10 Resources for National Indigenous History Month


As recommended by our Indigenous Partners and Advisors, these are 10 excellent Indigenous resources to support teaching and learning as part of National Indigenous History Month.

We aim to ship all orders out within 1 week of ordering (unless the title indicates that it is backordered, in which case it may take a few weeks). And as always, 100% of proceeds go back to supporting outdoor learning non-profit initiatives.

1) Sila and the Land
Early Years, Primary, Intermediate Learners
Three young Indigenous women came together to write this children’s book to help share perspectives on the land common across First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities. This includes a shared respect for the earth and an understanding of our responsibilities to protect it for future generations.

2) We Are All Connected Indigenous Biodiversity Book Bundle
Early Years, Primary, Intermediate Learners
Each book explores a specific ecosystem with a focus on one animal and its adaptations for survival within that ecosystem. Indigenous interviewees, each living within the same area, have responded to strategic questions as to how their community interacts with the land, their traditional territory.

3) Strong Stories Bundle of 48 Indigenous Books for Elementary Students
Early Years, Primary, Intermediate Learners
This set of books offer students information and ideas for connecting more deeply with the land. They are written, published and illustrated by a diverse range of Indigenous people and cultures.

4) Groundswell: Indigenous Knowledge and a Call to Action for Climate Change
Grades 8-12, Post-Secondary, Adult Learners
A collection of stirring and passionate essays from both Indigenous and non-Indigenous writers that, together, present a compelling message about how traditional Indigenous knowledge and practices can and must be used to address climate change.

5) Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants
Grades 8-12, Post-Secondary, Adult Learners
In reflections that range from the creation of Turtle Island to the forces that threaten its flourishing today, author Robin Wall Kimmerer circles toward a central argument: that the awakening of ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgment and celebration of our reciprocal relationship with the rest of the living world.

6) Natural Curiosity: The Importance of Indigenous Perspectives in Children’s Environmental Inquiry
Early Years, Primary, Intermediate Educators
Created in the wake of strong and unequivocal recommendations by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, this resource situates Indigenous perspectives into the heart of this resource. Also available in French.

7) A Spring Adventure with Animals Book Bundle
Early Years, Primary Learners 
Lyrical text and colourful illustrations tell stories of young animals and their early morning spring adventures. Expertly woven into these 4 delightful stories are interesting facts about the young animals and other plants and animals in that ecosystem.

8) Metis ‘Connecting to the Land’ Kids Book Bundle
Primary, Intermediate Learners 
This book bundle provides 10 excellent learning resources for kids to explore Métis knowledge, culture and history connected to the land. It includes translations into Michif, and offers incredibly vibrant illustrations giving insight into Métis life.

9) Indigenous Plant Resource Guides
Primary, Intermediate, Secondary, Post-Secondary and Adult Learners
We offer several plant resource guides developed by Indigenous creators, sharing Indigenous perspectives and languages. These include Medicines to Help Us (Metis – Michif), All Living Things (Ktunaxa) and Pacific Northwest Plant Cards (DiiɁdiitidq, Hul’q’umi’num, SENĆOŦEN).

10) Every Child Matters Flags
Primary, Intermediate, Secondary, Post-Secondary and Adult Learners
Ktunaxa artist Carol Louie provided the art for the feather and ideas for the design. Robert Louie (Ktunaxa) and Denice Louie (Athabascan) completed the design work in collaboration with their summer youth worker Gabe Kobasiuk (Cree). Robert Louie is a residential school survivor. Most of his siblings also went to residential school.

Free Workshop on Indigenous Resources for Educators and Learners
We invite you to join us on June 9th to learn more about these, and other Indigenous Learning Resources, at our free 60 minute virtual workshop Indigenous Resources for Educators and Learners with Indigenous Advisor, Jenna Jasek.