First Nations

National Indigenous Peoples Day 2019

Today is National Indigenous Peoples Day! It’s a day to celebrate the heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. You can find BC events for National Indigenous Peoples Day on this interactive map. Looking for ways to celebrate? There are some great suggestions in National Indigenous Peoples Day: 10… Read more

Learning about Indigenous History

June is National Indigenous History Month in Canada. It honours the history, heritage and diversity of Indigenous peoples in Canada. How much do you know about Indigenous history? Learn more in these five books: 21 Things You May Not Know about the Indian Act: Helping Canadians Make Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples a Reality First Nations… Read more

Residential Schools and Reconciliation

Orange Shirt Day is this coming Sunday, September 30th. It’s an opportunity to learn more about residential schools and the impact of this government policy on First Nations. The following video talks about the origins of Orange Shirt Day in Williams Lake. Resources have been developed to help teach and learn about residential schools and… Read more

First Nations Financial Fitness

First Nations Financial Fitness: Your Guide for Getting Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise  is a handbook with the information, tools and resources to help make informed decisions about your relationship with money.  First produced by the Aboriginal Financial Officers Association of BC in 2011, the handbook has an online version. We posted earlier about the Native… Read more

Math Catcher

Math Catcher: Mathematics Through Aboriginal Storytelling is a BC program that introduces mathematics and science to Aboriginal students through the use of First Nations imagery and storytelling.  It is based on the belief that it is crucial that we engage Aboriginal students in mathematics and science at the early age. Math Catcher encourages elementary and… Read more

Orange Shirt Day

Tomorrow is Orange Shirt Day. It’s a time to create meaningful discussion about the effects of Residential Schools and the legacy they have left behind. It’s a time to honour survivors and remember those who didn’t survive. Orange Shirt Day is also an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together… Read more

Invisible Heroes

Invisible Heroes: Aboriginal stories from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside is a collection of narratives by Aboriginal community members in Vancouver, reflecting on their personal stories and critically analyzing their experience within a historical timeline of Canadian policy. The book is a prduct of a project that was conducted by the Carnegie Learning Centre. The Invisible Heroes… Read more

First Peoples

First Peoples: A Guide for Newcomers aims to fill the need for clear information in simple language about the First Peoples in Vancouver. It introduces newcomers to three important topics: who are Aboriginal people (or First Peoples) in Vancouver and Canada; a brief overview of the relationship between the Government of Canada and First Peoples;… Read more

National Aboriginal Day

Today marks the 20th anniversary of National Aboriginal Day. If you are looking for materials about First Nations culture or learning materials designed with Aboriginal students in mind, browse our library catalogue (keyword search ‘aboriginal’) or email library@decoda.ca.

Invisible Heroes

June is Aboriginal History Month in Canada. It is a month for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people to reflect upon the history, contributions, culture, sacrifices and strength of First Nations, Inuit and Metis people. One way to mark the month is to read Invisible Heroes: Aboriginal stories from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. This book is a result… Read more