Welcome the voice of the Indigenous peoples of Quebec in your classroom

The Musée de la civilization offers a new techno-educational resource to allow your students to energize and deepen their understanding of the contemporary realities of indigenous people. Hurry, it is free until December 31, 2018!

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Elementary school teachers, do you want to allow your students to energize and deepen their understanding of contemporary indigenous realities? The Musée de la civilization offers a new technopedagogical resource to complement its exhibition This is our story. First Nations and Inuit of the 21st century. Hurry, this one is free until December 31, 2018!

Did you know that Quebec has more than 90,000 Aboriginals and Inuit? And that the school is a privileged place to promote understanding of Indigenous realities and thus engage students in reconciliation efforts.

Produced thanks to a collaboration between the Musée de la Civilization du Québec, the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, the Secretariat of Native Affairs, the Digital Cultural Plan of Quebec and Télé-Québec, here is a tool to discover.

The First Peoples Kit

The kit First Peoples is composed of 17 stories intended for the first, second and third cycle of primary education and approached from the pedagogical angle of Education language (French or English). The interdisciplinary approach also makes it possible to tackle the fields Social universe and Ethics and Religious Culture. 

Through illustrated stories, thematic capsules, objects from the National Collection, videos and activities to be carried out in class, your students will discover the daily life of the natives of today, while feeding on the past. 

Illustrated digital books touch on themes as varied as:

  • The nation and the territory;
  • The ways and places of life;
  • Cultural identity and affirmation;
  • The realities and challenges of indigenous people today;
  • Contemporary issues: geography, culture, arts, traditions, demography and social life.

This is our story 

The exhibition This is our story. 21st century First Nations and Inuit aims to introduce the native cultures of Quebec today, their diversity and their visions of the world. To create the exhibition, the Musée de la civilization du Québec went to meet the First Nations and the Inuit. In total, some 800 people from 18 communities, often hundreds of kilometers away, spoke.

Result of these meetings, the kit First Peoples, available free of charge until December 31, 2018, continues the experience of the exhibition and allows teachers in Quebec to welcome Indigenous voices into their class.

Undergraduate: colorful and imaginative tales

For the first cycle, the kit offers 4 colorful and imaginative tales that address the following themes: life in the territory, the importance of transmitting culture and traditions, pride in being Aboriginal and the ways of life of the communities. 

In Cycle Two: Stories to Identify

In Cycle Two, the kit includes 5 youth stories that your students can relate to. The themes addressed are those of lifestyles, the ancestral and current relationship with nature and the territory, the oral transmission of culture and legends, archeology, rock art and the relationship with the animals. 

In the third cycle: magazine articles to deepen the issues

Finally, in Cycle 3, the kit offers 8 stories in the form of magazine articles. These address the themes of distance from one's community to study, hunting, sharing, identity, rejections and prejudices, the encounter between modernism and traditions, the importance of taking care of the nature, the transmission of knowledge and traditions, indigenous arts and symbols, reservations and residential schools, women's claims, tourism, food heritage and indigenous languages.

To order your free kit before December 31, 2018, it's this way!

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Alexane Saint-Amant-Ringuette
Alexane Saint-Amant-Ringuette
Alexane is the editor of the École branchée online news feed. She has a bachelor's degree in international relations from the University of British Columbia as well as a master's degree in intercultural mediation from the University of Sherbrooke. She also acts as a communications advisor for the organization Idée Éducation entrepreneuriale.

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