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Walking Together

Learn about Indigenous history and perspectives with ATA resources and programs

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June is National Indigenous History Month in Canada, with June 21 marking National Indigenous Peoples Day. This is an opportunity to reflect on the rich history, cultures and experiences of the Indigenous peoples who lived on this land and to carry our learnings into the fall, when the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is held—and beyond.

With many teachers and school leaders strengthening their foundational knowledge about First Nations, Métis and Inuit as part of the Professional Practice Standards, access to authentic, up-to-date and relevant resources is essential. To support members in their individual and collective learning, the ATA offers a range of online resources and in-person learning options related to Indigenous education.

Check out the ATA’s offerings available for you and your classroom:

For your reference

  • Land acknowledgement resources, including a pronunciation guide video, posters and bookmarks 
  • The Stepping Stones series — concise overviews of such topics as Elder protocol, First Nations traditional plants and uses, the forced relocation of Indigenous peoples in Canada and terminology
  • Honouring the Voices of Indigenous Teachers and School Leaders in Alberta School Communities — a report on the experiences of Indigenous teachers, school leaders and central office leaders in Alberta’s public education system

For your deeper learning

New workshops and presentations:

  • More Than Words: The Significance of Land Acknowledgements on the Journey of Truth and Reconciliation
  • The Indian Act — Historical and Contemporary Realities
  • Indigenous Matriarchy — Balance Through Truth, Justice and Reconciliation
  • Engaging in Numeracy and Connections Through First Nations, Métis and Inuit Traditional Games

For the classroom

  • Strengthening the Heartbeat of Reconciliation: Advancing Truth and Reconciliation in Classrooms and Schools
  • Truth & Reconciliation Books for the Classroom — literature recommendations for kindergarten to Grade 12 (and beyond)
  • Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada (available to borrow from the Association at no cost) ❚