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Resources for Decolonizing Your Teaching

This list offers resources to support a path towards decolonizing our teaching.

Indigenous Content and Bibliographies

Queen's Library Guides provide links to a wide range of Indigenous sources. Apart from those,there are other collections that map out Indigenous topical and subject knowledge.

Deepening Knowledge Project (University of Toronto): Topical lists include resources on Residential Schools, Sixties Scoop and Adoption, Treaties and Land Claims. Subject lists reflect te K-12 curriculum and include the Arts, Music, Science, Math, and Indigenous Languages.

Shekon Neechie: An Indigenous History Site: This is a select bibliography of historical works by Indigenous scholars on Indigenous histories in North America/Turtle Island. 

University of British Columbia

First Nations X̱wi7x̱wa Library (Squamish for “echo”)

Collects materials written from First Nations perspectives and written by Indigenous authors, First Nations organizations, tribal councils, schools, publishers, researchers, writers, and scholars. Maintains research guides on publishers, new media, residential schools, film, mapping, treaties, and Indigenous Digital Collection in Canada.

Library and Archives Canada: Indigenous Heritage

Examples of Science-Related Sources
Aikenhead, G. S., & Michell, H. J. (2011). Bridging cultures: Scientific and Indigenous ways of knowing nature. Toronto, Ontario: Pearson Canada. TOC: Reasons for placing Indigenous knowledge in school science -- Eurocentric science: background -- Eurocentric sciences -- Indigenous knowledge: background -- Indigenous ways of living in nature -- Comparing the two ways of knowing nature -- Building bridges of understanding: general advice for teachers.
Caduto, M., Bruchac, J., Ka-Hon-Hes., & Wood, C. (1989). Keepers of the earth : native stories and environmental activities for children  (1st Canadian ed.). Fifth House. 
Geniusz, M. S., Geniusz, W. D., & Geniusz, A. F. (2015). Plants have so much to give us, all we have to do is ask: Anishinaabe botanical teachings. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.  
Kimmerer, R. (2013). Braiding sweetgrass: Indigenous wisdom, scientific knowledge and the teachings of plants (First edition.). Minneapolis, Minnesota: Milkweed Editions.
Korteweg, L., & Russell, C. (2012). Decolonizing + Indigenizing = Moving environmental education towards reconciliation. Canadian Journal of Environmental Education17, 5-14.

Peat, D. (2006). Blackfoot physics: A Journey into the Native American universe. Weiser Books. [online]


Mobile Apps

Whose Land ? Uses GIS to identify Indigenous nations, territories, and communities across Canada. Includes videos of the way Indigenous people view their relationship to the land.

Where are the children? Healing the legacy of the residential schools. Created for the touring exhibition 100 Years of Loss that explores the history and legacy of Canada’s Residential School System through Survivor stories, archival photographs, and documents, curated by Iroquois artist Jeff Thomas.

First story Toronto: Aboriginal history of Toronto

Children's Mobile Apps: compiled for the OISE Deepening Knowledge Project

See the Indigenous Languages tab for language apps.