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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 





  •  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

First Peoples’ Health






Water Walkers

historic town - barkerville


northwest coast

residential schools


  • 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.


  •  bent knife demo

Steve Brown demonstrating the use of a bent knife carving a mask at the Port Townsend School of Woodworking

  •  Coast Salish Master Carver 

Randy Goldsmith: Coast Salish Master Carver discusses his history, training and techniques in the art of West Coast First Nations Carving


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

  •  Raven Dance

  •  The Ulukhaktok Western Drummers and Dancers

Shot in and around Ulukhaktok, Northwest Territories, September 2012

  • The Aklavik Delta Drummers and Dancers

  • Inuvik Drummers and Dancers 
    Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) General Assembly 2014

  • The Tuktoyaktuk Siglit Drummers and Dancers 

Shot in and around Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories, September 2012.

  • History of the Métis Jig

  • Sagkeeng’s Finest 

Gathering Our Voices 2013 Talent Show featuring “Sagkeeng’s Finest” winner of Canada’s Got Talent 2012. A three-member traditional dance troupe from Manitoba’s Sagkeeng First Nation.

  • Four Nations Square Dancers 

performing Live at Dauphin Friendship Centre Annual Square Dance Competition on Saturday April 27, 2013.

  • United Thunder

Cultural Celebration

  • Hobiyee 

Kincolith Nisga’a dancers enter Hobiyee 2016

Gitsegukla Gidahmes Dancers perform last song with Gitanyow and Kitwanga dancers at the New Aiyanch Hobiyee 2016

First Nations, Métis and Inuit Knowledge and Resources

  • 7 Ojibway Teachings

Manitoba First Nation Elder Dave Courchene explains the origins and lessons of the First Nation Seven Teachings. The lessons of the Bear Spirit (Courage), the Beaver Spirit (Wisdom), the Eagle Spirit (Love), the Buffalo Spirit (Respect), the Sasquatch Spirit (Honesty), the Wolf Spirit (Humility) and the Turtle Spirit (Truth) are all retold in this 11 minute video in both English and Ojibway.

  • Traditional Foods

Fact Sheet

First Nations Food Guide

Healthy Foods

Inuit Traditional Foods–nutrition-fact-sheet-series.pdf

Inuit Storytellers and Health Promotion during Changing Times


A First Nations Cooking Class On  National Indigenous Peoples’ Day


  •  Mathematics

Mathematics Indigenous Knowledge

Squamish-Lilwat Cultural Centre Mathematics Booklet

Math First Peoples Resource Guide     8 -9   (but also applicable to other grade levels)


  •  First Nations Whose Territories Are Within What is Now Known as British Columbia

shíshálh Nation

Strategic Land Use Plan for the shíshálh Nation

Sechelt Indian Band Self-Government Act

 Skwxwú7mesh  Nation

Strategic Land Use Plan for the Skwxwú7mesh  Nationíxw-Squamish-Nation-Land-Use-Plan.pdf

Sen̓áw development set to generate billions for Swxwú7mesh̓aḵw-development-set-to-generate-billions-for-sḵwxwu7mesh/

 First Peoples – A Guide for Newcomers   (Vancouver area)

 xʷməθkʷəy̓əm.   Musqueam Nation

 The Story of the Haida

 Masters of the Pacific Coast


  • Métis

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

Métis Nation of BC

BC Métis Federation

A number of contributions by George and Terry Goulet, BCMF Historical Consultants and residents of the Sunshine Coast

Rupert’s Land Institute

 Learning with the Métis Community – Ontario

  • Inuit

Traditional Dog Teaming

Movie – produced in 1995, depicting mid 1940s lifestyle

                                                                             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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