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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 aboriginal 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.
The story is accompanied by a teacher's guide that suggests a number of helpful materials such as activities, websites, books and glossary to extend the learning.
A link to an audio version of the story can be found here.
The resource is an excellent teaching tool to initiate a broader examination of the many historical and contemporary contributions of First Nations and Inuit to Canada and the world. The story can be used as an introduction to extend the learning about Indigenous peoples, culture and past and present issues. The suggested activities in the teacher’s guide support many outcomes within the Social Studies, English and Aboriginal Studies curriculum. To learn more about particular First Nations, teachers are encouraged to consult local Elders, cultural education centres or friendship centres.
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