him her story.

A Girl Called Echo, Vol. 1: Pemmican Wars

Middle Grade, Graphic Novel CLB3/4

Echo Desjardins, a 13-year-old Métis girl adjusting to a new home and school, is struggling with loneliness while separated from her mother.

Surviving the City

Middle Grade, Graphic Novel CLB3/4

Tasha Spillett's graphic novel debut, Surviving the City, is a story about womanhood, friendship, colonialism, and the anguish of a missing loved one.

I Am Not a Number

Middle Grade CLB3/4

When Irene is removed from her First Nations family to live in a residential school, she is confused, frightened and terribly homesick.

I Can Make This Promise

Middle Grade CLB4/5

In her debut middle grade novel-inspired by her family's history-Christine Day tells the story of a girl who uncovers her family's secrets-and finds her own Native American identity.

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This Place: 150 Years Retold

YA, Graphic Novel CLB5/6

Explore the past 150 years through the eyes of Indigenous creators in this groundbreaking graphic novel anthology.

Shin-chi's Canoe

Juvenile Literature CLB5/6

When Shin-chi and his sister go off to his first year of Residential School in a cattle truck, she warns him of all the things he must not do.

Fatty Legs

Middle Grade CLB5/6

Eight-year-old Margaret Pokiak has set her sights on learning to read, even though it means leaving her village in the high Arctic.

Trickster: Native American Tales

Middle Grade, Graphic Novel CLB5/6

All cultures have tales of the trickster – a crafty creature or being who uses cunning to get food, steal precious possessions, or simply cause mischief.

Curriculum Resources