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Four Directions Teaching

Secondary

Description

Four Directions Teaching is a visually stunning, audio narrated resource for learning about indigenous knowledge and philosophy from five diverse First Nations in Canada.

Four Directions Teaching honours oral tradition by creating an environment where visitors are encouraged to listen as each elder/traditional teacher shares a teaching from their perspective on the richness and value of cultural traditions from their culture.

Teachers may select any combination of videos representing the traditions of the five First Nations and further explore their chosen focus with the help of the accompanying age-appropriate lesson plans.

General Assessment

Recommendation of how and where to use it

Four Directions Teaching has particular relevance for those courses that focus on Aboriginal language and culture and will help to instill cultural pride in Aboriginal communities, especially among Aboriginal youth. It also may be used to introduce a broader student audience to the Aboriginal worldview. 

Teachers have considerable flexibility in using the resource as it provides insight into particular cultural elements of five First Nations and supports the interactive video component with lesson plans. 

Relevant Curriculum Units

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  • Alberta
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    • Grade 10
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      • Social Studies
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        • Social Studies 10 -Canada and the World: 1914 to the Present : The development of political institutions is influenced by economic, social, ideological, and geographic factors.
        • Social Studies 10 -Canada and the World: 1914 to the Present: Historical and contemporary injustices challenge the narrative and identity of Canada as an inclusive, multicultural society
    • Grade 12
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      • Social Studies
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        • B.C. First Peoples: Cultural expressions convey the richness, diversity, and resiliency of B.C. First Peoples.
        • Contemporary Indigenous Studies: The identities, worldviews, and languages of indigenous peoples are renewed, sustained, and transformed through their connection to the land.
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        • Native Studies 120: Language & Culture
        • Native Studies 120: Religion & Spirituality
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        • Northern Studies 10: Module 1: Northern Identity
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      • Aboriginal Studies
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        • Mi'Kmaq Studies: Culture
        • Mi’Kmaq: Spituality
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    • Grade 9
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        • Native Languages Level 2 (Open): Oral Communication
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    • Grade 11
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      • Aboriginal Studies
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        • Contemporary First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Issues and Perspectives (univ./college prep.) Cultural Identity and Cultural Continuity
        • World Views and Aspirations of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Communities in Canada ( Workplace prep.):Reclamation and Reconciliation
        • World Views and Aspirations of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Communities in Canada (College prep.): Understanding and Respecting World Views and Cultural Diversity
        • World Views and Aspirations of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Communities in Canada (College prep.):Reclamation and Reconciliation
        • World Views and Aspirations of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Communities in Canada (Workplace prep.) Understanding and Respecting World Views and Cultural Diversity
      • Religious Education
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        • World Religions and Belief Traditions in Daily Life (Open): Sacred Stories and Writings
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        • Contemporary Indigenous Issues and Perspectives in a Global Context, (Univ./College prep.): Indigenous Peoples and Perspectives
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        • Canadian Studies 401A: Canada's Cultural Mosaic
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        • Native Studies 10: Identity and Worldviews, Aboriginal Perspectives
    • Grade 11
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        • Native Studies 20: Development
  • Yukon Territory
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    • Grade 10
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        • Social Studies 10 -Canada and the World: 1914 to the Present : The development of political institutions is influenced by economic, social, ideological, and geographic factors.
    • Grade 12
      • Step 3Select a subject
      • Social Studies
        • Step 4Relevant matches
        • B.C. First Peoples: Cultural expressions convey the richness, diversity, and resiliency of B.C. First Peoples.
        • Contemporary Indigenous Studies: The identities, worldviews, and languages of indigenous peoples are renewed, sustained, and transformed through their connection to the land.

Themes Addressed

  • Indigenous Knowledge (2)

    • Rituals, Spirituality and Worldviews
    • TEK -- Traditional Ecological Knowledge