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Aboriginal Classroom Resources

Stone: One of the books from the series


by David Alexander Robertson, illustrated by Scott B. Henderson
for grades 9–12

7 Generations* is an epic, 4-book graphic novel series that spans three centuries and seven generations. The central character in the series is Edwin. Edwin, an Aboriginal teenager, must learn of his family’s past if he is to have any future. The impact of his journey of discovery, and the revelation that follows, will change his life.

Introduces Edwin who learns of his ancestor Stone, a young Plains Cree man.

The story of the orphan White Cloud, set against the smallpox epidemic of 1870-1871.

The story of Edwin’s father, and the residential school saga.

The Pact
A story of redemption, as Edwin and his father reconcile their past and begin a new journey.

The stories that run through 7 Generations explore the following historical concepts of the Plains Cree culture:

  • social customs, including family life, marriage, and subsistence
  • political structures
  • traditional games
  • spiritual practices and rituals
  • conflict

BUY AT AMAZON: David Robertson books available

Great ideas for using the series in your classroom can be found in the Teacher’s Guide for 7 Generations Series. A FREE copy of the guide is available for downloading. Click here.

A correlation chart for the Ontario Native Studies Curriculum for Grades 9–12  is available for downloading. Click Here

A correlation chart for the Ontario Social Studies Curriculum for Grades 9–12 is available for downloading. Click Here

*Please note content may be disturbing to some readers.


Canadian Indian Residential Schools

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Interim Report

Bisbicis Law Office

Indian Residential School Claims

Attending Indian Residential Schools was mandatory for many Aboriginals and over 150,000 Aboriginal children were separated from their families and communities because of Canada’s policies. Canada and various churches operated Residential Schools across the country for over a century. Approximately 80,000 former students survive today.

If you are a survivor you may be entitled to compensation.

Web Searches & Other Resources:

IRS Search Results

Alberta: Indian Residential Schools – List of Schools

Alberta Trek marks Aboriginal Day of Healing – Blue Quills Completed their 4th Annual Day of Healing May 26, 2008

Blue Quills Indian Residential School: Commemorative Book

Blue Quills First Nations College: ACIMOWIN

Canadian Residential School – Great for Education class & contradicts BILL 94

CDC Online Search

Eric J Large (Saddle Lake Cree Nation) Interview

Hidden From History

Remembering The Children

Residential Schools: Expecting more than ‘sorry’ – Interview of Shannon Houle and her mother, Alma Marten (Janvier/Houle) by Edmonton Journal on June 8, 2008

Statement of Apology: Steven Harper made June 11, 2008 in the Canadian House of Commons

Vancouver Sun: Hope for a New Era

Where Are The Children?

Where Are The Children?: Projector < Must Watch


Lorax~ Excellent Environmental Story for Kids or use in classroom

Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (2012)

PG  86 min  –  Animation | Family | Fantasy  –  2 March 2012 (Canada)
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Ratings: 6.5/10 from 442 users   Metascore: 51/100
Reviews: 7 user | 34 critic | 20 from

A 12-year-old boy searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world.



Directors: Chris RenaudKyle Balda

Writers: Ken Daurio (screenplay), Dr. Seuss (book), and 1 more credit »

Click here to read more…

…Universal’s 3D feature film adaption of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax is actually the second time the beloved writer’s story has been brought to the screen – the first time being an animated short that premiered on TV back in 1972. In that 40-year span between Lorax adaptations, the issue of environmental preservation has continued to rage, and so the tale is (unfortunately) as relevant today as it was decades ago.

 But is a 3D movie rife with musical numbers, slapstick comedy and a “hip” modern edge really the best delivery system for a message to kids about environmental responsibility? Or is the presentation of the message at odds with the message itself?…Click here to continue reading the Review…



Tim Wise – The Pathology of White Privilege

Tim Wise – The Pathology of White Privilege
Wise provides a non-confrontational explanation of white privilege and the damage it does not only to people of color but to white people as well.


EDEL 335 Social Studies (SS) – September 14, 2011

Watched PART II of David George Video:

Brenda wrote key words on the board of the video:

She drew the World View Compass on the SS Program of Studies on page 3: @


Vision    K-12     21st Century     Citizenship     Perspectives: Aboriginal & Franco phone & Other

Pluralism     interdisciplinary     issues   critical inquiry

THINKING: Geographic thinking     Historical Thinking   Metacognitive & Creative thinking

***As Teachers we are: moving them from what to think to —-> showing them of HOW to think & how to be in control of their KNOWING HOW

SS is about REAL PEOPLE who contributed or are part of history

RE: Unit Plan Assignment EXAMPLE

In the SS Program of Studies:

  • VALUES & ATTITUDES: choose 1-2 to focus on
  • KNOWLEDGE & UNDERSTANDING:  choose 2-4 to focus on
  • SKILLS & PROCESSES (Dimensions of Thinking): choose 2 -3 to focus on
    • don’t need to hand in next week (Sept. 21, 2011)

How to create a CURRICULUM CLUSTER example from Grade 5 appreciate how the land sustains communities and the diverse ways that people have of

living with the land (GC, LPP) What do the stories of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples tell us about their beliefs

regarding the relationship between people and the land? (I, CC, TCC, LPP)

5.S.#: (We will add later as course progresses for final assignment) appreciate the geographic vastness of Canada (LPP) In what ways do natural resources and the physical geography of a region determine the

establishment of communities? (ER, LPP) How do landforms, bodies of water and natural resources affect the quality of life in

Canada? (LPP)

5.S.#: (We will add later as course progresses for final assignment)

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Posted by on September 14, 2011 in EDEL 335, Social Studies


EDEL 335 Social Networking


Shannon M Houle

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