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National Indigenous History Month

IndigenousHistoryMonth-1440x300-2.jpgIn June, we celebrate National Indigenous History Month to honour the history, heritage, and diversity of Indigenous peoples in Canada. National Indigenous History Month is a time for learning about, appreciating and acknowledging the contributions First Nations, Inuit and Métis people have made in shaping Canada.

Virtual Calendar

Check out our National Indigenous History Month Virtual Calendar! Each school day,  leading up to National Indigenous Peoples' Day, a new video will be revealed that shares information about Indigenous history, languages, cultures, and experiences. 

National Indigenous Peoples' Day: June 21, 2022

One this day, Canadians celebrate the heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples! We look forward to sharing a Division acknowledgement for the day with some additional videos featuring ECSD staff & students! In addition, ECSD is a partner on the education committee hosting the City of Edmonton’s Indigenous Peoples Day live stream event set to air from 10am-11am. 


Lance Cardinal - Live Art Lesson 

Lance Cardinal is the host of this year's City of Edmonton Indigenous People's Day: Education Special livestream event on June 21, 2022 from 10:00 AM-11:00 AM. Here is the list of supplies you will need if you would like your school to participate in making Moccasin Paperweights:

  1. medium round rocks
  2. tan colored paint
  3. paint brushes
  4. markers
  5. white craft felt
  6. glue gun
  7. fake fur (or cotton balls)


Edmonton Catholic Schools

Indigenous Learning Services is very proud to continue our efforts as we all walk towards Reconciliation. In 2022 the Division has launched new portfolios to support the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Calls to Action, Teacher Quality Standard, Leadership Quality Standard, Superintendent Quality Standard and Division Goals through the following pillars of support: 

Truth and Reconciliation Portfolio

  • Mentor Truth and Reconciliation lead teachers in wise practices relating to Indigenous Education and Truth & Reconciliation 
  • Support whole school approaches to capacity building in First Nations, Métis and Inuit education 
  • Collaborate with Division staff to create opportunities for cross-curricular teaching and learning 
  • Support implementation of school and Division events and initiatives focusing on Indigenous Education and Truth & Reconciliation 
  • Support Division in advancing cultural inclusiveness 
  • Assist with initiatives to recruit and retain Indigenous staff at all levels including the development of a mentoring group for Indigenous employees new to the Division 
  • Advise staff across the Division on topics relating to Indigenous Peoples, Indigenous Education, and Truth & Reconciliation 
  • Develop authentic Indigenous resources to support staff and student learning in the areas of Indigenous Education and Truth & Reconciliation 
  • Support the learning experiences of all students through the use of authentic Indigenous resources, including people, that accurately reflect and demonstrate the strength and diversity of First Nations, Métis and Inuit 
  • Development and sharing of a very robust SharePoint site that houses a multitude of resources and information including: Indigenous Literature Book Club, Cree Language and Culture PD, Cree Language & Culture Classroom Resources, Professional Development Resources, Truth and Reconciliation Lead Teacher information, Curriculum and Pedagogy Resources, and Community Connections 
  • Community Engagement -The Indigenous Learning Services social media platforms allow the department to advertise learning opportunities and information valuable to all of us as we endeavor to learn more about Indigenous history and culture. 

Four Directions Wellness Portfolio

Opportunities for teachers, schools, Indigenous families and students to support Indigenous Wellness within Edmonton Catholic Schools:

  • Collaborate with Division staff to create circles of support for Indigenous students. 
  • Facilitate traditional parenting groups and coordinate Division family nights to increase parent engagement and involvement. 
  • Support implementation of school and Division events and initiatives focusing on Indigenous social justice and reconciliation 
  • Support Division in advancing cultural inclusiveness and antiracism education 
  • Collaborate with EDIAR to advance supports for 2SLGBTQ+ students and staff 
  • Collaborate with Elders and promote Indigenous knowledge systems and healing practices in the Division’s work with Indigenous students. 
  • Continued support to programs and enhance academic and cultural supports for all students that lead to successful transitions between all levels 
  • Support the wellness and cultural learning experiences of all students through the use of authentic Indigenous resources that accurately reflect and demonstrate the strength and diversity of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples 
  • Facilitate support circles for students experiencing difficulties 
  • Coordinate Division-wide social justice campaigns to develop student leadership and promote reconciliation 
  • Develop and implement wellness programming 
  • Develop and assist in the delivery of special projects and celebrations 
  • A robust SharePoint site that includes information about: Community Resources, Indigenous Community Connections, Moose Hide Campaign, Indigenous Wellness Resources and interesting information as well embark on learning more about Indigenous Culture 
  • Community Engagement – The “Braided Journeys Wellness Page” on Facebook is very informative and interactive. 

National Indigenous Peoples Month Resources

Are you looking for classroom-ready resources to celebrate Indigenous History Month? Edmonton Catholic Schools' Truth and Reconciliation Specialist has created this SlideShow featuring lessons and resources organized by subject matter.  Indigenous%20History%20Month%202022.jpg

FREE Indigenous Play - Ayita


Note: This resource is great for Drama/Theatre/Dance teachers to highlight Indigenous theatre that was created in Treaty Six territory. The age recommendation is for Division 3 & 4 student audiences

Thanks to the SkirtsAfire Festival, ECSD classes have the opportunity to stream the digital version of Ayita, an Indigenous play during National Indigenous History Month for free! 

Ayita by Teneil Whiskeyjack is a calling back to one’s spirit and voice. A modern-day creation story meeting Indigenous realities, told through text and movement. Fusing theatre and Indigenous contemporary dance, Ayita navigates through her own story of sovereignty, breaking free from and transcending past personal pain, stepping into her healing and liberation, awakening to her medicine.

Tickets are pay-what-you-can with a $0 option, and we are encouraging student audiences to stream for free (using the $0 option). You can 'purchase' here, and then you'll be able to watch and rewatch until June 30th. There are options with closed captions and deaf interpretation as well.

Community Connections

Please follow Indigenous Learning Services on Facebook to find community events celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Month, as well as, other news and resources to further your learning journey. 

EIP Fest at West Edmonton Mall (June 18, 2022)

"Identity" City of Edmonton Indigenous Artist in Residence Showcase Event at the Westbury Theatre (June 16, 17 & 18)

St. Albert National Indigenous Peoples Day  (June 19, 2022)

Rupertsland (Metis) Resources for NIHM


About the Artwork

The artwork for National Indigenous History Month was created in collaboration by artist Angie Hall and the students of St. Benedict Catholic Elementary School. 


Through the Artist in Residency program, students explored symbols, learned about Métis Beadwork, explored acrylic paint techniques, used dotting tools, created individual flower coasters, and contributed to the school-wide mural ‘Standing Sacred.’  

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