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shishalh culture basket created by Jessica Silvey featuring She shashishalhem  and Skwxwú7mesh snitchem dictionaries


 We are grateful to the Inuit, Métis and First Nations knowledge keepers who shared, created and contributed to these resources.   We acknowledge the Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers, librarians, archivists, artists, photographers, writers, web designers and technologists who brought knowledge to light.  We thank the thoughtful educators from other school districts across BC and Canada – and right here in SD46 – who collected these resources.  We hold our hands up in gratitude to the SD46 staff who helped to make these web pages possible.

We also encourage SD46 colleagues to regularly check the Engage site for Indigenous Peoples’ Teachings and Learning information and resources.   Collected and vetted over many years, there are literally hundreds of articles, documents and connections to learning resources posted there for classroom teachers, district staff, and support staff to access.  For the most part, this web page does not duplicate what is on the Engage site. We recommend using both.

Look for this icon on Engage:

We will add to ideas and resources as time goes on, so please return regularly to check the baskets and the Engage site for new additions. 

In This We Journey Together  

Resource links on this page

Posters, Timelines and Maps

Indigenous Education Resource Inventory 

  • This inventory is a non-comprehensive list of Indigenous education resources that has been compiled by the Ministry of Education in collaboration with the British Columbia Teacher’s Federation, the First Nations Education Steering Committee, and Métis Nation British Columbia. The intent of these materials is to help further incorporate Indigenous knowledge and perspectives into B.C. classrooms. The inventory includes guides, books and e-books, articles, websites, videos, and other materials. Educators may also find this inventory useful for supporting personal and professional Indigenous learning.

First Nations Education Steering Committee  (FNESC) RESOURCES. 

These are the resources referred to in the Professional Development Resources section – within the Continuing Our Learning Journey: Indigenous Education in B.C. modules. 

United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples 



Housed by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) research repository.  Culturally competent science teaching: cultures from around the world including Canada




  •  What is Indigenous Identity?
  • Understanding Indigenous Identity
    Understanding Indigenous Identity explores the complex issue of self-identification for Indigenous people. Today, Indigenous identity remains inextricably linked with past government legislation and the continued stereotyping of Indigenous people in the media and Canadian history. From a Metis farm in rural Alberta to the offices of Canada’s leading scholars, Understanding Indigenous Identity examines the factors that shape who we are.
  • ‘Two Worlds’, is the first Music Video in the ‘Identity Matters’ series produced with Indigenous students from Catholic Education across Queensland. The series reflects the student’s culture and what it means to them being an Indigenous Australian.
  • Bob Randall, a Yankunytjatjara elder and traditional owner of Uluru (Ayer’s Rock), explains how the connectedness of every living thing to every other living thing is not just an idea but a way of living. This way includes all beings as part of a vast family and calls us to be responsible for this family 
  • Metis Identity
  • Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada

Truth and Reconciliation

BCTF Resources

Land Acknowledgement

Decolonizing Education

Reclaiming Ancestral Ties to Lands and Waters

First Nations Activism


First Peoples’ Health

Indigenous Youth Mental Health







Water Walkers

Historic Town - Barkerville


Animals of Significance

Northwest Coast

Residential Schools

Red Dress Day


Spirit Bears (English with French sub titles)
In a world full of green, the spirit bear stands out immediately. Spirit bears are a rare sub-species of black bear present in British Columbia. 1/10 of the bears have white-coloured coats. There are estimated to be about 400 spirit bears in the world, 40 of which are white. The Gitga’at Nation has worked tirelessly to protect the spirit bear and its habitat. 


  • The Art of Poles (English with French sub titles)
    In the Haida culture, the cedar tree is known as the ‘tree of life’. Among the many uses, these trees are also used for one of the well-known symbols of Haida culture – poles. Haida poles tell a story through the representation of human, animal and supernatural figures. Haida carver Tyler York offers insight about this incredible tradition. 




The Dancers of Damelahamid of the Gitxsan Nation (‘People of the River Mist’) 



Cultural Celebration

First Nations, Métis and Inuit Knowledge and Resources

First Nations



shíshálh Nation


  • Gabriel Dumont Institute
    The mission of the Gabriel Dumont Institute is to promote the remewal and development of Métis culture though research; materials development, collection, and distribution; and the design, development and delivery of Métis-specific educational programs and services.  Louis Riel Institute Adult Learning Centre
  • The Louis Riel Institute is the Métis educational and cultural institute that promotes education and training for Métis people in Manitoba, and fosters an appreciation of the culture, heritage and history of the Métis people of Manitoba.
    Click on “Culture” for valuable information
  • BC Métis Federation
    A number of contributions by George and Terry Goulet, BCMF Historical Consultants and residents of the Sunshine Coast


                                                                             Contents of shishalh culture baskets created by Jessica Silvey and Robert Joe

Please feel free to contact me with questions or comments:

Kerry Mahlman
District Principal
Indigenous Learning
School District No. 46 (Sunshine Coast)

Phone: 604 885 8345



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