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Teaching for Truth and Reconciliation

This guide is meant to assist you in implementing the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action in the classroom.

Lesson Plans on Indigenous Ways of Knowing for Math

  • Math Catcher: Mathematics Through Indigenous Storytelling
    The Math Catcher series was developed to situate mathematical concepts in the real world by way of Indigenous storytelling. The stories are told in a short animated video and include a problem-solving question at the end, but they can also be used to introduce mathematical concepts more generally. Appropriate for multiple grade levels. Stories have also been translated into several Indigenous languages.

  • Métis Fingerweaving: Indigenous Knowledge and Math [PDF]
    Produced by Jessica Johnson, Aboriginal Success teacher in Vancouver, this presentation introduces a Métis-focused lesson plan on pattern recognition intended for use in Grade 2 mathematics classrooms.

  • Show Me Your Math: Mi'kmaw Mathematics
    Developed in collaboration with teachers and elders in Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey community schools, the Show Me Your Math program was designed to engage First Nations learners with mathematics. The website provides ideas for inquiry-based explorations of mathematical concepts through traditional crafts, and ideas for incorporating social justice themes into math.

  • Turtle Island Conservation Education Bundle
    "This Educational Bundle is a comprehensive First Nation teaching kit that will assist in providing easy to follow Ontario curriculum-based activities, web links, student worksheets and culturally relevant traditional knowledge of the Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee peoples surrounding the Great Lakes in Ontario, Canada." Links to multidisciplinary curriculum outcomes (particularly in the Arts, Literacy, and Science) for Grades 1-6.

Lesson Plans with Social Justice Themes

  • Air Quality Unit
    Produced by the Teaching Tolerance organization, this lesson plan is meant to show students real-world, social justice oriented applications of science and math. Appropriate for grades 6-8.