At-home learning resources from Learning for a Sustainable Future
Welcome to Week 13, the final edition of Learning Inside Out for the 2019/2020 school year! We want to thank you all for your support and engagement over the past three months. We hope these guides have helped you in this challenging time to keep your kids busy, engaged, learning and outside. You can find all previous editions on our Learning Inside Out home page .

For the summer, we'll be highlighting some of our favourite Learning Inside Out activities on social media. If you don't yet follow us on Twitter , Facebook or Instagram , now is a great time to start! We'll be back in fall 2020 with more support for meaningful sustainability learning, no matter what school will look like!

This week in honour of National Indigenous Peoples Day we are highlighting activities that bring First Nations, Inuit and Métis voices into your learning. Take the time to celebrate and honour the rich and diverse Indigenous cultures and traditions that exist across Canada, and let this day be a reminder of the important role that education has played—and will continue to play—in the path towards truth and reconciliation.
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Below you will find a selection of activities, broken down by various grade levels. These guides will be released weekly and archived on our  Learning Inside Out page , so you can always access the full catalogue.

All activities have been modified from resources on our R4R database , simplified and adapted for at-home learning as needed. The activity descriptions below should contain all the information and links that you need!

If you'd like to view the full original resource on R4R, including curriculum connections for every province/territory, click the activity title.

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Week 13: Hot Topic - National Indigenous Peoples Day
June 21st is recognized in Canada as National Indigenous Peoples day. This day was established to celebrate the incredible diversity, traditions, cultures and contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people in Canada. This is a day to celebrate and learn about Indigenous cultures, but should also serve as an important reminder of the work that needs to be done in order to carve a new path forward towards truth and reconciliation, in which educators and parents will play a vital role. As Truth and Reconciliation Commission Chair Justice Murray Sinclair said, “…education, or what passed for it, got us into this situation, and education is what will lead us out.”
Grades K-3
This primary resource is the first in a series of four classroom guides about First Nations people in Canada. The resource is organized in thematic units, each with its own teaching activities. The themes include: Storytelling, The Seasons, Sharing, Colours, Games and National Indigenous Peoples Day. Through the activities and projects, students learn about and understand the importance of each theme for the First Nations people.

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Use the following resources to learn more about what National Indigenous Day is and why it is celebrated in Canada.

These activity slides highlight some important facts about First Nations, Métis and Inuit people in Canada and touch on the importance of storytelling and the summer solstice.

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Claire and her Grandfather is a First Nations story designed to raise awareness of the many historical and contemporary contributions of First Nations and Inuit people to Canada and the world. The story portrays a discussion between young Claire and her grandfather, an Indigenous elder who teaches Claire the geography of Canada, from a First Nations perspective. Students learn about many Indigenous contributions related to food, transportation, exploration, the arts and technology through the story of Claire, who is learning about her heritage so she may share some of her family history and culture with her classmates.
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Grades 9-12
Set in the remote Alaskan Yukon Delta, Yukon King follows Yup'ik fisherman Ray Waska as he teaches his grandchildren how to fish during the summer salmon run. With environmental and cultural forces threatening their subsistence way of life, Roy holds onto the hope that his grandsons will one day pass on the traditional knowledge to their children.
The video is accompanied by a lesson plan,  Resiliency Among the Salmon People , that is intended to encourage student reflection on and discussion about this specific case of cultural loss and more generally the inevitability of change as society pursues "progress".
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